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If does, of course, depend on subject. But, have a guess at the longest UW resource list.
Click on the image to see the sections, themes, annotations, etc
Upgrades are coming. Design you list so that it doesn’t spoon-feed (and think about your own undergraduate reading behaviour) Can generate a bibliography in Harvard.
Students want their reading to be relevant. Module leaders need to demonstrate this by discussing why students should look at different reading and by annotating lists.
No list is fine. But don’t just leave you students in the wilderness and expect them to find good resources. Students can benefit from library classes and workshops and more guidance on using resources. Just ask!
AQU guidelines require that there is a link to http://resourcelists.worc.ac.uk in the module guide. Print lists are discouraged
One list to rule them all! The UW Academic Quality Unit request that the only list made available to students is the Aspire list. There should be no other copies on module guides, Blackboard, blogs etc. Links to the original list only.
Worst example: 12 item reading list, 11 items out of print and not in library/ online (for a subject that involves quite a lot of tech).
Your reading list should not look like this!
Annotation give students reasons to read the items on the lists. It makes sure they are relevant to what’s being studied in class and means they are much more likely to be read. Use your own voice.
Everything on your list should be relevant and add value for your students
Good pedagogy to do this. Colleagues have participated in a project doing this. Very positive reaction from the students and a very up to date and interesting list was produced.
Students used to be looking for a single plant in a desert. Now they are looking for a single plant in a jungle. A decent resource list can guide them to the right plant.
At induction new Early Childhood students were asked which book they would take with them to a desert island. Answers were largely YA fiction or books which had recently been made into films. Very few students said the liked reading or read for pleasure.
Academics were continually entreating students to read more widely but to no great effect. Realised students are much more used to just finding information at the touch of a button, often don’t like reading very much and don’t understand the language of reading lists.
Michelle and team set about rewriting their modules, starting with the resource list. They altered the whole first year study skills and the whole first year practice based modules starting with the list. Teaching content, assessments and even teaching location were all focused around encouraging the students to engage with the literature.
Lists were wee-by-week and included notes and explanations. Made sure the list was the starting point for teaching rather than the add on at the end. Made it clear the list could change depending on current policy, things the students were interested in etc.
Gave different levels of reading to engage different students. Were very specific about why something should be read. Pointed out the exact chapter that was important.
Gave reading for less academic elements including placements.
Encouraged student to revisit reading and reflect on it in the light of new things they had learnt. Purposeful reading- the reading is directly related to teaching.
Gave weeks off for students to catch up or revisit reading. Supported the students to increasingly find their own materials. 7 sessions from Liaison Librarians, frequent class trips to the Hive.
7 sessions from Liaison Librarians, frequent class trips to the Hive.
Resource list usage went up (cohort of 30). But more importantly the students’ whole attitude to reading has changed.
Student and staff feedback showed some interesting effects. As well as increasing reading the appreciation of the need to read, students found the module better organised. Staff were equally please about the effects of all the pre-reading in class. Reading improved class discussions and formative assessments. Staff are eagerly awaiting the students summative submissions, due in any day now.
The only appropriate reaction.
Online reading lists: encouraging staff engagement to improve student information literacy - Taylor
What helps students make the
most of their reading?
Allie Taylor, Academic Liaison Librarian,
Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts,
University of Worcester
Things to discuss:
• What makes a good reading list?
• What helps students make the most of
• How do you encourage academics to engage
with reading lists?
What are resource lists for?
a. A starting point for the
b. A comprehensive list of
everything on the subject
c. Week by week set reading
d. A record of the module
leader’s own reading
I prefer to arrange my resource list
b. By theme
c. By week
d. In no particular
How long are your resource lists on
a. 0 items
b. 1-25 items
c. 26-75 items
d. 75 items +
How long is too long?
Feedback from my students about
online resource lists has been:
a. Non existent
c. Largely positive
d. Largely negative
I feel much more confident
about starting to do my
so much easier to access
the key readings now
The new reading lists are
brilliant. So much easier
I can spend the time I have for
studying actually doing just that -
reading the articles and the books -
not spending ages trying to find them
from the printed reading list before I
can even make a start
Third years love it
The Online Resource
button is really useful as it
saves so much time
The best thing about the new resource
list system is:
a. One definitive
version of the list
b. Easier/ simpler
access to resources
c. Digitised articles
The worst thing about the new
resource list system is:
a. Clunky/ laborious
b. Spoon feeds the
c. Not in Harvard
I tell my students how to access the
resource list for my module
I discuss my resource lists with my
Students essentially ignore resource
Most used lists (2015-2016)
Rank Module Module Leader
SOCG3110 'Race', Ethnicity and
Education Luke Devine 1020 35 2,778 79
SPRT1024 Principles of Sports
Coaching Glyn Harding 35 175 2,046 12
Development Profiling Wendy Messenger 21 141 1,889 13
Organisations and Employability Scott Andrews 41 245 1,857 8
HIST3110 Empire and
Appeasement Neil Fleming 51 28 1,790 64
BUSM3029 International Business
Strategy Richard Nicholls 43 202 1,725 9
PGPM4001 PGCE Primary -
Pedagogy & Management 1 Gill Woods 104 163 1,476 9
8 BUSM1019 Business Challenge Holly Andrews 83 139 1,471 11
PSYC1431 Psychological Research
Methods 1 Kate Muse 28 109 1,468 13
PITE2003 - Core Subjects 4 -
English, Maths, & Science Karen Blackmore 145 123 1,396 11
Can all modules have lists
like this please?
I can’t shut the students up
about their reading!
The students are very good at
working at a peer group and
supporting each other’s reading
This module is really well
You have to be willing to be reflective and
change your practice. You have to enhance
the want to read and make it purposeful and
The time you invest on the reading list makes
your life so much easier during the semester.
It used to be the last thing I thought about
when planning a module. Now it is the first.
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