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ReadingList@HKUL: Getting Started

Adding ReadingList@HKUL in Moodle

To start preparing your reading list in Moodle using ReadingList@HKUL, you will first need to add ReadingList@HKUL to your course(s) in Moodle. You have to perform the same step for each Moodle course that you wish to use the tool.

Adding ReadingList@HKUL as an external tool in Moodle is only a few clicks away.


1. Sign into your Moodle course.  Navigate to the relevant course unit.  Turn editing on in your Moodle course page.  Click Add an activity or resource.

2. Select External tool and click Add.

3. Name your reading list. In order to be more consistent, we suggest you use ReadingList@HKUL as the name.

From the drop-down menu of Preconfigured tool, select ReadingList@HKUL and then click Save and return to course.

ReadingList@HKUL is now added to your Moodle course. 

4. You have now created a link in your Moodle course. Click on this link to start working on your reading list.

Hiding ReadingList@HKUL in Moodle

If you are building the citation list on ReadingList@HKUL, you may hide the link from being seen by students in Moodle following the steps below.

1.Click Edit, select Hide for the external tool.

2. The reading list is dimmed and only visible to you (instructor). If you want to show the list to students, repeat step 1 but select Show..

Creating a reading list

1. Click on ReadingList@HKUL external tool in the Moodle course page.

2. Click CREATE IT to create a reading list for this course.

3. Assign a title (course code and course name) to the reading list and then click CREATE.

4. Reading lists are divided into sections, which can represent the weeks of a semester or topics or course modules, etc. You can select a weekly template or a template by topics. If you choose a weekly template, sections (i.e. week numbers) will be automatically created in your list.

Alternatively, select a blank template to customize your sections. You will need to add sections to your reading list manually. Read Create a section for details..

Associating with a course

1. The new reading list needs to be assigned to its course. To do this, click ASSOCIATE LIST.

2. Search for your course by course name or course code and select the relevant course from the list.


3. If you want to do the course association later or you need to change the course associated with the reading list, click on the Ellipsis button at the top left of the reading list page and select Manage course association.

Creating a section

You need to add sections to your reading list before you can add citations or resources to the list. The sections could be the weeks of a semester or topics or course modules, etc

1. To add a section, click NEW SECTION.

2. Enter the title and description of the section. Start and end dates set the timeframe for each section. If you would like to make the section be visible to students only during these dates, tick the Section visible only during these dates box. Then click CREATE.

Editing a section

You can always edit the section’s details by clicking the Ellipsis button > Edit Section.

Reordering the sections

To reorder the sections, collapse the sections by clicking Toggle section view and then drag it upwards or downwards.

Adding collaborators

If you have to work with other instructors in the course, you may add your partners as the owner or collaborator to edit the reading list. Both collaborators and owners can edit the list, but only the owner can add other collaborators and owners.

1. Under Collaborators, click on Manage collaborators.

2. Search the collaborators by their email address, and then click SEND INVITATION to invite your partners to be the collaborators.