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Sakai Discussion Forum


The Discussion Forum in Sakai is an easy way to facilitate a threaded, asynchronous dialogue among students outside of the classroom. Discussions are organized in Sakai by Forums and Topics. A forum being a collection of related topics (similar to the concept of a folder containing multiple, related items within). You may create multiple Discussion Forums, organized by purpose, within Sakai.


Steps

  1. Enter the course you want to work in

  2. Click Forums in the left menu

  3. Click New Forum in the red menu bar

  4. Review Forum Settings and click Save Settings & Add Topic

  5. Type your discussion question in the Description area and Save


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Sakai Drop Box


The Sakai Drop Box allows for the private exchange of files between an instructor and student. When a student accesses the Drop Box, only the items inside of their own folder will be displayed. The Drop Box is useful for collecting assignment files and drafts from students. Instructors may also return a file to their student such as a rubric or a copy of their assignment file with track changes, comments, etc. (If you find that the Sakai Drop Box does not meet your needs, see also Sakai’s Assignment2 add-on tool.)


Steps

  1. Enter the course you want to work in

  2. Click Drop Box in the left menu

  3. Click on a Student’s Folder

  4. Choose to Open a file within or choose Add from the drop-down menu to upload a file


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Assignment2


Assignment2 provides submission areas organized by assignment name. These submission areas can then be assigned point values, hold accompanying materials such as rubrics, and provide a location for assignment instructions and expectations. Assignment2 also connects to Sakai Gradebook and Gradebook2.


Steps

  1. Enter the course you want to work in

  2. Click Site Info in the left menu

  3. Click Edit Tools in the red menu bar

  4. Check the box next to Assignment2 and click Continue

  5. Confirm your changes and click Finish

  6. Click the Assignment2 link in the left menu

  7. Click the Add link at the top

  8. Review the assignment settings and click Save


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Sakai Resources for File Sharing


Sakai’s Resources tool provides an area for the instructor to upload and create files and folders of documents for student retrieval. Upload files from your own computer, or copy files you have stored in another course.


Steps

  1. Enter the course you want to work in

  2. Click Resources in the left menu

  3. Choose to Open a file within or choose Add from the drop-down menu to upload a file


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Sakai Tests & Quizzes


Tests & Quizzes is presented below as a series of documents based on task.



Adding Questions using Assessment Builder


The Sakai Tests & Quizzes tool provides a user-friendly form within the Sakai website, known as Assessment Builder, for instructors to easily write quiz questions. Questions are composed one at a time using Assessment Builder.


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Publish Quiz and Quiz Settings


This document explains how to move your Quiz from Pending Assessments into the Published Assessments row. Options for settings will also be covered, as well as things to consider when choosing your settings.


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Formatting Multi-Part Quizzes with Images


This document will demonstrate the use of the Parts feature in Sakai’s Assessment Builder. Parts allows you to group like questions together and is very handy when asking a series of questions with one accompanying image.


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Random Question Pools and Pool Settings


Sakai’s Question Pools feature allows the instructor to create and store a repository of questions, also known as a “bank”, from which questions may be called upon in a Sakai Test/Quiz. Question Pools are useful for storing large amounts of questions, allowing the instructor to easily construct a unique Test/Quiz, with minimal effort, for purposes of not distributing the same quiz to every course section. The most popular use of a Question Pool is storing questions for purposes of randomizing and pooling those questions to produce a unique Test/Quiz for each individual user who takes the assessment. For example, from a pool of 100 questions the Test/Quiz is set to draw 75 questions at random for each student who takes the assessment.


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Add Questions in Bulk using Formatted Markup Text (for a Single Assessment or Question Pool)


While the Sakai Assessment Builder provides an easy to use interface, it limits the user to composing one question at a time. By composing your questions in a specifically formatted syntax, you can type your questions much more quickly in a free handed manner. Many textbook publishers provide quiz banks in a format which may match this syntax, allowing faculty to input quiz questions in bulk. Try exporting quiz questions in a variety of formats until you find one that matches the syntax described in this guide.


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Add Questions by Uploading QTI (XML) ZIP Files (for a Single Assessment or Question Pool)


Sakai’s Tests & Quizzes accepts QTI format for importing bulk questions in XML or ZIP format. The end of this guide also includes an Appendix on suggested settings for Respondus users and troubleshooting information.


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