An earlier reported issue of the Sites button and related Favorites list has been resolved as of 1:25pm EST.
Remember – there are several ways to get to your course sites:
- Use of the Sites button (waffle icon) in the top right
- Use of the Favorites (starred) sites in the Sites Favorites tab
- Use Overview>Membership to see all course sites
- Use Overview>My Worksite Setup to navigate to course sites
If you continue to experience issues, be sure to log out and/or restart your device and then contact the HelpDesk if you continue to experience problems.
Some faculty and students have reported an issue with Sakai’s Sites button and Favorites list. The issue has been identified and is being worked on presently. Faculty and students can still access their courses by using Overview>Membership after logging in:
A status with new information will be posted as soon as it’s available.
Just as it’s important at the end of the term or session to turn in grades to the Registrar’s Office via my.johnsonu.edu – it’s important to close out course sites in Sakai, specifically to unpublish them.
The immediate question I typically get from faculty is, “Why?” Well here’s a few reasons:
- Keeps you and students organized. Sakai provides all users with the ability to favorite sites (place a star next to them using the Sites button) per user. Favorite sites appear in the top blue banner of Sakai. Leaving sites in a published state, crowds out and creates confusion for students.
- Helps protect against plagiarism and cheating. By unpublishing course sites you protect your own courses and similar or identical courses taught by other instructors from students being tempted to or fully deciding to share their papers or assessments with other students who may be taking the course in the future.
- Sakai doesn’t automatically surface or show the most current term courses (though this has been discussed as a feature to implement), so it’s important to unpublish courses so students are less confused about where to look for their current courses.
Unpublishing a course takes about 7 seconds:
- In the course site go to Site Info
- In Site Info select “Manage Access”
- Change the selection from “Publish site – accessible to all site participants” to “Leave as Draft – accessible only to site maintainers”
- Select Update
Unpublishing a course doesn’t remove your (instructor) access to a course site, it only does so for students who were officially enrolled in the course. Student’s data (grades, forum posts, assignments) will all remain in the course site. By design, Sakai does not delete data – several protections are put in place to prevent or wholly disallow data removal.
There’s obvious room for leaving some course sites published – esp. at the graduate or PhD level, but by and large, most sites should be unpublished at the end of each term or session – a few days or weeks following the official end date of the course.
According Amazon’s Dashboard (screenshot below), the issue which affected some portions of access to course sites in Sakai has been resolved (5:08 EST).
Faculty and students are encouraged to continue to working in Sakai normally. If you experience any issues logging in, accessing course content, submitting grades or assignments, to contact the HelpDesk. Students experiencing issues related to submitting assignments, discussions, tests or quizzes late should contact their course instructor for direction on how to proceed.
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As of 4:20pm EST, the impact of Amazon Web Services (AWS S3) continues to impact online, face to face and blended courses sites in Sakai (http://sakai.johnsonu.edu | https://sakai.lampschools.org).
You can find out more about the AWS S3 issue here.
After further research, the issue not only affected image content in courses – it also affected student’s ability to upload or access files in courses – including but not limited to, access to course syllabi, files in course Resources, upload of assignments as attachments, entry of forum and blog posts and and submission of assignments. Other areas may have also been affected as well.
What does Amazon have to do with Sakai anyways?
While it’s expected that the issue will be resolved soon, instructors are asked to use discretion when accepting assignments and other grade-impacting tasks which rely on electronic submission via Sakai. While not preferable, some instructors may decide to correspond with students via standard email about changes/adjustments to assignment submission processes due to the AWS issue, including extending the due or accept until date(s). Instructor’s ability to access student submissions, files and related gradable digital content is also an issue in some cases.
Students are encouraged to create and author content using an offline editor (such as in Word or Pages) and save their work so they have a back up and can potentially submit their work later or using a different means.
Instructors and students can continue to check the JohnsonU_Online Twitter feed for continued updates on this issue. Additional status update information is available directly from Amazon here.
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In just over two weeks – the Fall 2016 term will end. At almost the same time, Sakai, the learning management system used by Johnson University (Tennessee, Florida and Online) will undergo an upgrade from Sakai 10.2 to 11.2.
Sakai 11 Interface for Johnson University
This upgrade has been planned for well over 6 months and as with any upgrade hopes to bring better continuity and usefulness to a tool as used by both faculty and students within the context of face to face, hybrid and online courses offered by Johnson University.
So what are the biggest changes you can expect to see? Apart from reading through the detailed list of changes and new features here’s a simple bullet point list:
- Gradebook upgrade providing spreadsheet grade entry
- Clean, modern interface
- Significantly improved mobile functionality (responsiveness)
- New and improved features in the Lessons tool
- Favorite and better organize sites
If you’d like to see an overview provided by New York University – you can see it here. Other videos and tutorial information will be made available in the coming weeks.
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