Using electronic reserve or a course management system is a convenient way to distribute course materials to students. At Kenyon, we offer two password-protected options for posting course items: ERes and Moodle.
Submit a request to post material to ERes or Moodle or read on for more information on digital course materials and LBIS.
What are the options?
ERes is Kenyon's electronic reserve system. It allows for the sharing of files between the instructor and students in a given course. Many files types are supported, including images, word processing files, and audio files. It also has a bulletin board feature to support collaboration by students. Most often, ERes is used to provide pdfs of required readings, or persistent links to journal articles. However, it has also been used to stream audio files for language courses.
Moodle is Kenyon's course management system. For a full description, please see the LBIS Moodle page. For the purpose of disseminating digital course materials, Moodle is much more robust than the electronic reserve system, in terms of the variety of features and level of control it provides the professor to modify page layout, add different elements, etc.
Both of these options are easily accessible by students, and provide a great way to share assigned course materials, such as a chapter of a book or journal article. The Digital Resources team in LBIS can help with things like scanning readings and posting files to ERes or Moodle. You can submit a request to post readings using this form.
How do I make sure I'm in compliance with copyright guidelines?
The easiest way is to submit a request to Digital Resources in the library using this form. Even if you prefer to scan and post your own documents, we can handle the permissions.
Also, visit our Course Reserve: Copyright Guidelines page. We take several factors into account when determining whether or not a use will require permission. It is important to note that the educational nature of these materials is only one factor, and that it must be weighed with the other aspects of a fair use evaluation (amount used, nature of work, etc.)
For More Information Contact:
Joan Nielson, Nielsonj@kenyon.edu / Manager of Access Services - Days
Jennifer Beck, Beckjm@kenyon.edu / Library Services Supervisor -Evenings