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Online Teaching and Learning: Shifting to online teaching and learning

A guide for Academic Staff to Library services and resources to support online teaching and learning.


The Library is now operating an online-only service. While this still ensures access to a huge amount of content (over 200,000 ebooks, millions of articles etc) this will mean that some print-only titles are now inaccessible to students. 

This guide compiles a range of Library services and resources to support the transition to online teaching and learning at the University of Bolton.

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Reading Lists Online

Online reading lists to support online teaching

As of April 2020. the Library is asking Academic Staff to take the following steps to support the move to online teaching: 

  1. Look up the reading lists for the modules you are teaching via Reading Lists Online. Identify where there may be significant readings that are only available in print.  

  2. Contact your Academic Librarian via informing them of the modules that you are currently teaching or other priority modules.  

  3. Where possible send an updated list of online-only readings for these modules using the following importances: 

  • Recommended for Student Purchase

  • Essential 

  • Recommended 

  • Optional 

Alternatively, tell your Librarian which print-only readings are a priority to acquire electronically if possible – or which print readings can be removed from your reading lists 

Following these steps will ensure an easier experience for your students as their learning moves online.

More detailed guidance for academic staff is available on our guide to Reading Lists Online

Finding electronic readings for your reading list

If you are looking for alternative readings to add to your reading list please make use of the following resources, or contact your Academic Librarian for guidance. Where possible you should aim to make use of existing library resources.

Support from the Library

Once you have contacted your Academic Librarian, they will:

  • Investigate e-access for priority titles only available in print, and acquire them where possible. This is dependent on availability and budget. Your Librarian will let you know where this is possible or where you may need to identify an alternative. 
  • Update the Reading Lists so that they are e-only, listed in order of importance 
  • Set up a link to the RLO list in your Moodle site – this may already be there but if you can’t see a RLO link in your Moodle site please let your Academic Librarian know 
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