Sakai is our LMS at Loyola University Chicago. This post will include some setups I often use and since these steps are needed only every semester, I prefer to write them down as a reminder for myself, while hoping that the post would also be useful for my readers. This post will be expanded in the future as new setups needed.
1. Copying a Course from a Project Page in Sakai
As an instructor, login Sakai and navigate to your new course that you need to add new content. Follow these steps:
Import from Site, if one imports from a
Sakai. You should be added to the
Project Sitein order to see it as an import option.
- As a precaution, I always select
I would like to merge my datain the next step.
- Select the
Project Sitethat you want to copy its contents. A nice feature of
Import from Sitein
Sakaiis you can import from multiple
Project Sitesin this step.
- The import process is typically completed in 2 minutes.
- On 8/28/2022: My test today turned out to be with errors, actually. The issue was
Tests & Quizzesmodules failed to import. After the third attempt with
I would like to replace my dataoption selected, those modules were copied as expected. As I did not see any error messages, I had no idea about the source of this error.
2. Adding a TA to Your Course
An instructor cannot add or remove course participants including TAs. It has to be done via the ITS Service Portal.
- Log in https://luc.saasit.com
- Fill out the work order form.
3. Achieving Group-Based Tasks
3.1 Make Groups
Make groups within a course by:
- Export student names and IDs using
Export. Ude fault file type which is
- Insert a new column as the first column. Make groups in this column. Typically, we have two groups in
CHEM 111. We assign students by alternating Group labels as A and B until all students are complete. Default order of names are by last name; keep this order unchanged for simplicity.
- Make sure that the second column is
User ID. See Figure 1 for data formatting rules.
- Delete all the rest of the columns, and the first row (no
- Import the
.CSVfile using the file dialog in Figure 1.
- All students are assigned to a group once
Bulk Create Groupsbutton is clicked.
Figure 1. Import screen: File selection.
3.2 Make Group-Based Assignments
Editan existing assignment (or make a new assignment).
- Scroll down and find
Each individual member of the selected group(s)(for individual assignments) > Select a Group to assign. See Figure 2.
Figure 2. Assign an assignment to a group.
3.3 Make Group-Based Announcements
- Scroll down and find
Display this announcement to selected groups only. See Figure 3.
- I always set
High - All group members, which will trigger an email message to only specified group. Kind of a need! We target only certain groups…
Figure 3. Assign an announcement to a group.
3.4 Make Group-Based Tests & Quizzes
Editand existing test or quiz.
Availability and Submissions>
Assessment released to> select a group (See Figure 4).
Figure 4. Assign a quiz or test to a group.
3.5 Sending Group-Based Emails
This feature is quite handy if you want to email data files to a group.
Groups> select a group to send the message (See Figure 5).
Figure 5. Sending an email to a group.
3.6 Gradebook with Group-Based Scores
grade items are assigned to a
grade category, groups don’t make any difference in weighed grade calculations. e.g. Figure 6 shows a class’s Lab 2 grades. Lab 2 score will be calculated equally if a student’s score resides in Group A or B.
Figure 6. Groups don’t make any difference in weighed grade calculations.
3.7 Group-Based Resources
Resources module is no exception when it comes to sharing documents group-wise.
Availability and Access>
Display this file to selected groups only.> select a group (See Figure 7).
- As seen in Figure 7, one can do more detailed groups for different activities. e.g. I have groups for
Figure 7. Assign a file to a group.