- Why am I not seeing my J-Term 2013 or Spring 2013 courses listed on the migration list from Blackboard to Sakai?
This round of course migration is the first round and included courses from Summer 2011 through Fall 2012 only. At the end of the Spring 2013 semester faculty will have the chance to indicate which Blackboard courses from J-Term 2013 and Spring 2013 they want migrated to Sakai.
- I am teaching the same course in Spring 2013 that I taught in Fall 2012. Will the migrated content from Blackboard for my Fall 2012 course, e.g., BIOL_100_001 overwrite content in my same named Spring 2013 Sakai course, e.g., BIOL_100_001?
Courses are uniquely identified in the Sakai system just as they are in Blackboard. Migrated courses will not override content in any Spring 2013 Sakai course because the course identification numbers are different for each semseter's course. You will see a separate Sakai course tab for any course migrated from Blackboard.
- What does "migration" mean?
To migrate a course from Blackboard to Sakai refers to converting an existing Blackboard course with content so that as much material as possible that exists in the Blackboard course can be brought into the mirroring Sakai course shell. Not all content will migrate, e.g., assignments in Blackboard do not recreate as assignments in Sakai, and the structure of the content will not be the same as the structure in Blackboard.
- How do I log into Sakai?
Your Sakai ID and password are the same as your Loyola Universal ID and password (the credentials you use to log into LOCUS and your office computer).
- Open your browser.
- Type sakai.luc.edu in the “Address:” field.
- Click Login.
- Type your Loyola Universal ID in the “user id:” field.
- Type your Loyola password in the “password:” field.
- Hit Enter or click the Login button to the right of the "password:" field.
- I forgot my password – what should I do?
Don’t worry; it happens to everyone at least once. To get a new password:
If you have set up your personal identifiers in the Personal Account Manager (PAM), click here: Reset Your Password after You’ve Set Your Questions.If you haven’t set up personal identifiers in PAM, then contact the Call Center at 8-4ITS (on campus) or 773-508-4ITS (off campus). They will reset your password for you.Because you use your Loyola Universal ID and password to log into Sakai, resetting your Sakai password also changes your Loyola password. Use this new password to log into Sakai, LOCUS, and your office computer.
- How can I add a student to my course?
Students are automatically added or removed from your Sakai course based on information Sakai receives from LOCUS. Student registration changes (adds/change/drops) in LOCUS are usually reflected in Sakai 24 hours later.
- How can I add a TA to my course?
If you wish to add a Teacher’s Assistant contact the Sakai support team at email@example.com with that user’s name, the specific course you want them added to, and their role in that course. Instructor assignments come from LOCUS, so the Sakai @ Loyola support team cannot add a colleague as instructor in your course, but can add a colleague as a TA. Since Sakai Teacher’s Assistants have access to the course Gradebook, we are unable to give a student in your class the role of Teacher’s Assistant.
- When will my course shell be ready for me to upload materials?
Course shells for Spring 2013 have been created for all courses in Sakai. However, only instructors who have opted to use Sakai for their Spring 2013 courses will have student enrollments in their Sakai course shells. Summer 2013 course shells for Sakai will be available in early March of 2013.
- How can I get help with Sakai?
- How do I remove courses from previous semesters from my course tabs?
You can choose to hide sites (e.g., course sites from previous semesters), or reorder them (i.e., choose which sites to display in tabs), using the Preferences tool in My Workspace.
- From your My Workspace in the menu, click Preferences.
- Click Customize Tabs.
- Under Customize Tabs you can use the right and left arrow buttons (< and >) to move sites form the Sites visible in Tabs box to the Sites not visible in Tabs box and vice versa.
- Click the double arrow buttons (<< and >>) to move all sites from one box to the other.
- Note: Sites in Sites not visible in Tabs are also hidden from the - more - drop-down list.
- To determine the order in which tabs are displayed, click a site in the Sites visible in Tabs box and then use the up and down arrows to change the order.
- Note: Your My Workspace tab will always appear to the left of your other sites.
- You can change the number of tabs you see with the drop-down list next to Tabs displayed.
- Click on Update Preferences to save your changes.
- How do I upload my Articulate lecture to Sakai?
- Login at sakai.luc.edu.
- Click on the tab for the course you want to upload to.
- Click on Resources in the menu on the left.
- At the top of the list of course resources is a folder with the name of your course, e.g. Liz 101 001 W12: Resources.
- Click the dropdown arrow beside the Add button to the right of your Resources folder and select Upload Files.
- Browse for your Articulate zip file and select it.
- Click the Upload Files Now button; your zip file will appear at the bottom of the list of files.
- Click the dropdown arrow beside the Actions button to the right of your zip folder and select Expand ZIP Archive.
- A new tan-colored folder with the same name as your zip file and with a “+” sign on it will appear in the list of folders.
- Expand that folder and one or two folders inside it until you see the file “player.html.” This is the file you will link to from your content area. If you want to rename the file, click Edit Details in the Actions dropdown menu.
NOTE: If you expect to reuse the lecture, you can upload it to the Resources area of your My Workspace tab instead of uploading to a particular course; then link to it as described below.
To link to your lecture from Lesson Builder:
- Click on Lesson Builder in the course menu.
- Click the Add Resource button at the top of the page and select “Choose existing file.” This will take you to the Resources page, where you uploaded your file.
- Find the tan folder with your lecture and expand that folder and one or two folders inside it until you see the file “player.html” (or other name, if you renamed the file).
- Click on the blue Select link for the player.html file, on the right side of the page.
- Click the Continue button under the list of files.
- You are now back in Lesson Builder with a link added to your Articulate lecture.
- What is the difference between a Sakai course site and a Sakai project site?
A course site is the official work site for a particular academic course and is limited to a specific academic term. Course sites are created and populated with both instructors and students automatically, based on a regular LOCUS feed.
A project site is not limited to a specific academic term, and can be used to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the Loyola community for group work, committees, and research projects. Examples of uses of project sites are university committees, registered and sponsored student organizations, student groups, communities, organizations, collaborative research projects, training initiatives, and groups of instructors who will be teaching lab sections. All Loyola students, faculty, and staff users can create a project site.
For more information on the similarities and differences, please visit Sakai: Course Sites and Project Sites.
- How do I upload a course cartridge?
In the case of a McGraw-Hill course cartridge, follow directions in the email you are sent:
- Save the Content Zip file to your Desktop.
- Click on the Module tool in the list on the left side of your course (if you don't see the Module tool, follow instructions for adding the tool in the Faculty Quick Start Guide).
- Go to Manage.
- Select Import/Export.
- Browse and Import the provided Zip file.
- How do I see all of my course tabs in Sakai?
If you have more courses or projects than you see listed in the tabs at the top of your display, click on More Sites to the right of your Sakai course site tabs to view all sites. If you have many courses listed, be sure to scroll down in the course list to view all sites.