Reading Lists

Reading Lists are an interactive and collaborative way of managing course learning materials. Find out more about the Reading Lists app in Canvas, how reading lists benefit you and your students, and how the Library can help you get started.

Important: Disruptions to Reading Lists (RMIT Melbourne)

Due to a system upgrade, you will not be able to perform any functions in Reading Lists from 16th December to 22nd December.

Any changes made during this time will be lost. Lists will still be viewable by staff and students. 

The Cite It widget will be impacted by the upgrade. However, you will need to reinstall it only if you've set it up before March 2022.

See instructions on how to reinstall the Cite It widget.

What is a Reading List app?

Integrated with Canvas, the Reading List app allows teaching staff to create and manage dynamic Reading Lists that connect students directly with their course learning materials. Search library-owned material, as well as open web-based resources, and add e-books, book chapters, journal articles, videos, podcasts and webpages to enable easy access for students to copyright-compliant material.

How the Library can help

Our Teaching support team offers:

  • advice on reading list activation, publishing and rollover
  • 'Introduction to Reading Lists' webinars
  • 'Reading List workshops' (set up your first reading list amongst your peers)
  • copyright compliance assurance
  • troubleshooting advice.

Reading Lists @RMIT 'how to' guide

Information, instructions and best practice advice on how to:

  • add the Reading List app to your Canvas course navigation
  • create a new reading list
  • add items to your reading list
  • send the list to the Library, and publish.

For all practical advice, go to:

Benefits of Reading Lists

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For academics

  • Link students directly to learning materials
  • Ensure copyright compliance
  • Provides statistics on student usage
  • Collect and store readings, then add them to courses whenever you want
  • Easy to update and rollover lists each semester
  • Collaborate with others to create reading lists.
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For students

  • Easy and effective way to find and access course learning materials
  • Lists can be accessed anywhere, any time, on any device
  • Reduces the cost of course materials for students
  • Maximises the use of library-owned resources and open educational resources
  • Provides functionality to ‘like’ readings and discuss them.

Why I use Reading Lists

An RMIT teacher, Cathryn Nolan, explains the benefits of using Reading Lists (video 2:23 mins).

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Acknowledgement of Country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business - Artwork 'Luwaytini' by Mark Cleaver, Palawa.