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The The Living Reading List Project: Enhancing students’ learning and research skills through the use of dynamic interactive readings embedded into teaching materials. Angela Dimond, Helen Singer, Jane Bilson Information Hertfordshire

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The The Living Reading List Project: Enhancing students learning and research skills through the use of dynamic interactive readings embedded into teaching materials. Angela Dimond, Helen Singer, Jane BilsonInformation Hertfordshire

Living Reading Lists: Enhancing students learning and research skills through the use of dynamic interactive readings embedded into teaching materials

Introduce ourselves.

The aim of this workshop is to show some models of targeted readings that Information Managers and staff can create with their students. This will lead to the development of interactive Living Reading Lists that are dynamic and relevant.

Graduate attribute: Learning and Research Skills


The What is a Living Reading List?exploits UH resourcesdirect links to specific contentuser rating, tagging, commentsweekly readingknowledge-sharinglearning & research skills

First of all, what is a living reading list?

The Living Reading Lists makes best use of resources we already have within the University, as well as using social media to direct students to these resources.

Instead of a long static reading list given out at the start of term, and then largely forgotten by students, a living reading list provides direct links to specific content. These could include book chapters, journal articles, websites or video clips.

It could also potentially allow both staff and students to rate, tag, review, comment and add their resources, reflecting the continuing group conversations.

The Living Reading Lists can be issued on a weekly basis and regularly updated by both academic staff and students to reflect on-going class discussions

It is important for students to be able to access resources efficiently at point of need. Student feedback from user-testing of i-Spy tutorials confirms that students prefer all material to be provided via the module site. This presentation describes a pilot study of different models of integrated reading lists.

This collaborative approach will ensure that knowledge is shared to the benefit of the learning community.

Engaging with these lists will help students develop effective lifelong learning and research skills. Through seeking out and evaluating reading materials themselves, students will develop their intellectual curiosity.


The The Living Reading List project

We have submitted a funding bid to the JISC Elevate project and are waiting to hear the outcome. Thank you to those of you who voted!

Project aimsThe aims of the project will be:- to look at how the Living reading list can be easily and quickly implemented and used. It will look at easy to use open source tools and applications, and how non technical staff can integrate University Collections within the VLEs. -to ensure students are able to identify, add and review resources on the reading list. - to look at organisational best practice in regards to the on-going management and promotion of the reading list, to ensure staff and students fully buy into the concept and remain engaged. to evaluate the appropriateness of the different tools and applications by involving academic staff and students.The project will review how a number of technologies and tools could be used to produce the Living reading list, such as:-Book focused community and social networking sites, such as Shelfari or Librarything-VLE tools, such as sharing tools and blogs-the open source reading list software


StudyNet Reading ListBespoke e-bookWeekly Reading PlanTumblrLibraryThing/ShelfariDiigoOpen source softwareTools and technologies available

The workshop will provide an opportunity for you to review and consider some easy to use technologies and tools which could be used to produce Living Reading Lists. These may include Google books, LibraryThing, StudyNet tools, Social media, open source reading list software and blogs such as Tumblr.

Disciplines are taught in different ways. In some, core module reading lists are supplemented by ad hoc material with input by a variety of staff associated with the module (external presenters, visiting lecturers, multiple academic staff). Others may be more structured with a single list divided into weekly readings. These styles need to be taken into account when considering a model for adoption.To counter arguments of spoon-feeding, we will promote the use of reading list as a starter kit and encourage students to add their own links to useful resources via a sharing facility.


