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Network Analytics Webinar

Network Analytics Webinar Thanks everybody for joining us, we had a
really big turnout RSVP for this. I’m Steel Wagstaff, I’m the educational client
manager here at Pressbooks, and joining me as the co-host of today’s webinar is Taylor
McGrath. Taylor, do you want to introduce yourself
quickly? I am Taylor, I’m the support specialist at
Pressbooks, and Steel and I will be sharing today’s webinar, going back and forth, showing
you the new features that we’ve released over the last couple of months this summer. Thanks, Taylor. Also joining us on the call besides the many
guests is our colleague, Liz Mays, Liz will be monitoring the chat. And so, if you have something that you want
to ask, or something that comes up for you during the webinar, probably best just to
put it in chat and then Liz will alert us at appropriate times when those questions
have come in. And we’ll try to handle them and take them
there. It’s been a long time since we had our last
webinar, but Taylor and I try to do these fairly regularly, after we’ve had major releases. The focus for this webinar is mainly to show
off for all of you that are network managers on our EDU hosted plans what we’ve working
on over the summer. A lot of the focus and emphasis has been on
making tools to help the Pressbooks experience work better for you, to understand what’s
happening on your networks. The big exciting feature probably for many
of you are the new network manager analytics and the book and user lists. But we have maybe three or four other major
features that we’re going to show you here to start with. And the first of those that we wanted to jump
in is talking about something called common cartridge exports with simple weblinks. So, I’m going to jump into the screen share
mode, and I’ll show you a little bit about what this feature is and what it does. So, in just a second I should be sharing my
screen. All of you should be seeing a Pressbooks Network
manager screen. If you’re a network manager on a network,
you’ll be able to see a network admin link in the top left. From the dashboard, if you come to Settings,
Sharing and Privacy, actually, you don’t see this setting anymore, it’s automatically turned
on for you. So, what happened is we have enabled an export
format called common cartridge with weblinks. And so, what will happen is if you come to
a sample book, you’ll see in addition to the usual export formats you’re used to seeing,
you’ll also see a new option. It’ll be called common cartridge 1.1 with
weblinks. What this allows you to do is take any book
that you want and produce a single export for that book. And in this particular scenario, I’m going
to make a common cartridge export, let me refresh this screen here. There we go. Let me make it as a common cartridge with
weblinks. So, what I’m doing here is I just made a single
export for this book that’s basically a zip file. And in that zip file it has references or
links to every chapter in my book. This is most commonly useful if you want to
quickly bring links to your book into a learning management system, or some other kind of tool
for sharing it. These links won’t load securely in the way
that they would if you had been using LTI, but it is a quick and dirty way to get just
links to parts of your book or all of your book quickly into an LMS using a structured
format. So, if I wanted to make this available, I
could either download it directly from this page, or if I wanted to at the book level,
I could have sharing and privacy enabled so that anybody who visited this book could see
oh look, there’s a common cartridge with weblinks file available. Let’s download that file. So, here’s my Introduction to Women, Gender
and Sexuality Studies. If I wanted to use this in an LMS course,
I have a sample Canvas course. This is a free openly shared course. I haven’t done anything special to this course,
but I will come to Settings, and I will say import course content. The Settings will vary depending on the LMS
you use, but the basic principle is similar. I’m going to then select the kind of content
I want to import. And in this case, I’m going to say common
cartridge 1.x package. I’ll take the file that I just downloaded
from my Pressbook, and then I’ll decide if I want to bring in all the content, or
just some part of the book. What it’s going to be doing is instead of
actually importing the book, it’s going to be importing a series of links to content
or chapters in that book. So, let’s say select specific content and
say import. Canvas in this case will run an import routine. And it will let me select which content I
want to bring in. And so, I’d say for this particular book,
I want to bring in unit one, unit three and unit four. And I’ll say select content. So, Canvas will run a little import routine. It says completed, if I look in modules now,
you’ll see here is unit one of my Pressbook book. And here are discrete links to every chapter
in that book. Here’s unit three, here’s unit four. When I load this link, it’s going to load
just like any other external link would load in the LMS. It will load in Canvas in a kind of clunky
looking iFrame where I can see the content of my book. I can click next to go to the next chapter
of the book. And if I wanted to, I could also Canvas says
this is a link we can’t load securely. So, you can click on this, and it will just
take you directly to the live version of the book. So, that’s a new feature that we’ve released
and shipped and anybody who wants to, can now produce common cartridge with weblink
exports for your books, and that’s how you bring them into the LMS. That’s the first guest feature thing that
we released over the summer that we wanted to show everybody. And I’ll turn it over to Taylor, who’s going
to talk about iFrame. I went ahead and linked the documentation
for what he just showed you in the chat. So, if you wanted to hold on the instructions
for how any book administrator on the network can set that up in their Canvas, that is there. And now, I will share my screen. Okay, so you should be seeing my network admin
dashboard. I am actually going to the page that Steel
was on earlier. We’re on network admin dashboard, we go to
Settings and then Sharing and Privacy. And you’ll notice that this page has one setting,
and it’s the iFrame whitelist. So, on Pressbooks we limit the iFrames that
normal users can put on a page, because iFrames can be used hostilely. If somebody wanted to, they could upload malicious
content and endanger visitors to sites. So, that means that not every piece of content
that you find on the web can be embedded in a book. But we have some iFrames that have been globally
whitelisted across all networks. And we’ve recently enabled this new feature
