With the recent upgrade to Sakai 12.1, faculty and students are starting to notice some of the nuance and changes from Sakai 11.
One of the new features in Sakai is in the Organize Favorites tab under the Sites area. Here you can now elect to have your newly added sites automatically added as favorites. Essentially this acts as a way to keep tabs on courses you’re in without having to look under the Sites menu.
This is a user preference – which means turning it on or off only affects you – the person changing it – not your students (if you’re a faculty member) and not faculty (if you’re a student). With the setting turned on, you can still manage your favorite sites by selecting to turn the star next to a site yellow (favorited) or white (un-favorited). This setting can be very handy though, because when a new semester or session begins, as instructors (faculty) make course sites available, they’ll automatically show up as favorited sites in the top banner on your login.
There is a limit to the number of favorites you can have though – 15 in fact. If there are more than 15 sites favorited (either by you selecting that many or by way of having the “automatically add new sites to favorites” checked), you’ll get a notice on the Organize Favorites tab. You can then review your favorited sites, unselecting specific ones or by using the star at the top of any term to unselect or select a whole term’s worth of sites.
Keep in mind that if you don’t see a site, it’s because it:
- hasn’t started yet, and therefore hasn’t been published by the instructor
- has concluded and the instructor has un-published the site
- as an instructor – you may not have been assigned to teach it yet
- you have the “automatically add new sites to favorites” turned off
- you have the “automatically add new sites to favorites” turned on, but you have too many sites favorited
- OR you may have it hidden in your Preferences>Sites area
Here’s a quick video over the concept and of course you can always check out the Users Guide on Sites organization here.