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    Working with Courses

    For more information, see Managing Courses in Alma. (6:32 min)

    Associating a Reading List with One or More Courses

    Associating a reading list to a course is recommended to enable several features for the reading list.

    • Students can find the list when accessing Leganto using a CMS link to the associated course or by searching for the course.
    • Reading lists that are associated with a course inherit the start and end dates of the course, as well as the number of participants.
    • When enabled by your institution, a list can be associated with multiple courses. When a list is associated with multiple courses, the reading list uses (by default) the earliest start date and the latest end date and is set to a number of participants equal to the total participants of all associated courses.
    • When enabled by your institution, you can initiate digitization and/or copyright clearance requests for the citations on the list.
    • When enabled by your institution, instructors associated with a course are automatically made owners of all of the course's associated reading lists.
    • You cannot change the course association of a reading list if any of the citations in the list have approved copyright requests.
    • If the course is associated with a campus, the campus appears in the reading list information area and when searching for citations in the library.

    When creating a reading list, you can associate it with one or more courses.

    Select a course to look up.

    If you are an instructor, select a course from the drop-down list.

    If you are a librarian, enter part or all of a course name or code, and select the course from the drop-down list. Additional information about the course appears. When enabled by your library, you can change the number of participants in, and the start and end dates of, the course (note that this changes the participants and dates of the course, not just the reading list). Changing the dates of a course sets the default dates for reading lists created for this course; it does not change the dates of any existing reading lists.

    Associate to a course option.

    Associate with Course Option

    When you are done, select ASSOCIATE & CLOSE.

    You can also associate the list with a course, or change or remove a course association, at any time by selecting Manage course association in the reading list menu.

    Manage course association option.

    Reading List Menu - Manage course association option

    Changing Course Information

    Normally your library manages the information associated with a course. When enabled by your library, you can change the start and end dates of a course, or the number of participants associated with a course, while associating a course to a reading list. See Associating a Reading List with One or More Courses.

    Creating a Course

    When enabled by your library (Leganto >  LTI >  Settings > set cms_entry_actions to all or course, set create_course_automatically to false, and configure default_processing_department), an instructor can create a course when accessing Leganto from a CMS using a link to a course that does not yet exist.


    Create a new course

    Enter the course information and select Create.

    Linking to a Course

    You can link to a course using the course shareable link (for embedding on any website, email, and so forth). When a student accesses Leganto using the link, they see the reading lists associated with the course (see Finding Reading Lists by Course).

    When a list is associated to a course, you can find the course shareable link by selecting Create a shareable link > To Course in the reading list menu.

    A reading list shareable link to course option.

    Reading List Menu - Course shareable link option

    A shareable link to a course.

    Sharable link to Course Pane

    Finding Reading Lists by Course

    When accessing Leganto using a course shareable link or course CMS link (see Linking to a Course), Leganto presents the list of reading lists associated with the course.

    Lists associated with a course.

    Lists Associated with Course

    You can also search by course code or name on the Find Lists page. Select the other filters to limit the searches to only active or inactive, or published or draft lists.

    The find lists form.

    Find Lists by Course

    Rolling Over Courses

    To roll over a single reading list, see Rolling Over a Reading List.

    When enabled by your library, you can roll over all reading lists of a course from the Quick Start Welcome Screen.

    If the course does not yet exist in Alma, create the course. Select Roll Over.


    Quick Start Welcome Screen

    A pane to select the source course appears.


    Roll Over From an Existing Course Pane

    Select the options to roll over the reading lists (see the procedure in Rolling Over a Reading List).

    Viewing Reports for Courses

    Leganto contains analytical information about the instructor's reading lists. For more information, see Reports and Analytics in the Overview.

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