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Supporting Student Learning: Using Course Guides as Faculty & Instructors

The library has a variety of resources and supports designed to help all members of the U of G community succeed academically. This article will provide you with the information you need to know about what is openly accessible for you to use in your course as an instructor at U of G. For this article we sat down with Jacqueline Kreller-Vanderkooy, the library’s digital media librarian, to discuss some library-created resources: course guides.

What are Course Guides?

  • Course Guides are library curated resources designed and tailored for specific courses.
  • They provide a direct link to databases applicable to the course's class or assignments.
  • Course guides may also include presentation resources, studying resources, group-work resources, and other resources needed to succeed in a course.
  • They are created at U of G by library staff and are made for every undergraduate course at U of G.

Are course guides specific to each course?

U of G faculty and instructors are encouraged to get involved in the course guide development of their course by providing library staff a course outline that they can tailor content to. “When reaching out, it’s helpful for instructors and faculty to identify the course they’d like to create a guide for, the course outline, and any assignments the students will being completing as that helps us curate the content,” said Kreller-Vanderkooy. The more instructors become involved with a course guide, the more specific and impactful the guide will be for students.

How can an instructor embed a course guide into their class?

  • If you have a reading list in Ares, the library’s course reserves platform, you can opt to add the library’s course guide for your course to your course reserves list.
  • You can also choose to add the link to your course guide wherever you see fit on your Course Link homepage. Every guide URL follows the formula of guides.lib.uoguelph.ca/COURSE CODE. For example, History 1010 has a course guide URL of guides.lib.uoguelph.ca/hist1010.

Want to make your course guide better tailored to your course?

Contact us at guides@uoguelph.ca.