Sakai Training

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Required Sakai Training: Intro to Sakai

Before instructors can use Sakai (or get a course site set up on Sakai), they must complete the Intro to Sakai workshop.

  • The Intro to Sakai workshop is offered online, is always available, and can be done at the instructor's convenience.
  • The workshop takes about 3 hours to complete, and registration is required.
    • Note: You must use your Durham Tech username and password to register for workshops.
    • Your Durham Tech username and password is used to access most all college systems including Sakai, Outlook, Web Advisor, training registration, and other systems.
    • If you have not set up your password yet, before registering, go to Set or Reset Password to activate your password.
  • After you register for the workshop, within one to two days, you will receive an email with workshop instructions. This email will be sent to your Durham Tech Outlook email account (if you have one).

For details on what the workshop covers, see Intro to Sakai Basic Competencies

Intermediate Sakai Online Workshop

The Intermediate Sakai online workshop is strongly recommended for those who teach online, hybrid, and blended courses (and it's useful for those teaching traditional courses as well!)

  • Successful completion of Intro to Sakai and registration are required.
    • After you register for the workshop, within one to two days, you will receive an email with workshop instructions.
  • The Intermediate Sakai Online workshop provides in-depth instruction on using important Sakai tools, including Gradebook, Forums, Assignments, Test & Quizzes, and Lessons.
    • You'll also discover best practices for using each tool effectively with students.

For details on what the workshop covers, see Sakai Intermediate Basic Competencies

Optional Sakai Workshops

Additional workshops are offered on various Sakai topics. At present, the majority of our optional workshops are offered in a face-to-face format (on campus). The Intro to Sakai workshop is a pre-requisite for all other Sakai workshops.

If you have 3-4 instructors who need help with a Sakai topic, please contact us at sakaihelp@durhamtech.edu for a custom workshop.

For details on available workshops and work sessions, see the current training schedule.

Register for Workshops

  • Registration is required for all Sakai training workshops.
  • View the current training schedule including dates, times, locations, and descriptions.
  • Note: You must use your Durham Tech username and password to register for workshops.
    • Your Durham Tech username and password is used to access most all college systems including Outlook email, Sakai, training registration, and other systems.
    • If you have not set up your password yet, before registering, go to Set or Reset Password to activate your password.
    • We will use your Durham Tech Outlook email address (if you have one) to send workshop reminders and any "getting started" instructions.

New Employees

Full-time and part-time instructors who are new to Durham Tech must complete onboarding tasks through Human Resources BEFORE they can obtain access to college systems and begin Sakai training.

  • As part of onboarding, new employees and their supervisors receive automated emails with links to "tasks" that must be completed in the TalentEd (PeopleAdmin) system.
  • These tasks include completing/submitting several IT-related forms.
  • Once these forms are submitted (by both the employee and supervisor), ITS creates the employee's Durham Tech account and sends instructions via email for setting up the account to access college systems. (Email is sent by Erik Townsend, with subject: "Welcome: Getting Yourself Set Up")
  • After setting up their account, the new employee can log in at https://training.durhamtech.edu/ and register for Intro and Intermediate Sakai training.

Instructors with Previous Sakai Experience

The training requirement can be waived for those who have used Sakai previously as an instructor at another institution.

  • Before requesting a training waiver, the instructor should review the Intro to Sakai Basic Competencies and make sure he/she has the skills listed there.
  • Other institutions may use different versions of Sakai or have their systems configured quite differently. Therefore we encourage those who used Sakai as an instructor at another institution to sign up for and complete Durham Tech's Intro to Sakai workshop if possible.
  • Instructors who receive a training waiver are responsible for reading and following Durham Tech's local Sakai Procedures.

To request a Sakai training waiver

The instructor's supervisor must send an email to sakaihelp@durhamtech.edu with the following information:

  • Instructor's full legal name
  • Instructor's Durham Tech ID number (if the instructor does not have a Durham Tech ID number, see New Employees section above)
  • An email address where the instructor can be reached
  • Name of the institution where the instructor used Sakai previously as an instructor

Within a day or two of receiving the request, Durham Tech's Sakai staff will process the request and send the instructor an email with information on accessing Durham Tech's Sakai system.

I've completed required Sakai training. What's next?

  • Read the Sakai Procedures to learn important info about getting your course sites set up and making them available to students.
  • Register for and complete the Intermediate Sakai Online Workshop if you are teaching an online or hybrid course, or want to use Forums, Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, and Lessons.
  • Visit Sakai Resources for lots of tips on using Sakai as an instructor at Durham Tech.
  • Check out the resources available for your students at Sakai Help for Students.