Academic Departments - add field for Faculty/School
Academic Departments within institutions often sit under Faculty or School groups. This is currently not represented in Alma or Leganto. Could we have a new (optional) field added for School/Faculty both to the Academic Department area and have it available in Analytics.
We are considering adding a field to the course record in Alma, reportable in Analytics, for the faculty/school. It could be used for reporting purposes but not for discovery purposes. In other words, you would be able to pull list usage by faculty/school, but end users would not be able to browse by faculty/school. Would it still be helpful?
Chris Jones commented
Hi, apologies for delay in commentiing - yes it would still very much be useful. I suppose there will be a few aspects to consider:
1. At the most basic, a category-type analytics field which allowed groups of depts to be associated with a custom category might work for many folks and give flexibility on dashboards for example, assuming Depts>Schools or Depts-Faculty type models.
2. However there will be 'ontological oddities'; some folks have more precise needs with (dept>school>Faculty) equivalents - not suggesting the Academic Institution Internal Structure Ontology (AIISO) is a good fit, but flags some of the known issues.
3. slightly slippery slope would be other course analytics people want to/could capture (more practically useful than hours for example!)- which would be useful for admin/level of study, mode of attendance (Distance learning, part-time, and am sure many other issues.
Would be with a survey or discussion to pick out workarounds people adopt now (searchable Ids and Section ID fields being used for 'structural' organisational information.
Eva Reblin commented
Yes, this would be still very helpful. Thank you! Eva
Kael Driscoll commented
This would be helpful, Jessie. Having two fields to group Schools together into Faculties would be great for reporting. Thanks, Kael
Chris Jones commented
An update here would be useful (also admin may need to review/remove some spammy comments from last year)
Peta Hopkins commented
I see this was going to be added to the roadmap back in Dec 2018. An update on this would be great.
AdminMiriam (Leganto BA, Ex Libris) commented
This will be developed as part of Leganto road map.
We posted idea exchange with high level design:
We would like to get your feedback on this.
Miriam, Leganto BA
Michael Stanning commented
Having two tiers of academic organisation would be very useful to the browsing of lists in Leganto and the management of lists.