Manage your Library eReadings links

As you may be aware, the Library now publishes all readings that you have requested through the eReadings collection in the Equella database. Library then places eReading links directly into your Moodle shell. If you have requested eReadings you may have already seen these links appear at the top of your Moodle course:

By default, these links are not visible to students, and will therefore appear as greyed out to you. Before you make these links available, you may wish to move them to where you want them to a more appropriate place within your course:

  • Option 1: Within a topic, e.g. week 1
  • Option 2: A special topic such as Other Resources
  • Option 3: In an orphaned topic (a special hidden area of your course)

Tip: You can link to these eReading links from within a Book, or Page resource

Option 1: Within the body of a topic

You may wish to have Readings appear within the body of a topic, either in the order in which you want them read, or divided between other resources and activities.

Tip: if you do this, you might also wish to include labels (sub-headings) to contextualise and/or provide instructions as in the example below:

Option 2: Listed in Other Resources

If you are using Moodle Books, Pages or Lessons to direct your students through content and activities, you must link to the Moodle eReading link, not the eReading’s Equella location. When linking from within another resource, it doesn’t matter where the eReading link is placed. In this example, the readings have been places in Other Resources

If moving the readings to the Other Resources topic, you should include a label and some text to let students know that this topic is an index of readings already linked to from within course material and not additional readings

Option 3: in an orphaned topic (Hidden topic)

If you don’t want students to be able to access the eReadings (or other resources) directly, and only want them to restrict access readings from within a Moodle Book or Page, then you will need to place them within what is called an Orphaned topic.  An orphaned topic can help avoid confusion (prevents having two entry points for one resource) and streamlines your Moodle site.

Note: In Moodle you should make sure that your orphaned topic and your resources are not hidden this is done by clicking the edit drop down button on your topic and activities and making sure it says Hide.

For more information and support in using and setting up orphaned topics contact CLIPP.

Moving your eReadings to the right spot

Tip: Before moving readings, it is a good idea to select the topic you wish to move the readings to, by clicking on the topic header.

In your Moodle shell, turn editing on and either:

  • Click and hold on the cross icon for the resource and drag it to where you need it to be:

OR

  • Click on the icon and choose where you want to move it to from the list provided. (use this method if moving to orphaned or other resources topic)

Un-hiding Readings

Students won’t be able to access readings and resources that have been hidden, even if you’ve linked to them from within a book or other resource, so make sure you ‘Show’ these by editing the settings for the item:

Note if you wanted these resources to be ‘hidden’ from students then follow the steps to create an orphaned topic.

Note: An orphaned topic is different to a hidden topic. Placing readings in a hidden topic is the same as hiding the readings individually.

Linking to eReadings from within a Book (or page or lesson) in Moodle

Some of you may have organised your students’ learning by structuring it within a Moodle Book or a Lesson. In this case you will need to link out from within the Book to resources and activities.

Before you can do this, you need to select the correct link to the eReading.

IMPORTANT NOTE: YOU CANNOT LINK DIRECTLY TO AN EQUELLA RESOURCE FROM WITHIN A BOOK/PAGE/LESSON IN MOODLE!  YOU WILL NEED TO ENSURE THAT THE READING LINLK IS WITHIN THE MAIN BODY OF YOUR MOODLE COURSE AND LINK TO THIS LINK (e.g. the eReadings link provided by the library)

Make sure you select the correct url to link to, make sure you Copy the Moodle item link address and not the Equella link address.

To copy the correct link

Right-click on the item in Moodle (e.g. EReading link) and choose copy link address

Once you have the link, you need to highlight some text in the book and use the link editing icons to insert a link.

To add the link within your Book

1. Find or add the text you want to create as the link. Highlight the text and click the link icon:

2. Paste the link in the Link URL. You will know you have the correct link if the beginning refers to http://moodle.fed....

3. Ensure you change the Target to be Open in new window.

4. Click Insert.Save your page.