for every network where you, the network admins, can add domains to the iFrame whitelist. So, that under your own discretion of what
is secure for visitors to the network, what can normal users put in a book. So, say that somebody wanted to embed something
from NPR. NPR doesn’t use O embed, so you can’t put
it in the visual editor and it’s not in our global whitelist. But if somebody wanted to embed the audio,
I’ll just copy the iFrame here. Can you see my Firefox window? Not right now, no. Not right now, okay. There we go. I think we’re still seeing your NPR. Are you now seeing it in normal chapter? No. No, okay. All right, guys. Yes. Nice. Great. Okay, so as a normal user, if I try to embed
this iFrame, then it will just automatically turn into an Oembed links, and it won’t work. So, what you’ll get in the visual editor or
in the chapter, sorry, is just this link. But now, if I go into the iFrame whitelist
as an admin, now whitelist I can go back, and a normal user now take that iFrame
and embed the NPR content. So, you have a choice over what is able to
be put on your network over the security of that content. And now, not only network admins can choose. You can always use an iFrame as a network
admin, but you can now enable all sorts of things for your own users to use. I’ll pass it back to Steel now and stop sharing. Thanks, Taylor. The only thing that I would add to that is
that we just wanted to emphasize that when you list a URL or even a path there, as a
network manager you’re essentially saying that you trust that content provider and content
from that content provider. So, please use it responsibly, please be sure
that you think that that’s a reputable content provider because then your users will be able
to embed content from either that full domain or that path on your Pressbooks network. So, the next thing we wanted to show you,
we spent a lot of time working on this. And this has been a really hotly demanded
feature for some time. And it has to do with how mathematics or math
expressions are represented on the web. And so, the thing that we did, or that we
added over this summer was support for the MathJax rendering engine. And we’re really excited about this, because
it makes a lot of different things possible. And it makes more accessible math happen as
the native Pressbooks way for the hosted EDU networks. So, the first place that you would look would
be any of your books by default, if you don’t have any plugins enabled, you will see at
the book level settings called MathJax under your book dashboard, MathJax settings. And at the top, you should see a large integral. And that will tell you hey, MathJax is working
on my network. And you’ll also see the three different kinds
of input syntaxes that you can now use by default. If you’d like to write something using the
LaTex syntax, you can either use it with the short code LaTex, starting and ending. Or you can use the dollar sign LaTex to start
and the dollar sign to end. Or you could also use the short code equation,
we didn’t list it there, but that’s another support shortcut. If you’d like to use something called AsciiMath
as your input syntax, you can use the AsciiMath short code or the dollar sign syntax that
follows this pattern here. And we also now have added support for MathML
as an input type, which is new. So, you would enter the MathML tags as desired,
starting with the Math tag to start and the Math tag to end. And whatever it is the math expression inside. By default, you enter well formatted math
with any of these three input syntaxes, and we’ll display it in the webbook, and we’ll
handle it for all of your exports. You also have the ability here to choose the
text color for the math expressions here. So, this would be a six-digit hexadecimal
number for the color of those math by default, it’s black or 000. But you can change it to whatever you like
for that book. And you can also choose the typeface or the
font that we render for the SVGs or PNGs in the export files. So, there’s a handful of different fonts that
you can render the math in by default here. In terms of what this looks like in an actual
book, so I’m going to say here’s a sample chapter. And the first thing I’m going to do is use
the LaTex short code to write some LaTex. So, here’s a first equation, this means new
line, and this is my second equation. And then, I’m also going to write another
piece of more complicated math, using the equation short code. So, I’ve just written some math in the book,
and then I click save. When I view the chapter in the webbook, you’ll
see the MathJax rendering engine has just rendered this as math. And the difference now, from before, this
is no longer an image, this is actually MathJax is rendering it in the browser, using the
common HTML and CSS model. And there’s a bunch of cool features available,
so this is an equation with the new line. And here’s the second equation. And if you right click this with your mouse,
you’ll see all of the different MathJax capabilities. So, for example, one of the things that you
can do is you can say, “I want you to show me this math as actual MathML.” And so, I don’t know if you’re seeing this
popup, did you see a popup? Okay, great. So, this is showing me that same equation
that I just rendered, rendered in MathML. So, I could take that MathML and paste it
into Pressbooks using the MathML. Or if I wanted to learn MathML or if I wanted
to see this expressed in MathML, MathJax did that for me. Another thing that I could do is I want to
see this as Tex or LaTex. So, this is showing me how that expression
was rendered in LaTex, which was my source there. So, it’s kind of performing a translation
between the two different input formats, which can be helpful, depending on what you’re used
to writing or using. You also have the ability to add the original
form as annotation, to show some text hints in MathML. Or to set up some accessibility settings,
so for example, one of the things that I might say is, “I want this equation to get 400%
bigger. And I want the zoom factor to happen whenever
someone double clicks the equation.” So, now I’m going to double click the equation,
and you’ll see that it’s popped up at 400 size, double click the equation, and I could
change. The user can set those accessibility settings
as they want. And you can also choose a different renderer
for how you render the math in your browser if you’re having trouble. So, these are a lot of the cool features that
MathJax builds in. The other things you’ll see are a number of
accessibility features, whether you want assistive MathML, including the tab order to make it
collapsible math. Do it in AutoCollapse, or even to turn on
this Explorer feature. I’m not going to go really deep in depth through
