Talis Aspire: course reading lists

Information to help academic staff create course reading material lists and manage copyright compliance.

Using Talis

This video shows you what reading lists within Talis Aspire / Blackboard will look like, how to use the list to access reading resources and how to use features like reading tracking and note taking.

Accessing digitised readings

If you can’t access digitised readings try the following:

  1. Click on the blue "online resource" button in Blackboard.  
  2. You should be taken to a page which includes the text "to view the digitized content for this item please log in" ... The "log in" is actually a link to click on - easy to miss.  
  3. You are then taken to a login page – log in
  4. What looks to be the same page will display,but it will no longer say "to view the digitized content for this item please log in" but will say "view digitisation in a new window" button  Click on that and the item should be available.

Please note: These steps were made on a PC using Internet Explorer. Other browsers and other operating systems may present  and may handle downloads differently. The size of your browser window could also be a factor as a small window may not reveal the "View digitisation in a new window" button at the bottom of the screen.

Resolving issues with the read status and notes tools

If the student feature tools are not working correctly it is normally due to browser set up issues.

Check the browser is set to allow all cookies, pop-ups and java script.  

Browser sign-in failed error

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:

  • Chrome menu -> Preferences -> Show advanced settings -> Privacy | Content settings or Clear browsing data
  • Make sure under ‘Cookies’ in the Content settings that the ‘Block third-party cookies and site data’ is not checked.
  • Make sure the first four boxes are checked in Clear browsing data and obliterate items "from the beginning of time."
  • Safari menu -> Preferences
  • Privacy -> Cookies and website data: Always allow
Internet Explorer (IE):
  • Try clearing the cache in IE -> Tools (cog icon) -> Internet Options
  • Privacy -> Advanced
  • Click “Override automatic cookie handling” so that it looks like this:

  • Then click OK to the open dialogue boxes and close and re-open IE.