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Revision as of 20:30, 25 March 2020

Note: More resources will be added to this page as we move forward. Check back for updates.


Your Sakai site is your "hub" for all class activities.

Sakai Training

  • Instructors must complete the Intro to Sakai online workshop before they can get access to their Sakai sites.
  • Intermediate Sakai - All instructors who do not have online teaching experience should register for and complete this workshop!
  • Both workshops are online and self-paced. For more details see Sakai Training.
  • TO REGISTER: Visit training.durhamtech.edu

More tools for online instruction

Hold an online meeting (webinar) with your class

Meetings (BigBlueButton) is a webinar tool available in Sakai that allows instructors to hold live, online meetings with students.

  • You can display presentations, use a white board, use audio and/or a webcam, chat with your students, share your desktop, record the meeting, and more.
  • Meetings is a synchronous tool, which means users have to be online at the same time to interact. You can record your Meetings, and students can view the recordings in Sakai.

For details and handouts, visit:
Sakai Meetings (BigBlueButton)

Convert PowerPoint lectures to videos

PowerPoint contains tools for adding voice narrations to your slides. You can then export your narrated PowerPoint to a video and upload it to Sakai using a special tool in Sakai called Warpwire.

For instructions, see:
Narrating PowerPoints & Sharing Them on Warpwire

Create videos, audio recordings, and screencasts

Sakai contains a tool called Warpwire for creating videos or audio recordings and sharing them with students. With Warpwire, instructors can…

  • use a webcam to record a video of themselves talking
  • create an audio-only recording
  • record a “screencast” demonstrating something on their computer screen
  • record a video on a phone or tablet and share with students in Sakai

For details and step-by-step handouts, visit:

Teaching and managing your online class

Attendance for Converted Online Classes (PDF)
Important information on activities that can be used to track attendance, and how to record absences in WebAttendance

How Do I Do That Online? (PDF)
Practical strategies for creating online activities in Sakai to replace common face-to-face class activities.

Durham Tech’s Curriculum Online Course Guidelines
The college's expectations for teaching online are laid out in 20 succinct guidelines. Click "Expand" to the right of a guideline to see specific ideas and resources.

Indiana University: Keep Teaching
Lots of great strategies for communication, delivering lectures, running labs, assessing learning, etc.
(Note that IU uses Canvas and Zoom. Comparable tools at Durham Tech are Sakai and Meetings.)

Webinar trainings for faculty

Instructional Technologies is presenting webinars to keep faculty informed and to share tips and strategies for teaching online.

Visit the Instructional Technologies Webinars page for recordings and materials from past sessions.

Support and self-help

For instructors

  • Email sakaihelp@durhamtech.edu with questions or problems.
    • BE SPECIFIC. Tell us your course & section number, the name of the specific test/quiz/forum/assignment, and the name of a specific student affected (if applicable).

For students

  • Contact Sakai Support - lists support options available, including how to contact the 24/7 Sakai Help Desk.
  • Sakai Help for Students has videos and FAQs to help students log in, post in a forum, take an online test, submit an assignment, and more.

More tips and resources

  • Digital Accessibility
    Tutorials, instructions, and checklists to help you create online content that is usable by all students.