all the MathJax features. But people who are used to using and seeing
math expressed with MathJax will be excited to see the full feature set for MathJax, now
happening in the webbook. Another thing that will happen would be when
we produce an export for the book, we’re going to turn this math equation into SVG images
with Alt tags. Or PNG images with Alt tags, depending on
the export format. So, that already happened before, but we’re
just keeping the same functionality here. If you don’t want to use MathJax, or you have
some advanced needs, there is also the option as before to turn on a plugin. And the plugin that we support here is called
WP QuickLaTex. WP QuickLaTex has some advantages, and it
has some drawbacks. And you can decide what you want to use it
for, but if I were to activate this plugin, you’ll notice now when I go to Settings, the
MathJax setting is no longer there. It’s been replaced by QuickLaTex in the book. And when I come to QuickLaTex, you’ll see
all of the different rules for how you can express LaTex using this plugin. If I look at basic settings, you’ll see the
font size, color, similar kinds of settings. But the major difference is QuickLaTex will
always render the math, even in the webbook as an image. And I can choose whether I want to make that
image a PNG or an SVG by default, or just let it autodetect. So, in this case I’m going to say SVG, because
they scale a little bit better. And if I wanted to, here’s where I could declare
I always want to use LaTex throughout the book or if I needed to declare special packages
for doing fancy things with math. Usually, people will use the QuickLaTex plugin,
if they wanted to use some of these packages, or they’re planning to do something that’s
not part of the standard LaTex set. Otherwise, the MathJax things should be sufficient. So, I’ve switched over to QuickLaTex and now
I want to show you that same chapter. And you’ll see a difference here. When I render this chapter now…let me go
back into my— Let’s say LaTex is the short code I want to
use. And LaTex make sure I don’t have any weird
stuff in there, okay. Let’s save that. And let’s view the chapter. So, here these have been rendered as images
with QuickLaTex. If I were to inspect them in the browser,
you’ll see that down here they do have an Alt tag that does show the equation. But it’s not quite as flexible or as powerful
in certain ways in rendering as the native MathJax solution is. So, that’s just a quick demonstration of what
we’ve added for math and how it changes things in the book. I don’t think I need to go into too exhaustive
detail there. But I will go ahead and turn the—actually,
that’s basically MathJax. I think this is probably a good place to pause,
and say, “Did we have any questions, Liz, in the chat that we should answer related
to the first three things that we demoed there?” Most were related to the iFrames, Taylor’s
put the documentation in the chat. People were asking about some examples of
how people might use that in a university context. Okay. Yeah, so I see Lauren’s question. Lauren was asking do you have other examples
of sites or content providers that people have allowed to be added to their iFrame whitelist? I don’t know if we could share that offhand,
but that might be something you’d ask, Lauren, in the Pressbooks community, the network community
of practice. I do think I know of different institutions,
universities that say, “Oh we’ve made some kind of interactive content for chemistry. And we hosted it on this server, we know that
this server is run by our chemistry department, we’d like to be able to embed those in our
books.” And rather than us adding that to the global
whitelist, we let the network manager decide whether they trust that source or not. As far as I know, I know of people who have
contacted us in the past asking if we can globally whitelist things. And so, some of the sources that they were
looking for were like Google slides. You can whitelist that now, NPR, MuseScore,
some different academic websites that create visual media, like math assignment type quiz
questions and stuff like that. So, it’s just been a broad variety of different
sources. Yeah. That’s a good summary, thanks, Taylor. Okay, so what I want to do now is we’re going
to get into the exciting part. The reason why you probably all came to the
webinar. And I’m going to go back and share my screen
again. And in this part of the demo, what we’re going
to show you what we’ve just shipped and what we’re calling the Network Manager Analytics
piece. So, for now, you’ll be able to find everything
that we’re demoing from your network dashboard. Right now, it’s all housed under this stats
link. And you’ll see there’s a stats, a booklist
and a user list. We’re going to explain those in turn, and
Taylor’s going to start by showing us the stats. Let me jump out of screen share. And Taylor, you’re muted right now, sorry. Sorry. Starting out from your network admin dashboard,
you’ll see that there’s a new icon that’s on the left menu, stats. So, from stats you will find the stats, the
book and the user list. But if you click it right out, without navigating
to the second panel, you’ll land on your stats menu. So, we currently offer four new visualizations,
these graphs that we’ve built, that show the data that was already on your network. These were coming straight from the user accounts
and the books and the metadata, that have already existed. This is not new information, but we’re displaying
it in new ways for you, that can help you see more the significant changes that have
happened over time, and help you administer your network. The first one you’ll see is the users over
time graph. So, it shows three different pieces of data,
the total users, the subscribers and the contributors. So, there’s a slight variation there. So, instead of just showing the users, we’re
showing people who would be reading the book and people who are creating the books. So, this is our test network, so we don’t
have very many subscribers. Just to add, the subscribers will be most
likely to be created if you’re using the LTI provider tool. So, those of you who have the gold networks
that are using LTI provider, that’s where you’ll see the subscribers mostly come from. Otherwise you probably won’t see any subscribers,
unless you’ve created them explicitly. Right, so anybody can add a subscriber to
a book, but more likely if you have an LTI connection, you’ll be able to see really easily
the number of students that are accessing those open books that you have connected to
courses through an LMS like Canvas. So, you’ll see each of those is a different
line on this graph. You can choose which view you want to see,
you can take away and select certain lines. You can also decide on what timeframe you
