Feb 12, 2018

In Sakai Gradebooks: Don't Students *always* see their Course Grade? NO!

Did you know that Sakai Gradebooks don't show your students their course grade, unless you make a change to the Gradebook settings? You can see them, but they can't. After a few weeks, your students may start asking you if they can see their course grade, instead of just their assignment scores. It's an easy task!

To display course grades to your students in the New Gradebook:

  • At the top, click on Settings
  • Click on Grade Release Rules
  • Add a check beside Display final course grade to students and
    • Add a check beside Letter grade and Percentage OR
    • Add a check beside Points
  • At the bottom, click Save Changes
In Gradebook settings, click Grade Release Rules, then click Display final course grade to students, then click letter grade/percentage or points

To display course grades to your students in the Classic Gradebook:

  • At top, click on the Course Grade Options tab
    • Add a check beside Display course grades to student now OR
    • Add a check beside Display course points to students now
  • At the bottom, click Save

What is the best way to see the Gradebook like your student does?

For the new Gradebook

In the Classic Gradebook:

  • At the top of the Gradebook, click on the All Grades tab 
  • Click on a student name
  • At the middle right, below the help button, click on Student Name’s view of grades
  • On the top right, click on the link Return to Instructor’s View of Grades for Student Name
  • At top, click on the Gradebook items tab to return to the Gradebook view


Jan 29, 2018

What Sakai tool can you use to track student activity? Statistics!

You can use the Statistics tool, which is added to every Sakai course, to find out when your students are active in your course, and what they are doing. Previously, you could view student activity with the User Activity tool provided by our vendor; now you have Statistics! 

With the Statistics tool, you can run "reports" based on date ranges, for all or specific students, that lists your student's activities, such as posting/replying in Forums, submitting an Assignment or submitting a Test. See the example Statistics report below:

How do you create a Statistics report?

  1. On your course menu, click on Statistics 
  2. At the top, click on the REPORTS tab
  3. Click on the "Add" link, to create a new Report (you can save Reports, too)
  4. If you're going to save your report, you can add a title, otherwise, skip the title and description
  5. You can skip the "What?" section; usually you want to track all of the tools your students use
  6. In the "When?" section, select your report date range:
    • The default is for the last 7 days
    • Or you can select the last "30 days", or last "365 days"
    • If you want to pick a specific date range, select "custom", then choose your start and end date and times
  7. In the "Who?" section, select which student's activity you want to track:
    • The default is "All" students
    • Or you can select "custom" and click on a student's name/userid; to select more than one student, click on the CTRL button on your keyboard and continue selecting students
  8.  In the "How?" section, click on the CTRL button on your keyboard, to also select Tool, along with User, Event and Date.
  9. At the bottom, click on the "Generate report" button 
  10. You can click on the Date then Userid column headings, to sort the results by date, then by student id/name. Click on Export at the bottom the report to save the results.


Sakai 11 User Guide: Statistics

Jan 24, 2018

Spring 2018 Instructional Technology Workshops

We've providing training workshops and materials this semester that will help you with your learning and teaching!

Instructional Technology Workshops (and TLC's)

Microsoft is retiring Office Mix effective May 1, 2018

Office Mix Preview logo

  • Part 1: If you presently use Office Mix, please attend either the February or March TLC session "Office Mix is Nixed! What Next?", to get an overview of the upcoming changes.

  • Part 2: You can also register for one of the March or April Instructional Technology Workshops Office Mix Transition for Current Users: Hands-on Session to find out how to move your published Office Mixes to a new platform. 
edpuzzle logo

Do you assign online videos for your students to watch?

If you want to track what your students are watching or ask questions while students are watching a video, register for the Add Interactivity to Videos with Edpuzzle workshop.

