Just a quick follow up to the previous post about the improvements we’re making to the interface…
As with the original interface, you initially see a list of the items on the reading list:
When you click on a reference, just as before, it expands to show you more details. The difference now is that we’re using a tabs to expose some new functionality. By default, you get the “details” tab:
If it’s available on Google Books as either a preview or an entire book, you’ll get a “preview” tab:
The “discussion” tab is still under development and will be an optional feature. The idea is to provide a social space where you and your students can discuss the item. For example, you might set a task of reading a journal article and then ask your students to critique it within MyReading. If you are keen to beta test this feature during the autumn term of 2012/13, please get in touch!
Another optional feature is to make use of the library’s analytical data to show other items that students looked at (e.g. books and journals) within a “more like this” tab:
Finally, if you have editing rights, you’ll see a couple of extra tabs. Firstly, you can now edit the reference “inline” within the web page via the “edit” tab:
And, secondly, there’ll be a number of extra “admin” style options for the reference. In the old interface, these were displayed underneath the reference, but we’ve decided to tidy up the interface and give them their own tab:
If all goes to plan, we’ll be rolling out the new interface to students at the end of July. As we still need to retrofit some of the existing admin options into the new interface, we’re anticipating that the new interface will be rolled out to staff during August or September.
If you have any comments or question, please get in touch!