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Readings Online User Guide

Guide for academic staff using Readings Online. Please contact the Readings Online team for more details.
 Reading lists

Reading Lists:

  • manage course materials in the LMS and maximise the potential use of resources within copyright rules
  • set the duration for which readings are available to students, usually for no more than one semester or term at a time.
  • when the end of the teaching date is reached, the assigned status for a reading will change from ‘active’ to ‘expired’.
  • can be rolled over for reuse in new teaching period. The roll over process is an opportunity to review access statistics for individual readings and to remove or replace readings that are no longer required. 
Create a new Reading List

Once your LMS subject has been linked to the Readings Online database, you can create or rollover a Reading List in your Readings Online library.

Whether you are creating or rolling over a Reading List, these are the top three buttons you will use throughout the process:

  • Click on " Add" to add readings
  • Click on " Unit Settings" to make changes to either faculty or citation style.
  • Click on " Back to Course" to return to the LMS



5 steps to rollover an existing Reading List
1) Create a new reading list for the semester in your subject's LMS area.

If it has not already been linked to Readings Online, create a link by following these instructions:

1 - Create new reading list

2) Select your option of a predefined or custom date range for the duration.

We recommend you use the appropriate predefined date range; these have been set up with term and semester dates in mind, as well as taking into account exam periods and potential assessment extensions as well as extended times before the semester starts to allow students to prepare for classes.

2. Select predefined or custom date range

3) Choose the original unit and reading list to be rolled over.

Type in the unit code in the left search box and then nominate the correct reading list from the dropdown menu on the right.

3-Choose the original unit and reading list to be rolled over

4) Select the readings to be rolled over from this reading list.

You can do this by using the tick boxes to the left of each reading, as well as using the buttons 'All', 'None', 'Expand all' and 'Collapse all' just above the readings on the top right.

4-Select the readings to be rolled over

5) When ready, click 'Create' to finalise your new rolled over reading list.

If you have selected the grouped folders, your new reading list will display the same grouped folders.

5 - Create


What happens next?

If the rolled over reading is a link to an electronic resource (?), it will be labelled ‘Active’ or ‘Pending’ depending on whether the availability period has started. Test that the online resource has been correctly linked by clicking on the globe icon.

If the rolled over reading is a PDF file (?), it will need to be reviewed for copyright compliance before the reading can become available to students. Once the reading has been approved, test the link to the PDF to check that the document opens correctly.

When readings are rolled over, a new version of the reading will take the place of the expired request in the content folder on the left hand side of the screen. The expired reading will be moved automatically into the Unit Library, where it can be left or removed by clicking on the trash can icon associated with the reading.