Digital Accessibility and TLC Workshops 

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  • Need to make your Word or PowerPoint presentations accessible? Register for one of the Spring Digital Accessibility workshops.
  • Find out what you can do next, after you've taken the Digital Accessibility Workshops: Attend the "Accessibility, How Do I Do That Again?" workshop at the TLC Conference on Tuesday, March 6, in the 2 - 3 pm session, presented by Amy Netzel, our Instructional Designer/Web Accessibility Specialist. 

Jan 11, 2018

Free Presentations Available: from 2017 NC3ADL (Distance Learning) Conference

If you missed the 2017 North Carolina Community College Distance Learning (NC3ADL) Conference held October 15-17 in Cary, NC, titled "Lights! Camera! Action! Remake Distance Learning" you can still check out many of the presentations (many presenters uploaded their presentation materials).
On a movie board: NC3ADL Lights! Camera! Action! Remake Distance Learning. Starring You; conference dates and web site nc3adl.org

What were some of the conference topics?

Over 200 participants could attend sessions in tracks such as Accessibility, Course Design/Delivery, Gamification, Math/Science, Open Educational Resources, Personalized Learning, Quality, Student Success, and Tools. 

What are some of the workshops presented at the NC3ADL conference?

You can click on any of the session links listed below, scroll past the Session title and session description, and below the Presenters names, you can click on the uploaded presentation file to download and view it.    

FYI: If you want to check out other workshop presentations, to see if they contain presentation files, you can go to https://nc3adl2017.sched.com/ 
  • Click on the title of a session and look for your presentation file!

Upcoming Conferences/Workshops  

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Nov 29, 2017

2017 Sakai Virtual Conference Highlights (and recordings)

Sakaiger and Apereo logo with Sakai Virtual Conference 2017

If you missed the fourth annual online Sakai Virtual Conference,  (it focuses on teaching with Sakai, learning, sharing, best practices, and community building), never fear! 

The Sakai Virtual Conference playlist of  the 2017 conference sessions are available now, on the Sakai YouTube channel. 

What were the sessions about?

There are many excellent presentations to listen to, but if you want to know what some of the popular "themes" were, here's some of the popular topics:
  • Effective Practices: What are best practices for Sakai courses? 
  • Sakai Showcase: What's coming up in Sakai 12? A Sakai Accessibility update
  • Instructional Design/Learning Analytics: Faculty Support/Statistics
  • Technical: LTI Integration and a potential App Store
  • Birds of a Feather: What tools are being worked on now? Mobile, Tests, Lessons
  • Tools: Integrating Tsugi, Google Drive, Meetings (update), and Usability Testing
  • Collaboration: Building Sakaigers (student QA teams) and ePortfolio

What did participants say they liked best about the conference?

  • "This was my first year attending a virtual conference. With all of the activities (Rogues Gallery, Meditation, Karaoke, etc.), there was a real sense of community. I appreciated that. It's easy to foster fellowship at a conference housed in a brick and mortar building, and so I really appreciate the time and thought that went into making sure this virtual conference provided a similar experience."
  • "It's hard to beat the Karaoke lunchtime session. Lots of fun and a great way to show newbies that the community works and plays together!"
  • "Good balance of presentations between hands-on technical aspects and more general teaching and learning solutions. It was easy to jump between rooms in the middle of a presentation (apologies to presenters) which is not easily possible in physical conferences."
  • "I often feel isolated on my campus, so this conference gave me inspiration and the confidence that there are others out there plugging away like me!" 

Who was there? 

  • Over 330+ instructional designers, faculty, administrators, developers and technical support folks attended the conference this year from 70 institutions from 11 countries from around the world.

Where will the money raised go?

  • Sakai development and/or enhancement projects, such as FARM

Hope to "see" you next year (the conference is usually held the first week in November).
  • FYI: If you registered early, you also received a t-shirt and a lunch gift card!


Sakai 2017 Virtual Conference playlist
Sakai Virtual Conference web site
Introducing Sakai 11 video (2:31 min)
Sakai Project web site