Information for list creators
In the following short instructions you will learn how to register in read!t and how to create or edit reading lists for your courses.
- The first steps - Activating, Login and creating a list
- Structure your list
- Add literature or other resources
- Assign tags and notes
- Publish a reading list
- My Collection
- Other functionalities
- Contacting the library team
- Tips and Tricks - How you to use read!t even better
Activating read!t in the syllabus and portal login
Activating read!t in MyLEARN (syllabus)
- Select read!t in the menu Actions
- Activate read!t with the slider (on/off).
- read!t is now visible to your students (Readings) and you are ready to create a reading list.
- Please remember that you need to publish your reading list after creating it. Once you have published your list, your students will be able to see it in the syllabus.
Direct access via the read!t portal: If you would like to create an additional reading list, e.g. a reading list that is not specific to an individual course, you can create and edit such a list directly on the read!t portal
In general, it is recommended that you edit your reading list in the syllabus view because there the system will automatically generate an appropriate list for your course. However, if you need an additional list for your course or if you would like to create a list for a different purpose, you can create such a list using the portal.
- Central access via the portal: https://readit.wu.ac.at
Log in with your WU account
Activating read!t for a course repository (LMS)
- Open the syllabus for the course repository in MyLEARN.
- Activate read!t via the menu items Manage -> Actions -> read!t.
- Once read!t is activated, a reading list will automatically be created in the course repository syllabus (in the “Readings” field).
- Now fill the empty reading list with the appropriate literature or resources. Be sure to publish the reading list before you transfer it to the course(s). read!t is activated automatically, but the reading list is not visible if it is not published.
- To transfer the reading list to the desired course(s), click on Copy to the course... in the syllabus. Select the appropriate course(s) to which the list should be transferred. On the control page, you will be asked to confirm the transfer.
- The reading list is now visible in the syllabus of the selected course(s).
Important: If you make changes to the course repository reading list, these changes must be transferred manually to the corresponding courses via "Copy to courses". The course lists are then in draft mode and must be published again!
Please note: If there are any fields in the syllabus that should not be overwritten with information from the course repository, please block these fields on the course level (Syllabus -> Manage -> Actions -> Disable Fields ...)
Creating a list in the portal and associating it with a course/several courses
IMPORTANT: If you have activated read!t via MyLEARN, you will find all your courses, including course numbers under the menu item Lists. Select the appropriate list and edit it (see instructions under Structure your list).
If you would like to create a second list for a course, proceed as follows:
Create a new list
- Log in to the read!t portal using your WU login data.
- Click the button New list to create a new reading list.
Assign course number (optional) and a title to the list
- Please enter the course number and course title to assign the new list to a course. You can also create a list on a specific topic that is not associated with any particular course.
Add a description of the reading list (optional) – enter a brief description of the course and the reading list
Please associate the list with your course
- To associate the reading list with one or several courses, click the three dots (...) to open the menu and select Manage course association.
- Please enter the course number or title, select the appropriate course from the drop-down list, and click Associate & Close.
- You can associate the list with further courses by clicking + Associate.
- It is also possible to associate the list to courses and edit the associations at a later time. However, this must be done before the list is published. Lists that are associated with a course are shown in the course view under Readings.
- If you do not associate your list with any course, the list will only be visible in the read!t portal once it has been published.
Carrying over reading lists from previous semesters
You can transfer read!t reading lists from one course to another (e.g. for the next semester) by copying the syllabus to the appropriate course in LEARN.
To do so, sign into LEARN and click on MyLearn. Now choose the course to which you would like to copy the syllabus.
Click on Syllabus in the left-hand menu, and then select Syllabus --> Manage.
The menu now shows the option Actions. Click it and select Copy from course….
In the semester list, search for the course from which you would like to carry over the syllabus and click on it. Then click Selected items --> Copy from course.
Finally, confirm your choice by clicking Copy from course.
After copying, please check your reading list to make sure that the resources listed are complete and up to date (editions of books, web links, etc.). Please also check the tags and adjust them, if necessary.
Structuring your list
Add a new section
- You can add a new section by clicking the button New section.
- Sections can help you to structure your list more clearly, e.g. by grouping resources based on class units, topics, or status (required reading vs. recommended reading).
Add a title to a new section
You can also add a short description of the section (optional)
The resources in your sections are automatically collapsed in the student view. You can adjust this using the "Expand section(s) by default" menu item.
Adding literature/resources via read!t
Search the WU Library Catalog & Articles
Add resources – use the button add or drag and drop
Correct or complete the description of the resource if necessary
Adding literature/resources via the WU catalog
Choose a specific edition/version of an item
- Search the WU library catalog for the desired book.
