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Reading Lists - Guide for Instructors

Reading List Analytics

How to View Reading List Analytics

Follow these three easy steps:

1. Locate your reading list (log in for staff view).

2. Click on View > Analytics. (Image 1).

3. Check out the wealth of information available to you! (Image 2).

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Take the Tutorial (Add Link Here) for a quick overview of what Analytics can show you about your reading list.

Note that you can limit what you see by time frame, student intent, and resource health (correct metadata, etc.).

At the top you can see the total page views, total clicks, and total annotations. Below, you can see for each item:

  • number of clicks

  • students’ reading intentions

  • whether students take notes right in the reading list (may require encouragement)

  • suggestions for improving the metadata

Never have you had this much information about a reading list at your fingertips!!!

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Reading List Dashboard Header:
  • The dashboard helps you discover how people are using your list, and what problems they are having.
  • The dashboard header contains some options which control the overall display of dashboard. You can filter the type of information dashboard displays using these checkboxes: e.g. Student intent, Resource health.
  • The Show citation in ...: helps you customise the citation style using this select box. Different styles may reveal different problems with metadata.
  • Page views: This is the total amount of views your list has had in the selected time period.

  • Total clicks: This is the total amount of times a user has clicked through to an item on your list. 

  • Student annotations: Students can add study notes and reading intentions to the list, this is a sign of engagement with your content. This figure represents the total amount of student annotations made on this list.

    • In the example above, 6 have read the document as shown in the student annotations: This is an aggregate of what students have told us they intend to do with the item.

Reading List Dashboard Analytics:
  • Item Display: The item display is split into the item as the user sees it on the left, and the statistics about the use of the item on the right.

  • Metadata quality: This is an indicator of the metadata quality. Green means good, red means poor.

  • Library availability: Indicates the presence of the item in the University library. If the item is not present, or not linked, students may not be able to get hold of it.

  • Improving the item: Dashboard helps you improve your list by tailoring suggested actions for problem items. You can also view suggested alternatives which can be substituted onto the list.