MicroCPD: Using Resource Lists

Polly Harper and Graeme Dobson discuss the benefits to staff and students of using the Library's digital reading lists tool, Resource Lists.
Did you know that on the first day of the 19-20 academic year, there were over 9000 student accesses to our University reading list system, ResourceLists@Bham, with 300,000 in total across the first term? But what are the advantages of using Resource Lists, for both you and your students, and why have we taken the decision that, from September 2020, all modules should have a Resource List?

Firstly, they provide students with easier, more direct access to resources. Tutors can recommend and link to books and articles, through to databases, websites, videos and copyright-approved digitised materials. This can then sit in Canvas alongside other teaching materials. Students have fed back how helpful they find this: “[Resource Lists are]so clear and easy to understand with links exactly to where we can read resources straight away!” (UG)

A list can also help scaffold learning, by being structured according to the module structure, perhaps by week or theme, and to suit the level of study. Tutors can include annotations to add further context, and indicate the importance of each item, such as ‘essential’ or ‘recommended.’ They can also encourage independent research by linking to databases or journals. Further ideas of ways tutors might develop and enhance their lists are here

Students might also like to add their own personal notes and reading intentions too to help organise and prioritise their learning. There is a short video guide for students on how to make the most of their Resource Lists here

Lists can enable a more inclusive learning experience, by providing access to a wide range of materials in different formats and from a variety of perspectives and disciplines (see, for example, the range of journals available here.) They can also signpost students towards further support such as Cite Them Right, for referencing guidance, or towards University Academic Skills or wellbeing support.  

Resource Lists also improve access to resources by working directly with the library’s book –ordering processes. Asking the library to review your resource list will ensure any new books, additional copies or e-versions are ordered, which means the library is much better able to provide students with the resources they need. 

Getting Started and Help and Support: 

As of September 2020, ready for the New Academic Teaching Year, UEC has agreed a policy that all modules, where appropriate, are set up with a Resource List. 

If you would like help in setting up your module lists, you can follow our online guidance including 10 minute video with all you need to know, attend a workshop or contact the library engagement team for support.

Further Reading

Here is a Resource List containing links to support available, and further resources to enhance your lists:  https://rl.talis.com/3/bham/lists/19A2F7B2-C0F0-D012-B485-E495ACD2A43E.html