Answered By: Juliana Morley
Last Updated: Jun 22, 2020     Views: 130

The Library will no longer provide electronic course reserves for faculty and their students. Instead, digital course material should be uploaded to Canvas. The last day electronic reserves were made available was May 11, 2018. Canvas creates a more seamless experience for students and faculty by integrating readings into a single point for accessing course materials. Most faculty are now using Canvas, and it makes sense to transfer this service there in order to provide a one-stop-shopping experience for students and faculty.

Q: Why not continue to make electronic reserves available in the library for those faculty who prefer it?

There are significant systems and staffing costs associated with maintaining electronic reserves on the Course Reserves system.

Q: Will the Library continue to provide support for physical materials such as books and media?

Yes. The library will continue to provide course reserves for physical materials, such as full length books and media. Items that cannot be uploaded to Canvas are eligible for Course Reserves.

Q: Where can I get more information about using Canvas?

The office of Digital Learning and Program Development oversees the design, development, and implementation of online and hybrid courses at Biola, and manages the Canvas learning management system (LMS). In addition, the department offers training for faculty and staff in online pedagogy and best practices, and provides technical support for the LMS and online teaching.

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