Acknowledgements: This guide on Coursera and MOOCs is based on guidelines authored by Kevin Smith, Duke University and adapted by Shawn Martin, University of Pennsylvania.
For those who are participating in Coursera (https://www.coursera.org/), the massive open online course (MOOC) platform used by UMD and many other universities, there are special copyright considerations.
For a Coursera course, utilization of fair use is limited. Instructors can usually rely on fair use if they do the following:
Textbook publishers may be willing to authorize use of the image content and other materials from a textbook in your recorded lectures, if the text is a recommended resource for the course. Some journals, too, may be willing to authorize use of articles or content taken from articles (or "portions of articles") in course lectures and recommended readings. Moreover, faculty who are the original authors of such articles are more likely to obtain permissions for these uses.