Course Reserves integration with Moodle

Library Course Reserves readings can now be integrated directly into the main Moodle interface for any course that uses both Course Reserves and Moodle. This means that students can access their course readings from within Moodle, creating a single point of access for most course materials.

Please note: It may take up to 24 hours for the initial integration and any updates made to the reserves page to be reflected in Moodle. Moodle only queries the reserves system once a day.

Course Reserves and Moodle can be integrated in two ways: 1) install the Library Resources block and/or 2) include a Library Reserves link in the main body of the Moodle course page.

Install the Library Resources block

Library Resources block Most course pages within Moodle include a Library Resources block by default. The Library Resources block typically appears in the left-hand sidebar of a Moodle course page and includes a simple library catalog and article search tool, links to library resources specific to the subject of the course, library chat access, and more. If the course is making use of the Course Reserves service from the Libraries it also automatically includes a link to "Access Course Readings." If your course page does not include the Library Resources block you may install it by following these instructions:

1. Turn editing on by clicking the "Turn Editing On" button in the upper right hand corner of the course page.
2. Find the "Add a block" drop down menu at the bottom of the column on the left side of the course page.
3. Choose "Library Resources" in the menu.
4. The block should now appear in the left hand sidebar. You may configure the block if you would like to add more library links and options. Click the "gear" icon in the block to configure it further.
5. Make sure you are using Moodle's Auto-Enrollment functionality to add students to your Moodle course. The Auto-Enrollment functionality is required for course reserves integration with Moodle.

Again, the link to "Access Course Readings" will automatically appear in the block if course readings/reserves are available.

Include a link to Library Reserves in the main body of the Moodle course page



A link to the "Access Course Readings (Library Reserves)" resource can also be added inside the main body (middle section) of the course page. To add this link:

1. Turn editing on by clicking the "Turn Editing On" button in the upper right hand corner of the course page.
2. Find and click the "+ Add an activity or resource" link in the topic/section you would like to add the link.
3. In the resulting menu, scroll to the "Resources" section and choose "Library Reserves."
4. Click "Add" and then "Save and return to course."
5. Make sure you are using Moodle's Auto-Enrollment functionality to add students to your Moodle course. The Auto-Enrollment functionality is required for course reserves integration with Moodle.

A resource link to "Access Course Readings (Library Reserves)" should now appear in the section you choose to add it to.

Clicking on the "Access Course Readings" link will present the user with a screen that looks something like this:

If you are interested in Course Reserves for your class through the libraries, please contact wilsrsv@umn.edu.

If you have further questions about Course Reserves integration with Moodle, please contact Shane Nackerud at snackeru@umn.edu.