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Online reading lists: a guide for academic staff

Using Talis Aspire to create online reading lists

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Blackboard upgrade to resolve recent list linking issues - December 2017

There will be a Blackboard upgrade taking place on 17th - 18th December. This upgrade will resolve recent issues relating to the linking of reading lists to Blackboard.

Staff wishing to update existing links or link Spring 2018 lists to Blackboard should refer to the most recent advice provided on the TEL blog:  http://blogs.reading.ac.uk/tel/2017/11/17/blackboard-upgrade-17th-december-planned-system-downtime-talis-issue-resolved/

Linking to your online reading lists in Blackboard

Advantages of only providing links to your reading lists

  • Providing a link to your list means that students will always have access to the latest published version. One of the advantages of creating interactive online reading lists is that you will no longer have to upload and re-upload versions of your reading lists as and when you update them. 
     
  • Links to lists can also be embedded in module handbooks, for example - rather than replicating the full list - which enables you to make changes and add more recent publications/resources thoughout the course of the academic year. 
     
  • Online lists are displayed in a standard format across the system, providing a consistent experience for students, particularly those taking joint honours degrees. Lists can be reformatted by your students to a variety of referencing styles just by clicking on 'View bibliography' at the top of their list and then choosing an option from the drop-down list of styles available.

Student access to reading lists
The box on the right of this page shows how your students will access their reading lists on Blackboard.

Linking to Talis reading lists within module content on Blackboard
Linking from published Talis Aspire reading lists to the 'Reading Lists' menu item on your modules on Blackboard is a simple process, please see the guidance below.

However, you can also add the link yourself, see our guide:

Reading lists on Blackboard (screencasts)

Linking to a single reading list

This screencast demonstrates how to link to a single reading list within your Blackboard module content. We have also produced a step by step guide in PDF to help you with this. This video has no audio.

Linking to a second list for your module in the same academic year

Because of the way the Blackboard-Talis integration works, it is not possible to amend the link to your reading list once it has been set in place for the current academic year. Once a reading list has been uploaded for the current academic year via the single list option, it cannot be overridden until the module is rolled over for the following academic year. If you wish to link to a second list for your module within the same academic year, the simple solution is to link to both lists on a new module content page, see: Linking to multiple lists and then delete/hide the menu item for the single list.

For example, if you have a module where an Autumn Term reading list has already been linked to Blackboard and you now wish to link a Spring Term list, you will need to follow the instructions for linking to multiple lists and then delete the original Reading Lists menu item. For further info, see: Reading Lists - updating links on Blackboard FAQs  (pp.4-6).

Linking to more than one reading list

This screencast demonstrates how to link to more than one reading list within your Blackboard module content. We have also produced a step by step guide in PDF to help you with this (see p.5). This video has no audio.

Linking to a second list for your module in the same academic year

Because of the way the Blackboard-Talis integration works, it is not possible to amend the link to your reading list once it has been set in place for the current academic year. Once a reading list has been uploaded for the current academic year via the single list option, it cannot be overridden until the module is rolled over for the following academic year. If you wish to link to a second list for your module within the same academic year, the simple solution is to link to both lists on a new module content page, see: Linking to multiple lists and then delete/hide the menu item for the single list.

For example, if you have a module where an Autumn term reading list has already been linked to Blackboard and you now wish to link a Spring term list, you will need to follow the instructions for linking to multiple lists and then delete the original Reading Lists menu item. For further info, see: Reading Lists - updating links on Blackboard FAQs  (pp.4-6).

This screencast demonstrates how to link to a section of your reading list within your Blackboard module content. This video has no audio.

This screencast shows how your students will find their reading lists within their Blackboard modules. 

This video has no audio.

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Blackboard rollover FAQs / updating reading list links for the new academic year

This screencast shows how you can configure links to your reading lists on copied Blackboard courses. This video has no audio.

Two PDF guides (available to download, below) provide guidance on the following common queries:

  • My course has been rolled over from last year and already has links to my Talis Aspire list(s)    
  • I have a Reading List link on the course menu    
  • I have one or more Reading List links in a course content area    
  • My course has been rolled over from last year but does not yet have links to my reading lists on Talis Aspire    
  • I have a Talis link on my course menu, but I want to link to more than one reading list    
  • I am teaching a module which has never run before    
  • My Blackboard course is for a Programme / a Shared course / a Non-RISIS course    
  • I want to link to a specific section of my reading list   

 

  • What happens if a student clicks on an unconfigured link to a Talis Aspire reading list?