There are several occasions where a new reading list is required:
- You may have been asked to prepare a new module for a course that is going through the validation process.
- You may be undergoing revalidation, this will give you the opportunity to review and assess your reading lists for currency.
- You may be a new member of staff and want to change an existing list.
In the tools section of this guide you will find advice on where you can find suitable content. Once items have been selected think about which sections of the list they will fit into:
- Essential Reading
- Recommended Reading
- Further Reading
Essential reading - This is material that you definitely want students to read
Things to consider when selecting Essential reading
- How easy is it to obtain? If an item is out of print, then we may have difficulty obtaining it for you or it might be expensive
- Do you want students to read the whole book, or just a section? If it is just a chapter or a few pages then it is worth having the content digitised and made available on Brightspace as this maximises availability
- It is better not to have a limited number of titles in your essential section (maximum 6), remember this is material that you want your students to read - if you listed twenty titles would you feel confident that they have read all twenty?
Recommended and Further Reading
- The aim of the Recommended reading section is to highlight additional material that develops understanding of a topic. It might be material that provides context or broadens understanding.
- As the course progresses the choice of recommended reading may become more specific and focused. Think about what will help develop knowledge and understanding. The type of material found in this section will vary depending on the course and subject.
- Further reading is a third section that can be used to highlight material that you think is helpful in terms of following through themes and ideas. It is used occasionally.