- If a title is available in more than one edition or version (e.g. also as an e-book), this is stated below its catalog entry.
- Open the version overview to find out what is available and choose the right version.
- In case you automatically carried over a reading list from a previous semester, please check the editions or versions of all items and adjust them accordingly.
If you intentionally want to make an older edition available for your students on your reading list (although the book would be available in a more recent edition), please note this in "Public Note".
If you cannot find a book or e-book in the WU library holdings:
- Please create a manual entry (title, author, type, date of publication).
- Select the section to which you would like to add the resource and click Add.
You can then use the pop-up window to send an acquisition request to the library.
- Please select the appropriate purchase option for your needs and enter a contact person.
- Once the library staff has checked your request, you will be informed of whether the item can be purchased.
- As soon as the book has been included in the library inventory, all information on location and availability will be updated automatically in your reading list.
If a book or an e-book is already in the WU library holdings, but a different version (print, electronic, new edition) is required:
- Please also create your own manual entry in this case – even if the desired book is already available as a printed version.
- Once the library staff has checked your request, you will be informed of whether it is possible to purchase an electronic version.
Please assign tags to your resources – this is an important information for your students and for our library staff.
Add tags to a resource for students:
Tags provide your students with important information about the status of your literature or resource entry (mandatory, additional ).
- If you would like to add a resource to your list, you can select and confirm the appropriate tag in the pop-up window.
- You can also change the tags later by selecting the pen icon in the item view, then clicking on Add tags and choosing the appropriate tag or adding a further tag.
Add tags as information for library staff:
Special tags can also be used to provide library staff with important information about the resource.
- Digitization request: Parts of a book/journal issue from the library collection or an item yet to be purchased should be made available in digital format
- Textbook collection: The book should be included in the textbook collection (LBS)
Adding comments and notes
Add a public note for your students or a private note for your collaborators (other lecturers, tutors, etc.)
- Option 1: Click the ... menu of the resource and choose Edit resource to add a note for students in the field Public note.
- Option 2: You can also add a public or private note directly in the item view. To do that, click the pen icon, enter the note, and save the entry.
Activate the student discussion feature
Publishing the list and send it to the library
- If you click on the Publish button, your reading list becomes visible to your students. It is also automatically forwarded to be checked by the library team.
- PLEASE NOTE: Please be sure to click Publish to make every newly edited/created list visible to your students. Once published, the list is visible to your students in the syllabus of the associated course and on the read!t portal.
The Cite It! bookmarklet enables you to easily collect resources from databases, websites and video portals.
- To install it, go to your account settings and click on "Cite It!".
- Then simply drag and drop the Cite It! button to your bookmarks panel.
- Go to the website you want to add and click on the Cite It! bookmarklet.
- Cite It! will automatically harvest the title, URL, and other details.
- Please check the accuracy of the data before adding the resource to your list or add the missing information.
- Under "Select or search a reading list" you can choose the reading list to which the website should be added.
Unfortunately, not all websites and databases are supported yet. You will find an overview when installing the bookmarklet under "Selected pages that provide Cite It! functionality".
Activating student discussion
You have the option of activating a discussion platform for students. This can be used for the allowing the students to exchange ideas/thoughts on specific resources or for forming groups e.g.
Tip: If you activate this feature, discuss it with your students and define the types of communication for which the student discussion function should (not) be used.
Submitting a digitization request
By assigning tags, you can send a request to the library to digitize pages or chapters from books or journals.
- Digitization request: Parts of a book / journal that is already available in the library collection or has been newly acquired should be digitized
After a copyright check, the library team will digitize the required pages or chapters of the book/journal and make the digitized version available in the form of a download link directly in read!t on your reading list.
Changing language settings
read!t gives you a choice between a German and an English user interface. You can change the language in your account settings.
Activating and deactivating notifications
You will receive an automatic email notification via read!t as soon as an activity (adding or changing a resource, a comment or a note, etc.) is registered on your list. If you do not want to receive these notifications, you can deactivate this function in your account settings.
- The My Collection feature gives you the opportunity to collect interesting resources for different purposes in a personal list.
- Here you can deposit interesting literature for one of your next courses or resources for a research project etc.
- My Collection also allows you to copy books from your personal collection to course reading lists. You can do that by clicking on Add items +.
- My Collection also gives you the opportunity to propose resources for other courses and reading lists. Your students also have personal collection areas and can send you suggestions for the inclusion of specific items via My Collection.
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