Beyond Textbooks and Coursepacks

Using the LMS to Make Course Materials More Affordable


  • Greg Argo University of St. Thomas
  • Trent Brager University of St. Thomas
  • Glori Hinck University of St. Thomas


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Our University Libraries and Information Technology Services are collaborating on an effort to implement and market to faculty a cloud-based tool that directly addresses the affordability of course materials. The Resource Lists tool is built on top of the Libraries’ existing system and is used to deliver readings directly to students via the Canvas LMS. This integration allows students, both online and on-campus, easier access to existing library resources. It also allows faculty a streamlined way to manage course readings and copyright considerations, collaborate with librarians, and use system metrics to analyze which materials students are engaging with. In this session we will discuss the partnerships that led to a successful implementation and will demonstrate the ease of using and creating a Resource List.

Author Biographies

Greg Argo, University of St. Thomas

Greg Argo, MIS, MBA, is Associate Director for Access & Digital Services at the University of St. Thomas, where he facilitates access to library services in digital and physical environments. His interests span the technical, psychological, and organizational needs for implementing new systems, and are informed by his experiences as the project lead implementing new library systems and LMS integrations.

Trent Brager, University of St. Thomas

Trent Brager, MLIS, is the Education and Social Sciences Librarian at the University of St. Thomas Libraries. He is passionate about working with faculty to create effective learning environments online. Using various technologies, he has created tutorials, videos, HTML emails, and web pages that infuse his personality in the name of making the library more accessible for students. Trent has worked with colleagues to develop an online profession development experience for librarians, which he has presented on locally and will present nationally at LOEX in May 2018.

Glori Hinck, University of St. Thomas

Glori Hinck DC, EdD, is an instructional designer and research manager at the University of St. Thomas. In this role, she helps drive educational innovation and combines her teaching experience with her educational technology training and expertise to support faculty in their efforts to integrate technology and online learning into their courses. Glori has designed and taught graduate level face-to-face, online and blended courses for multiple universities and has led multiple conference sessions (including posters, presentation pairs, and interactive presentations), most recently at ELI 2018 on the topic of the HyFlex model of course delivery.