Readings Online Unavailable for Upgrade 4 July 2018
Readings Online will be unavailable Wednesday 4 July 2018. During this period, staff will not be able to access Readings Online to view, create or modify their readings lists. Students will also not be able to view or download their readings. As part of the upgrade, new features will be available to make uploading subject readings and managing reading lists easier. New features include:
- A simpler process for reusing items in your reading list for a new teaching period.
- Multiple reading lists – have different lists for different teaching periods, e.g. Semester 1/Intensive.
- Apply a teaching period or custom dates to the whole reading list, rather than entering for each reading.
- Add music, sound recordings, films and images to your reading list (copyright permitting).
- Improved features for managing readings lists including the ability to hide readings from students.
- Student view – preview what your students will see.
- Removal of the unit library (we will migrate these resources for you).
For more details of the new features see New features in Readings Online. or you can attend an information session during June and July. Click the button below to view and register for an upcoming session:
Other modules and content areas of the Learning Management System will not be affected by this system upgrade.
How will this affect me and what do I need to do?
During the upgrade period, you will not be able to access Readings Online to view, create or modify your reading list.
If you use the unit library in your reading list, it will be migrated across by Readings Online staff. However, you may wish to review your unit library before the upgrade and delete any expired readings that are no longer required or are duplicated in your Reading list. See Instructions on reviewing your reading list.
After the upgrade, you will no longer need to rollover your expired readings to reactivate them for the new teaching period. Instead, you will be able to copy existing readings into a new list for the new teaching period. You will still be able to rollover readings under the current process before 4 July.
To find out more about the new features, click here. Alternatively, you can attend an information session during June and July. Click the button below to view and register for an upcoming session:
We have tried to select a day and time for the upgrade that will have minimal disruption for staff and students. If you need access to Readings Online during this time, please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements.
How will this affect my students?
During the upgrade period, your students will not be able to access Readings Online to view or download readings. You may wish to advise your students to download any readings they may require before 4 July. Alternatively, students will still be able to access digital content such as ebooks and journal articles via the Library catalogue and Discovery. Simple instructions on how to do this are available from:
- How to access ebooks when Readings Online is unavailable
- How to access journal articles when Readings Online is unavailable
Please note these instructions will only apply where Readings Online links to an ebook or a journal article that is available electronically via the Library's databases. If Readings Online links to a pdf of a print book chapter or journal article, access to the pdf will not be available and the pdf will need to be downloaded before 4 July.
Can I still upload new readings or rollover readings before the upgrade?
Yes. If you wish to create a new reading list or rollover existing readings you can. Any changes you make will be carried over as part of the upgrade. Instructions on creating a new reading list or rolling over existing readings are available in the Readings Online User Guide.
Alternatively, you may wish to wait until after the upgrade to take advantage of the new features. A new updated Readings Online User Guide will be available from 4 July.