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Reading List of the Week – The Holocaust: History and Debates, Royal Holloway, University of London

Natalie Naik
Reading list of the week

This week our Reading List of the Week is from Royal Holloway, University of London from academic Simone Gigliotti.

This list was created by the academic after a library drive to get academics engaged with creating reading lists using Talis Aspire.

Here’s what the library team had to say: “This list was created by an academic for a postgraduate course within the Department of History. We’re pleased that more academics within the university are beginning to take on responsibility for their courses’ reading lists, as we are always working to increase academic engagement with the system.”

It’s great to hear that Royal Holloway have been seeing success with academic engagement and have further plans to encourage more academics to set up and manage their own lists. They are “attempting to further encourage academics to get involved this year by offering training sessions.”

One of the biggest benefits to academics is the ability to integrate with Moodle, to improve the students’ access to the lists with single-sign on access. “This academic has divided the course’s core readings on a weekly basis, and has also integrated the list into the module’s Moodle page, making it even easier for students to quickly access their readings.”

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“You’ll see that the academic has used a section from the reading list each week and, in fact, has included no other information on Moodle in the weekly sections (there are course handbooks, etc. at the start of the page). This is great to see as it demonstrates how the reading list system can be used in tandem with Moodle without duplicating work to provide a seamless digital service for the end-user (the student!), which is what investment in systems is all about.”

What stands out about this list is the structure, it is well organised as the items are divided up by weeks, making it easier for the student to navigate the list.

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Some of the items are ‘Online Resources’, shown by the blue button, making the items even more accessible to students, allowing them to use the resources when they are not able to visit the library.

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This list was created 2 months ago for an estimated 18 students and has had 118 page views, 55 total item clicks and 15 annotations.

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