- 1 Lessons
- 1.1 Getting Started
- 1.2 Basics
- 1.3 Intermediate
- 1.4 Best Practices for Using Sakai's Lessons and Course Design
- 1.5 Working with Sections and Columns
- 1.6 Interactive Features in Lessons
Lessons is a flexible tool for adding content to your Sakai site.
- With the Lessons tool, you can share all kinds of content with students, including web links, documents, videos, and links to assignments, tests/quizzes, and forums.
- You can also create weekly subpages to organize your content, so students can find the week's materials and assignments all together in one place.
If you're teaching an online or hybrid course, it's important to use the Lessons tool to organize the content for each week of the course. (The Lessons tool can be useful for face-to-face courses as well.)
What content should you add to Lessons? how can you organize it?
- Based on information gathered from experienced instructors, here's a template you can use to organize your content for your lessons:
- Sakai 21 User Guide: Lessons
- Reviewing the Basics of Sakai's Lessons Tool (video)
- How to Build a Well-Designed Subpage: Video | Handout
- Creating Tool Links in Sakai Lessons: Video | Handout
- Adding instructional content to Lessons subpages:
- Linking to Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, Discussion topics, and link to a website from a Lessons page
- Using Captioned YouTube Videos in Sakai (video) | Handout
- Creating and embedding Warpwire ("selfie" and screen capture) videos (video)
- Organizing Your Lessons Subpages and Course Menu: Video | Handout
- How to enable Lessons subpage navigation in the Tool Menu
- Setting up conditional release using required items and pre-requisites (UNC)
Best Practices for Using Sakai's Lessons and Course Design
Working with Sections and Columns
- How do I create multiple sections on a Lessons page?
- How do I create two columns on a Lessons page?
- How do I merge columns and sections to one block?
- How do I create a collapsible section?
- How do I change the background color of a section
Interactive Features in Lessons
With the new Checklist feature, instructors can add a "to-do" list to any Lessons page, which helps students stay on track and allows instructors to view their progress.
Instructors can add a Multiple Choice or Short Answer question directly to a Lessons Page. The questions can be graded (correct answer specified) or used for polling (no correct answer specified).
Instructors can allow students to add comments to a Lessons page. The comments can be graded.
Interactive Video is an external tool available within Lessons. With this tool, instructors can add questions to Warpwire or YouTube videos for students to answer as they watch.
Student Content (aka Student Pages)
The Student Content feature in Lessons is great for student projects.
- If you enable this feature, students (or groups) will be able to create their own pages in Lessons, containing text, web links, pictures, videos, and links to documents.
- Follow these steps to add the Student Content feature to your Lessons area: Instructors: How to allow students to add content to Lessons
- After adding the feature, share these instructions with your students: Students: Step-by-step instructions on how to add content to student pages.
- Here's some of the capabilities of Student Pages:
- Comments can be added to each student page
- You can grade student pages and/or comments
- Peer review and group rubrics are available; but you must inform students of peer review deadlines
Personalize Text to Display a Student's Name
Important note: Make sure to type double sets of braces (not parens or brackets) around the name token. The image below demonstrates how each name tolken appears to the student.