want to be seeing this. So, if for instance you wanted to see the
total growth in your network’s readership or user creation over the last year, instead
of the whole time of the network, you could select the date here and apply the filter
and it will load to show you. I think you forgot to select the date, Taylor. Did I? Thank you. It’ll load to show you only the year. And so, you can see that from in the last
12 months our test network has gone from 30 to 83 users. I’m sure a lot of yours are a lot more impressive. So, the books over time is the next one, and
it’s similar. So, again, you can choose the date frame that
you want to see, as well as the different types of books that are in your network. The total books, the books that have been
cloned, the public books and the private books. So, it shows you the overall growth, but it
also helps you identify for instance what is the proportion of books that are on your
network that have been adapted versus the total number? Or how many books do you have that are in
progress right now as private books, that haven’t been published yet? Or how many books on your network are already
published projects that are available for people for people to read right now? And you can reset everything, with the dates
and the lines and configure it however you want to. This updates as your booklist updates and
as you make changes, it should update about once a night. The next one is the network storage graph. This is the books on your network that are
at least 1% of the storage capacity of your network. So, what you’re looking at isn’t 100% of the
storage you have. This is not saying that all of your storage
is already taken. But this is a comparison of the proportion
that a book is taking to other books on the network. For instance, physical geology here is 12%
of the storage that’s currently being used, and it’s about 375MB. So, comparing that to maybe a book over here,
that only takes 18.74MB, you might wonder why is that book so much bigger than other
books? If you click on a book here, you’ll be taken
to its media library. So, you can tell what is making the book as
big as it is. And it’s usually not the written content,
text doesn’t take up very much storage. It’s going to be in media. And so, this can be helpful just getting to
know the trends of how much a book typically takes up on your network. And if you notice that one is particularly
large, maybe that user needs help figuring out how to edit images to put in their book. And different things like that can help you
administer books as they’re being created. The fourth graph over here is user revisions
over last. And this is mostly helpful for you to know
who’s working on projects at what time, who may be needing help with their OER projects. And where resources are going, that kind of
stuff. So, you can see the changes, the revisions
that have been made over the last year, three months, month and week. And then, if you click on the bar of a user,
you’ll be taken to their user info page, which Steel can cover. He’ll be up in just a sec, with his screen
share. Sorry, I was still muted. I did the same thing. So, I’m back in screen share here, and just
as Taylor said, from this user revision page, you can see over the month or the week. And in this particular case, I want to learn
more about this username Steel. I can see that Steel has made several hundred
revisions over the last three months. And I’d like to know a bit more about what
kind of revisions and where Steel’s been active. So, by clicking on this, it’ll take us to
a new page that’s called user info. The top of the user info, it’s just going
to display basic information about a user, their username, their name, when their account
was created, when they last logged in, how many books they belong to, and the total revision
count this person has made. Then, down below, it’ll show me which books
specifically they belong to, by role and a little bit more information. So, I can look at this and say, “Oh wow. Steel’s an admin on 18 books on this network. And he’s made a small number of revisions
on all of these.” And then, this one right here, this book is
the book where he’s made a ton of revisions. That’s the book that Steel’s really active
in. And some of the other ones he doesn’t seem
quite as active in. And he was really last active there in April
of 2019. So, yeah, that’s something he worked on a
lot, but he hasn’t really touched it since April. So, that’s a good proxy for how Steel’s been
using our network. And then, I can also see Steel also happens
to be an editor in this other book. He’s only made one revision, so he’s probably
just brought on board to look at that book. He hasn’t done too much there. So, instead of just thinking Steel’s got 19
books and that’s a lot. I can say, “Well, Steel’s kind of active on
a few books, but really active here. That’s his major project.” So, just from that one new user page, you
get a little bit more proxy information about a user and it can help you understand where
you might be wanting to reach out to users or what they’ve been up to on the network
lately. Jumping from the actual user info page, you
can go back to what we call the user lists. So, you can access that here or from a user
page. And the user list you’ll notice is in many
ways pretty similar to what we currently have for this user list, except we think better. And this is why it’s better. So, on the user list now, you’ll see the information
is presented in a much tighter, more organized fashion. All of these columns are sortable and expandable,
so I can change the size, and I can change the order. This will be a display change that only happens
for me as a user. And it will be usually remembered for a short
amount of time. So, if I log out and log back in, it will
probably remember the latest changes I made, but at a certain point the memory will fade
on that and you might have to reset your settings. But here I can say, “Okay, here are the users
on this network. Here are their names when entered, here are
their email addresses. Here’s when they were registered. Here’s when they last logged in. And here, this tells me in one glance how
many books they belong to.” So, I can look and say, “Oh wow, Liz, Steel
and Taylor, they’re the three really active users on this network or the most widespread
users. And at more of a glance, I can also see what
type of role these people have in each of those books. So, Liz is in 27 books, 26 of them she’s an
admin, and one of them she’s an editor. In addition to being able to view this information,
I could also jump to the book info page for any given user by clicking on their name,
which is what Taylor was just showing you last time. And you have filters now, so first of all
