Accelerate the growth of digital resource provision
Since its introduction, Talis has allowed the library to provide three times as many scanned book chapters to students.
- Embedded digital resources for UEA teaching is a strategic objective of the University. Talis ties into the library Digital First policy of the library by making book chapter scans and eBooks available wherever feasible, given budget and license conditions. Talis is already providing high levels of digital content with 48% of all core reading books and 54% of all core reading articles listed in Talis being offered in digital format.
- The Talis interface removes many of the access barriers between student and online resources making it much easier for students to access digital materials for their learning.
Provide a better consistent experience for UEA students
Wholescale adoption of Talis at UEA would provide a consistent user experience for students in terms of online and interactive reading lists available for every module, appropriate for a modern digital learning environment.
- With such offerings in place at other HE institutions, this level of service is likely now considered a ‘hygiene factor’ by prospective students.
Reduce the cost to students of resourcing a course
Talis lists are regularly reviewed and checked by the library to ensure stock is sufficient to meet student needs.
- A Talis Aspire Reading List for every module will have a significant impact on book availability allowing the library to stock sufficient copies of material (or the right ebook license) based upon student numbers enrolled on a module.
- The mechanisms to denote ‘core’ and ‘further’ reading in Talis make it far easier for the library to quickly stock appropriate numbers, helping to reduce the cost to students in resourcing their course.
Ensure all students have access to key reading
At its heart, the University wide adoption of Talis addresses an academic issue - ensuring that all students are sufficiently prepared for seminars by having read the required texts.
- This was illustrated in a Times Higher Education Survey where 52% of academics surveyed were concerns that ‘students turn up for class without having done the required reading’ . By using Talis, academics can ensure that students get access to readings in the most efficient way possible.
- Compared with than a static Word or PDF document, Talis can offer much more by presenting core reading to students directly (where ebooks or digital chapter scans can be provided) and show library class-marks and live availability for print books. This places all students on a level playing field in terms of access to reading.
- The time saving arising from direct access to reading allows students to spend more time reading around a subject. It also provides advantages for students with additional needs or studying ‘at a distance’ or on placement.
Improve the turnaround time for resource provision
On average, library staff can review and order stock from 4 Talis lists a day compared with 1 list per day to review a Word or PDF document. Wholescale adoption of Talis would allow for the removal of a time consuming paper based workflow for checking Word/PDF based lists.
- Efficiencies will improve over time as the Talis system records all decisions and highlight changes to lists meaning subsequent rechecks of the same lists are also much shorter. In contrast, paper based lists must be printed and rechecked in their entirety every year. This is a cumulative overhead of time taken away from Library staff that would be better spent on other student-focused activities.
Provide Lecturers and the University with direct feedback and learning analytics
All Talis lists have in-built reporting on high and low use digitised readings which will potentially provide useful data to academics for improving teaching quality.
- They also allows students to feedback to module conveyors and their peers on the usefulness of reading. Talis also provides a platform for contributing to institutional learner analytics work which may be useful for the TEF. Greater usage of the system will provide more meaningful data.
Ensure stable access to learning resources over time
Use of Talis reduces risk in terms of ongoing access to teaching resources. Talis works by direct linking to resources, allowing both the library and the resource provider to track their usage, as well as ensuring that UEA is compliant with any publisher license terms and conditions.
- Talis is now the only mechanism for the University to offer digital chapter scans that are compliant with the CLA HE license. Any other type of scan, if not checked, is at risk of being taken down.
- This issue particularly important for modules that already have PDFs embedded in Blackboard. In these cases, the rationale to switch to Talis is to ensure that such resources have appropriate copyright clearance, that dynamic links are maintained, and that there is minimal risk of them being taken down.