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Leganto, course reading, library, IT, leaning management systems, affordability, student success
This poster details a partnership at the University of St. Thomas that embodies the university’s vision of digital transformation. At St. Thomas, the University Libraries and Information Technology Services are collaborating on an effort to implement and market a system that is built on top of the Libraries’ system and delivers course readings via Canvas, the campus’s learning management system. To avoid the negative effects expensive course materials have on student success, this collaboration directly addresses the question of affordability by utilizing existing university investments in library resources so students aren’t “paying twice.” Additionally, centralizing the readings in Canvas makes it clear to students what they need to read and how to access it. For faculty, the system offers a streamlined way to manage course readings and collaborate with librarians, while also providing an avenue to acquire and deliver copyrighted content that requires licensing when needed. The system also offers a better alternative for online and blended learning courses to fold in academic support services. Using metrics available in this system, faculty can pinpoint which readings students are engaging with, and can make adjustments as they see fit.