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E-Reserves Transition to Canvas FAQ

To provide a more seamless experience for you and your students, courses and documents that have been provided by the UW Libraries outdated electronic reserves software, ERes, have been moved to Canvas or another learning management system.

Q: Why did this transition occur?

A: Canvas creates a more seamless experience for students and faculty by integrating readings into a single point for accessing course materials.  Before learning management systems such as Canvas became available, the UW Libraries implemented ERes, an electronic course reserves system, to provide a place for faculty to post materials and links online.  It was the best system available in 2003.  However, it has changed little since then and has become outdated.  Now that Canvas has been been successfully implemented on campus, it makes sense to leverage the capabilities of Canvas to provide a one-stop-shopping experience for students and faculty.

Q: When did the transition take place?

A: The last day ERes was available was Tuesday, June 30, 2015.

Q: Do I have to use Canvas?

A: No. Canvas is the most widely used learning management system at the UW.  However, feel free to use another learning management system such as Catalyst or Moodle.  Whichever system you use, remember that you must comply with copyright law in providing access to your course materials.

Q: Why not continue to make ERes available for those faculty who prefer it?

A: There are significant software and hardware costs associated with maintaining the ERes system. In addition, the vendor has not updated the ERes software in many years and provides limited support. So it was not feasible to make it available after our contract ended on June 30th.

Q: Does the Libraries continue to provide support for physical materials such as books and for streaming media?

A: Yes.  Physical course reserves services is continuing as usual, and the Libraries will continue to provide streaming media support for classes to the extent possible.

Q: Can the Libraries still help with scanning my course readings?

A: Yes! When you log in to your ILL account you will see a new option to "Request a Scan for Canvas".  You will also find that much of the content you use for your courses is already available online, either as an online journal article or an eBook.

Q: Can the Libraries still help with questions I have about posting copyrighted material?

A: Yes.   A step-by-step guide to copyright compliance is available and you can always Ask Us copyright questions.

Q: Where can I get more information about using Canvas?

A: Canvas help is available online, including step-by-step help as well as training sessions. One-on-one in-person, email, and phone help are available at Odegaard Undergraduate Library from Learning Technology staff. You can visit OUGL 230, email help@uw.edu, or call (206) 221 - 5000.