Libraries have a key role to play in delivering course resources efficiently and supporting the faculty in the creation and modification of course resource lists. The Ex Libris Leganto® course resource list solution helps your library accomplish these goals at scale and maximize the use of your library technology, collections, and expertise. With its support for active learning, Leganto also helps instructors transform students from passive participants to lively contributors.
Streamlining access to academic course resources
With the Leganto solution, students benefit from consistent, intuitive access to online resources, directly from the course page in the learning management system. Leganto makes it easy for students to find and use course resources remotely, on any device.
Leganto contributes to a frictionless learning experience by helping the library minimize problems with access to course materials, such as missing or broken links. Furthermore, with its Social Reading and Read & Respond assignments, Leganto fosters active learning.
Improving the teaching experience in online and hybrid environments
The Leganto solution saves instructors time and effort by enabling them to easily select, manage, and share quality course resources. Instructors can combine resources of all types to create structured, comprehensive resource lists that make it easier for students to relate to course content and understand what is required of them. Instructors can apply a Social Reading or Read & Respond assignment to a citation on the list. In this way, Leganto helps instructors strengthen student involvement, increase learning, and foster interaction.
The teaching staff can create reading lists themselves or in collaboration with instructional designers, teaching assistants, librarians, or peers. Reading lists are embedded in the institution’s learning management system, enabling instructors and their students to access all materials in one place.
Identifying electronic versions of books and book chapters
Libraries make substantial investments in licensing electronic resources for the use of the faculty and students. However, these resources are often underused in courses because of a lack of awareness or confusing processes that are required for adding them to the course page in the learning management system.
With Leganto, the library can automatically analyze course resource needs and identify physical resources that are available in electronic form. Next, Leganto enables the teaching staff, instructional designers, and librarians to easily replace physical materials with online equivalents, leveraging the library’s collection. Links to the library’s resources are automatically created, thus eliminating the need for manual work.
Facilitating access to physical books
Despite the growing role of electronic resources, physical books still constitute an important part of teaching and learning. Leganto enables you to provide access to books by digitizing book chapters or a subset of pages under the fair use or fair dealing policy and make them available to students enrolled in the course.
Making online course resources affordable and diverse
The Leganto solution helps reduce the cost of course resources for students without compromising on the quality of teaching. Librarians can recommend alternatives to costly coursepacks and textbooks by using the library’s own collections and other resources that are available at no cost, including open educational resources (OERs) and open-access materials. Leveraging the library’s expertise, the collaborative approach of Leganto, and the ease of finding and selecting any type of resource, faculty members can diversify the resource offerings for their courses and control the cost for students.