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Subject Readings: guide for staff

Set up your list

Add the Subject Readings activity to your new Moodle site

Note: The Subject Readings activity may already be on your Moodle site if it's not a brand new site or you used the LTC Moodle template.

  1. Request your new Moodle site for the upcoming session
  2. In your new Moodle site, turn on editing mode and click '+ Add an activity or resource'
  3. Select 'Subject Readings' from the grid of options
  4. Type 'Subject Readings' in the Activity name field
  5. Click 'Show more' to add an Activity description for your students, for example:
    Click the Subject Readings link above to access the reading list for <subject code>. For more details on using Subject Readings see the guide for students.
  6. Tick 'Display description on site page'
  7. Click 'Save and return to site' at the bottom on the screen
  8. Drag the 'Subject Readings' activity to position it under the Subject Outline. Turn off editing mode.
    Subject Readings icon
  9. Click into the Subject Readings activity and choose how to begin your list.

Note: The latter half of this video refers to an older version of the welcome screen. Please refer to the next section of this page for the current information.
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Choose how to begin your list

Click the 'Subject Readings' activity on your Moodle site.
(If you want to view the screen in it's own window, click the 'open in a new tab' icon or customise the Activity settings.)
Button to open window in a new tab is located at the top right of the screen
If your Moodle site has been copied from a site that had a reading list, that list will automatically roll over to your new Moodle site, and you should see it appear when you click the Subject Readings activity. You can edit the list to suit the upcoming session. 
If this is not the case, you will see a ‘Welcome to Subject Readings’ screen where you can choose to reuse a list (roll over) or start a new list.

Subject readings welcome screen
If you were not the owner of the previous Moodle site and want to reuse its subject readings, you will need to request access from the previous site coordinator.

If you need help, contact Library Academic Support Services:

If you don’t want to reuse a list, choose ‘Create a new reading list’. Choose this option if you want to begin with an empty list and add resources from Library SEARCH and the web. Please do not change the default title of the reading list. You'll be prompted to select a template: blank (one section) or weekly sections. From there you may choose to further customise the sections (add, edit, rename and move sections around). Then you can begin adding resources from Library SEARCH and the web.

Manual roll over is available if it didn’t occur automatically. You can copy an existing list to use for your Moodle site using the manual roll over process. Generally, you should only roll over a reading list to a Moodle site for the same subject. You can still edit the list after it is rolled over. Please do not roll over a list that is still being used in an active Moodle site for these reasons.

Set up sections by week or topic

If you choose, you can set up sections by week, topic or module. You can always add, edit, rename and move sections.

To add a section:

  1. Click 'NEW SECTION'
  2. Add a Title for the section (adding a description and visibility dates is optional)
  3. Click 'CREATE'

To collapse or expand all sections, click this icon:

First icon on the left of the screen is used to collapse or expand sections.

Reorder sections by drag and drop from the blue panel, or use the up and down arrows (sections must be collapsed to reorder them):

Sections can be dragged by clicking and dragging them from the blue panel on their right

To edit, rename or delete a section, click the ellipsis [...] to its right.

Check your list is associated with your Moodle site

Your list should automatically associate with your Moodle site. The title of your Moodle site should display under the title of the reading list. Check that the session and year match that of your current Moodle site. It's important the list is associated with the correct Moodle site, so students in that site access the correct list.

Under the list title is the name of the Moodle site associated with the list. To the right of the list title is the ellipsis menu.

How to associate your list with a Moodle site:

  1. In Subject Readings, click the ellipsis [...] to the right of the reading list title
  2. Select 'Manage site association'
  3. Select your site from the drop down list
  4. Click 'ASSOCIATE & CLOSE'

Working with a migrated list from Equella

Ways to review and update your list:

  • Delete items that are no longer required - A migrated list contains readings from the previous system, Equella. Your list may contain items from previous instances of the subject that were taught across various locations (e.g. Australia and overseas campuses). So you may see extra items in your list, which you can delete if needed.
  • Arrange into weekly or other relevant sections if desired - Items are grouped into sections by resource type, but you can customise the layout. If your previous list was in weeks, migrated items will have a note indicating the week they were in. This can help you organise them back into weeks if needed.
  • Add new items.

Video: Review, update and customise your migrated list

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