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  1. Export bibliography in list order (not alphabetical)

    We would like to be able to export a reading list in a bibliographic citation format but keeping the list structure, e.g. week one, week two etc. The current export options are 'export to PDF' which only lists title/author and doesn't contain the full bibliogaphic detail, or the 'view bibliography' button which lists everything alphabetically by author.

    Our academics need to add reading list content to their printed course outlines so we need to be able to export reading lists from Aspire into the course outline, with a 'week by week' structure where appropriate. Many academics are understandably extremely reluctant…

    18 votes
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  2. Option to create a new blank list on the module screen

    When you create a new module you see the screen where you can link an existing list. It would be very handy at this point to have a button that says 'create a new list' that contains a hotlink to the new list page.
    (At present I have 'Create a new list' saved as a frequently used bookmark but this would be useful if using a different computer)

    2 votes
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  3. Improve options to link in LTI (open in new tab)

    In the LTI for Moodle we only have access to the two options - in line display or open on seperate page. Can we please have open in new tab as well.

    1 vote
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  4. Ability to remove users

    Our user report is becoming unwieldy and full of staff who have left. We would like the ability to delete them. This would make user management/review a lot more efficient and accurate.

    (Yes, if they've left, their account should have been deactivated so they can't access, but this is equally something that should not be relied upon and we should be deleting them from all our systems too.)

    57 votes
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    We have begun work on the anonymising of user profiles. If you have anyone that raises this under GDPR before this work is released then please do raise a support ticket with the details.

  5. Activity audit (knowing who's done what)

    We expect a system to be accountable to an extent, and find it hard that there are no Aspire logs accessible. For instance, when a node has been deleted, there's no way of knowing who has deleted it (apparently our only method is to "ask around"). If lists are edited/deleted/archived, an administrator may well need to get the details of when this happened and who did it, if there are questions/audits/complaints/etc. Even if we are ourselves not able to do this, Support should be able to, so that we can get the information that we need. We cannot be fully…

    55 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    We think this is a valuable idea and something we will wish to investigate in the future, however its not in our near term development focu so its on our longer term backlog

  6. Linking to more than one bookshop

    We would like to be able to link to more than one bookshop as then we can support our local bookshop via Hive and also offer Amazon purchasing for items not available locally. Also this would enable us to use the Amazon images while still offering access to the local bookshop

    5 votes
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    under review  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    this is an interesting idea and whilst it has low votes and there are no plans currently to implement, i am keeping this under review for consideration

  7. Include top level hierarchy code or name in all list reports

    We already get the hierarchy code that a list is attached to in the All List report. I'd also like the top level hierarchy name or code to appear - for us this is institute. This would allow me to easily extract high level engagement information to pass on to Heads of Institute. At the moment, it's a manual task to go through a report and attach Institute info to each module in order to sort and filter.

    22 votes
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  8. add individual items through LTI (Blackboard)

    It would be great to have the ability to add individual items not just all list or a section to be added into Blackboard.

    6 votes
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  9. Ability to bulk delete lists

    Where there are a lot of lists to delete the ability to bulk delete them would save an enormous amount of time.

    5 votes
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  10. Adding our own University structure into the Profile Page

    I understand this idea has been rejected before but we would like to propose this again.

    Increasingly our Reading List service is being asked to be able to identify which specific departments academics are based in, so that this information can be used for marketing purposes. Currently it is not possible for us to easily provide this information.

    It would be very helpful to us to be able to tailor the Profile page to show the specific hierarchy of our University.

    Aspire would then need to be able to provide this information in the reports, which would enable us to…

    8 votes
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  11. Ability to edit, and check links and notes from same page

    It would be useful to have the option to check links and notes at the same time as editing the metadata for a bookmark.

    29 votes
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  12. 'Request review and publish' option

    I’ve been getting feedback from tutors recently who are ‘adamant’ that they’ve published lists, but have then been chased as owners of draft lists. I suspect this is to do with them requesting a review and assuming that publishing happens simultaneously.