I can search up here. And show me all the users who have the name
Steel, that’s helpful, there’s three of them. And if I wanted to increase the page size,
I could do that down there. Or I could say, “Reset those filters and show
me everyone.” The user properties thing is very helpful,
too. Because what I want to look at now is I want
a list of everybody on my network who is an editor or above. And I’ve just filtered that list. So, now, I have 21 results out of the 83 users
on my network, there are only 21 people who have an editor or above role. Let’s say I’d like to contact all those people. I can now download a CSV that has all of this
information that I saw including the email addresses. So, I’ve just made for myself a user list
of the 21 people who are editors or above on my network. And I’m going to email them and say, “Hey,
we’re offering an editor and admin training for Pressbooks. If you’re interested, here’s the date and
time.” Right? I could also say, “I want to know anybody
who was added to my network since June.” Because that’s when I did the last training
and who has last logged in after somebody who’s been active in August. So, new users who’ve been active in the last
two months. And here’s that list of users. And I want to only get people who are admins
in at least one book. So, now I’ve got these are the three users
who meet that criteria. You can combine these filters in whatever
way is helpful to you. But hopefully, what we’re providing for you
now are more tools to get at the information that you’d like to get at and see it in a
more concise and usable way. We’re pretty excited about that, you’ll see
also at the top this will tell you when this data was last synchronized. Generally, it will happen fairly regularly,
at least once a day. And it will also give you just a straight
up statement about how many total users you have there. And that, in a nutshell, is the user list. I’m going to jump out of this screen share,
and I’ll let Taylor show you the booklist next. I did want to add that the CSV button that
he showed you, there’s an important nuance to remember. The CSV works similar to the applied filters
button, in that you can choose filters and download a CSV with those filters. And it will apply all the filters that you’ve
chosen, but it won’t apply to the table. So, those are two different mechanisms, the
applied filters and the download CSV button. So, if you notice that your CSV is looking
different from the table, that would be why. Okay, I will jump into sharing. So, we’re back at the network admin dashboard. We’ve gone to stats and then booklist. So, this is what the new booklist looks like,
similar to the user page, of course. And like the differences between the old user
page and the new user page, you’ll see a lot of similarities, but you’re also going to
see a lot of new information. So, instead of just showing the book’s URL
and a creation date and maybe two or three other pieces of information, you’ve got the
cover image there that you can connect to the book as well as the last edit date, the
amount of words that’s in the book, the number of authors, the number of readers who would
be the subscribers, storage size, language, subject, theme, license, public or privacy
status and then, the in catalog status. So, all of this is coming from the metadata
of a book. And we’ve taken that into a table and presented
it here. So, you still have the basic functions of
the last book’s page. So, from here, you can go to a book’s homepage. You can go to its edit page. The dashboard, and then you’ve got the options
to deactivate, activate and delete. You’ll see that the books in red here are
things that we didn’t need anymore, so we deactivated them but didn’t take them off
the network. The delete button is permanent, so that’s
helpful to remember. The deactivate and delete actions are immediate,
so you’ll see the changes right off. But if you make changes to books across the
network, generally other things will take overnight to update, it updates once a day. So, in addition to all the new information,
there’s different tools that you can use to sort and filter through these books. One you can use the different columns here
to just sort up and down. So, say you wanted to sort by license, you
can sort up or down, and it’ll sort alphabetically. So, all the all rights reserved books are
in my list now, but if we reverse it, it’ll start with CC BY. And the same works for everything, you can
sort by date, by the number of words, in addition you have the ability to change on the right
two columns the in public and in catalog status. So, you’ll notice that the ones that are private
are marked with an X and public is a check mark. And the same for catalog. Things that are in the catalog are an X and
things that aren’t in the catalog are a check mark. So, if I click a book, an X in the in catalog
column I can change that to be in the catalog. You’ll notice that it also changed the public
status. Books that are private cannot be put into
the catalog. So, if you put a private book in the catalog,
it’ll automatically make it public. The reverse is also true. Books that are in the catalog and public cannot
be made private. So, if you mark that book private, it’ll take
it out of the catalog at the same time. In any other case, you’re just changing it
from public to private and so on. In addition to the one-off settings, you can
also do this in bulk. So, if I wanted to select all the books on
the list, you go to the bulk actions menu, down here and make all of these books public. I could do that, and then hit apply. And all of those books would then be made
public. There’s also a lot of the same features that
you saw in the users list, there’s a statement here that has the total number of books on
the network as well as your total storage. A search function, the total results that
you’ll have of any search or any filter. And the ability to download any list as a
CSV. In addition to that, there’s also a lot of
filters that you can use to find books on your network. For instance, if you wanted to find only public
original books that were CC BY licensed, you’d filter to see only those books on the network. I notice that the book’s status, public, private,
these are binary options. So, if you choose one, it’ll unselect the
other one. And the same is true for original and cloned. You’ll also notice that at the top it will
say the number of filters that you have active. Filters are cumulative across these tabs that
you see. So, that just lets you know where you have
different filters active. So, here we have the book status, license
and plugins and features that lets you choose whether to see books that only have H5P activities
for instance, or books that are using QuickLaTex. And language and subject you can sort by the
