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Subject Readings: guide for staff

View student engagement to evaluate resources


Click the 'View list analysis' icon to see usage of resources. You can see how many students viewed, downloaded, liked and marked an item as 'read' and compare usage over time.

'View list analysis' button is under the list title.

Likes and views

Students can 'like' a citation. You can see the number of likes (heart icon) and views (eye icon) to the bottom right of each citation.

The number of likes and views is shown to the bottom right of each citation.

Enhance student engagement

Add public notes: Add a public note to a citation to communicate additional instructions or information to your students. You could also integrate questions, which prompt students to think about a particular aspect of the reading.
To add a public note click the ellipsis > 'Edit item' OR click the item title and add a comment in the public note field.

Example of a public note: Look at figure 2 in particular. How would you describe the main trends in the graph?

Enable student discussion: To enable student discussion click the ellipsis at the list level and click 'Configure list discussions' > 'Show student discussion thread'. This will allow students to comment about the list and specific resources.

Ellipsis menu at the list level is open showing 'Configure list discussions' selected.

Annotate PDFs such as scanned book chapters: The new tool offers staff and students the ability to annotate and highlight within PDFs, such as scanned book chapters. To make a comment, highlight a piece of text and click the speech bubble icon. You can also use the 'Shape' button to draw a shape around an image or graph, and add a comment.

You can choose to make your comment private or public. Public comments are visible to students and can be used to draw their attention to particular parts of a reading.

The Public Annotations toggle is on by default (green), and allows students to write public comments. You can choose whether this is on or off for each PDF.

Public annotations toggle is turned on (green) by default.

If you want to read the original document without the overlay of annotations and highlighting, use the 'Hide annotations' button at the top right of the PDF. (This will not hide the annotations for others, only for you while you are viewing the document in this instance.)

'Hide annotations' icon

Note: If the PDF is downloaded or copied/moved to another list, any annotations are not copied across.

Invite students to suggest items: If you would like students to suggest items for the reading list, they need to add the item to their 'My Collection' first. Then they can click the ellipsis beside the item and select 'Suggest this item'. Any suggestions will appear for you under 'Suggestions' in the right-hand panel. From there you can select which suggested items to add to your list or delete.

How to check what your reading list looks like to students