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This page outlines some of the things you need to consider when creating or revising a reading list.
The new policy means that you may have to change how you use some of the resources on your existing list, or assign different levels of importance based on the new definitions.
When creating or revising your reading list you need to consider:
- What knowledge do my students need to be able to access and learn to use?
- Which resources is that knowledge in, and can all of my students fairly and equitably access those resources?
- What do I do if my initial choice of resources cannot be made available to all students fairly and equitably?
- How will I let the students know what I expect?
- How do I ensure my students have the skills required to use those resources?
This guide focuses on points 2, 3 and 4.
When considering your students’ skills, you may wish to consult the range of online self-help guides created by the Library’s Skills team. They include Reading at university, Critical writing, and Remote learning. Guides can be linked to ReadingLists@Hull, or embedded into Canvas sites.
There must be no hidden or additional costs for students. Resources should either be available via the University Library, or freely online, as stated in the policy 'ReadingLists@Hull 2020-2025'
- The size of your cohort has a direct effect on the students’ ability to access resources, with larger cohorts facing the greatest potential challenges
- Give students clear guidance via ReadingLists@Hull so that they understand their reading options and your expectations. For example, indicating which texts and resources are comparable so that they can access those best suited to their circumstances. Some students will find it easier to access the Library's physical collections, others may prefer digital resources. This guidance can be given by adding notes into the ‘Description’ for each list section, or the ‘Note for students’ for each text. N.B. An individual ‘Note for student’ alongside each title is most noticeable.
- Select resources that fulfil the University’s aim of decolonizing the curricula
- When and how to use resources developed under Creative Commons licences, including Open Access (OA) publishing and Open Educational Resources