Looking for a quick easy and FREE (did we say FREE) synchronous way to engage students actively in a course presentation? What if you did so by having students raise their hands? Doesn’t sound revolutionary does it? Ok fine.
What about trying Slido? Or perhaps try other similar tools like it, such as Socrative, Poll Everywhere or Mentimeter? While the notion of getting students to engage more during a presentation may be alien, odd or just undesireable by instructors; providing opportunities for students to engage does help with knowledge retention. Providing students a chance to pause, check for understanding and/or take them from passive consumers to active listeners adds value and can add interest and increase the level of participation in a lecture.
Tools like Slido – especially when paired with the notion that almost every student has an Internet capable device (which they often have with them in class) – can help students engage in lectures more, helping to inform you of their grasp of concepts, drive more focused discussion or help you to clarify areas of confusion.
Could this be done with a show of hands? Yes.
However, doing so also means some students may raise their hand (or not) based on peer choices, or simply raise their hand to demonstrate participation (but not honestly answer the question). A raise of hands is also harder to visually quantify, and it’s harder for students to look around and tangibly recognize a majority or minority of respondents on a multiple choice question.
While these platforms are not a silver bullet, they do a pretty decent job of providing a very easy, low-tech (you often only need to convey a code to students, and then pose the question in a face to face setting) to get this to work.
For more information check out the videos from the sites above or check with Dave E. with the Department of Online Education.
Whether you’re teaching an online course or otherwise, having assessments automatically graded and added into a student’s grade is a great time saving feature, and can even be used as a mechanism to give student’s opportunities to practice and retain course content meant for application later.
Sometimes though the question comes up? How do I know a student finished a quiz or assessment in Sakai? Once a student completes an assessment in Sakai, Sakai creates a log entry, which you can view by going to Tests & Quizzes, and then by clicking on Event Log near the top. Students can see similar information (depending upon what feedback settings you’ve chosen for the assessment – by going to Tests & Quizzes and looking at the Submitted Assessments area (second image):
Sakai also gives students a ‘submission receipt’ or Confirmation Number and date when they’ve fully submitted their assessment or quiz:
Additionally, students are warned just prior to submitting the assessment that that is in fact what they are choosing to do:
Quizzes (or any assessment in Sakai) can be set to submit all Saved work in a quiz on the due date and time automatically, though it’s important for the instructor to set this accordingly in the assessment settings:
This article includes information about the My Workspace area of Sakai.
Once you login to Sakai, you’ll be presented with the My Workspace area, which includes the Message Of The Day, Message Center Notifications, Calendar and Recent Announcements. My Workspace also gives you access to the following navigation buttons to the left:
Membership (lets you see all the sites/courses you are a member of, if the course site is unpublished, only instructors in the course can see it)
Account (a simple summary of your account information)
Profile (provides a place to put information you want to share with others including a photo of yourself and contact information; the photo from your profile is used in Forums to denote your authorship)
Resources (Sakai’s version of personal cloud storage – up to 1GB)
Schedule (a very simple calendar)
Preferences (the place you to go customize course tabs, notifications, time zone and language settings)
Wiki (a simple wiki tool)
Worksite Setup (where faculty go to create new course sites)
Evaluation System (not used)
Help (Sakai’s Help Knowledge Base)
Some of these areas are used more by faculty than students, but all show up for both.
My Workspace also allows you to see the ‘drawer’ at the top, by clicking on the More Sites button, showing all course sites you are a member of, which appear in the My Active Sites are of Preferences.
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.
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.
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:
Click here to find out how to get into CampusConnect or FacultyAccess.
Use only the first part of your email address before the @ symbol to login to eLibrary Services.
In most cases when dealing with services or sites related to your status as a student for faculty member, your username is your full Johnson University email address. Student and Faculty/Staff email addresses follow a common syntax, as outlined below:
For example, if your name is Jamie Smith, and you are a student, your username (and email address) would be:
For example, if your name was Ashley Johnson and you are a faculty or staff member, your username (and email address) would be:
Students receive their official usernames from the Admissions Office upon full completion of the application, acceptance and intent to attend process. Faculty/Staff receive their usernames upon full completion of the hiring process.
These services use a separate authentication mechanism, which may or may not be the same as mentioned above: