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Reading Lists: Best Practice & FAQ

For tips, tricks, and tutorial information related to Reading Lists at Edinburgh Napier University.

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Reading lists

Are Reading Lists just for books?

Definitely not! There are actually fifty-one different item types supported, including video, journal article, dataset, music score, transcript, technical report, map etc. Adding a mixture of different items will make your list more engaging, and encourage students to interact with a broader range of literature and learning resources.

How do I make my list accessible to students with a disability?

The best thing you can do is limit the number of items on your list. It is physically impossible for someone using a screen-reader to access a lengthy Reading List. Try to keep the number of items on your list to under one hundred. Make good use of sections to break up weeks, units, or topics, and add tags to indicate if reading list items are either essential or recommended reading. Including a variety of formats, such as links to Box of Broadcasts, YouTube videos, podcasts, and sound recordings can also help to make your lists more accessible. 

How do I arrange for something to be scanned?

You can note if you would like something to be scanned, a book chapter for example, using the Send Note to Librarian feature. Only items tagged as essential reading will be digitised. Please keep in mind that not everything can legally be made available online. Library staff will check with the CLA to see if the item can be digitised and take action from there.

Can I add a book not held by the Library to my Reading List?

Yes, Library staff can purchase stock based on your Reading List. The number of copies is often determined based on whether an item is tagged as either essential reading, or recommended reading. Please allow three weeks for us to order book stock from our approved suppliers.

Can I use Reading Lists for something other than teaching on a Module?

Of course! All Edinburgh Napier University staff and students have access to the Reading Lists platform. You can use it to create a tutor reading group, a journal club, or just to organise your own personal digital library of resources. 

Can I link to sections of my Reading List or an individual item?

Yes. You can link to different sections and items from Moodle using the LTI Direct Access code. Click on the options for the Reading List section, and select LTI Direct Access. From here you can copy the code - a string of numbers and letters beginning with the words section_id=. As when linking to an entire Reading List, to do this, turn on editing in Moodle and select Add activity or resource, and External Tool. Give the tool a name (you could use the name of the Section your are linking to for example) and select Reading List as the External tool type. Then, under Show More, paste the LTI Direct Access code into the Custom Parameters text box. Don't forget to save your work.

Can I reuse my Reading List for the same module next year?

Yes. The reading list tool embedded in your module will roll over when Moodle refreshes for the new academic year. We suggest it is good practice to review your reading list once a year, to check for new editions or make other changes to your list. 

Do I need to add my reading list to my module descriptor?

You need to add the permalink URL to your module descriptor. You only need to do this once. This URL is a permalink and does not change if you amend your reading list. You can obtain the permalink URL from the Reading list options menu.