Reflecting on RAU Resource Lists

Last week we took some time out to reflect on our Talis Aspire / RAU Resource Lists journey so far.

On Thursday we were visited by David Renfree (Talis), Allie Taylor and Sarah Pittaway (University of Worcester) who helped us run a session with our academics looking at the potential of their lists.

Sarah and Allie presented on “Deep and meaningful learning experiences”:
making the most of resource lists and shared some insights from Worcester on constructive alignment, voice and presence and the need to give students a “purposeful reason to go on frequently and repeatedly”  [taken from Salmon, G. (2013) E-tivities: the key to online learning, Abingdon: Routledge.]

Allie Taylor and Sarah Pittaway (University of Worcester)

Allie Taylor and Sarah Pittaway (University of Worcester) present

David then introduced analytics use in Talis Aspire and began to explore the new list edit view currently being rolled out.

We completed the session with the RAU Resource Lists awards in which academics were honoured for their great lists in categories including:

  • First to create a list
  • Most programme lists
  • Most accessed programme lists
  • Most accessed module lists
  • Longest List

The academics received a certificate and a wooden spoon (we were reclaiming the term to apply to winners!)

RAU academics awarded wooden spoons

RAU academics awarded wooden spoons

On Friday David worked with our library team looking at the the reviews and acquisitions process. we also explored the roll over process for lists.

David Renfree (Talis) helps us explore our reviews process

David Renfree (Talis) helps us explore our reviews process

It’s been a interesting journey so far. Although there have been some minor hiccups (for example in integrations with our catalogue system and VLE),  we have had great engagement from academics and out stats are pretty healthy:

  • 256 lists (including 162 lists for modules and 40 lists for programmes)
  • 3513 bookmarks (2091 books / 1472 importances)
  • 80 user profiles
  • Some programmes with over  80% coverage for module lists
  • “We’ve spent half of our book budget for this year already!”

We are now moving into phase 2 of our implementation. We will be continuing to encourage the creation of lists and will be linking them more closely with our module sheets and module pages on the VLE. There is also work to do using the stats we have to improve lists and encourage use by students.

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