FAQ

  1. What is NFB Education?
  2. How can I find NFB films?
  3. What is CAMPUS?
  4. What are the benefits of a CAMPUS subscription?
  5. Do I need a CAMPUS subscription in order to view films on NFB.ca?
  6. What technical requirements do I need to make the most of a CAMPUS subscription?
  7. Can institutions subscribe to CAMPUS?
  8. How can libraries benefit from CAMPUS?
  9. What is IP authentication service?
  10. How do I download a film from the NFB's Digital Boutique?
  11. What are Public Performance Rights (PPR)?
  12. Do I need to buy Public Performance Rights if I want to show a film in a classroom or educational setting?
  13. When do I need to buy Public Performance Rights?
  14. What changes were made to Canadian copyright law in 2012?
  15. What do I need to participate in a Virtual Classroom, in terms of technical requirements?
  16. Can we have more than one classroom sign on from our school?
  17. Will the host will be able to see or hear my class?

1/ What is NFB Education?

NFB Education refers to the educational productions and services offered by the National Film Board of Canada, a public film producer and distributor founded in 1939. The NFB has earned the trust of generations of educators and teachers, and its productions are now viewed over 14 million times every year in educational settings.

2/ How can I find NFB films?

A comprehensive collection of our films and growing numbers of interactive titles and virtual teaching programs are available for educational use—all easy to find using the homepage search engine.

You can also search the NFB'S extensive collection by title, subject or director. Selected titles are available with closed captioning and described video features. You can also download the NFB Education Catalogue for details of new releases and featured educational productions.

3/ What is CAMPUS?

Established in 2012, CAMPUS is a subscription service that offers expanded online access to NFB educational resources—a collection that includes films, interactive productions and teaching tools. The service allows users to create their own classroom-ready playlists and chapters.

Subscription plans are available for both individual educators and institutional clients. An annual individual subscription costs $29.95. For more information, click on this link: http://www.nfb.ca/transaction/subscriptions/.

For information on institutional subscriptions, click on this link: http://www.nfb.ca/education/subscribe/.

Teachers: you may already have access to CAMPUS through your school board, ministry of education or learning consortium. To find out if this is the case, contact us at info@nfb.ca

4/ What are the benefits of a CAMPUS subscription?

Benefits include online access to thousands of educational films, a growing collection of educational interactive productions, and an extensive bank of teaching resources. These resources include study guides, thematic playlists, and notes on appropriate grade levels and curriculum. Subscribers are able to create their own classroom-ready playlists and chapters.

5/ Do I need a CAMPUS subscription in order to view films on NFB.ca?

No, thousands of NFB productions—documentaries, animated films, interactive productions and alternative dramas—are available for free classroom viewing at NFB.ca, the NFB's online Screening Room. However, a CAMPUS subscription offers you a greater selection, an education-focused search function, advance rights to new releases and special educational titles, and full use of NFB educational resources.

6/ What technical requirements do I need to make the most of a CAMPUS subscription?

To maximize the benefits of CAMPUS, subscribers need a trustworthy Internet connection and the capacity to stream films in classroom settings. Subscribers wishing to benefit from the NFB's IP authentication services need to have an IP address.

7/ Can institutions subscribe to CAMPUS?

Yes, a wide range of institutions, public agencies and private businesses subscribe to CAMPUS and use NFB educational resources for training and outreach purposes.

For information on institutional subscriptions, click on this link: http://www.nfb.ca/education/subscribe/.

8/ How can libraries benefit from CAMPUS?

Subscribing libraries get public screening rights to NFB educational films; MARC records, allowing electronic management of bibliographical information; and IP authentication services, facilitating institution-wide screenings of NFB productions.

9/ What is IP authentication service?

By adhering to the NFB's IP authentication service, institutional clients can screen NFB content throughout their network range. This service also works with remote access proxies and VPNs for home and offsite usage.

10/ How do I download a film from the NFB's Digital Boutique?

Downloading NFB films onto your computer is easy. Click on the DOWNLOAD button at the right of your screen, and once the next page opens, select your preferred format. You will then be asked either to create an account or log in. Once you provide full payment information, you will receive an onscreen confirmation of your order. You will receive an e-mail providing links to the film you have purchased.

11/ What are Public Performance Rights (PPR)?

The term Public Performance Rights (PPR) refers to fees that must be paid in order to show copyrighted films in certain public places. The cost of PPR is often added to the cost of a DVD download or video at the time of purchase.

12/ Do I need to buy Public Performance Rights if I want to show a film in a classroom or educational setting?

No, amendments made to Canadian copyright law in 2012 allow for films to be shown in educational institutions without acquiring public performance rights.

13/ When do I need to buy Public Performance Rights?

You need to acquire PPR if you intend to show a film in a non-educational public setting. This includes museums and galleries; health and social service organizations; government ministries and agencies; military organizations; NGOs; correctional facilities; private businesses and corporations. When selling to these clients, the NFB incorporates PPR into original price of sale.

14/ What changes were made to Canadian copyright law in 2012?

The Copyright Modernization Act came into force in November 2012. Among its features is an expansion of the Fair Dealing Exception to include education. This means that excerpts of copyrighted material (up to 10% of the complete work) can be shown in an educational setting without payment or permission. Under another provision of the 2012 law, educational institutions are no longer required to acquire public performance licenses when showing copyrighted work in classroom settings. This means that the entire National Film Board of Canada film collection is now being offered to teachers at home consumer prices, with savings as high as 75 percent on certain titles.

15/ What do I need to participate in a Virtual Classroom, in terms of technical requirements?

Make sure the computer that will be used during the Virtual Classroom meets the minimum technical requirements. You’ll need a trustworthy Internet connection. A wired connection is the best option for participating in webinars since video quality can be unstable with wireless Internet connections. You’ll need speakers and, if you’re selected to ask a question during the event, you’ll also need a microphone. After you register, you’ll be invited to participate in a technical test session to validate your configuration. . Please log on to the testing session using the same computer that you will be using to take part in the Virtual Classroom

16/ Can we have more than one classroom sign on from our school?

A maximum of two sign-ons is recommended per school. If you have multiple participants from one location you may get choppy video or poor audio. For an ideal experience on WebEx, you will need 950 kbps of bandwidth for sending video (outgoing) and +650 kbps for receiving video (incoming), or a combined bandwidth of 1.6 mbps

17/ Will the host will be able to see or hear my class?

He will be able to see only the students who are asking questions. Please ensure your microphone is on MUTE. If you were selected to ask a question you must unmute your mic only when it is your time to speak.

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