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Check-It-Out @ ATSM Library Issue 2, 2013: ETDC

Creation Station Activities (Missouri)

The new academic year is starting and now is the perfect opportunity to consider how your department might want to use something new in the classroom or to consider working with programs in the Creation Station as part of your professional development.  Better yet, look at your goals as a department and consider trying something new that would promote interactivity in the classroom.

On June 4th, an overview of the Creation Station was presented to attendees at the 15th Annual MOBIUS Conference in Jefferson City, Missouri.  Appproximately 30 people attended and many questions were asked. MOBIUS includes primarily academic, medical, and legal libraries within the state of Missouri and it provides a way for students, faculty, and staff to get books quickly.

And don't forget: Margaret is available at any time to give individuals or groups a short overview of the Creation Station and the programs available.  Appointments for the Creation Station are encouraged only so that your time will be spent most efficiently working with the program of your choice.

Hope to see you in the Creation Station soon!

Margaret Hoogland


ATSU Guides - Aggregate and Collaborate

With the new academic year ramping up, it is a great time to remind everyone about ATSU Guides.  Guides is a web platform that you can use to create websites.  ATSU faculty and staff have found a number of ways to use Guides to present information, as well as utilizing them as a collaborative tool integrated into their students’ coursework.

A prime example of the collaborative possibilities of Guides is Differential Diagnosis Topics (  John Heick, PT, DPT, OCS, an Assistant Professor in the Physical Therapy program, is in charge of this site.  As stated in the description of the site, “These topics and guides are created by second year physical therapy students as part of an assignment. The students have been tasked with trying to use primary sources of information that are up to date. Thank you for checking out their work!”

Guides work great for this sort of collaboration.  The owner of the site is able to assign Collaborator status to anyone he or she wants — for instance, the students in a class.  A collaborator can edit the content of just that site, or even only of individual pages within the site.  As owner of the site, the faculty member has full editing privileges, so he or she can monitor the content that has been added by the students. 

Dr. Heick requested that his site be published to the entire Internet, so that it can be found on search engines, such as Google.  Other options include publishing privately, where one has to know the address of the site to  find it — it won’t show up in a Google search.  Guides can also be published with password protection.

And creating a Guide is easy!  You don’t need to know html.

If this sounds like something that would interest you, either as a website or a collaborative tool, shoot an email to Bill Coombs in the ETDC at to get set up with an account.  Bill will also train you on how to get up and running.