By using SIPX, you can immediately simplify the copyright maze and provide readings to your students both quickly and legally. Below you’ll find a series of resources aimed at helping you use SIPX, as well as train and promote SIPX with others at your school.
You can now view all of the manual permissions requests you’ve sent to the SIPX support team in one place via a Permissions Dashboard located under the Administrator menu. On the dashboard we’re showing both open and closed permissions requests across all terms. The default is to show you all open requests across all terms (typically requests are only open during the current or upcoming terms however). From there you can quickly check the status of requests and see when that status was last updated.
New Funding Options
For those of you who fund course materials on behalf of your students we’ve added two new funding options:
1. Funding only specific students in a course.
We expect this to have limited use but if you have a mixed group of students who have access to the course but want to provide funding only for a subset of them, you can provide us with a list of their names and email addresses and we’ll set it up so only they will get their materials paid for by your library or institution; other students who can access the materials as well will have to pay for themselves. This can only be set up by SIPX staff at the moment so please let me know if you’re interested in using this option.
2. Funding only required readings in a course.
If you’re concerned that instructors are creating large reading lists but you want to limit funding to key materials you can now do so. Students will pay for any materials marked as supplementary while you pick up the tab for those the instructor deems required. To use this, you or the instructor must set reading type as either Required or Supplementary via the Reading Details page and you must select “Required readings only” on the Course Info funding setting.
Students purchasing their own materials can opt to use either PayPal or Amazon to process their payment.
New Feature: Add links to web resources within your SIPX reading list.
Want to link to print holdings, other web sites like blogs or newspapers, or media files hosted elsewhere? Now you can use the “Add a web link” feature. Provide the URL and a title and SIPX will provide a link out to these resources within your SIPX reading list. Permissions are not acquired by SIPX for these materials so please be sure that students can access the resources with no copyright restrictions.
Fall 2014 Release
Our Fall 2014 release features a redesign of the SIPX user interface that makes delivering course materials to students easier and faster. We plan to roll out additional complementary updates throughout the month of August as part of an overall focus on delivering a more intuitive user experience for all academic community members who interact with our service.