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Ares: Course Readings

Important note about the transition to Canvas LMS

The great news about using Ares for course reserves is that the process for copying and uploading new readings hasn't changed despite migrating to a new learning management system! Ares course reserve management system works with Canvas the same way it worked with Moodle. If you are new to Ares, or just need a quick refresher, please browse the information below. And, as always, if you have any questions don't hesitate to contact the library! 

What is Ares?

The Ares electronic course reserve management system is a convenient location for both students and faculty to access and maintain their electronic course reserves. The College requires all electronic course reserve items to be placed on Ares. An electronic course reserve item is anything accessed via a computer. This includes, but is not limited to, PDFs, articles, book chapters, website links, and online videos and audio.

How does it work?

We understand that learning yet another new system is a daunting task. We want to make it as easy and hassle free as possible. Below you will find a link to step-by-step instructions and video tutorials for setting up and maintaining your Ares course pages. 

The library staff are eager to support your journey with Ares. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, then we want to hear from you! Give us a call, stop by, or send an email. 

Step-by-step guide to Ares:
Ares Faculty Tutorial

Short video tutorials:
Adding new reserve items
Copying readings from one course to another
Add, edit and delete tags

Benefits to using Ares

Still not convinced that Ares is worth the time? Take a look at these benefits:

for faculty

  • Access to Ares is enabled through Canvas which requires only one login and a single interface to work within.
  • Faculty can organize readings by tagging them with keywords such as a class week number, module, or subject.
  • Faculty can check the status of a reading, ask for library staff to copy or order a reading, and make changes in one simple interface.
  • Faculty can copy readings from one course to another and from semester to semester in one simple process.
  • Multiple sections of a course taught by different faculty can share reading lists, so readings only need to be uploaded once.
  • Faculty can upload PDFs of their own materials and published materials, or link to eBooks, journals, and articles in the WJC Library collection.
  • Faculty can designate a proxy or other designated person to manage and upload course readings.
  • The library takes care of clearing copyright, giving faculty peace of mind that their readings are cleared for use.

for students

  • Students access course readings for all classes in a single interface, maintaining continuity throughout their semester.
  • Readings are accessible 24/7 and students may download files to read offline.
  • Students can enable notifications alerting them when new readings are posted.
  • Students can sort reading lists by tags or search for authors, titles, and keywords within their course reading lists which makes finding their assigned readings fast and easy.