metadata language of a book. So, we have a couple of different options
for language, but this is specifically looking for what somebody has put as the book language
in the book information page. And the only languages that’ll appear on this
are the ones that have been used on your network. But we don’t have French here, but French
could be on this list if it was used on your network. Same for a book’s subject, only the book subjects
that are used on your network will appear here. If I wanted to reset my filters and then search
for education, it’ll show me all the education books that I have here, which can be helpful
if you’re trying to find books on your network that are a good fit for a class at your institution. Size and storage, you can filter by how big
a book is, so in terms of storage or in terms of word count. So, that can help you if you’re looking for
projects that are closer to completion, projects that are pretty well developed, or the reverse. You can determine which books still need some
work to get to a publishable amount of content. And then, themes and exports. So, you can search by theme, as well as availability
and export by format. So, if you only wanted to look for books on
the network that have produced exports and allowed downloads from the homepage and are
available as a digital PDF and apply filters you know which books that you can send people
to that they can download a digital PDF file, which can then also be printed off, etc. Am I missing anything, do you think, Steel? Steel: No, I think what you’re showing is
pretty exhaustive and hopefully, I think the goal mainly for you as network managers is
to be able to develop the queries that will help you in whatever your publishing goals
or objectives are. Ultimately, I think talking about what’s next
here, this is for us the beginning step for the framework, under which we can make this
kind of information available across many networks. And so, what we’re envisioning building over
the next several months would be a public, filterable, searchable list of public books
from any or all of Pressbooks network that you could do the same amount of querying and
searching for. Let’s say you wanted to find a book that had
more than 5,000 words and a CC BY license on the topic of education. Be able to help you look across 40 or 50 Pressbooks
networks that were contributing their data into that and it be a discovery tool. So, we’re pretty excited about that, and we
think that there’s a really bright future for what we’re going to make possible, and
hopefully drive the adoption and adaptation of other books from other networks on your
networks. A few other things that I wanted to highlight
that I think we’re working on that I can tell you about. One of them is those of you who are participating
in the Pressbooks community forum, we have a private group for educational client managers. And about a month ago, we posted showing a
preview of some of this work, driving up excitement. And we also said, “Hey, we’re going to be
redoing some of the network settings.” And we asked for a vote. And people voted on Taylor’s idea versus my
idea and everyone picked Taylor’s idea, of course. And so, we said, “Okay, we’ll build Taylor’s
idea.” And so, we’re working on the finishing touches
for that, but a preview of that would be this is a demo network. But what we’re going to be building is a new
single network settings page, for you as network managers. And you’ll see something like this, it will
tell you who your current network managers are, who you can contact to change that, and
it will give you a bunch of default values for your network that you can change quickly. It’ll also show you some values for book and
user registration, so that you could control that yourself. Right now, you email us to change those settings,
but we want to make that self-service. It’ll also give you the ability to send one
or multiple admins notifications when new books and users are created, if you desire
that. And then, it’ll be the place where you could
put your analytics. All the kinds of things that you can do now
from the dashboard, but it’ll be a bit cleaner and in one place. So, we’re working on the finishing touches
for that and hope to have a version one ready to release for you very soon. That’ll be exciting. It sounds like in chat some of you think so,
too. And then, the next steps for us would be trying
to build a public directory of books across many networks that you could find and visit. And ultimately, hopefully, some better cloning
tools that will let you clone from many networks, more quickly. We also are going to work, I think, on building
a couple of more visualizations here on the stats page. We started with the four that we thought would
be most useful to you, but we know there’s other kinds of things that you might want
to visualize. And so, we’ll be working on those over the
next couple of months. This feels for me like a good place to stop
for questions or feedback. So, if there’s anybody that posed a question,
Liz, in the chat that we should look at or get to? Happy to look at those now. I’m not seeing a lot of questions in the chat. But perhaps people may want to vocalize their
questions now. Sure. Okay, so I see a question from Karen, which
is are you working on the number of views of a particular book? So, the answer to that is a little complicated,
Karen. The answer is that no, we’re not working on
it on our end. But if people do want that information, the
way that they could get it would be through Google Analytics. That Google Analytics integration that I was
just showing you there. So, we’re not currently planning on tracking
visitor information. But that’s not within really our privacy policy
or what we’re interested in. But if a network manager wants it, it will
let you do self-service Google Analytics. And you can view both page views as well as
book download info. I know eCampus Ontario is quite interested
in that and I think has been doing some work there. And I think the University of Minnesota has
been looking at book download stats. So, that’s Char’s question as well, in the
chat. Yes, right now, if you use the Google Analytics
integration, information about book title, file format and number of downloads will be
sent to your Google dashboard. And so, you can see for each book that you
make public downloads available, how many times it’s been downloaded in what format
over a given period of time. You can’t get those from our visualizations,
but you can get them from the Google Analytics. We do have a small chapter about the Google
Analytics integration. Again, that’s a third-party tool that we don’t
explicitly support ourselves, but there are I think a lot of people that have used it
