Leganto - Create Lists for Course Readings & Resources

A guide for instructors.

Student Engagement

We know that it's often challenging to ensure students have completed required readings on time (or at all). Leganto offers options to help engage students through interactivity.

A good way to enhance student interaction with course readings is to have them comment on existing readings or suggest additional readings. Give them options for providing feedback or working with the documents.

  • See "Student Discussion", "Student Suggestions", and "Student Interaction" (below or in the left menu).

Know how many students have looked at (or downloaded) readings prior to class.

  • See "View Student Usage Reports" (below or in the left menu).

Student "Likes" & Discussion

screenshot of Like and Student Discussion panelWithin a citation, there's a side panel for student discussion (if you have enabled it), and a "Like" button.


Students can click the "Like" button for a reading. Other students and the instructor can always see how many students have "liked" each reading (but not which students - this is anonymous).

Student Discussion

If you enable Student Discussion (see below), a discussion area is displayed in the right pane. Students and instructors can post questions and comments here. Everyone in the class can view and respond to the discussion - this is NOT anonymous.

Library Discussion

Students don't see this. Library discussion appears in the right pane ONLY for instructors and library staff.

screenshot for configuring discussion

Enabling/Disabling Discussion

  • Open the List Options menu.
  • Click "Configure list discussions".
  • Toggle between "Show student discussion thread" and "Hide student discussion thread".
  • The default header for the discussion thread is "Student Discussion". To change it, click "Edit discussion header".

You can add student discussion panels to your entire list, or to individual citations.

As an instructor, you can delete any student comments from the list.

Everyone can see who submitted a discussion item.

  • This is an option that could be used for grading as "participation".

Student Suggestions

Students can send suggestions for new readings to the list. Only instructors (and library staff) can view them, and instructors can choose to add them to the list.

In order to add a suggested reading, students start by searching Omni directly (outside of Leganto). 

screenshot of a student suggestion from My Collection

Here's how it works.

What the student does:

  1. Search Omni for a useful reading, and "pin" it to "Favourites". These Favourites become their "Collection" in Leganto.
  2. Log into Leganto (through a Blackboard course).
  3. Click on "Collection" in the left menu bar, and find the citation.
  4. Click the elipsis (Options Menu) beside the citation, and select "Suggest this item".
  5. Select the List to send it to.
  6. Add any comments.
  7. Click "Add Suggestion".

screenshot of the instructor view of suggestionsWhat the instructor does:

  1. Open the list.
  2. In the right pane, under "Library Discussion", find "Suggestions".
    • Each suggestions shows the citation, the name of the student who suggested it, and any comments added by the student. Only instructors see this.
  3. Drag the citation into the list to add it to the list.
  4. Click "Delete" to remove it.


Student Interaction

Mark as "Done"

  • Students can mark an item as "Done" to indicate they've read it.
  • This is for their own use, so they can keep track; only the student who marks it sees it. However, instructors can see how many students have clicked "Done".



screeenshot of likes and views statistics

  • You'll know at a glance how many times a document has been viewed or liked.
  • Views: the total number of views for each citation is display, beside an eye icon.
  • Likes: the total number for each reading is displayed, beside a heart icon.


Export or Printscreenshot of permalink, export, and print options

  • Students and instructors can link to, export, or print a list or a section of a list.
  • Click the ... for the options menu of the section or list. From the drop-down list, select:
    • Permalink for a link back to this list or section.
    • Export for a drop-down list of formats from which to choose.
      • Permalinks can be "pretty" (text with the url embedded) or "full" (entire url is shown).
    • Print to send to a printer.



The system is screen-reader friendly.

Anyone can adjust the font and contrast to improve visibility.

  • Click your initials at the top right of the screen to access your preferences.
  • Select "Accessibility Menu".


screenshot of accessibility menu


Report Broken Links

  • If a link to a reading doesn't work, students can click "Mark as broken" and the library is notified so that it can be fixed quickly.

View Student Usage Reports

Leganto offers extensive analytics for your lists, so you can see the level of student engagement with the content.


List Analysis

screenshot of the List Header Views optionsIn the list header, click the image of a graph to open the "List Analysis".


It takes a few moments to load, but for each citation it shows student engagement for that reading.

screenshot of the student usage

View the number of Active Students, Total Activities, Student Usage (High, Medium, Low), Full Text Views, Downloads, Comments, Likes, and Done. A ? icon beside each heading explains what's counted.



Click "REPORTS" in the sidebar.

Reports are out-of-the-box and instantly available. They include raw data and data visualization - graphs.

There are three tabs:

  • Analysis - overall List usage and a weekly breakdown, by course or list (graphs)
  • Usage - detailed analysis of student usage (data)
  • Inactive

Analytics can be exported into Excel.

More to come on statistics...