We recently wrote about the benefits of a good resource list, and so in this post we would like to share some tips on how to put together an effective resource list to support student learning.
Make sure that the resource list is tailored to your course, as its main aim should be to provide guidance for students to get to grips with their course and prepare for assessment.
While you might have your favourite sources for teaching your subject, it’s a good idea to continually research and stay up to date with the latest content to keep your resource list as up to date and relevant as possible. A variety of writers, viewpoints, opinions and ideas can help students develop their critical thinking and analytical skills.
Use a Variety of Resources
While it’s important to include a range of traditional and well-established texts, you need to make sure that you include a wide variety of resources that range from books, articles, journals, websites and case studies in order to give students a rich overview and understanding of the subject.
Not all students enjoy or feel comfortable reading, so try to think outside of the box and include non-traditional content like videos, webinars, podcasts or interviews.
It’s also beneficial to include and make electronic as well as print resources accessible so that students can have access to them on and off campus, quickly and easily.
Make Sure it’s Clear and Well-Constructed
The format of the resource list should be well-constructed and clearly laid out, with indications as to when it will be covered in the course. Students should be able to easily see which resources are essential and which are more for reference or background reading. This will help them effectively organise their study and prioritise their reading throughout the academic year.
Encourage Institution-Wide Engagement
It’s essential for lecturers to listen carefully to student feedback and find out which resources they found useful, which they didn’t or if they were easily accessible. This means that lists can be continually updated and refined so as to enhance the future learning experience at the institution.
It’s also important liaise closely with the library staff to make sure that they stay up to date with demand and so that you’re aware of what resource the library has to offer.
Use a Resource List Management System
Investing in a Resource List Management System, like KeyLinks, can help you achieve all the above as they provide academics and students with a direct link to the library catalogue and a range of resources (books, journals, websites, video clips etc). They streamline all activities and allow resources to be effectively organised and manage, for students to access anywhere. RLMS provide a flexible framework to manage lists and keep them up to date, as well as analyse resource supply and demand to make sure that students get the best learning experience possible.
Do you have any tips on putting together an effective resource list? What works for you? Let us know in the comments below!
You can find out more about our new Resource List Management System, KeyLinks, here.