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Course Creation and the Sakai System

New Course Site Set-Up


You will not automatically have a Sakai course site for the courses you teach.  This job aid will explain how to create a course site for your class each new term.  You will only be able to follow these steps if you are the “instructor of record” for the course in Banner.  If there is more than one “instructor of record” associated with your course, please check with your co-instructor to make sure that they have not already created the site.  Unfortunately, the system will let you create a second site, which would be very confusing.


Steps

  1. Log into Sakai

  2. Click Worksite Setup

  3. Click New in red menu bar

  4. Select Course Site and choose the Academic Term

  5. Check the box next to Your Course Section

  6. Enter your WFU credentials

  7. Select the Tools you want to use on your site

  8. Choose to Publish your Sakai Course

  9. Confirm your new course site and return to your workspace

  10. Note: If you have a lot of courses in Sakai, you may not see your newly created course in a tab at the top of the screen. Look for it in the “more” pull-down menu.


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Copy a Course Site


You will not automatically have a Sakai course site for the courses you teach.  This job aid will explain how to create a course site for your class each new term, using the structure and content from an existing or previous course site.  You will only be able to follow these steps if you are the “instructor of record” for the course in Banner.  If there is more than one “instructor of record” associated with your course, please check with your co-instructor to make sure that they have not already created the site.  Unfortunately, the system will let you create a second site, which would be very confusing.


Steps

  1. Log into Sakai

  2. Click Worksite Setup

  3. Click New in red menu bar

  4. Select Course Site and choose the Academic Term

  5. Check the box next to Your Course Section

  6. Enter your WFU credentials

  7. Select the Tools you want to use, then Re-Use Material from Other Sites You Own

  8. Choose to Publish your Sakai Course

  9. Confirm your new course site and return to your workspace

  10. Note: If you have a lot of courses in Sakai, you may not see your newly created course in a tab at the top of the screen. Look for it in the “more” pull-down menu.


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Publish a Draft Course Site


During the initial set-up of a new Sakai course shell, the instructor of record has the option to set the course to Draft Status, hiding the course from students until the instructors have finished preparing it. This set of instructions will explain how to locate and toggle between the Publish / Draft options after the course is finished.


Steps

  1. Enter the course you want to work in

  2. Click Site Info in the left menu bar

  3. Choose Manage Access in the red menu bar

  4. Choose Publish Site

  5. Click Update


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Associate TA with a Course Section


This document will outline the proper way of adding a Teaching Assistant to a course section in Sakai. Teaching Assistants should be assigned the Teaching Assistant role within the course site. Assigning TAs as Instructors may be a FERPA violation. Adding a TA to a section they are not working with may also be a FERPA violation. Consult with your department if you have any questions regarding appropriate access.


Steps: Add Participants

  1. Click Site Info in the left menu bar

  2. Choose Add Participants in the red manu bar

  3. Type your TA's username in the "Other Official Participants" box, then click Continue

  4. Choose Teaching Assistant as their roll on the following screen. Confirm your settings to continue.


Steps: Add the Section Info tool to your left menu bar
  1. Click Site Info in the left menu bar

  2. Choose Edit Tools from the red menu bar

  3. Check the box next to Section Info, then click Continue

  4. Confirm your settings to continue.


Steps: Section Info
  1. Choose Section Info in left menu

  2. Click the Assign TAs link under the section you wish to work in.

  3. In the left column, select the name of the TA you would like to assign. Click the right arrow to send the user into the right column "Teaching Assistants". Click the Assign TAs button when finished.


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Hide and Configure Course Tabs in Sakai


After using Sakai for several semesters, you may find that you have too many tabs displaying for course sites. This document will explain how to hide old course sites that you may not need to access on a regular basis.


Steps

  1. Login to Sakai

  2. From the My Workspace tab, click Preferences in the left menu bar

  3. Select a course in the right column, Sites Visible in Tabs

  4. Click the single, left arrow button in between the two columns, sending the selected course into Sites Not Visible in Tabs

  5. Click the Update Preferences button. You may need to refresh your screen.


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