Book chapter read status/notes
We have had negative student feedback relating to book chapters which have come from the same original bookmark. Setting a Read Status changes for each mention of the book made from the same bookmark. Bookmarks need to be unique for separate notes to be added, so if the individual chapters have been added from the same initial bookmark, then the notes added for each will overwrite the previous. We would like the option for Read Status and notes to be recorded against a single bookmark instead of all instances of the bookmark.
Using the ‘Has Part’ does create a new resource ID and they would behave as you suggest so that students can log notes on individual items. The current being able to add a ‘Has Part’ has been designed with this scenario in mind. It maybe this action itself that needs improvement to make it easier for Academics to flag chapter references. We will continue to monitor the idea and if there is significant support we will of course review.
Just had a student point this out to us and it would be great to get fixed. We have too many like this to fix all of them.
Adam Price commented
I can see the pro's and con's for this, but users are always going to follow the path of least resistance. At the moment it is much easier for an academic to drag the same bookmark into multiple locations and add a note to students saying which parts to read in different weeks/topics. If creating a proper chapter bookmark with correct background metadata was easier then I would say actually this isn't an issue. But most people tend to use the same bookmark and add a note. Because the system is so flexible in how users can use it, I think this flexibility needs to then persist into the notes/status updates. Making the notes/status unique to the instance of the bookmark would let users use the system both ways.