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Leganto Online Reading Lists

Creating an Online Reading List within Leganto allows you to build, edit and manage your module reading list in partnership with UL’s Glucksman Library. Building a Leganto Online Reading list has a number of benefits:

  1. It is a very efficient way for you to get reading material to your students through the VLE in a way that is copyright compliant. 
  2. It allows you to maximize the use of UL’s library collections for course readings.
  3. It enhances the student learning experience by providing direct links to the UL collections, giving students immediate, 24-hour access to online material
  4. It helps to streamline your preparation for teaching, and the reading list remains available to you for subsequent years and can be reused in multiple modules.

Adding the Leganto Reading List activity to your Moodle site

The Leganto Reading list activity within Moodle 3.9 enables teachers and students to access their Leganto Online Reading lists directly within their Moodle module or course.  Once added to your Moodle site, the Leganto reading list activity provides direct access to the list of module readings and resources that have been added by the module leader to the reading list for that module.

Step 1 Log into Moodle and find the module you would like to add the Leganto Reading List to.

Step 2 In the top right hand corner of your module site click ‘Turn Editing On’How to add the Leganto Reading List activity to your Moodle site

Step 3 Navigate to the section where you would like to add the Reading List activity.  This can be added to any section however it will typically sit in a ‘Module Resources’ or ‘Module Readings’ section on your site.   Scroll to the bottom of the section and click ‘Add an Activity or Resource’

Screen snip of section in Moodle course with green 'Add an activity or resource' button in bottom right hand corner

Step 4 From the Activities tab, select ‘Leganto Reading List’. Starring this activity will make it easier to access in the future.


Screen grab of activity picker in Moodle 3.9 Leganto Reading List is highlighted in bottom right hand corner

Step 5 This will open the activity setting page.  Within General settings, give your reading list activity a name e.g. PM2021 Recommended Reading List.  This name will be displayed on the Moodle page.

Screen grab of Leganto Reading List activity settings. Activity name field highlighted and Save and Return button highlighted

Step 6 Click ‘Save and Return to Course’.

Step 7 To view the reading list, click on the Leganto Reading List activity (e.g. PM2021 Module Reading list) which has been added to the Moodle page. Students or staff who have manually created Moodle accounts will be asked to Sign In to Leganto with their UL account credentials in order to access the lists and associated resources.

Screen snip with reading list tool highlighted

Building your Online Reading list in Leganto

The Glucksman library has a range of resources providing guidance on how to create and manage your modules online reading list within Leganto. You can access these at https://www.ul.ie/library/reading-lists

Once you have added the Leganto activity to your Moodle site you can start to create your reading list.

Step 1 Click on the Leganto Reading list activity you have added to your module

Step 2 If a reading list already exists for that module you will be able to move onto step 3 and begin adding resources.  If no list exists yet you will be able to Create a new list. You can then decide what format your list takes e.g. readings organized by weeks or topics (mapping onto your module structure) or by Prime Texts and Additional texts etc. The video below demonstrates how to create a new list.

Step 3 Once created you can begin to add resources to your reading list. You may build your reading list in several ways, e.g. adding resources from the library resources, by adding your own resources or with the Cite it Widget.  You may also edit an existing list to update before publishing. 

The following videos demonstrates how to add resources to your list.

You can also add Resources from website using the the Cite it widget. The video below demonstrates how to install and use the Cite it widget.

For further information on Library Reading lists see:  https://www.ul.ie/library/reading-lists

For further assistance on building Online Reading Lists you can contact libinfo@ul.ie

Creating a direct link to a specific section or resource

In addition to adding the entire reading list activity to your Moodle site you can also share direct links to specific resources within different sections of your Moodle site. This can be useful if you want to create a link to a particular resource (e.g. article) in a different section of your Moodle site (e.g. Week 1 of your Moodle site).

Step 1 Open the Leganto Reading list and find the section or resource you would like to create a direct link to.

Step 2 Click on the options menu (ellipses…) to the right of the section or resources and select ‘Link from the course to here’

Screen snip legnto reading list resource menu with 'Link from the course to here' hilighted

Step 3 Click Copy to Clipboard to copy the custom parameter for the section or resource.

Screen snip of 'Link from the course to here' dialog box. 'Copy to clipboard' highlighted.

Step 4 Once you have copied the Link return to your module on Moodle and navigate to the section of the module site that you would like to add the link to and click ‘Add and Activity or Resource’

Add an activity or resource button highlighted

Step 5 Select ‘Leganto Reading list’ activity

Step 6 Give the Resource a name within the General Setting e.g. Chapter 10 Torrington, D. (2017d) Human resource management . Tenth Edition. Laura Hall & Stephen Taylor (eds.). Harlow, England, Pearson Education Limited.

Step 7 Click ‘Show More’ to open the Custom Parameters settings

Add an external tool screen

Step 8 Paste the link copied from Leganto into the ‘Custom Parameters’ field

Screen snip custom parameter field with sample citation id pasted in field

Step 9 Click ‘Save and Return to Course’ to view the link on your Moodle page.

Sample resource added to Moodle page

Trouble Shooting

In order for the Leganto reading list activity in Moodle to connect to the correct online reading list the following must be in place:

1. Moodle and Leganto/UL Account Usernames

In order for teachers and students to have access to their Leganto Online Reading Lists directly from Moodle their Moodle Username must correspond the Username on their UL Student or UL Staff accounts.  

For UL student accounts the username is the student ID number e.g. 20348275

For UL staff accounts their username is firstname.lastname e.g. joe.bloggs

If your Moodle username does not correspond to your UL staff account username please contact your faculty educational technologist for guidance on updating this. You can contact your faculty technologist via the Contact Information area of the Moodle Support Centre

2. Student Module Registration and Module Instructor

The library uses data from the University student record management system (SITS) to ensure that enrolled students and assigned teachers/instructor have access to their required reading module reading lists. 

The library provides access to readings lists based on information provided by the University’s student record management system (SITS).  This ensures that students formally registered on a  module will be able to view the reading list associated with that module (e.g. PM2021_SEM2_2021/2).  Module leaders also need to be assigned as a Teacher/Instructor to the correct module within Leganto in order to associate a reading lists with their module.

Within Moodle the Course ID is used to connect

If a module leader is not able to associate their module reading list with a module they should contact the Libinfo@ul.ie with the module code and Name and Moodle course id for their module in Moodle. Guidelines on locating the course ID are provided below.

3. Moodle Course ID and Leganto Module Code

Leganto uses the Moodle Course ID to connect a Moodle course or module to online reading lists.  The Moodle course ID is located in the Course Settings page for your Moodle course (see below). 

The course ID can be manually added to a course or set via the CSV course creation process.

Edit settings course page Moodle 3.9 Course ID Number field is highlighted

The Course ID field in Moodle should match the Module ID associated with a reading list.  The module association for a particular reading list is visible by hovering over the Module code at the top of the reading list in Leganto. 

Leganto interface with module id highlighed

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