Proposed by Cath Ellis on 30/Sep/2011
Easily allow individual references from a list to be embedded into other web pages (e.g. blog posts or UniLearn pages).
This is something I’m keen to see developed because it would allow me to drop individual readings into specific moments in my curriculum design rather than linking through to the whole list which I’m currently doing. This would be most useful if, at a particular point, I want all students to read the same reading before moving on to the next task. This is a bit like the old ‘reading bricks’ or workbooks we used to build as paper-based resources but in an electronic form.
This would work best for resources which are available electronically – eBooks and eReadings in particular.(Cath Ellis, School of Music Humanities & Media)
We’ve got an “alpha” prototype of this already (see this blog post) but it needs some more development work.
Ideally, we’d want to carry across all of the functionality that a reference has within a reading list (which currently includes being able to rating and notes) into the embeddable version.(Dave Pattern, Library Systems Manager)
Development Difficulty – 3 out of 10
Normally, embeddable versions of things — such as Slideshare presentations, YouTube videos, etc — use an HTML iframe as they have a fixed height and width. Because the individual references take up variable amounts of space, it means we’ll have to use jQuery and Ajax to do the actual embedding.
Academic staff and students.
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