Courses by Sakai is Pepperdine’s open-source, learning management system that offers faculty and students a collaborative online environment to support teaching and learning. As we begin to utilize Courses as our main learning management system, here are the top 5 tools that may be used to the benefit and convenience of faculty and their students.
For instructions on how to add tools to your Courses left-side tool bar, please scroll down to the bottom of this article for the step procedure.
Top 5 Courses Tools:
The Syllabus tool provides a place in the course site for the instructor to post a syllabus and for students to access the syllabus. Faculty can input their syllabus as a file attachment, a Courses webpage document, a multi-part, or a point-to-webpage.
For more information on how to utilize Courses’ Syllabus, such as which syllabus type is right for you and/or instructions on how to input a syllabus, please click here.
The Roster tool displays the names and pictures of site participants, in this case, your class section students. The Roster tool is a helpful way to learn students names, take attendance, and verify identities during class assignments and assessments.
For more information on how to utilize Courses’ Roster, such as managing participants and viewing student pictures, please click here.
The Resources tool allows faculty to compile and categorize important information to share with your students in an organized and central manner. Through the Resources tool, you can: share files or website links; post lecture notes, PDF documents, or presentations; release resources based on Gradebook conditions or to specific groups.
For more information on how to utilize Courses’ Resources, such as how to attach files, links and create folders, please click here.
The Messages tool allows you to send and receive messages to students in your course or project site. On this tab, you may view your received, sent, deleted and drafted messages.
For more information on how to utilize Courses’ Messages, such as how to send messages and select specific message recipients, please click here.
Zoom Pro Tool
Zoom is an online meeting platform that will be used for holding classes online. The University’s web conferencing software is Zoom, and you can use it to host online class sessions, record your classes, and host office hours. Zoom can be used on laptops, desktops, tablets, and smartphones.
For more information on integrating Zoom with Courses, such as scheduling or important class sessions, please click here.
How to Add Tools to Your Toolbar:
1. After logging on to your Courses, scroll down through your left toolbar until you see “Site Info” and select it.
2. You will now be redirected to your Site Info page. On the top menu bars underneath “Site Info,” select “Manage Tools.”
You will then see a general list of all of your tool options, each with a coinciding box that indicates whether or not you have selected the tool. Check the boxes on the tools that you would like to have added, and uncheck the boxes to the corresponding tools that you would like to remove.
3. You may also organize your tools by selecting “Tool Order” on the top selection menu bar, to the right of “Manage Tools.” Here, you may reorder your tools to your preference.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Information Services at email@example.com or (310) 506-7425.