Check out the overview video for Office365 here.
If you don’t have a desktop computer but are looking for a way to access your SkyDrive on an iPad or other iOS device, Microsoft has released an app to do just that:
One of the great things about the Lessons tool in Sakai is the ability to bring applicable content together from lots of different sources.
This isn’t so much a function of Sakai as it is a function of standard HTML, most of the code that structures the majority of web pages on the Internet today.
The Lessons tool affirms this ability to integrate content together using what is commonly referred to as embed codes.
The Lessons Tool
The Lessons Tool long ago replaced the Modules tool and is really the go to place for constructing chunked or organized course content by way of logical units or chronological portions of content into weeks. Many faculty are using the Lessons tool, and all of the University’s online courses use it prolifically.
Adding content is as simple as using the common text editor (FCKeditor) which is a WYSIWYG style editor, which has been replaced by the CKeditor in Sakai 2.9.1.
The Lessons tool has several major components or mechanisms you can use to add content to your course site, including:
- Add Text
- Add Multimedia
- Add Resource
- Add Subpage
- Add Assignment
- Add Quiz
- Add Forum
- Add Comments Area
- and more!
So how does all this come together?
Well essentially you have to do something. Hey, what were you expecting anyways? The best way to do so is to:
- Create your course components.
- Organize those components logically.
- Use Lessons to bring them all together.
Basically this means getting most of the individual bits and pieces of your course together ahead of time. Gather, organize and create your course Assignments, online Assessments, Forums and other important content. Once that’s done use the Lesson tool to bring it all together, allowing the content to appear in context within the Lesson – in Sakai:
This process is sort of like getting ready to baking a cake or making a batch of cookies. It takes ample time and preparation, which includes the need to gather all the individual ingredients together. Each of the individual parts of the course are the individual ingredients. Constructing that content in Lessons is like mixing all the ingredients together, and teaching it? Well that’s like the baking process.
Try to keep the look and feel of each of your Lesson sections consistent in how they look and feel, retaining familiar navigation cues (like buttons, links, locations and color indications). My grandfather always said the thing he loved about Walmart was that they were all mostly laid out the same, even though the stuff they had inside was different from season to season. You can do this pretty simply by designing a single Lesson with the structure you want, and then duplicating that Lesson and changing it accordingly. (To do so, using the Lesson as you’ve built it, click More Tools>Add More Pages. In the pop up window, give the page a Title and be sure to place a checkmark next to”Make new pages copies of the current one”.)
Every course shouldn’t be perfectly identical. There’s a certain level of expectation students can rely on, and even come to appreciate when the content itself adheres to a structure w/o infringing on the content or compromising on the mechanism for delivering it. Doing so helps the technology to ‘get out of the way’ and allows students to ‘get on with the learning’.
Using Embed Codes
May different web services provide what are referred to as Embed codes – these codes – short segments of HTML code (which may look like this):
provide the means by which content from other sources can be included in text areas of the Lessons Tool. Not all embed codes work the same. You should note that content that’s pulled from another location on the Internet, which the University or you yourself do not have access to, might be removed by the owner or made private by the content provider. (This can easily happen with YouTube content as some of our instructors have experienced.)
Johnson does have its own online streaming service that allows the University to retain access to uploaded academic audio or video content. If you want to know more, contact the University’s Online Education Department.
On the other hand, embedding content is a great way to extend the variety and access to applicable content within the context of the course. Most online services provide some type of embed functionality (often by way of a SHARE button), some of which include:
Keep in mind you can also use the Web Content and News tools to pull content in from other locations on the Internet, w/o having students click to another site only to loose their ‘place’ in the course in Sakai.
SkyDrive Pro, a component of the Office365 Microsoft service provides students and faculty secure, robust and global access to document storage and is accessible anywhere you have an internet connection. Current students and faculty have access to these features in SkyDrive Pro:
- 7GB of document storage space
- Sync class/work files across devices (including Android and iOS)
- Directly access and edit Microsoft documents using OfficeWebApps
SkyDrive Pro is your professional library—the place to keep your work documents and other files. You can think of SkyDrive Pro as your SkyDrive or business. When you store your files on SkyDrive Pro, only you can see them, but you can easily share them with co-workers and access them from your mobile devices. Your files are safely kept in the cloud with SharePoint Online or on your company’s SharePoint Server 2013 servers, depending on what your company has set up.
SkyDrive Pro lets you:
- Store and organize your private documents and other files in a secure location in the cloud or on your company’s SharePoint servers.
- Share files and folders with other people in your organization and give them permission to review or edit the content.
- Synchronize files and folders in your SkyDrive Pro and other SharePoint libraries with your computer or mobile devices, so you can access your content offline.
SkyDrive is different from SkyDrive Pro
SkyDrive is available free to individuals and will be available seamlessly as part of Office 365 Home Premium along with 20GB of additional storage. SkyDrive is for people to sync their personal files across their devices and to the cloud.
This article includes information on what your username and password are for most services available to you as a student or faculty member.
Usernames and passwords are typically issued within 30 days from the time you’ve been accepted and confirmed that you’ll be attending Johnson University or after you’ve been officially hired as a faculty or staff member.
Passwords must meet minimum constraints for password strength including the following:
- minimum 8 characters in length AND
- must include at least 1 upper case letter AND
- must include at least 1 number OR must include at least 1 symbol AND
- may not be any form of your name
Passwords used as a means to keep data secure, they should be something that is easy for you to remember AND hard for someone else to guess. Changing your password from time to time helps to decrease the possibility for unauthorized access to your University account data. Passwords are initially issued by the University IT Department.
If you’re logging onto a University owned classroom or lab PC computer you can change your password by holding holding holding down CTRL+ALT and pressing the Delete key.
An authorized username and password typically will give you access to the following services/sites:
- Campus Portal
- University Email
- JICS (coming Spring 2014 and will be replacing Campus Connect and Faculty Access)
- Library Services (use only the portion before the @ symbol)
- Classroom and Lab computers
- IT Department Ticketing System
Separate credentials (not the same as mentioned above) are used for ancillary services such as:
Students, faculty and staff can use a web browser such as Firefox, Chrome, Safari or Internet Explorer, go to the Campus Portal located at http://juonline.sharepoint.com. After logging in with your full email address as the Username and corresponding password, click Outlook at the top.
You can also check out the help links under the getting started section of the Campus Portal to understand other features of Exchange Online.