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Reading lists for staff

Providing resource lists online for the courses you teach.

About this guide

This guide shows academic staff the basics of managing their reading lists.

This facility is not available to students.

Introduction

Use your online reading lists to improve student satisfaction!

  • Easily create current and dynamic lists
  • Provide live resource links and real-time Library availability
  • Save time embedding links within Moodle
  • Seamlessly request or digitise new material

For more information about online lists, including interviews with academics who’ve successfully used Talis Aspire software at other universities, take a look at https://talis.com/reading-lists/​ 

Talis Aspire training sessions

Talis Aspire training sessions run throughout the year, current dates below, and are bookable via MyHR.

Enter your usual login details then enter the code 532 in the search box to get straight to this course, click on the title and the planned dates will be listed underneath.

If you cannot attend any of these dates and wish to use Talis Aspire, or would like to arrange a departmental training session, please contact Nicola Ward n.ward@mmu.ac.uk or Rachel Fell r.fell@mmu.ac.uk / 0161 247 6607.

Crewe are offering one-to-one training and refreshers, so please contact Helen Wilding h.wilding@mmu.ac.uk / 0161 247 5002 to book yourself on!

Weds 10th Jan 2018, 13.00-14.30pm, All Saints

Thurs 8th Feb 2018, 11.00-12.30pm, All Saints

Weds 7th Mar 2018, 14.00-15.30pm, All Saints

Tues 24th Apr 2018, 10.00-11.30am, All Saints

Embedding reading list items in Moodle

  • This video will demonstrate how you can embed one or several items from an associated library (Talis Aspire) reading list directly within the content of a Moodle unit area. 
  • Click Turn editing on
  • Select Add an activity or resource from the relevant section. Click Aspire reading list and Add.
  • In the General section, fill in the reading list name, in this case, the title is seminar reading.
  • Choose the resources that you wish to link to.  You can choose just one or as many as you’d like just check the box against each resource you require.
  • In the appearance box, you have two choices of how to display the resources. ‘On a separate page’ will send the user to a new page.  I’m going to select ‘Inline on the course page’, then ‘Save and return to course’.
  • When a student clicks on the link, the selected resources will appear in the page.
  • For more help and information, please ask a member of staff in the Library or visit the Library website 
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Embedding digitised material in Moodle

1. Go into edit mode on Moodle

2. Click Add an Activity or Resource

3. Select URL and click Add

4. Open a new tab and navigate the online reading lists to the digitisation you wish to add to Moodle e.g.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Copy the URL

6. Paste the reference details and URL into the Moodle editing URL tab

7. Under ‘Appearance’ select ‘Open’

8. Click Save and Return to Course.

Embedding reading list sections in Moodle

  • This video will demonstrate how you can embed a reading list section from an associated library reading list directly within the content of a Moodle unit area.  Please note that your list must be structured into sections to enable you to use this function. Click Turn editing on.
  • Select Add an activity or resource from the relevant section. Click Reading List Sections and Add.
  • In section title, fill in the reading list name, in this case, the title is seminar reading. In the display box, you have two choices of how to display the resources, either ‘inline on the course page’ or ‘On a separate page’ will send the user to a new page.  Select one of these options, then click link to resource list or section.
  • Sign in using your usual login details
  • Select the relevant year then use the drop down menu to select the section you wish to embed and click save
  • The reading list section will now appear
  • For more help and information, please ask a member of staff in the Library or visit the Library website.
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Get help

For information and support, contact your Subject Librarian. You can also view a range of useful videos and tutorials.