USC Library implemented a new library system in late 2015. It offers extended course reading list functionality through Leganto which embeds into Blackboard providing a modern interface for course coordinators to create and manage their lists and for students to access the citations. Course coordinators simply submit the list via Leganto to the Library for processing – resource purchasing, access, and copyright management – with no need for online forms or duplicated data entry. Vision and Goals - Enhance the student learning experience through seamless access to resources via a modern interface - Streamline and simplify the reading list creation and management process for academic staff and library staff - Enable library staff to work more collaboratively with course coordinators for the selection of resources and management of reading lists - Improve University copyright compliance and reporting Leganto integrates with the new library system and shares the same reading list database. Reading lists are created once by Course Coordinators or library staff, processed by library staff, then published and made available to students. Reading lists are associated with the relevant course in Blackboard and once logged into Blackboard, Course Coordinators and course students simply access the reading list via the navigation link. Course Coordinators can add citations to Leganto via an embedded library Discover search (ie books and video), or directly from a database eg Science Direct via the CiteIt tool (ie journal articles, papers). Citations can also be added manually for any type of resource eg PDFs, images, PowerPoint presentations. Notes can be added to the citations if required and Leganto also provides functionality for students to comment, rate and discuss specific citations in the list. Students can also make suggestions for other resource citations to be included. In this way Leganto can become a powerful tool for student engagement in learning. The Leganto statistical report functionality will allow Course Coordinators to analyse and evaluate resource citations usage, further enhancing the teaching and learning experience. During Semester 1, 2016 the Library has been exploring the new Leganto functionality, and as an early adopter of the system, feeding back ideas for its enhancement and development to the system vendor. A critical part of this exploration and testing has been a pilot of a small number of live courses. A pilot of Leganto reading lists was conducted in Semester 2 with COR109 Communication and Thought, and OCC212 Evaluation of Occupational Performance. This presentation provides an overview of Leganto and outlines the experiences of course coordinators, Janet Turley and Anita Hamilton, creating and managing reading lists with Leganto – including benefits and challenges as well as ideas for its future development and release. Feedback from students will also be presented.
2016 Learning & Teaching Week: 2020 Teaching Visions. 2020 - What's Next?, Sunshine Coast, Australia 31 October - 4 November 2016