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Subject Readings: guide for staff

Subject Readings: a new, Moodle-integrated tool

The Library has introduced a new Subject Readings tool. From Summer Session 2021/2022 and beyond, you can use the new Subject Readings tool that integrates with your subject's Moodle site. The new tool provides greater functionality and flexibility, offering an improved user experience for staff and students.

The new tool allows you to:

  • organise, edit and update your own list
  • add notes to items to provide instructions and context for your students
  • embed weekly sections or individual citations throughout your Moodle site
  • evaluate resources through student engagement analytics
  • collaboratively build lists with your teaching team
  • enable student discussion about readings
  • maintain copyright compliance
  • transition lists to the next teaching period.

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There are three essential steps to prepare a reading list for your subject.

  1. Set up your list via Moodle
  2. Add, edit and tag items
  3. Finalise your list

The pages of this guide will take you through each step, or begin by using this Quick Start Tutorial.

Subject Readings at a glance

To enlarge: zoom in (Ctrl+) or click 'full screen' in the top right.


When Actions

Any time before session starts

Request Moodle site for the upcoming session.

Add the Subject Readings activity to Moodle.

Create a  new list or request a migration of previous readings.

Add, delete or edit resources and organise your list.

If you need help, attend a library drop-in session.

At least 3 weeks before session starts Submit list to Library so we can review and process any items (e.g. digitise, purchase)

Start of session

Check the list is published so students can see completed citations.

You may like to let students know they can find their readings by clicking the Subject Readings icon on the Moodle site. We have provided a slide below that you can include in your week 1 lecture slides.

During session

View student usage analytics to see how your students are engaging with resources.

The new tool also offers you flexibility to add topical resources throughout session.

Slide to include in lecture presentations:

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