On this site you will find everything you need to create, edit and publish your online reading lists using Talis Aspire. Please take note of our submission dates below, and ensure you plan an adequate amount of time for the editing and reviewing of your list. The time taken for us to acquire new items for the Library can vary considerably. It is therefore essential that we receive your reading list in good time to ensure availability of items. Our purchasing policy is also available below, and will impact on how we source items on your list.
In the Getting Started tab you will find all the information you need to find and edit your list, including requesting new lists for modules.
The library is able to set up new lists or lists that aren’t currently in the system. Once the Library has set up your list we will make you the ‘list owner’ and email you the permissions to edit the list going forward. We are more than happy to arrange a 1-to-1 training session to take you through the process for the first time, or for a refresher.
Contact the Learning and Teaching Support Team by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01273 877199 and we’ll be able to make the changes for you.
You can add anything to your Reading List. Most important is to include the ‘essential’ resources all students are required to read in preparation for lectures and seminars. You can view our purchasing policy on our 'Welcome' page for more information about how we source essential and recommended readings. By providing direct links to these resources you will help students spend more time reading as opposed to searching for them.
Structure: We recommend week by week - or topic by topic - sections, with clearly marked 'Essential' and 'Recommended' sub-sections.
Size: we have statistical evidence that concise lists get the most usage. We recommend 150 items max.
Student experience: availability of learning resources has an impact on the student experience. We recommend that each taught module should have an online reading list, so that the Library can provide the learning resources needed.
Scaffolding: the reading list can be used to scaffold your teaching, by offering relevant resources, that are clearly signposted, and tied in to your curriculum content. We recommend that the online reading list is used as tool to support the teaching and learning of a specific module.
One of the benefits of the system is that you can get a proper sense of how well-used the resources are. Go to the reading list site, sign in, and click on the green 'Dashboard' button to see the number of visits to a list and how many times links to resources have been clicked.
An important reason to have your reading lists online is that it’s the primary way the Library keeps track on what you’re asking your students to read. Without having your reading lists in the system it’s unlikely the Library will resource what your students will need to access for your taught modules.
Another key advantage is the software’s ability to deliver Technology Enhanced Learning. For example, online Lists allow students to click through to items on the Library catalogue and web, providing real time availability and, where available, full-text access. In addition, each item in an online List is assigned an ‘importance’ (Essential, Recommended or Optional), which provides a very useful signpost to students looking to manage their reading effectively.
Online lists are interactive and you can add comments to particular items and sections to help students prioritise their reading. Student can also log into a List and add private notes and reminders as a way of helping them organise their reading.
Many academics have done this in the past but it sometimes breaks the terms of our CLA HE License and Copyright Law. You can find out more about this on our Copyright Guide. We’re very happy to digitise as much material as we’re legally allowed to and host them for you within your reading list.
Reading lists can be integrated into their corresponding Canvas sites. More information on how this works can be found in our Embed in Canvas page.
Other benefits include the ‘1-click’ linkage to the full-text of electronic items and the ability for students to add private study notes and reminders, helping them to prioritise their reading.