Access to JMU Library Resources for Distance Learning Courses
Distance learning programs include online courses, 4-VA courses, off-campus courses, study abroad programs, the Washington semester program, remote practicum assignments, courses for non-degree seeking students, and similar off-campus learning experiences for credit. Our goal is to provide remote JMU students and faculty with the same excellent library resources and services that are available to the on-campus community.
Not all academic libraries, even within Virginia, have access to the same resources. Additionally, licensing terms and access permissions vary from resource to resource. For JMU faculty providing instruction in distance learning courses, it is important to remember the following before assigning JMU library electronic resources (e-books, journal articles, streaming media, databases, etc.) for course reading:
- All students in a JMU online course should possess a JMU e-id and password. The JMU e-id identifies the student as a JMU student or affiliate and is what allows them to access library resources through the JMU network. See the Libraries' Connect to JMU's Online Resources from Off Campus page for instructions. If a student does not have a JMU e-id for some reason, refer them to JMU's Applicant Resources page or the Computing Electronic ID page.
- In 4-VA courses, students from other institutions are registered for the course with their home institution, not JMU; and, so, do NOT possess a JMU e-id. These students will not be able to access JMU library resources and may not have access to the same resources via their institution. However, in many cases, students may request articles, books, and other materials from JMU via their local library's interlibrary loan service. Also available for those without an e-id are our open access database resources. For these resources use this link: http://www.lib.jmu.edu/resources/AZlist.aspx?t=ALL. Then click on the "Open Access/Free Resource" box in the upper right corner to limit to the available resources:
- For resources for which licensing allows downloading and course reserves or distance learner use of articles or e-book chapters, the instructor is able to download a pdf of the resource in question and provide it directly to students either via email or uploading to the learning management system (i.e. Canvas). Check the library catalog for details on what the e-resource platform vendor provides, work with your liaison librarian, or use the Libraries' Ask a Librarian feature.
- Resources purchased by the Virtual Library of Virginia, the Commonwealth's state-wide library consortium, are available to all public institutions. These resources are identified by the statement "Online access sponsored by VIVA, The Virtual Library of Virginia." in the JMU Libraries Quick Search and catalog, but may also be browsed or searched at http://vivalib.on.worldcat.org/atoztitles.
For any additional assistance with assigning JMU library resources in distance learning courses, faculty may also contact their liaison librarian or the Instructional Design and Online Education Librarian.