The action buttons have been restyled to let users easily distinguish between choices!
Oftentimes, users choose between different action buttons, but one of the choices is more natural than the others. To streamline and simplify the user's experience, the "primary" button has white text with a blue background while the other choices now have black text over a white background.
A number of changes have been made in an effort to make Sakai accessible to a wide audience:
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You can now send students a reminder email 24 hours before an assignment is due!
When an instructor creates an assignment now, there is a checkbox for whether they want to send a reminder email to students 24 hours before the due date. The option is checked by default, but instructors can easily opt out of sending the reminder email by clicking on the checkbox which is located just below the Accept Until date picker.
Also, you can now recover deleted assignments using the Trash tab.
To restore the deleted assignment,
Calendar events for assignments now contain information about the open date!
Previously, if an instructor created an assignment with an open date set in the future and added it to the calendar, a student could see the calendar event but had no way of knowing when the assignment would become available. Now, if a student clicks on the calendar event, they see a message stating the open date.
Users can now highlight Drop Boxes that have been changed in the last 2, 3, 4, or 5 weeks!
This improvement gives instructors a wider range of dates to choose from so the feature doesn't feel so limited.
To highlight Drop Boxes with recent changes,
New changes to the Email tool make it straightforward and easy to use:
Instructors are now able to disable notifications at the topic level. Additionally, users can send email notifications but
omit the contents of their posts from the notification.
To do so:
Instructors can now excuse a single student's grade from calculations!
This feature gives instructors more flexibility when grading and allows them to make changes on a per-item basis. It can often be difficult for instructors to account for or plan for individual students' circumstances, so this change gives instructors the ability to excuse individual grades as they see fit.
Several features have been implemented to make the Gradebook tool easy to use for instructors including,
Users can now embed VidGrid videos in a lessons page!
Users can now configure the overview display (such as the layout and order of widgets like the Recent Announcements and
Calendar widgets) without having to navigate to a different tool!
To do so,
Users can now choose to enable or disable the portal chat through the Site Info tool.
To enable or disable it,
The introduction of our new Sakai comes with improvements to hidden files:
New layout options in the Roster tool make it easier for instructors to view and organize their roster:
Sakai is now introducing the new Rubrics tool!
The tool gives instructors a straightforward and easy to use option for grading anything from assignments to forums.
To add the Rubrics tool to a site,
There are two types of rubrics: Site Rubrics and Shared Rubrics. Site Rubrics
are only available for the site in question whereas Shared Rubrics can be accessed between sites.
An instructor can share a Site Rubric and make it a Shared Rubric by
clicking an arrow icon. If a rubric is shared, the instructor can see it listed under both Site Rubrics
and Shared Rubrics and can make it a Site Rubrics at any time by clicking on the arrow icon
again (the direction of the arrow changes depending on whether the rubric is shared).
Instructors can use the + Add Rubric button listed above the Shared Rubrics to create a new Site Rubric. From there, they have the option to add and edit criteria and ratings to create a unique rubric. At any time, the instructor can delete a rating by clicking on the edit icon and clicking Remove. They also have the option to delete or copy a criterion or the entire rubric by using the copy and delete icons.
Various tools including Assignments, Forums, and Tests & Quizzes all have options to incorporate rubrics into the grading process for a specific assignment, forum topic, test, etc. This streamlines the grading process by giving instructors the option to assign scores by clicking on the appropriate rubric cells and adding comments in the corresponding text areas.
To use a rubric with an assignment for example,
To grade an assignment using a rubric,
The Rubric tool gives instructors a new, easy, and organized method for grading. For students, the Rubric tool makes the grading process transparent, straightforward, and easy to understand with well organized feedback.Back to top
The Site Info tool has received a number of improvements that make it easier to use including,
Users can now see information specifying the types of events listed in a report!
Previously, it was hard to look at a report and tell what event type the data was for because the report didn't distinguish between different event types within the same tool. Now, for example, the tool shows the number of Announcement new events versus Announcement delete (own) events, making it much easier to use since the report is more specific.
When students sign up for a meeting by either becoming participants or joining the waitlist, instructors can now see when they signed up.
There is a new Trash tab for the Tests & Quizzes tool!
Instructors can now look through deleted assessments and restore them. Users can see the assessment title, the assessment ID, and when it was deleted. They can also use the dropdown menu above the deleted assessments to change how many they view at a time or use the search bar to look for specific assessments.
To restore a deleted assessment,
When an instructor creates an assessment and selects the average score option in settings, they now see a
message in the publish screen that says, (The average score will be recorded). Additionally, if the instructor
chooses to send out an email notification, the email also contains a message about average scoring.
The user interface has been redesigned for the Tests & Quizzes tool so that users can see published assessments and drafts on the same page. Each published assessment now has a "working copy" listed below it, making it easy for instructors to edit assessments without retracting the published versions. The update to the user interface organizes and consolidates the Tests & Quizzes tool to help users make the most of the "working copies" or assessment drafts.