Swansea University Library is running a Revitalising Reading Lists project to encourage module coordinators to think about the way they use reading lists. We have tried to find out what staff and students feel a reading list is for and whether it has value as a pedagogical tool. We reviewed recent research from UK universities and conducted focus groups with Swansea University staff and students. In general, academics and students have different expectations of their reading lists. If we help align expectations, there is potential to increase student satisfaction with accessing resources and ensure that we are providing a helpful resource for their learning. Here are some of our top tips for revitalising your reading list.
Do not feel constrained by the template in iFindReading. Organise your list in the way that works for your module. Consider mapping your readings to learning outcomes, assessment or module structure. You might want to consider adding new sections or using tagging to indicate weekly reading.
Traditionally reading lists have focused on books, but you can add anything to your list. Are there videos or podcasts on your subject? Does an expert in your field write a good blog?
Explain why each item is on your list and how you expect the students to engage with the material. Let students know which resources are good for gaining a basic understanding of the subject and which are more advanced.
The library can produce digital copies from library print content so that your students can benefit from online access to high-demand course reading. To comply with the University's Copyright Licensing Agency (CLA) Higher Education Licence, teaching staff must not upload their own copies of published content to Canvas or other online learning platforms. Further information can be found on the Request Digitisation page of this guide.
Students engage with reading lists that are linked to learning outcomes and assessment. Refer to your reading list in lectures and seminars. Add new/topical resources as they become available. Can you make your list interactive? Would it be appropriate for students to suggest resources to add to the list?
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