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Reading Lists in Canvas

Information supporting the use of the Reading List app in Canvas.

Video - Setting up a Reading List

This video explains what a Reading List is and how you can add the Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) to your Canvas course. Learn how to add collaborators, use 'cite it' for web resources and add/remove sections from a Reading List. 


Reading Lists: 1. Setting Up (3:50 mins), RMIT Library Teaching & Research, Microsoft Stream (RMIT login required)

Adding the Reading List LTI to Canvas

1.   Log into your Canvas course. Select Settings at the bottom of your course navigation menu.

2.   At the top of the Settings screen, select Navigation.

3.   Find the Reading List tool in the bottom list of disabled navigation items. You can drag and drop the Reading List tool into the enabled list. Alternatively, select the Edit icon next to Reading List, and select Enable. Position the Reading List tool directly below Assignments making it easily viewable to students.
4.   Select > Save

Creating a Reading List in Canvas

Please note: Reading Lists must NOT be created in DEV shells, only in course shells that have a SIS-ID.
  1. Select Reading List from the Canvas navigation menu
  2. Select the Create It button
  3. Add a title to the Reading List. The title can be edited or changed after the Reading List has been created
  4. Add a description – This is optional. The description can be edited or changed after the Reading List has been created
  5. Select the Create button
  6. Select a Template.  More information on this below

Selecting a Reading List template

Setting up the style of your Reading List. 

Reading Lists are divided into Sections, give each section an appropriate title that will help students in navigating through the list. For example, Supplementary Readings, Recordings, Week 1, Topic 1. 

Select the Reading List template best suited to your course: 

  • Blank: create your own customised sections. 

  • 12-weekly sections: 12 weekly sections. 

  • Recommended text and 12- weekly sections: 12 weekly sections plus a separate section for recommended texts. 

Add collaborators to a Reading List

Reading List collaborators could be Library staff, sessional staff, learning designers, or teaching colleagues. To add a collaborator to a reading list:

  1. Select Collaborators in the top right
  2. Select Manage collaborators
  3. Type the name of the collaborator in the 'Invite new collaborators' box
  4. Select the name of the collaborator
  5. Select Send invitation

Collaborators can be assigned editing rights or can be made an ‘owner’ of the list:

  • Owner rights – allows the management of resources and to add or remove collaborators
  • Editing rights - allows the management of resources in the list, including adding items to a list
  1. Select Manage collaborators
  2. Select the drop-down menu to the right of the collaborator's name and select the role (owner or editing rights).
  3. Select Send invitation