    We don’t want to configure our system so that we get sent an automatic review for every single published list, and we want to encourage lecturers to take ownership of their lists, publishing and reviewing appropriately.

    If they had an option to 'Request review & publish' this would really help make clear to them what was happening when they…

    23 votes
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  13. Display sections on their own

    Related to the idea of compressing/opening sections (in this idea: http://ideas.talisaspire.com/forums/32805-talis-aspire-ideas/suggestions/3160575-compressing-sections) I'd like some facility to be able to link/jump to a specific section or sub-section of a list, and display it in a way that is uncluttered by the rest of the list.

    Ideally this would mean jumping to a section and the display automatically compressing all the other sections. The user could expand / navigate to them if they wanted.

    Alternatively the user is taken to a version of the display that only contains the specific section, with a hyperlink back to the full list.

    The reason…

    26 votes
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  14. RSS feeds needed to show academics/students availability of new items added to their lists in "Recent Changes"

    In "Recent Changes" we can view the changes made to a particular list and this can be accessed via RSS feed. However, currently it does not include exact resources added to/removed from a list; it simply gives some indication of when a list has been edited.
    Please could you include resources in the RSS feed and set this up for the whole site, thanks.
    Min Allen, University of Roehampton

    6 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    This is not currently in our near term development focus so it has been moved to the longer term backlog while we focus on items in the development focus.

    Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

  15. Lists will automatically be added to the list owner's "My Lists" tab

    Many of my academics are forgetting/not realising that they need to add lists into "My Lists". This is especially an issue after rollover when they are attempting to edit lists from previous years instead of the current one. They expect the lists that they own to automatically appear in "My Lists", which I probably would if I were them too! Is there any chance this could be possible? It would make my academics' lives a lot easier and avoid some frustrations and confusions with the system.

    12 votes
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  16. Ability to turn off LTI search box defaults (course name)

    LTI to Blackboard:. When setting up the content block the name used in the search box defaults to the name of the blackboard course. This often is not the name of the list in Talis and so no match is found. Turning off that default and prompt the user to complete the search field would be a better option from our point of view.

    We have had several calls where it was not clear to the user that they needed to enter the list name in the search box mainly because the users don't realise they can over type the…

    1 vote
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  17. Batch assign list ownership

    We should be able to make a user an owner of multiple lists at once, selecting lists by school/department/a search (e.g. MB1* in the module code), with them appearing in a list so we can untick any necessary (i.e. don't just offer us the chance of "all lists in this department" or nothing - we always have to bank on there being exceptions!).

    5 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Bulk editing is not in our near term development focus, so it has been moved to the longer term backlog.

    Ideas may be graduated from the backlog as we get through the ones that are planned.

  18. Improve usability of list searches from the Aspire homepage

    This idea comprises:
    • Ability to filter or refine list searches
    • Changes the behaviour of pagination in list search results
    • The option to change the terminology on links which appear in the course of searching
    • ‘Back to the school of XYZ’
    • ‘Others’ label in the search result

    *Ability to filter or refine list searches

    If you’re not searching for a specific list, a search may bring back many results. With the page limited to displaying 10 results you may have to page through several screens.

    Can filters be introduced to help refine this? For example bringing…

    2 votes
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  19. Gravatar + user profiles

    Prompted by comments from academics creating a profile.

    At the moment it is compulsory to use Gravatar in order to add a profile picture. Is it possible to have an alternative option to just upload an image file directly? An image is a friendly personalisation of lists, but the extra steps of joining Gravatar are putting people off!

    7 votes
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    backlog  ·  Keji Adedeji responded

    Low priority as it’s a cosmetic function, and the user can complete the task

  20. Copying bookmarks

    This suggestion relates to an extension of the facility to copy over bookmarks, as it would be usful to have the option to copy over the notes (associated with any bookmark), in addition to its importance level.

    1 vote
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