to good effect. And if you had more questions about it, that’d
probably be a good thing to ask in that community of practice place that I was looking at earlier. It’s not possible to download the stats from
our visualizations page, but the stats that are used to make those visualizations are
in the user and booklists, if that helps. Yes, thanks Taylor. Okay, so Christina said, “What will the better
cloning tool look like?” Oh man, putting me on the spot. Well, so, it’s unbuilt yet, so it’s vapor
ware, so let me say that first. But I think what we’re imagining is right
now we have a cloner tool that’s essentially one-to-one. You find a known book that’s public with a
known URL, and you clone that book. Ideally, what we’d like to be able to allow
people to do is something that’s more like a bulk clone operation, where if you were
looking at a large public list of Pressbooks and you filtered it and it said like, “11
results.” You could tell that thing, okay, I’d like
to clone these 11 books to my network. Please and thank you. And then, it would go get them and tell you
when it was done. The details we haven’t worked out and built
yet, but that’s the kind of general idea. And Lilian’s killing the chat offering her
help. Lilian, you can host the next webinar, it
looks like. So, get ready. Okay. Other questions, there’s a lot happening,
so I’m not sure if I’m catching up. I think you’ve gotten everything. I would say, and then, just to highlight again,
the place where these kinds of conversations can and maybe should happen, if you want,
is that community of practice, the Pressbooks community. So, if you haven’t yet, let me just emphasize
that again, if you haven’t yet done this, we’d like to welcome you to do this. If you visit, you’ll
see, and I’ll just log out so I can show you the kind of workflow. If I’ve logged out, this is our public forum
for open source users. If you sign up and create an account, you
can do it with your email, or you can do it with Google, GitHub or Twitter accounts. I’ve hooked mine into each of my accounts. So, I’m authenticated and then, let me know,
if you’re a network manager at an EDU institution, let us know, and we’ll add you to this private
group for people like you. And so, this is a place where people can discuss
issues of shared interest or shared importance. We posted a note about the network analytics
webinar here. We sometimes post about development work in
progress and ask people to vote on features. People have been discussing for example, there
was a great question I think it started with Ariana about policies and service models and
had a really good discussion from Lauren and from other people that were saying, “Here’s
how we support Pressbooks and here’s what we do.” For example, a topic might be how are you
using Google Analytics to track user visits and downloads? And Lilian might lead off with a post, and
then Jim or other people could ask questions and discuss more about that. It looks like there’s one new and updated
topic. There’s Karen already. So, Karen is demoing in real time exactly
what we’re saying, Lilian, please tell us how to use Google Analytics. Lilian, you’re on the spot. So, that’s exactly how the forum I think would
work in practice. You don’t have to join it, of course, but
we think that this would be a value-added resource. And look, Lilian’s replying. So, I’ll stop sharing, because I don’t to
embarrass anybody else further. Of course, it’s helpful to talk to each other
and to build a community of open resources. But it’s also helpful for us to know what
you guys are talking about, and what you’re looking for from Pressbooks. So, that we can take that into consideration
as we’re building the product and making it better. Laura Ray asked, sorry if I missed this, is
there a way to filter books in the booklist by those that have Hypothesis enabled? And the answer to that right now is no, actually. The reason is Hypothesis as a plugin is network
enabled by default. And then, it can be turned on in various ways
at the book level. So, there’s no good, clear way for us to say
which book is actively using it or not. Because it’s sort of on but not really, it’s
like active but not enabled by default. So, the easiest way that you probably do that
is at the Hypothesis website, you can look by domain, you can do a domain search to see
whether there are annotations at a given domain. So, that would be something you’d do from
the Hypothesis client end. We could probably write a little follow up
in nerdy detail about that. But there’s not a really great easy way for
us to make that available right now, Laura. Sorry. One thing I will note though, when Taylor
was saying you can filter by whether a book is using Table Press or H5P or the glossary
tool, not only can you tell whether they’re using that, but there’s a number filter. So, you could say, “I want to see books that
have more than one H5P activity. Or books that have more than 10.” So, you can not only filter by whether they’re
using it, but by how much they’re using it. We’ll take another second or two, or another
minute or two and see if anybody else has questions that they wanted to drop in the
chat. And then, we have just a kind of general question
for everyone before we wrap up. Okay, so the bit that we wanted to close with
is this is something we often do in our open source calls. But this is a community of really interesting
people, doing all kinds of exciting things. And so, I wanted to say, “Is there anybody
in the audience for this webinar that is working on a project or has recently concluded a project,
that they think is of enough interest that they’d want to share it with the rest of the
people on the call?” Something you’re working on or that you think
would be of interest for our group. (Laughs) And somebody says, okay, Leigh says
oh pick me. Leigh, we picked you. If you want to unmute yourself, this is Leigh
Kinch Pedrosa from Rebus. Hi there. Can you hear me? Yes. Yeah, hi. So, I just wanted to take a minute to mention
our textbook success program that we just launched, and the first cohort will be beginning
in October. The program is a Rebus Community initiative
and it’s targeted towards program managers and faculty, librarians, other people who
are involved at the institutional level, and people with institutional funding. So, basically what we’re doing is we’re combining
a 12-week course on open textbook creation with regular check ins to help creators and
administrators build the infrastructure of a thriving OER program, for OER creation program. And so, we’re going to group together creators
because we love community, and we love these kinds of talks, we’re going to group together
creators into a cohort with others from within their institutions. But also, from other schools and other institutions
