Ares - Faculty Tutorial

Creating a Course Page in Ares

Begin by logging into Moodle and navigating to your course page. Once there, click on View Course in Ares.

Clicking on this link in Moodle creates your course page in Ares. You must click on the link in each of your Moodle course pages once in order to create your course pages. After that, everytime you log into Ares, no matter how you access the site, you will see all of your courses listed.

A new window will open and you will see the details of your course.

Note, if you log into Ares via a direct link or bookmark, the Ares website will open the Main Menu rather than a specific course. In the Main Menu, you will see a list of all of your courses. You may then click on the course you wish to view or edit.

Cloning Readings from a Previous Course

Select the course you wish to add a reading to and click Add Reserve Items.

Scroll down the list and find the course from which you wish to copy the readings and click on Import Items.

You may choose to select or deselect individual readings or you can copy over all of the readings.

Click Import Items located at the bottom of the list of readings. You might need to scroll down to see the button.

Your new course page displays showing how many items imported and the list of readings now attached to the new course.

Adding New Readings

Select the course you wish to add a reading to and click Add Reserve Items.

Choose the appropriate icon depending upon the item you wish to upload to your course reserves. Free-Text does not allow any file uploads.

File Upload may be used for documents that do not classify as an article or chapter. Free-Text is for notes only and does not allow you to upload a document or file.

To upload an article, click on Article. A new page opens for you to fill in the citation details.

Please try to fill in as many details as possible. Before your item is posted to the course and made available to students, the library must clear the copyright permission. The library needs complete citation details to do so. Leaving fields blank may cause delay.

When you have filled in the form as completely as possible, you have four options to choose from:

- I will upload the file: If you have the document saved and available, choose this option to be prompted to upload the file. Once uploaded, the item goes to the library for copyright clearance. If cleared, it will be made available to students. If there is a problem with copyright, the library will contact you immediately.

-I will bring the material to the library: If you do not currently have the file but plan on getting it or if you have a book you would like the library to scan a chapter from, choose this option. The item will not be made available to students until the material is brought to the library and uploaded by library staff.

-Please have library staff pull the material off the shelves: If you do not own a copy of the item and wish the library to procure one, choose this option. If the item is not held in the library's collection, the library will order it via interlibrary loan. Please note, there may be a couple of weeks delay in getting the item so plan accordingly.

-The item should link to a website: If you are linking to an online article, database, or any other website please choose this option and paste the website URL into the box below.

Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Submit Item.

If you wish to add this item to more than one course, you may select each course before clicking Submit Item.

Modifying and Deleting Readings

To modify a reading's citation details, replace a PDF or file attached to a reading, or change the way the item is supplied, click on Edit next to the corresponding reading in the reading list.

This will open up the original request form where you may make changes. Scroll to the bottom of the page to Submit Item.

To delete a reading, click on Show Details next to the corresponding reading in the reading list.

Click on Delete this item.


Ares allows you to add both Instructor Tags and Personal Tags to each reading. Tags might be used to indicate assignment weeks, subjects, recommended readings, or any other information. Tags are shown in a word cloud at the top of the readings list and in the Tags column. Tags are optional.

Please note, tags are cloned along with readings. So, please keep this in mind if you plan to clone your courses and the information contained within the tags is no longer relevant in the new semester. We recommend not using tags for time keeping purposes (e.g. July 26th readings) as course dates and weekly assignments might change.

Clicking on a tag brings up a list of only readings with that specific tag.

Instructor tags can be seen by students and may be added when you add a reading.

Tags can be modified and Personal Tags may be added by clicking on Show Details in the reading list.

Type the tags in the appropriate box, separated by a comma, and click Modify Tags. Each type of tag must be done separately. In other words, type in your Instructor Tags and click Modify Tags. Then type in Personal Tags and click Modify Tags. To remove tags, delete the tag from the box and click on Modify Tags.

After clicking Modify Tags, it will appear that nothing has happened, but the tags have been updated.

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