Example 1: Reading List in StudyNet

Model 1. Living Reading List: Using StudyNet Advanced Reading List ManagerPilot module: 4NMH1027 An introduction to Inter-professional Education.Impact:This is a high-volume, cross-School module accessed by first year Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work, Health and Emergency Professions and Pharmacy students from eight disciplines and supported by 36 group tutors.Package of resources: 4 e-books, 5 print books, 4 full-text journal articles and 8 open access reports, categorised into seven subject areas to support weekly teaching.Feedback: On starting the module, Health and Emergency Professions students reported that the majority of the readings were not on the shelves in the LRCs. It was not obvious to them that many of the resources were available online. Once the linked reading list had been uploaded to the module page and promoted, the feedback was positive. Students reported that they liked the ease of access to electronic resources provided in this way, within the module page and associated with the teaching materials.Advantages:StudyNet tools exist.Easy for tutors to upload and update.Can be sorted in a variety of ways by the user: title, category, type of material.Provides direct links to electronic material, or to Voyager record for print books.Disadvantages:Student contribution not possible.Development:We will utilise experience and feedback from the pilot to encourage staff to upload their own lists via Advanced Reading List Manager using instructions provided in the Support for module planning guide. Promote ease and speed of use and demonstrate deskside.


Example 2: Bespoke e-book

Model 2. Bespoke e-book.Pilot module: 6BUS0295 - Managing Media and CommunicationsImpact:This is a double semester module with one core text-customised by the lecturer and available in print for students to purchase from Waterstones. Approximately 480 students are registered on this final year module and an additional two linked modules (6BUS0059 and 6BUS0225).Package of resources:One customised text of 20 chapters taken from 6 existing books available to UH as ebooks.Feedback: limited student feedback but does indicate that the having an ebook version is useful. Advantages:Devising a customised textbook by using existing ebooks is cost-effective and free compared to purchasing one from Pearsons.It makes use of a range of texts rather than one.Disadvantages:Problems with linking to DawsonERA ebooks within Word.Selecting the appropriate content is best done by the module leader and is time-consuming rather than selecting one core text.Reading from customised textbook is scheduled by week but the dates are not included in the table of contents, to direct students to appropriate reading. Development:Amend and develop the customised text (as pdf and html) using model 2, to mirror the weekly reading plan within the module guide.

Model 3. Reading Plan


Example 3: Weekly Reading Plan

Model 3. Reading PlanPilot module: 5COM0090 Data Management and ApplicationsImpact: 169 students study this module which covers Semester A and B. There has been a high failure rate.Package of resources: Week by week reading plan linking to chapters of the core e-book.

Feedback: Students said they would find this helpful. One student wished they had known about it earlier, would have saved him buying the book. Advantages: Easy for students to revise.Disadvantages: Not integrated into teaching materials. Needs to be updated with new dates next year. Student input not possible.Development: Obtain feedback and develop further reading plans in this way. Include links within the Module Calendar if used.


Example 4: Blogging tools - Tumblr Reading list

Tumblr is a popular blogging and networking tool. Blogging tools can be used in a variety of ways, and the social networking aspect allows comments and posts by multiple authors, depending on how the blog is set up.

This example of a Reading List on Tumblr has clickable links through to the resources. Comments , questions and submissions are enabled. There is an RsS feed which will enable subscribers to get immediate alerts of new posts. Posts can be scheduled to be published on specific dates, so they could all be uploaded at the start of term and then scheduled to be posted on a weekly basis, thus alerting students when to read the next item.

NOTE Ive password protected this blog password studynet8Example 5: Library Thing / Shelfari

These are two examples of social media for collecting, rating and reviewing books, as well as participating in subject communities.

This screenshot from LibraryThing shows a list of books recommended by the Libraries for Nursing Group, with multiple contributors. Members of the group can comment, add notes, reviews and rate books.Example: Home page shows recently added titles. Connection news eg Essential Cell Biology has rating and comments.

Shelfari works in a similar way and also has groups eg Communities>Groups>Money & Business> Business books9Example 6: Diigo

UHstudybites is a collection of some of our favourite quality sites for research and study. Tagged by subjects relevant to UH. An example of a social bookmarking site in action at the University.10Example 7: Open source reading list software: Kent /Huddersfield

These are examples of reading lists in use at other universities.11

Now we would welcome feedback from you:Please complete the slips which we will hand out with answers to the following questions:

Which of the following can you envisage using in your modules:StudyNet Reading ListBespoke e-bookWeekly Reading PlanTumblrLibraryThing/ShelfariDiigoOpen source software

Can you give the module name and code which you would like us to explore using this method with you?Finally please give us your contact details!