around them, hopefully to create some sort of cross-institutional collaboration and to
strengthen the open education community as a whole. The course itself is primarily focused on
OER creation, so particularly of interest to people who use Pressbooks, I think. So, yes particularly focused on OER creation,
but we do throw in a little marketing, a little project management, to give participants a
really well-rounded knowledge of everything that goes into making a great open textbook. I’m really excited about this project. And I’m happy to talk about it as much as
people want to talk about it. And yeah, so if you want to know about it,
I can drop this link. In the chat, if you’d be willing? Yeah. Thanks, Leigh. That does sound of interest. So, there’s a link in the chat with some more
about this, the textbook success program. Is there anybody else in the call or the community
that has something that they’ve been working on or that they think they want to share with
the group? Actually, can I just make a request? I’ve seen some really cool open textbooks
come across the transom on Twitter lately. And if you have something that is launching
and you’re just making it, it’s public, it’s live, you want to put some promotion around
it, please let us know. Because we’ll definitely help to amplify those
books, so let me know, or Tweet it, and we’ll be sure to re-Tweet and give it some attention
as well. Thanks, Liz. I’ll give everybody maybe another 30 seconds
or a minute if they think of something they want to share. Lilian has something. Go ahead, Lilian. So, I just wanted to share that we’re working
on versioning a little bit in the eCampus Ontario open library, which is largely Pressbooks
books. So, we’ve redesigned what our item views looks
like in our catalog, so that we can integrate our Pressbooks catalog with our other catalog. But I don’t know what OER are adapted from
which other OER, so I’m backtracking, that’s why we would really encourage you guys to
check out our open library. And also, if you know OER that have relationships
with each other, if you could let me know, so that we can improve that items view and
searches to show people that adaptation train and remix train, that is actually happening. Thank you, that sounds great. I actually wanted to call somebody out, if
they don’t mind. If Abbey Elder is present and listening on
the call, Abbey would you be able to tell people a little bit more about something that
you recently released that might be of interest for the group? Which thing are you talking about in this
case? Your pick, but I was thinking about the most
recent, the kit I think I don’t know what name. Yeah, the OER starter kit. So, I recently put out, I guess you could
call it a remix project in terms of taking about five or six different OER handbooks
that are available on the market. And then, just general information I’ve been
putting out on websites and so on lately into a starter kit for faculty. If you haven’t seen it yet, you probably haven’t
been on Twitter lately, because I’ve been all over sharing it. But basically, it’s a shorthand book for any
faculty member that wants to get started understanding what OER are, finding them, or creating them
for their own courses. So, I’ll share a link to that in the chat
as well. I think somebody already did, Liz already
did. So, they beat you to it, but thank you Abbey. The other thing that I wanted to note, we
posted this in the Pressbooks community of practice, but I’ll just drop it in the chat
as well. The Coko Foundation, the collaborative knowledge,
they used to be known as is hosting a new award series for open publishing awards. And they have two categories, one for open
source software, but another for open content. Looks like a really great group of judges,
and the deadline you can nominate yourself or other projects that you’re aware of. The deadline for nominations is coming up
soon. I think it’s in a few days, but if you have
a book that you know of at your university or a project or some content that you think
is worthy of recognition, we would strongly encourage you to nominate it and get the recognition
that people who worked hard on it deserve. I don’t know too much more about the awards,
other than what I just said, but it’s probably of interest to people in the group. It looks like Karen has something to share
as well. Great, Karen. Thank you, Taylor. I’ll just make it quick, because we only have
a minute left. At the Open Textbook Network, we just launched
pub 101. So, I see Open Textbook Network members here,
and if you’re not I’m happy to talk about how you can join us. But pub 101 is an informal orientation to
open textbook publishing, we’re going to get together once a week, for six weeks, and go
through the publishing curriculum together. And pub 101 is the new pathway into the publishing
cooperative, which is a whole set of community support and services and resources. I’ll put a little table overview of those
in the chat for you. But if you’d like to learn about pub 101,
you’re welcome to extend it also to people at your institutions. So, for example, consortia members can extend
it to all of their institutions and invite people from groups there. So, it’s a very open experience for any Open
Textbook Network member. All right, we’re at the hour, thank you. Thank you. Speaking of librarians, the last thing I’ll
mention is I don’t think Heather White or Holly Wheeler are in the chat today? But they’re two of our colleagues at Mount
Hood Community College. They’ve just released a really interesting
guide for mark records, and an OER mark template. This is a big discoverability issue, and right
now, there’s not a good easy way across most platforms to automatically generate mark records,
as Karen probably knows, better than any of us. But it’s a really nice guide and a resource. I will try to link to the template and maybe
the message or the email in the chat here from Heather as well. And I think that’s something we’ve had a longstanding
interest in Pressbooks as well. So, maybe that’s something we will all work
on together. Okay, Abbey says she’s working on, I knew
that there’d be librarians in this group that are more on it than I am. So, I wanted to just say on behalf of everybody
of Pressbooks, thank you so much joining us. Thanks for all the work that you’re doing
wherever you’re at, to further and support open education, to make high quality learning
material for students and others available. And please do stay in contact with us and
let us know what we can do to help you succeed in your goals and your missions and any ideas
that you have for how to make Pressbooks better for you or for your users.

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