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Online Reading Lists: a guide for Academic Staff

A NEW guide for the updated Online Reading Lists support for academic staff.

1. Publish your list

Whenever you make any edits to your online reading list, visit your list, and click 'Publish'. You will be notified if there are unpublished changes on your reading list - Publishing your list will make any changes visible to your students, and notify the Library if new resources have been added to the list. New resources will be checked against current stock and online availability, and your Academic Liaison Librarian will contact you if there are any queries.

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If you have added any new, essential items, please do contact your Academic Liaison Librarian with information on essential items.

2a. Linking your online Reading List(s) to your Blackboard Original course

Which version of Blackboard are you using?

The instructions below refer to Blackboard Original. When Blackboard Ultra courses are available in Spring 2024, we will update this guidance. Please see the box below if you are trying to embed an online reading list in an Organisation using Blackboard Ultra. If you have any questions, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

How to embed

You can add links to one or more lists using the Content area option in the Course menu. 

  1. Log into Blackboard and navigate to your Course. Turn on Edit Mode.
     
  2. Click on the plus (+) sign above the menu, and select ‘Content Area’. Or navigate to an existing content area.
     
  3. In your Content Area, click on the ‘Build Content’ menu and select ‘Talis Aspire Reading Lists Deep Linking’. When you click on the link you will briefly see ‘We are launching the LTI tool’. You may need to log into the online Reading Lists system using your University username and password. The online Reading Lists system will try to match the course code with the title of an online Reading list.
     
  4. Find the list that you would like to add, and click the ‘Embed List’ button.
     
  5. Repeat if required to add multiple lists to a Content area. Each list will display as a separate link, and when a student clicks on an embedded link they will be able to view the full list within Blackboard.

When you click on the link you will see an option at the top of the page to change the embedded list. You do not need to click this unless you need to change the embedded list.

Which version of Blackboard are you using?

The instructions below refer to Blackboard Original. When Blackboard Ultra courses are available in Spring 2024, we will update this guidance. Please see the box below if you are trying to embed an online reading list in an Organisation using Blackboard Ultra. If you have any questions, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

How to embed

You can add links to a section of a list in any content area e.g. Weekly readings. Sections can be released week by week using the sharing options in Blackboard.

  1. Log into Blackboard and navigate to your Course. Turn on Edit Mode.
     
  2. Click on the plus (+) sign above the menu, and select ‘Content Area’. Or navigate to an existing content area.
     
  3. In your Content Area, click on the ‘Build Content’ menu and select ‘Talis Aspire Reading Lists Deep Linking’.
    When you click on the link you will briefly see ‘We are launching the LTI tool’. You may need to log into the online Reading Lists system using your University username and password. The online Reading Lists system will try to match the course code with the title of an online Reading list.
     
  4. Select the required section and choose the corresponding ‘Embed section’ button.
    You can use the ‘Preview’ button to view the section – this will open the reading list section in a new tab in your web browser.

The section will appear as a link in the Content Area. When students click on the link to the section, they will be taken to the section within Blackboard. When you click the link, you will be given the open to link to a different section.

Releasing sections week by week
  1. Once you have created a link to a section of an online Reading List in a Content Area, return to the content area and click on the grey dropdown arrow to the right of the section name.
  2. Select ‘Adaptive Release’.
  3. Tick the ‘Display After’ date and use the calendar options to select a date and time. Click ‘Submit’ at the bottom of the page to save.
  4. You will now see that the link is available, but has not yet been released. It will become visible to students on the date entered in the Adaptive Release options.

Which version of Blackboard are you using?

The instructions below refer to Blackboard Original. When Blackboard Ultra courses are available in Spring 2024, we will update this guidance. Please see the box below if you are trying to embed an online reading list in an Organisation using Blackboard Ultra. If you have any questions, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

How to embed

You should find that the new Talis LTI 1.3 link in your Course menu links automatically to your list. If you need to add a new link, you can use the Tool Link option in Blackboard to link to one reading list.

NB. If you need to link to multiple lists, you cannot use the Tool Link option, as this can only embed one list per Blackboard course. To link to multiple lists, please create a new Content Area and follow the instructions in the next tab.

  1. Log into Blackboard and navigate to your Course. Turn on Edit Mode.
     
  2. Click on the plus (+) sign above the menu, and select ‘Tool Link’
     
  3. Type ‘Reading List’ in the Name field, and select ‘Talis Aspire Reading Lists Resource Link’ from the dropdown menu under Type.
    If you would like the list to be visible to students, select ‘Available to Users’.
     
  4. Click on the new ‘Reading Lists’ link which appears at the bottom of the course menu.
    When you click on the link you will briefly see ‘We are launching the LTI tool’. You may need to log into the online Reading Lists system using your University username and password.
     
  5. Select the required list from the menu.
    The online Reading Lists system will try to match the course code with the title of an online Reading list.
     
  6. Find the list that you would like to add, and click the ‘Embed List’ button.

When a student clicks on the Reading Lists link on the course menu, they will see an embedded version of the online Reading List that you have selected. When you click on the link you will see an option at the top of the page to change the embedded list. You do not need to click this unless you need to change the embedded list.

2b. Linking your Online Reading List to your Blackboard Ultra Organisation

Which version of Blackboard are you using?

The instructions below refer to Blackboard Ultra, which has been rolled out for use on Organisations from Autumn 2023.. When Blackboard Ultra courses are available in Spring 2024, we will update the guidance on this page. Please see the box above if you are trying to embed an online reading list in a Course using Blackboard Original. If you have any questions, please contact your Academic Liaison Librarian.

How to embed

Add one or more lists to Organisation Content

You can embed one or more online reading list in the Organisation Content area in Blackboard your Blackboard Organisation.

  1. Log into Blackboard and navigate to your Ultra Organisation.
     
  2. Click on the purple plus (+) icon wherever you would like to embed the online reading lists link. This can be on the main Content page, or within a Learning Module or Folder.
     
  3. Select ‘Content Market’ from the dropdown list.
     
  4. Select the ‘Talis Aspire Reading Lists Deep Linking’ tile.
     
  5. Search for the list title in the search box, and then click the ‘Embed List’ button to the right of the list title you want to embed. You should be taken back to the BB Organisation page, and the list will be embedded. Check that the link is Visible to participants using the dropdown underneath the title of the list. 
     
  6. Repeat if required to add multiple lists to a Content area. Each list will display as a separate link, and when a student clicks on an embedded link they will be able to view the full list within Blackboard.

When a student clicks on the Reading Lists link on the course menu, they will see an embedded version of the online Reading List that you have selected. 

Add a section of a list to the Organisation Content area

You can add links to a section of a list in any content area e.g. Weekly readings. Sections can be released week by week using the ‘Release Conditions’ options in Blackboard Ultra.

To do this, follow steps 1-5 above, and choose ‘Select section’

Then, select the required section and choose the corresponding ‘Embed section’ button. You can use the ‘Preview’ button to view the section – this will open the reading list section in a new tab in your web browser.

The section will appear as a link in the Content Area. When students click on the link to the section, they will be taken to the section within Blackboard.