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"Gloriously straightforward!": removing barriers to resource discovery

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posted on 2023-06-08, 17:39 authored by Suzanne Tatham, Chris Keene
In this workshop for the CILIP 2014 ARLG conference, we explored some of the issues around resource discovery, looking specifically at the barriers created by having multiple systems, interfaces and points of access. We discussed whether there is more we can do to help students to find the materials they need for their studies. At the University of Sussex, we use a VLE based on Moodle and the Talis Aspire online reading list system. Our research points to students wanting their VLE to be the place where they go to get everything they need for their academic study. The online reading lists had been linked to students’ module pages but it was a link to an often long and unwieldy list. It was also fairly hidden, at the bottom of the page in the VLE. Most academics at Sussex structure their teaching - in the VLE, reading lists system and elsewhere - into sections specific to a teaching week or topic. For this reason, it seemed an obvious goal to try to integrate the online reading lists in the same way. Students would then be able to discover all their resources for any particular week, all in one place. However, whilst Talis Aspire provides a simple way of linking to a module’s full reading list within Moodle, there is no simple method of linking to a section in a reading list. This integration necessitated some joined up thinking, so the E-learning team and the Library collaborated to deliver what one academic described as “gloriously straightforward!”.


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2nd CILIP ARLG Study Conference - The Final Frontier

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University of Sussex

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23-25 June 2014

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