Instructions for Instructors - EReserve

EReserve is designed to aid instructors in providing online course materials to students. With our recently redesigned system, students immediately see the changes you have made to your online course materials. Instructors may: Add/remove files
Use any file format
but preferrably universal formats such as HTML or PDF Add/remove URLS
Link to existing Web sites Use the courseware server
Store online courses and class materials

All Virginia Tech instructors can use EReserve if they have the following three items:

[VTO EReserve]

Step 1: Log in to VTO.

EReserve is a part of the campus service called VTO (Virginia Tech Online) so the first step is to log in to the server. When you've logged in to VTO using your PID (the same one you use for VT email), it will present you with the courses that you are teaching through links to the university timetable.

Step 2: Add or remove items from your course.

Once you've logged in to VTO, the server will present you with a list of the classes that you are scheduled to teach. Each course will have a linkto the list of items in it as well as a button for "Add Items" and another onefor "Remove Items." If you click "Add Items" it will ask you how many items you would like to add and then present you with a form. If you click "Remove Items" it will present you with a list of items from which you can select the items to be removed.

An overview of the process with screen shots is available so you can see how EReserve works in detail.

What is EReserve?

Electronic Reserve is Web access to materials traditionally available at the library's Reserve Desk. Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, EReserve provides a central place for access to instructors' online course materials. (The Reserve Reading List Database is an online list of materials available only at the Reserve Desk and only in hard copy.)

Everyone who is a part of the university has access to E-Reserve. From on campus (e.g., in the library or a computer lab) or with VTNet98, the computer's Internet (IP) address is recognized as being appropriate to access VT-only resources. Campus computer labs have Internet connections and software (e.g,. Web browser, such as Netscape, and Acrobat Reader) to access, read, print, and download Virginia Tech online course materials. If you live away from campus and choose not to use the VTNet98 software, you can still access EReserve materials--your e-mail PID and password verify that you are approved for access to VT-only resources. (See detailed instructions.)

About VT Courseware

VT Courseware is a document server that faculty and other instructors can use to store online courses or supplemental class materials. In addition, the courseware server will mirror existing course sites, provide searches for course materials stored on the courseware server, support class chats, and restrict access to materials as needed. The courseware service is not intended, however, to replace filebox.

VT Courseware Features

The courseware server is powered by an RS/6000 server located in the VT Computing Center. This Apache-based web service features advanced Java servlet technology and a graphical site management tool with a modern, intuitive interface.  Accounts and directory information are stored in a relational database (postgres) for improved flexibility.  If you have a web site for your class, the courseware server could be used to backup documents on your site, to better ensure uninterrupted service to students, especially important during midterms, finals, and server outtages.

The courseware server was integrated into the new Virginia Tech Intranet website which debuted late August, 1998.

For more detailed information about VT Courseware, see the DIS-Information Newsletter, No. 3 (summer 1998).

VT Courseware Account Request Form

adapted from http://www.vt.edu/vt97/publish/filebox.html (Aug. 12, 1998)

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created: 09/23/97 PMH; updated: Sept. 17, 1998 (GMc)