Selective copy-and-paste of list items and sections
With a dynamic course environment, existing lists sometimes need to be merged or disaggregrated to support changes in module or course provision.
At present, the facility to 'copy to my Bookmarks' enables a Publisher to copy list items one-by-one to their My Bookmarks set and then add them one-by-one to a new destination list using the Edit feature.
This can be a very laborious and time-consuming process when large scale item replication is required.
Aspire could include a list View which enabled list Publishers to selectively tick the items in a list (including a one tick option for an entire section) to a temporary 'clipboard' equivalent. On the new destination list, the items could be 'pasted' at the required location, in bulk.
This would by-pass the Add to Bookmarks functionality and would copy the manifestation level item information - including Notes to Student and Importance.
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.
Marie Letzgus commented
This is definitely a feature that needs to be prioritised urgently. It has been requested as far back as 2011, has got quite a few votes and I am certain that it would have many more if users were asked directly. We have felt the need for such a feature even more acutely in the current COVID circumstances. It would have been so useful to be able to copy a whole section (including links as well as notes and section and paragraph text and description) to different lists highlighting some of the new resources and changes to services. However this is not simply feasible when each component of the section needs to be copied separately. There are many other circumstances when such a feature would be really useful and it is something that academics often ask about. Please could it be prioritised? As other users have commented, the feature is available on Leganto
Colin Bovaird commented
We had some feedback from an academic which is relevant to this idea:
"It would be good if we could cut and paste sections between different reading lists. My ideal way of creating a reading list would be to set the whole thing up before semester starts, but only issue sections a couple of weeks in advance. Otherwise students read too far ahead, or I decide to add a new reading in response to something in class, and it all gets a bit confusing for them.
If I could set up sections in a temporary reading list and then cut and paste into the published list, this would make it much easier."
Andrew Manton-Maund commented
Hi, this was put in the backlog in 2015, just wondering where we stand with this now please Talis?
We believe another reading list provider includes a merge option. Is there any more development on this with Talis?
This is becoming a common query from academics - any plan on working on this development?
Lucy Clifford commented
It would also be useful to be able to move sections within lists as academics sometimes change the order in which they teach modules. It's very time consuming to move each item one by one.
Lucy Clifford commented
A number of our lecturers have asked for teh ability to copy sections of lists into new lists. It would save an enourmous amount of time.
Donald Spaeth commented
I have to say that I find it astonishing that this feature is not available. The selective re-use of readings from one course in another is a common practice. In a word processor, I can easily copy material from reading list to another. In Talis Aspire I can't. The conclusion I draw is that I'd be better off using a word processor.
Fiona Murray commented
Being able to select all the items in a list and move them in bulk, and to copy and move entire sections are probably the questions we have been asked most often, AND the only ones thus far that we've not been able to answer, or suggest a viable alternative to. This was under review as of Feb last year. Has the status changed since then?
Ken Linkman commented
Copying sections of a list into another list would be a very useful feature - and one I've been asked about by academics.
This is not in progress, we will review this following the completion of the Ideas Survey.
Laura Unwin commented
Is this something in progress still or need raising again. It would be a really useful tool for us to have.
Liz Blacker commented
Copying sections of a list to another list is often requested by academics and would be a very useful feature for us
AdminIan Corns (Talis) (Admin, Talis) commented
Sue - you can currently copy a list in its entirety. There is a 'copy' option at the top of the list. Seelctign this makes a new list with the same title as the list being copied (but with the words 'Copy of...' at the start. Click Ok, and the copy will be made and you'll be in draft edit mode.
Sue Abbott commented
Infact it would be good to have the ability to Copy an entire list in one go
Martin Foy commented
copying sections of lists, or selected items, from one list to another would be an excellent development