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Preparing your courses for the spring? The library may have tools and services that can enhance your online courses and teaching. We also have learning resources to integrate into your coursework, on topics such as researching at the library and plagiarism.


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New Indigenous Information Literacy Videos

Indigenous Information Literacy Videos

Indigenous Information Literacy Playlist screencaptureYou and your students can learn how to use or share Indigenous information in research with these videos

Created by our Indigenous & Anthropology Subject Liaison Librarian, Rachel Chong, Indigenous Information Literacy is a series of videos that was created to support research with an Indigenous lens. The videos cover topics such as respectful research practices, how to cite Elders & Knowledge Keepers, and how to evaluate Indigenous sources.

The videos are for Indigenous and non-Indigenous instructors alike, their classrooms, and for students who undertake research using Indigenous sources or in Indigenous communities.   To view the videos and find a link to a playlist (which you can embed in your Moodle course), visit the Indigenous Information Literacy section of our Indigenous Studies Subject Guide.

Questions? Contact Rachel Chong 

Link.Scan.Open. vs Course Reserves

Provide online and accessible course readings to your students 

With Link.Scan.Open., you can provide easy access to course readings from the library's collection to your students.

As long as it is within Fair Dealing, we can scan PDFs and provide direct or embedding links from items within the library's collection;  we can even help you find Open Resources for your courses. 

Link.Scan.Open. is designed to help alleviate the absence of our Course Reserve process, which provided short-term loans of designated course material from our collections at our Service Desks. This service is actually superior to Course Reserves, as there is no longer limited copies to share among your students! 

On a related note: 

Looking for an e-book to use as a textbook? While we try our hardest to provide online access to e-textbooks, there are some barriers that academic libraries face, often from publishers, when trying to provide access to certain e-texts. Please contact Jen Adams, Acquisitions & Collections Assessment Librarian, if you have a question about an ebook you’d like to assign to your course.

Interactive Tutorial: Doing Research

Help your students learn how to research

Assign all - or parts - of our interactive information literacy tutorial

The Library's Doing Research: A Student's Guide to Finding and Using the Best Sources has four modules: 

  1. Get Started on your Research 
  2. Recognize Types of Information
  3. Develop your Research Strategy
  4. Evaluate your Sources

Every module should take approximately 20 minutes to complete and consists of written text, video, interactive H5P activities and a short quiz (linked through your Moodle site) that will be graded.

These modules roughly follow the research process, so you can assign one or more of them to your students depending on the class/assignment requirements at any particular point in the course. We have instructions for embedding the modules, or component parts, into Moodle. 

This tutorial is a great alternative to our in-person library research sessions, which are not available during COVID. Need other options? Contact your Liaison Librarian.

Academic Integrity Awareness

Academic Integrity can help teach your students about plagiarism

Academic Integrity is an open resource with readings and interactive components that can be accessed online anytime.  The content is designed to help students understand the importance of adhering to academic integrity principles and raise their awareness around plagiarism, citation, quoting and paraphrasing, and KPU assistance in these areas. Instructors can assign this resource to students and integrate it into their own teaching and may choose to ask students to earn an academic integrity recognition badge.

Visit Academic Integrity Moodle Course for course and badge information. 


Students Can Still Learn Information Literacy Skills Online

Librarians can also still help teach your students information skills remotely 

Still can't find the resource you need to teach your students research skills for a particular assignment? 

Contact the Liaison Librarian for your discipline. If we don't already have an online instructional component to suit your needs, we can collaborate to find a solution. Your liaison librarian may even be able to arrange an asynchronous or synchronous teaching session.  

We're Still Here for You and Your Students

We welcome students' research & citation questions

In this new reality of remote instruction delivery, your students still need access to research and citation style help.

Many students prefer chatting with a librarian through AskAway as they can access help at point-of-need: during their researching or while writing/citing assignments online.

If your students need research or citation help, you can refer them to the Library's Ask Us  page (where they can choose to chat, email or text us).

Or you can embed our AskAway chat widget right into your Moodle site.

Library Resources for Remote Teaching

Incorporate library resources in your online teaching.undefined

Embedding library resources in Moodle will help you make your online course more interactive and seamless.

Check out the Library's guide to Library Resources For Remote Delivery

You'll find a variety of resources and instructions which will help you do things like:

OPUS & remote teaching

Be Open to the Possibilities

OPUS can help with your online teaching as well as your scholarly publishing

The Library's Open Publishing Suite of services can help you:

  • Create and adapt accessible open textbooks
  • Create an eJournal where students can submit papers/assignments while participating in the Peer Review process online
  • Search & discover the best OER for your teaching needs

Learn more at Library Support for Open Education.