The Library can help create online reading lists for you
Most modules have a reading list of resources that students need to read, use or watch to support their learning. Online reading lists provide clickable links to these resources. This improves the student experience and encourages engagement by making it quicker and easier to access what they need. We use Talis Aspire software to produce online reading lists.
(Note: this video is aimed at students, but it does showcase most of the cool features of online reading lists)
All sorts of resources can go on a reading list! Any physical resources that the Library owns, electronic resources that the Library subscribes to, or resources that are freely available online.
We recommend that reading lists are specific to the topics being taught, provide clear guidance on what students need to do with the items, and aren't so long as to overwhelm them.
Long reading lists can be off-putting for students. Students only have a limited amount of time per week for reading, and usually study multiple modules at once. We strongly recommend that reading lists contain no more than:
Other useful or interesting items could be included in an extended bibliography document which you upload to your Moodle page. The Library doesn't guarantee that we will be able to provide everything outside of the online reading list, but students may be able to find items via Library Search or request them via the Request service.
Academics send their reading lists to the Library in text format, then the Library team create the online reading list in Talis Aspire and put a link to the online reading list on the Moodle page.
This allows the Library team to check that we can provide what is required. For example, we will:
Email your list to firstname.lastname@example.org, including the information below.
About the module:
About the resources on the list:
Please send us reading lists at least 4 weeks before the teaching start date, as it can take a while to do all our checks and for new resources to be purchased.
Please email email@example.com with the details of any changes you need to your list.
If you are taking over a module and wish to replace the existing reading list with your own, please let us know in your email.
If you prefer, you can add resources to Moodle by linking to them.
We do not recommend uploading content other than your teaching materials to Moodle, as this may breach copyright.
It is up to you to check and manage the links and uploaded content on your Moodle page.