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Teaching and Learning with Sakai

There are a variety of ways Sakai can be used to support teaching and learning! Sometimes the hardest part is figuring out how to get started. In need of a few ideas? No problem! This webpage showcases examples of how PLU faculty have used Sakai in teaching their courses. You will also find links to resources to experiment with Sakai, including activities to practice creating content with different Sakai tools and templates.

View Real PLU Sakai Sites

PLU faculty and staff are invited to click the links below and use their ePass to access these Sakai sites as students enrolled in the course. Special thanks to the faculty who graciously volunteered access to their course sites. Please respect intellectual property by not copying or sharing course content without permission from the instructor.

THEA 287: The Profession of Theatre - Tom Smith

Content from this fall 2017 course site has been formatted using the Standard template layout. Resources are organized by week on Weekly Content pages and the syllabus is posted on the Course Information page. Assignments and quizzes are provided online for students.

FYEP 101: How Writing Works - Scott Rogers

This site is another example of how the Standard template can be applied to content from a fall 2017 course. The site includes engaging images and a digital syllabus built using Lessons pages. Sakai Forum topics and Assignments show examples of how these tools can be used in a traditional course.

CHEM 115: General Chemistry - Adam Glass

This fall 2017 course site includes a variety of instructional materials, including screencasts creating by the instructor to explain key concepts and processes. Other online learning resources include presentation slides, lecture notes, practice exams, and answer keys for assessments.

PSYC 101: Introduction to Psychology - Sara Finley

There are a number of resources available to students in the course site for this fall 2017 offering. Video lectures, online resources, and Sakai announcements give students easy access to course information. Sakai Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, & Gradebook allows the instructor to collect and return student work online, while helping students monitor their progress.

SOCI 101: Introduction to Sociology - Galen Ciscell

This spring 2018 site is an example of how instructors can personalize the design of their Sakai site with a few simple strategies. Auto-graded quizzes using Sakai’s Tests & Quizzes tool provide incentive for students to review course content. Sakai Announcements in this course demonstrate this easy way to share updates and information with students.

MUSI 101: Introduction to Music (Online) - Ron Gerhardstein

If you’ve ever wondered what an online course at PLU looks like, this is your chance to check one out. This summer 2017 online course includes a variety of engaging activities and resources organized within five units of instruction. A Getting Started page introduces students to the course site, their instructor, and their peers. The site is well organized and easy to navigate.

Interested in sharing your Sakai site with PLU colleagues?

We’d love to add to the breadth of examples. Email teaching@plu.edu.

Resources to Experiment with Sakai

Faculty and staff can request a Sakai sandbox site to experiment with different tools, templates, and designs in dedicated practice space. And if you like what you create, you can easily import that content into another course site. Request a sandbox site using this webform, following the steps to request a site without a course reference number.

PLU offers three template designs when requesting new Sakai sites. The Standard template includes recommended tools and pages designed to maximize the effectiveness of Sakai with fewer design decisions. View the Site Setup Tutorial for step-by-step directions and advice on using the Standard template. It’s an easy way to upgrade your site and improve usability for students.

After securing a sandbox site, consider trying out different features of Sakai using the practice activities linked below. Activity documents include directions and sample content.

If you would like personalized advice on how to most effectively use Sakai in your teaching, contact teaching@plu.edu. Technical questions and issues can be directed to sakai@plu.edu. We are happy to help!

Instructors looking to take their Sakai skills to the next level are encouraged to participate in a PLUTO program offering. PLUTO programs guide faculty in exploring both the technical and pedagogical aspects of teaching with technology. Visit plu.edu/pluto to learn more or apply.