Online Teaching & The Library
Learn how to integrate the library into your online course
Please note: the Education Commons offers assistance for Faculty using Blackboard and other online learning management systems.
Links in Online Courses and eReserves Service
The Library can provide help with linking to licensed full text resources from within your syllabus or online course, to help you honour copyright. See How To Create Simple Links below or contact Mariana Jardim for assistance.
What are simple links? (also referred to as permanent, durable or stable links)
A simple link is a URL pointing to a specific article, journal or book. It remains unchanged indefinitely.
Why use simple links?
- Link to course readings without violating copyright.
- They ALWAYS work from off-campus.
- Make the course readings available to all the students by posting the links online.
- They can be bookmarked and used within courses or for research.
How do I create one?
Use the library's linking tools to get your link.
Upon request, OISE Library staff can edit your course reading list / syllabus to include simple links. This honours copyright and eliminates the overall time spent by the instructor and students individually searching for articles.
How do I submit a request for the eReserves Service?
- All reading lists must be either in MS Word document or RTF format and must include the instructor's name.
- All journal articles must include the full bibliographic citation, including volume and issue numbers, as well as the starting page of the article (this helps the staff find the article quickly and accurately and also helps students find the article online for themselves if a problem develops).
- All books should include the full bibliographic citation, especially the edition and year of publication.
- Submit the request to Mariana Jardim.
How To: Add an OISE Librarian to Your Course Site
Note: These instructions are for Blackboard. For access to C2C and Pepper platforms, contact Mariana Jardim.
1. Add a Librarian as a Course Builder in Blackboard
To add a Librarian to your Blackboard course site, you will first need to add him / her as a Course Builder. Course Builders can edit course content but do not have access to the Grade Center; they cannot remove forums from the discussion board and cannot export the course.
- Contact your librarian for his/her UTORid. If a librarian has not yet been assigned to your course, please contact Michael Meth for assistance.
- Go to Control Panel. Click on Course Tools.
- Select UT Manage Users.
- Enter the Librarian’s UTORid and click Go.
- Each individual you add to your course will need an identified Role. From the Add Role drop down menu, select Course Builder. Click Add.
2. Add the Discussion Board to your Course Menu
To add the Discussion Board to your Course Menu (on the left-hand side of the page):
- Mouse over the Plus Sign in the top left-hand corner of your Course Menu.
- Click on Create Tool Link.
- Type in Discussion Board.
- Select Discussion Board from the Type drop-down menu.
- Check off the Available to Users box.
- Click Submit.
3. Create a “Library Research / Help” Discussion Forum
To create a “Library Research / Help” discussion forum where students can post questions and where librarians can post their replies:
- Click on Discussion Board in your Course Menu.
- Click on the blue Create Forum button.
- Type in the name of the forum: Library Research / Help.
- Scroll down to Forum Settings. Under Subscribe click on Allow members to subscribe to forum and Include body of post in the email.
- Click Submit.
- Notify the librarian that the “Library Research / Help” Discussion Board has been created, as he/she will need to subscribe to the forum to receive emails.