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Reading Lists

What does integrating your list mean?

Choosing to integrate your reading list into your Moodle page means that students will be able to view their readings via the Moodle platform, rather than having to click through to an external link or find it via the Library. This means that they can easily find all resources and information they need for a module in one place. We highly recommend that you do this to make your reading list more accessible for students.

You can either integrate the entire list and place this at the top of your Moodle page, or you can integrate specific parts of the reading list into specific parts of your Moodle course.

Integrating specific parts of the reading list into specific parts of your Moodle course works best if you structure your Talis list in the same way that you structure your Moodle page. For example, if you have weekly readings on Talis and weekly sections on Moodle, then you can integrate week one readings under the week one section and so on.

If you need any help with this, just send us an email at libread@essex.ac.uk. We are more than happy to do this for you, however we do need to be made editors of your Moodle page.

How do I integrate my Talis list into Moodle?

You first need to make sure that your reading list is published before you can integrate it into your Moodle page. Guidance on how to edit and publish your list can be found here.

To integrate all or part of your reading list onto Moodle, you need to select 'Add an Activity or Resource' and choose 'Course Reading List'. You then need to fill in the following details:

  • Section title: give a title to the section of the list that you are adding in to Moodle, e.g. week 1 readings.
     
  • Display resource list contents: you can select to have the section of the list display 'on a seperate page' (i.e. there will be a link to another page on Moodle which will display the section), or to have it 'inline on a course page' (i.e. it will be visible on the main Moodle page and students will not need to click through to another page - recommended).
     
  • Show list sections expanded: if ticked, the section of the list that you add will be expanded. If unticked, students will need to click the title to expand the list.

Once you have filled in the details, you can then click 'Link to resource list or section'. When you have a published list linked to the hierarchy, it should appear; if it does not, you can search for the module code.

Select which section you want to link to from the dropdown menu. The default setting will be 'The list', meaning the whole list would be imbedded. You can select any section that you have created. Once you've selected the section you want, click 'save'.

The below video demonstrates how to integrate your list onto Moodle:

How to I link to my new list at the start of an new academic year?

Reading lists are rolled over at the end of an academic year, meaning that a copy of the list is made for the new time period. More information on rollover can be found here.

Unfortunately, the integration of your list on Moodle will not automatically change to display this rolled over version of the reading list for the coming academic year. This means that you just need to relink to the reading list - this is really simple and shouldn't take long.

You will need to go to your Moodle page and scroll down to wherever your reading list is integrated. Open up the drop-down or click through to the list if necessary. You will know that it is the list for a previous academic year as it should have the time period and 'archived' along the top. You will see an option that says "Relink? To change the linked list of section click here", as below:


 

Click on this, and it will go through to a page where you can find your new reading list. Note that you can only find lists that are published. If your list is linked to the hierarchy, this should be found automatically. If it is not, you can search for it by typing in the list title.

 

Finally, you just need to select the section that you want to integrate by selecting the dropdown which says 'The list', and then select Save.

Your integration will now be updated!

Note that you will need to do this for every instance of integration that you have on your Moodle page; for example, if you have sections on Moodle for each week and you've integrated that specific week of reading into each of these, you'll need to do this for each section.

If you need any help with this process, or would like us to do this for you, just send us an email at libread@essex.ac.uk