What should my students know about Sakai?

This fall more than 180 faculty begin using Sakai to teach, and we are expecting more in Spring 2012. Many instructors are asking, “What should my students know about Sakai?” and “Where can they get help if needed?”

Student Quick Start Guide and Student FAQs

Students new to Sakai are encouraged to download and review the Student Quick Start Guide.

Students are also welcome to view FAQs on the Sakai support site that might help with the following questions:

OIT Service Desk and Sakai built-in help

For general questions and immediate help, contact the OIT Service Desk, the phone nubmer is 919-684-2200.

Sakai includes a detailed built-in help on the menubar. In addition, contextual help is available on each page; just click on the question mark icon in the upper right corner.

Video: Basic Sakai navigation for students

To assist their students’ successful transition from Blackboard to Sakai, some schools such as the Duke School of Nursing provide additional support including creating video tutorials. One of the videos, Sakai for Students (by Carmen Coates, IT Analyst at Nursing), is intended for nursing students but covers general information regarding Sakai login, My Workspace, course tabs, and more. Watch the video:

Videos: Sakai course site orientation created by instructors

Some faculty members have recorded videos of Sakai course site orientations for their own students. The examples are –

  • A video created by Dr. Jane Blood Siegfried walks students through her course site’s basic features and explains how she presents her weekly content via the Schedule tool. Click here to watch the video (or click the image below):

  • The CIT blog post: Bio102 Students learn with Sakai contains a video created by Prof. Juliet Noor. In the video, she points out the important features for students, and shows how she carefully thought through the student experience for her course.