Under the direction of the University Learning and Teaching Committee, the University of Glasgow will be piloting the use of the Talis Aspire Campus Edition software during 2012/13. A team of people drawn from the Colleges, the SRC, Library, Academic Development Unit and Learning and Technology Centre will be implementing Aspire and evaluating how it can be used to support staff in helping their students find and access the learning resources they need for their courses whilst developing their information literacy skills along the way.
In simple terms Aspire works by having a small icon installed on your internet browser that you can click any time you see a web page containing information about a resource you might want to recommend your students to look at. You can also enter information manually. Aspire then creates a background database of all the resources, of any type, that you have captured. It can cope with many different types of information, for example pdfs, e-journal articles, videos, webpages, digitised book chapters, library system records, online music or images. You can then pick from the database and create a list, with guidance notes if you want, for your students.
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The following Schools are taking part in the pilot of Aspire: English Language, History, Law, Medicine and Physics and Astronomy. Services staff will be working with academic staff to develop examples of good practice and evaluate how Aspire can be used to save academic staff time, ensuring cost-effectiveness in the purchasing of teaching resources that are required and improving access for students to information resources they need for their courses.