In Fall 2000, students in Shawn Meagher's
biomolecules class (BIOL 502) participated in a pilot project
to test the WIU Library Reserve Department's new Electronic Reserve
(ERes) module. Meagher taught his course via teleconference to
students at the Macomb campus, the Quad Cities Regional Center
and the Shedd Aquarium in Chicago.
Kathleen Clauson, reserve supervisor,
set up a password-protected course page which included required
reserve readings from the primary literature (over 50 documents),
all accessible from the WIU Library webpage. According to Meagher,
"ERes made it possible for my students all over the state
to access readings used for class discussions. Students really
appreciated the on-line 24 hour access."
More than 250 documents are currently available
on ERes for several courses, including special education, health,
psychology, history, English and communication. "ERes is
an easy way to reach all students--on-campus, commuters and distance
learners. Faculty only need to provide a bibliography of articles.
Reserve staff retrieves materials in the WIU collection and does
all the ground work so materials are available to students,"
Clauson said. For more information on electronic reserve, contact
Clauson by cc:mail or at 298-2714.