Course Sites Access – Update

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 ( |

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.



How do I publish a course in Sakai?

Publishing a Course:

Publishing a course has gotten easier with the new version of Sakai (2.9.1) – a button up near the location that used to simply indicate a course’s publish state has now been replaced with a ‘Publish Now’ button, adding function to form.  To publish a site, simply click on the Publish Now button.  To return the course to unpublished, go to Site Info>Manage Access> and change the radio button to “Leave as Draft”.  Courses can still be published by going to Site Info>Manage Access if preferred.  You can also use the same area (Manage Access) to publish the course.

Publish Now Button
Publish Now Button

Faculty should publish their courses shortly before the course begins, typically the day instruction begins or at the official start of the term. Just as they are responsible for publishing their courses, faculty are also responsible for unpublishing courses. Be sure to unpublish your course(s) at the end of the term as well.  Doing so removes the course site from student’s view – keeping student’s view of Sakai less cluttered.

What does publishing a course mean?

Publishing a course means granting access to the course for students and TA’s. Sakai provides some nice granularity by allowing you to add participants (students, TA’s and even co-instructors) to the course w/o publishing the course.  Unpublished courses are accessible to anyone listed in the course Site Info area that have instructor status.  Students and TA’s do not have access to courses unless they’re listed in the participant list in Site Info and the site is published.

Where can I access wireless on campus?

Wireless is available in all academic areas of the campus but is not qualified to specific areas, rooms or buildings. Students should use SSID “Johnson University”, as should faculty and staff for personally owned devices.  Use of any device on the network is subject to the AUP as published on the Johnson University web page. Wifi is also available at Myrtle Hall and the Alumni Memorial Chapel.

TN WifiAreas Map
TN WifiAreas Map

Desktops and Laptops need to be registered prior to using the network.

Gaming consoles, smart phones, slates, tablets, readers, entertainment appliances and printers do not need to be registered.

Follow the prompts once you connect (wire or wirelessly) and open up your browser.  Enter your JohnsonU username and corresponding password.

Devices can be registered using either a wireless or wired connection.

Make sure your devices have the latest operating system updates available and anti-virus software if you have a PC. Microsoft Security Essentials (free) is recommended for PCs.

Guest users can obtain access by contacting the Admissions Office.

For more information about access, registration policies and procedures, or questions about the network, contact the Johnson University IT Department.