Join Lynda.com Staff for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating or removing an attribute, part of Getting Started as a Lynda.com Administrator.
- Depending on your administrative permissions, you can create custom profile attributes. You can add up to thirty of them. You can start by selecting the Settings tab and here under Profile attributes, if you do not have any attributes set yet, you can start by adding them directly in the Attributes field. In the Values field you can type a list of items and they will appear in drop-down form as options to choose within your attribute. In this case I have departments.
I have four departments. I have Engineering, Marketing, Human Resources, and Creative. Once your done typing, click on the Add button at the bottom of the pod, and your attribute will be populated. You can check by clicking on the drop-down menu here. If you want to add another attribute, just click on this Add another attribute.
And again, click Add when you are finished, or cancel to close out of it. Once you have your attributes added you can switch over to your User Management page and see the attributes populated. Scroll down to the bottom and you can see here I have my departments; Engineering, Marketing, HR, and Creative. And my North Campus building, 1, 2, and 3. There are several ways an attributes value gets associated with a user. If you are using any authentication method other than single-sign-on, your users can self-select their value when creating their own profile.
In this example, a new user would be able to select their department as one of the value options I have added here. Accounts with single-sign-on pass their attribute values as part of their authentication process, depending on account configuration. Now, from the User Management page you can select which profile attributes to associate with a new user when you add them on-by-one, or by bulk upload. Over here. See how the Profile attributes have populated, over here. I can select whichever one, when I am adding a new user.
If you want to remove or edit an existing attribute, you can either do so by going back to the Settings page, or clicking on this Edit button here, which will take you to the Settings page and the Profile attributes. You can click on either the Edit option or the Delete option to completely remove it. If you edit an attribute it will not create a new attribute it will just adjust the name of the existing attribute. If you delete an attribute it will no longer show-up as a filter on the Manage Users page.
It will only show-up in historical reports, and no reports moving forward. Now that I am set up with attributes I can use them to filter my user list, either when searching for a user or group of users, or when looking through reports.