This teaching tip was prepared by Conestoga College’s Library Services department. Please visit their website for a complete list of library resources for faculty.
Library Services offers a variety of online supports to help faculty meet remote teaching goals. Below are some of the ways that Library Services can help faculty provide online course and research materials. These services offer the double benefit of making materials available to all students in a course and often offers cost-savings on course materials.
eReserves (Online Course Readings)
The eReserves service provides 24/7 access to digital versions of required or supplemental course materials on eConestoga. Library staff can offer resource recommendations, vet copyright compliance, check accessibility, post materials to course shells, and more. Use the Request a Reserve Form or email LRC Reserves for support. For more information, including DIY eReserves, visit the library’s eReserves web page.
The library offers access to extensive digital collections of e-books, electronic journals and magazines, research databases, images and streamed videos. The library curates these collections in consultation with their academic partners to meet curricular needs and can assist Faculty with procuring, navigating, and finding resources students need. To make purchase recommendations, please use the Request Items Form.
Open Educational Resources (OER)
OER material resides in the public domain or has been released under an open licence. This permits no-cost access, use, adaptation, and redistribution of materials, with limited restrictions. The library website offers helpful information about open resource textbooks and lists of open access collections, or contact Holly Ashbourne for assistance.
The Learning Portal
The Learning Portal provides access to a wide variety of OERs, tools and learning supports. It is available to all faculty and students at Ontario colleges and provides teaching support for accessibility requirements (AODA), Indigenous inclusion and development, copyright, and use of OERs in the classroom. The Learning Portal also includes an Online Learning Hub to support students with remote learning.
As faculty prepare for the new term, they are encouraged to take advantage of all of the faculty supports the Library offers. Faculty may also wish to review the learning and tech supports offered to students.