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Subject Readings: guide for staff

Set up your list

Add the Subject Readings activity to your new Moodle site

  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 'Subject Readings'
    (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
  10. From the welcome screen, choose one of the following options:

Option 1 - Request a migration of your list from the previous system if you plan to use any previous resources. A migrated list will include any scanned chapters or articles from the previous system, saving you and the Library time as they won't need to be requested or scanned again. Complete the migration request form and the Library will email you within 3 business days to let you know when your migrated list is linked to your Moodle site. Then you can check and edit your list in the new system. See how to work with a migrated list.

Option 2 - Create a new reading list. Choose this if you want to begin with an empty 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.

Option 3 - Roll over. This option can be used in future sessions once you already have lists in the new system. This option copies a list you used for a previous Moodle site, so you can use it again in your next Moodle site. You can still edit the list after it has been copied. See how to roll over a list.

Please do not change the default title of your reading list. Titles must follow a standard formula so it's easier for teaching staff, Library staff and students to search for and identify lists.
The standard formula is: SUBJECT CODE, session and year e.g. (S122), subject name.
For example: COMM101 (S122) Principles of Responsible Business

Video: Add the Subject Readings tool to Moodle and set up your list

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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.

Working with a migrated list

You may have chosen to request a migration of previous resources when you added the subject readings tool.

After you request a migration of previous resources, the Library will email you within 3 business days to tell you when the migrated list is available from your Moodle site.

Click the Subject Readings activity on your Moodle site to review and update your list. For example:

  • 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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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'