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Curriculum Builder: For Instructors

Videos and Tutorials for EBSCO's Curriculum Builder product. Please feel free to use and modify these LibGuides boxes in your own LibGuides system.

Please note that this Curriculum Builder LibGuide will be discontinued on March 31, 2017. If you are currently linking to this guide from your library website, please update your link to

What is Curriculum Builder?

EDS LogoCurriculum Builder: an LMS Plugin Hosted by EBSCO

EBSCO Discovery Service brings you an easy way to create and manage course reading lists right from your Learning Management System (LMS) with the Curriculum Builder LMS plugin. Highly cost-effective, the Curriculum Builder enables you to bring the world of quality databases, ebooks, and other digital resources from the library’s discovery system easily and directly into the online learning environment.

Which LMSs does it work with?

Curriculum Builder is an LTI 1.0 Tool Provider, which means it works with any LMS that adheres to this standard.  This includes, but is not limited to:

  • Blackboard
  • Canvas
  • Moodle
  • Sakai
  • Desire2Learn
  • Pearson eCollege

The full list of compliant LMSs can be found here.

Reading List Ideas

Here are some ideas for making use of Curriculum Builder beyond the assigned readings, courtesy of Alicia Virtue at Santa Rosa Junior College:

  • Forums: Hold weekly forum discussions based on assigned readings
  • Glossaries: Increase class understanding of complex terminology by asking your students to build a shared glossary with definitions that students can search and browse based on assigned readings
  • Questionnaires: Survey students to gather and share feedback on recommended issues-oriented websites or assigned topical readings
  • Wikis: Build a shared study guide by asking each student to provide an annotated summary to an assigned reading
  • Quizzes: Assign a graded quiz based on reading list selections
  • Offline Assignments: Assign annotated summaries of reading list selections

How do I use it?

Here’s how it works:

  • Search your library’s content from within the LMS
  • Simply click “Add to Reading List” and your selections are saved
  • Annotate reading list items and copy other reading lists created at your institution.*

* Please note that the full text to which an institution subscribes is sometimes subject to unique conditions for use as course materials, and the guidelines for each must be followed, as appropriate.

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