The University of Gloucestershire have selected Talis Aspire to manage and deliver its online reading lists service and copyright management system. This decision was made as part of their wider digital strategy which will also include teaching and learning technologies such as Moodle.
Professor David James, Dean of Academic Development at the University of Gloucestershire said "As a key component of our Academic Strategy, and our relentless focus on excellent personalised learning opportunities for our students, we are now ensuring the provision and use of learning resources is fully integrated into the wider learning environment and the learner analytics developments. Talis Aspire will help us further enhance the provision of the best available resources for students, enabling tutors to focus on student engagement with those resources, and the evolution of a genuine student and tutor collaborative environment at the heart of the learning process."
The library plans to streamline their workflows with improved digitisation and acquisition management with Talis Aspire. They also aim to improve student experience with a more digital approach, particularly with improved access to resources. They plan to integrate reading lists with their Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle through the Talis Aspire Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI) tool. This will support them in delivering an improved teaching and learning experience for students and academics.
Talis Aspire will be integrated with the University of Gloucestershire's Library Management System and Discovery Tool, OCLC Worldshare Management Services. This coincides with the new partnership between Talis and OCLC focused on providing universities who work with OCLC and Talis with better integration of the two important systems. Integration will provide a seamless way to add resources to reading lists, and provide direct links to these resources for their students, including real-time library holding information.
"We are delighted to be a part of the University of Gloucestershire's approach to improving learning resources and opportunities for students. Their commitment to fostering great teaching and learning practices amongst academics and students is impressive, and we look forward to supporting them in achieving their goals in this area. The University of Gloucestershire have a clear focus on student experience, and we will be working closely with them on their journey with Talis Aspire to enhance the provision of resources. The University of Gloucestershire join 97 other institutions in the Talis Aspire global customer community, and we hope they will benefit from the enthusiastic and open environment amongst our customers." said David Errington, CEO of Talis.
The University of Gloucestershire is spread across three campuses in the town of Cheltenham and City of Gloucester. The university offers over 100 academic study programmes through nine schools. They currently have over 12000 undergraduate students. The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017 ranks the University of Gloucestershire 27th out of 123 for teaching quality and 40th out of 123 for overall student experience.
Talis help universities in eight countries, including over 65% of all UK universities, to manage and deliver learning resources online. Talis services integrate with all major ILS and LMS solutions together with a range of authentication services, Reproduction Rights Organisations (RRO), bookstores and content providers. The cloud-based SaaS system hosts nearly 500,000 reading lists, with over 20 million references, serving in excess of 176 million views of reading lists by students each year.