These FAQs supplement the basic steps for creating and managing reading lists.
At Victoria all course coordinators should be using Talis to manage the reading list in their Blackboard course.
It is the course coordinator's responsibility to ensure their course complies with copyright requirements and Talis assists in managing compliance. It is up to each school what administrative support is provided to the Academic staff in order to create and manage lists.
As a course coordinator or lecturer you need to inform your students that you are using Talis for their reading list and where in your Blackboard course they will be able to find the links. The following is a standard announcement you can copy and post up in your Blackboard course to alert students to this and a link to a student use video.
The reading list for this course is available through Talis. This provides you with direct access links to the suggested and required resources.
You will find a link to the full list in the ____________ section of this course.
Relevant sections of the list will be posted in the weekly content areas of this course.
For guidance on how to use Talis to access readings and manage your reading activity see the student guide video.
Please make sure your browser allows cookies, pop-ups and java script. You may need to login to Talis using your standard myvuw login details.
When you create the list you must link to the List Hierarchy. You can do this from the Edit List menu. Linking to the Hierarchy means selecting the specific Blackboard course.
Reading resources requiring copying, digitisation and/or reproduction in a printed course pack need to be added to a Talis reading list. It is recommended that all other reading list items are added to Talis, primarily to insure the consistency of the learning experience for students across multiple courses.
All of the resources on the reading lists are links out to resources online and so all resource types will work. These can be a document (pdf), webpage, image or video.
If you can find a link to the resource on the internet to bookmark add it to you list and then request digitisation for that item. Make sure in the notes to Library you note that you have a physical copy of the item for them to use. You might like to also contact your Subject Librarian and inform them that you have the required item that you require digitised. If the item is a section of a book for example you may be able to find a reference to the book in Amazon to bookmark, and then request digitisation.
Resources which you create yourself for the course, such a worksheets and example exams do not need to be added to Talis. These can be uploaded directly into Blackboard.
The Library needs to digitise the item (scan). Even if it has previously been digitised the Library will re-digitise the material so that it can be properly uploaded into the new Talis Aspire system for copyright compliance checking, but also so that they can ensure a quality scan is held for future use. Once the item is loaded into Talis it will be much easier for the Library to recall this digitised copy for next time.
The standard format is: Course code: title of course
e.g. LAWS344: Law of the Sea
If you are creating a test list to try out features and store resources please ensure the title of the list starts with the word 'TEST'. These can then be easily filtered out for reporting purposes.
Start by reading the user guide on how to load the bookmarklet tool into your browser favorites bar. You can add bookmarks to your profile in Talis at any time and then add them to lists at a later date as needed. All bookmarks (added to lists or not) show up in your bookmarks tab within Talis once you you login (victoria.rl.talis.com).
If a list is edited you need to re-publish the list for the changes to be visible through any links already created in Blackboard.
Editing the metadata of the bookmark in Talis allows you to add to and clean up the data shown on the list. For example if the item is a chapter of a book and only the chapter name is showing in the list and no information about the book itself, go into chapter part of the metadata and add fields, such as Author and year.
You can add the name of the book at the end of the chapter title (either after hyphen or in brackets).
It is very important that course coordinators take the time to test their list out and try every single link to ensure it is actually opening the required resource. You need to actually try all blue online resource buttons and see that they open.
Yes. If one of you creates the list then simply select the 'invite list publishers' from the edit list options. this will ask you for the email address of the person you want to share the list with. They will receive an invite to open and edit that list.
You can also reallocate ownership of a list once it has been created. This is helpful where school administrators are starting the list and can transfer ownership to the lecturer to complete and check.
New lists will be created for each instance of the course (the same as Blackboard). Lists can be created by copying an older list. No lists should be deleted as we have to report annually for Copyright Licensing requirements. Please ensure if you have any contract staff in your school that they know that they must leave the list intact at the end of their contract.
If you have an old test list you can publish and then archive these.
To resolve a log-in error (sign-in failed, please try again) in your browser, ensure 3rd party cookies are enabled and the cache / history is cleared:
When I try and link my Talis Aspire list to Blackboard it get a "whoops error 404", what do I do?
The cause of this is usually one of two things:
I have linked my Talis Aspire list to Blackboard and was able to select the correct course and section of list, but now when I click on the link I get Error http-401 messages. What do I need to do?
This usually occurs if there is a return added to the text in the description of the link. If there is these need to be replaced with carriage returns (i.e Shift+Return). Do check if there is one at the end of the text as well.
If you're trying to help a colleague with Talis and log in with your details on their machine, it defaults to their login. You need to load a browser tab as incognito / private window. To do this right click on your browser icon in your task-bar and select available option.
Instructions for importing your Talis list from EndNote Please note this will not work if a reference has a PDF attached.