Campus Connection.
February 2 , 2001 Volume 16, Number 20


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Biology 502 Goes Electronic

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.

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