AWS Reports Issue Resolved

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).

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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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How do I find my Courses in Sakai 11?

Inheriting new features in a platform you’re already familiar with can be both frustrating and delightful.  Just think of when the modern automobile tire was upgraded to include air as a way to provide a better cushion and ride for drivers and passengers: tires became more expensive and now had to have air put into them which meant they could also pop, but the trade off was a better ride, better control and an improved overall platform for passengers and drivers.

Using Sites in Sakai 11

To find course sites in Sakai 11 after logging in:

  • Locate the Sites icon in the top right and select it
  • Next use the Sites ‘drawer’ that appears to select a course you want to go to
  • If you can’t find the course, use the Search window to try and locate it

You can use the Sites drawer to mark Favorite course sites – or ones you frequent most often. If you still can’t locate the course, try using Membership instead – which lists all courses – even if they’re not one of your favorites.

What is Turn It In?

TurnItIn
TurnItIn

Turn It In is generally understood to be a plagiarism detection service and refers to itself as a way to improve “the student writing cycle by preventing plagiarism and providing rich feedback to students.”  Faculty can use the TII service when they use the Assignments tool in Sakai. 

When faculty elect to use the TII service in an Assignment using the Assignment tool, student paper submissions can be compared against the TII database for originality, even checking the paper against other student’s papers, papers from other institutions, and information published on the World Wide Web.  In addition faculty can interact directly with the submitted paper adding contextual comments, quickmarks, and even provide an overall voice recorded comment about the submitted work using TII’s Grademark.

Choose to use the service in each Assignment
Choose to use the service in each Assignment

Students need do nothing different from when they turn in other electronic Assignments in Sakai to have papers go through TII.  When a student submits a paper to TII for the first time, they’ll receive a username and password from TII directly – which they can change. They can also (if Faculty elect) see the Originality report that Faculty themselves have access to, as well as see the Grademark information that faculty enter – after the Submission Deadline for the Assignment is passed.

Students can go directly to the Originality Report and see Grademark information without ever having to login to TII directly by clicking on the TII report icon in the course’s Assignments tool. (Circled in red below).sakaitiiiconreport

How are students added to my course roster in Sakai?

Summary

This article includes instructions on how to add students as participants to courses in Sakai.

Faculty instructors are responsible for adding students to their respective courses in Sakai.  After obtaining the official list from FacultyAccess a few days prior to the start of the course, place the student’s full johnsonu.edu email address into the Official Email Address or Username box of the Add Participants area of Site Info for the course in question; adding one entry per line, with no additional separator punctuation.

Add Students to Sakai Sites
Adding Students to Courses in Sakai

For courses with several students, copy the official list from FacultyAccess into Excel, and then re-copy only the email address column for pasting into the Official Email Address or Username box.  Once entered, be sure to assign participants an appropriate role and status. Do not use the “notify users of site availability via email”. Confirm the entries and roles and click Finish.

If a student has recently married or otherwise had their name changed, check directly with the registrar’s office for their new email address.

The video below also covers this process in further detail:

Viewing Grades for Faculty and Students

Summary

This article explains how students and instructors may view and interpret grades in the Gradebook in Sakai.

Students

When you enter Gradebook, depending on what information your instructor has made available, you will see one or both of the following:

  • Course Grade: The course grade is a cumulative grade based on items you have completed. Any items you have not completed are not included in the course grade calculation unless your instructor has explicitly assigned zeroes to those items. A grade percentage appears in parentheses and shows the actual percentage derived from completed items.
  • Gradebook Items: The list of gradebook items shows each item name, its due date (if applicable), your grade, and any comments associated with the grade.

Instructors
Setting score display options

Instructors can choose to make available individual gradebook items, as well as cumulative course grades.

Viewing grades

When you enter Gradebook, you will see an average course grade for the class and a list of individual gradebook items. You can view cumulative scores using one of the following options.

When viewing grades in tables, you can sort on many of the columns; click the column heading by which you want to sort the table. Subsequently clicking the same column heading will switch the sorting order between ascending and descending. (The Gradebook currently does not use first names for sorting. If you have several students with the same last name, Gradebook will not sort those students properly based on their first names.)

Near the top, click Course Grades. You will see a list of your students. For most gradebooks, the points earned, the letter grade, and a percentage are displayed for each student. (The display may vary based on your gradebook setup.) The letter grade and percentage are based on the items that have been completed. To include items that have not been completed in the course grade calculation, you must enter a zero (0) for each item.

To view the course grade by section or group, use the View drop-down list to select the section or group. You can also use the text box to search for individual students.

By default, 50 students are visible. To display more or fewer students, in the drop-down list above the table on the right, change Show 50 to your desired option.

Near the top, click All Grades. You will see a list of your students, and a course grade and a point value for each item in the Gradebook. The course grade is only shown as a percentage in this view and is based on the items that have been completed. To include items that have not been completed in the course grade calculation, you must enter a zero (0) for each item.

To view the roster by section, group, or category, use the View drop-down list. You can also use the text box to search for individual students.

By default, 50 students are visible. To display more or fewer students, in the drop-down list above the table on the right, change Show 50 to your desired option.

Sharing Grades with Students

Summary

The Gradebook allows you to control whether or not students can see individual Gradebook items, as well as cumulative course grades. This article shows you how to make grades available to students.

Displaying Individual Gradebook Items to Students

Step 1: From the menubar, click Gradebook.

Step 2: At the top, click Gradebook Setup.

Step 3: Under Gradebook Items Display, check the box next to Display released Gradebook Items to students, and then click Save  Changes.

Step 4: Gradebook items will be visible to students when you release them. To release an individual Gradebook item, when creating or editing the item, check Release this item to Students. (If you check this box before entering grades, grades will be visible to students when you enter them and click Save Changes.)

Step 5: If you leave the Include this item in course grade calculations box unchecked while creating or editing the item, students will see their grades for that item in parentheses to indicate that it is excluded from the course grade.

Displaying Course Grades to Students

By default course grades are not displayed to students. Do the following to display course grades to students:

Step 1: From the menubar, click Gradebook.

Step 2: At the top, click Course Grade Options.

Step 3: Under Grade Display, check the box next to Display course grade to students now, and then click Save.

The course grade will be visible to students. To specify that a Gradebook item should be counted toward the course grade, you need to check Include this item in course grade calculations when creating the item.