Sakai undergoes continuous improvement throughout each semester, and as such, has accumulated several new features recently. Here’s a brief summary of new(er) features and tools that you might have missed:
- Group Assignments: Using this option, an instructor can provide an assignment to one or more groups. A single student can then submit the assignment on behalf of the entire group. The instructor can provide a grade for all students in the group at once, or choose the override function to change grades of specific students within the group. Read more about the group assignments tool.
- Expand the WYSIWYG Editor box: A new button was added that allows expansion of the editor box (which can be frustratingly small in some tools). Read more about this function.
- WIRIS mathematical formulae editor: Using the WIRIS editor, Duke users can add mathematical formulae to any Sakai tool that offers the WYSIWYG editor (ex: HTML pages in Resources, Schedule tool, Assignments, questions in Tests&Quizzes, Announcements, etc). Read more about the WIRIS editor.
- Piazza discussion board/question & answer tool: Piazza is a “free online gathering place where students can ask, answer, and explore 24/7, under the guidance of their instructors.” In other words, Piazza might be thought of as a ‘next generation’ discussion board. Sakai offers a Piazza integration that makes it possible to set up a Piazza site within your Sakai course site. Read more about setting up Piazza in Sakai.
- Media Gallery: The Kaltura Media Gallery tool – used to upload and share video with your students – has been updated to allow video to run in higher quality and to run on iOS devices (iPads, iPhones, etc). Learn more about using the Media Gallery.
Shawn lead CIT’s work with other groups on campus to plan the evolution of Duke’s suite of eLearning tools, platforms and collaborations including Sakai, WordPress, Kaltura, Coursera and others. Shawn has extensive experience working with groups across the university and with technology vendors to select, integrate and support tools for teaching and learning.
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