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Publish course reading lists

UQ teaching staff, learn how to access, edit and maintain your course readings list using Talis Aspire. Information on adding new items as Talis bookmarks.

What you can edit

You can use Talis Aspire to:

  • set priorities (Importance) of your readings e.g. Required or Recommended
  • customise headings, sections and add notes for students
  • arrange and move readings.

Talis Aspire overview

Set the reading Importance

Each reading must have an Importance set. This indicates if it is required, required - own copy needed, recommended or further.

This helps students navigate your list and School Locker with purchasing the relevant required textbooks.

Required - own copy neededReading importance setting menu options

Students must read these to understand course content and will need to obtain their own copy.

Add a Note for Students to indicate why own copy is needed e.g. "Required for open book exam". 

This information will feed into Jac Course Profiles.


Students must read these to understand course content.


Students are advised to read these specific texts to supplement core reading.


Help to broaden and deepen understanding on topics covered by the course.

Set Importance

  1. Click on Importance not set menu next to a reading.
  2. Select the relevant Importance.
  3. This can be changed at any time.

If you do not set the Importance, the reading will display this in red text in the Publisher view, but will display nothing in the Student view. 

Note for students

Notes may be used to provide additional guidance about an item. 

  • Talis Note for students iconNote for students

These are used to advise of chapter or specific page numbers to be read.

Example of a Note to students in the Student view

Add a note

  1. Click on Edit item menu (three dots) and select Note for students.
  2. Add your note.

Note for Library

  • Talsi Note for Library iconNote for Library.

Example of a Note to Library

  • Only visible to staff with list editing permission.
  • Staff can use it for their own working notes or to communicate with Library staff.

Add a note

  1. Click on Edit item menu (three dots) and select Note for Library.
  2. Add your note.


You can organise your list into different sections e.g. by week, topic, module or assessment task.

Add a section

  1. Hover over a reading where you'd like to add your section.
  2. A dynamic blue action bar menu will appear.
  3. Click Add Section. Add the details for your section e.g. Week One for the title.
  4. Click Save.

Add a reading to a section

  1. You can add existing readings by dragging them to the section, using the Drag option.
  2. If a reading isn't currently in the list, hover over the section and click Add Resource.
  3. Select the reading and click Save.

Move a section

  1. Click on Edit section menu (three vertical dots on right of section title).
  2. Click on Cut in the menu.

Sections edit menu options

  1. Go to where you want to add the section (make sure it isn't within an existing section).
  2. When the blue dynamic bar appears, click Paste.
  3. Your section should now be moved.

Delete a section

Important  All readings in the section will be deleted from the list.

  1. Click on Edit section menu.
  2. Choose Delete.

Move readings

Drag items

Use the drag option to structure your list and add resources to the correct position. 

Edit item menu

1. Click on Edit item menu (three vertical dots on right).

Edit item menu option in Talis

  1. Select either Move up or Move down.

Note that deleting an item or section is permanent and cannot be reversed.

Remove an item

  1. Click on Edit item menu (three vertical dots on right).

Edit item menu option in Talis

  1. Click Delete.
  2. A warning message will appear. Click Delete.

Screenshot of Delete Item confirmation window

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