Site Setup Tutorial

Share Course Content on Sakai

Purpose

The Standard template reflects recommendations to share course materials via subpages organized by week on a “Weekly Content” Lessons page. Using the Lessons tool allows instructors to post files, links, activities, or explanatory text in a more student-friendly format. Adding new files or links to a Lessons page automatically adds those items to a matching Resources folder.

Site Design Tips

There are several ways to make Weekly Content pages more engaging and effective. Instructors can add explanatory text, embed YouTube videos, post images, and link to assignments, quizzes, or discussion activities on these weekly Lessons pages. If there is no content to share for a given week, consider posting a statement on the weekly page explaining there are no digital resources for this week. Use the following links to learn more about the Lessons tool, view example Sakai sites, or schedule a consultation.

Process

Update Weekly Content Pages

If desired, instructors can change the name of content pages or delete extraneous pages.

Rename Page
  1. Navigate to the “Weekly Content” page.
  2. Click the “Edit” button to the right of subpage name.
  3. Enter a new name in the “Item Name” field.
  4. Click “Update Item”.

Click the image below to cycle through illustrated steps in this process.

Remove Page
  1. Navigate to the “Weekly Content” page.
  2. Click the “Delete” button to the right of the subpage name.
  3. Click “Delete”.

Click the image below to cycle through illustrated steps in this process.

Add Resources to Weekly Content Page

  1. Navigate to the “Weekly Content” page.
  2. Click a subpage link.
  3. Click “Add Content”.
  4. Click “Add Content Links”.
  5. Add resources to the page using one of the following methods:
    1. Upload files - to add a new file from your computer
    2. Choose existing file - to add a file already saved to Resources
    3. Create Web Link - to post the URL for a website or document

Click the image below to cycle through illustrated steps in this process.

Rename Item

If needed, edit the name of each posted file or link for brevity and clarity.

  1. Click the “Edit” button to the right of the item.
  2. Provide brief, descriptive name for the item in the “Item Name” field.
  3. Click “Update Item”.

Click the image below to cycle through illustrated steps in this process.

Add Additional Content

Share resources, activities, or blocks of text to this page as desired, i.e.:

  1. Click “Add Content”.
  2. Select type of content:
    1. “Add Text” to create additional headings (formatted as Heading 2) for the page, add explanatory text, or insert images.
    2. “Add Content Links” to add additional files or links.
    3. “Embed Content on Page” to embed online videos from sites like YouTube.
    4. “Add Test or Quiz”, “Add Assignment”, or “Add Forum or Topic” to add links to assessments, assignments, and online discussion activities.
  3. Rearrange items on the page as needed using the “Reorder” button to drag and drop items to their desired location.

Click the image below to view an illustration of this process.

Next Step

Proceed to Set-Up Gradebook.

Need help? Site Design Support: teaching@plu.edu; Technical Support: sakai@plu.edu