Ensure your reading requirements are realistic and achievable. Take into consideration the length of your list and the number of readings to ensure students are not overwhelmed and it is not time consuming for you to manage/maintain.
Structure your Reading List by using Sections. Label them as weeks, modules, topics, or assessment tasks to organize your list and make it easy for students to identify required readings and tasks.
Use the View as Student function in Readings to make sure the resources on the list as displayed effectively and as intended.
As best practice, the prescribed textbook and a link to the appropriate referencing style guide should be in your Readings list, so students know exactly what they need to read, and exactly what style they need to follow for their assignments.
Update your list regularly and keep resources current and relevant. Set the Importance of each reading to signify if the reading is required or additional.
Choose a variety of formats to support and engage student learning. The library has access to databases that provide a wide range of resources such as books, journals, video/audio, reference materials and learning and teaching materials that can be easily linked through Readings.
Check out the Library’s Open Educational Resources guide for information on teaching resources that are freely available under an open licence.
Prescribed textbooks are texts listed as required reading in the subject outline and are intended as a primary source of study material for the subject. Make sure you let students know they need to purchase their own copy. Consider texts that are available electronically rather than in print for quick individual purchase and access for students.
Electronic textbooks purchased under a Library licence are subject to user licences (1-user licence, 3-user licence or unlimited user licence). Check out the Prescribed and Recommended Textbook Guidelines for more information.
Have you considered using an Open eBook for your subject? Check out JCU Open eBooks catalogue to see our fast growing Open eBook collection or Contact the Library if you are interested in adapting, adopting or creating an open text.
The Library has a lot of support for academics for creating valuable Reading lists, access to a wide variety of resources, and guides for student support. Liaison Librarians provide support to all major discipline areas and can assist academic staff in creating engaging Reading lists.
Consider linking to the following Library guides in your Reading list for additional support for students:
The Analytics dashboard in Readings helps you discover how students are using your list and provides an overview of usage, including the number of times your list has been viewed and the total number of clicks for each resource. It also provides statistics on student engagement including reading intentions and notes.
To view your Reading list analytics, from your subject Reading list click the View & Export dropdown and select Analytics.
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