Apply best practice to enhance your student's learning when submitting your learning resources or updating your reading lists for your courses.

Realistic expectations

Consider the length of your list and make reading requirements achievable. It is onerous to maintain a list of hundreds of items and daunting for students to navigate. Ensure all included items are relevant. Encourage students to use their digital literacy skills to search for further material.  We have:

Set importance

The significance of the resource should be indicated clearly. The Electronic Course Profile System asks for Required and Recommended resources. The Talis reading list system allows you to clearly indicate this, as well as providing access to any Further resources.

Improve navigation

A well structured list will guide student learning. Organise your learning resources by week or topic. If you have a course reader, be clear in the course profile about which readings it contains.

Keep lists current

Review your reading lists each semester and remove items no longer relevant. Ensure the most recent edition of a title is used. If an older edition is used, add a note to say why. Send us your learning resources requirements eight weeks prior to the start of the semester so we can place orders for any new materials.

Prefer electronic resources

The Library has an e-preferred policy for learning resources, meaning we acquire books, journals and other resources in electronic format wherever possible. Choose items that are readily available – out of print material can be difficult for the Library and students to source.

Select learning resources for your course outlines other key issues to consider when selecting learning resources.