In response to the developing situation with the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), University of Waterloo Library has been working to develop resources and instructional materials to help instructors with getting course content online. The Library is here to help, and below we have outlined several areas around targeted instructional materials and supports.
Online presentations and content delivery
The Library is working on moving core workshops and information into accessible online formats that can be included in online course delivery. This may include short videos, worksheets, and online quizzes about information literacy, critical appraisal, and finding resources. Librarians are also available to develop targeted instructional materials that align with your course using the technical solution you have adopted for online course delivery (e.g. LEARN, WebEx, Microsoft Teams).
Supporting course materials
We know some information historically used for course reserves and in your classrooms are paper-based and may no longer be readily available. As we transition to online learning, your librarian can assist you in identifying open access and library-licensed materials that can be used within your courses to either replace or supplement paper-based materials.
As always, the Library and librarian are here to support student learning, research, and information seeking. Consultations are continuing as normal through online mediums.
We are available online for chat, over email, and can schedule one-on-one or group consultations meetings over a variety of tools, including Skype and Microsoft Teams, to help students find appropriate online sources for their coursework. You may consider including the contact information for your librarian within your course information or syllabus as students may be unaware such services are available, but in need of greater assistance.
Log in to course reserves to place new requests, or to clone reserve lists from a previous term. Reserves staff will try where possible to replace print resources with content that is already digitally available, as well as ensure that posted material:
- Can be accessed through the “Get Course Reserves” link in LEARN
- Is copyright compliant
- Meets Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) standards
Requests will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis. Please place your requests as soon as possible. For material that requires copyright clearance, several weeks may be needed in some cases to obtain permission and/or licensing. Questions about Course Reserves can be directed to email@example.com
InterLibrary loans (ILL)
Interlibrary loans are available for e-delivery only. This can mean:
- Portions of an ebook that are owned by another library, up to the amount allowable by licensing agreements
- Articles that are in online journals owned by other libraries, where their license allows for ILL
- Scanned portions of print items, if these can be located at one of the libraries that are still providing this service
Copyright Resources and Services
The University of Waterloo Copyright Advisory Committee has an available guide for instructors and set of online-teaching related FAQs on the copyright website to help you familiarize yourself with copyright concerns for online teaching. General online workshops are available with current listings found on the copyright website's events page. If you would benefit from an individual or small group consultation, please make arrangements through the copyright consultation form. If you have additional copyright questions, please don’t hesitate to email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please reach out if you need support in any of these areas, and for additional information please contact your librarian who can help you and direct you to the appropriate resources. We recognize this transition to remote teaching is a significant change for everyone, appreciate your flexibility as we similarly adapt to this new paradigm, and look forward to working with you and your students in the coming term.
For more information about the resources and recommendations for remote teaching, please visit the University of Waterloo Keep Learning website.