Online reading lists - info for staff: Finishing off

Guidance for teaching staff on creating and editing online lists for their modules

Publishing lists

Your list won't be visible to students until you publish it. You will also need to publish your list each time you make changes to it.

When you're signed in, you'll be alerted to the fact that you need to publish your changes these messages at the top of your list:

Draft messages





There are two places you can publish your list from.

When you sign in, Publish is one of the options on the Edit menu



or, when in the Edit view you can click the Publish button at the top right of the page

Publish button

The dialog box that opens offers two possibilities: Publish and Request Review. Both options will publish your list immediately, however you should choose the Request review option if you added any Notes to library (e.g. info about adding books to short loan, requests to purchase items). Doing this will notify Library staff of your instructions. You'll receive a report once they finish reviewing your list.

Monitoring use

You can monitor how students are using your list via the Dashboard button button (you need to be signed in for this to display).

This will open an annotated view of your list:

Dashboard view

A tutorial will walk you through the different features, but particularly useful features are as follows.

Click-throughs - a graphical display allows you to quickly gauge how often users have clicked on list items

Metadata quality - a note will let you know if each bookmark has good metadata or not, and will suggest improvements you could make.

Student reading intentions - students can choose to keep a record of what they have or intend to read, and to add notes about what they have read. You will not be able to read these notes, but how often students use this feature will give an indication of how the class are engaging with your list.

Dashboard close-up

You can return to the normal view of your list via the blue Exit Dashboard button top right.