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Sakai offers many different options to accomplishing a variety of instructional and course management goals! To help you with narrowing down what tools and features might work best for you, below are some suggested pathways that will link to several options and resources related to each topic.

learn how to communicate in Sakai
There are a variety of ways to communicate with students using Sakai. This can include both asynchronous and synchronous methods, as well as how information is shared. Choose below based on how you plan to manage communication in your Sakai site:

  • Announcements
    The Announcements tool is used to inform site participants about current items of interest.
  • Discussion and Private Messages
    Discussion allows structured conversations that are organized into categories. Site participants can post replies to a topic (a “flat” discussion) or to other replies (a “threaded” discussion).
  • Email Archive
    Each site has an automatically generated site email address, which you can view via the Email Archive tool. Email you send to the site email address is copied to the email addresses of all site participants and owners.
  • Forums
    Forums is a communication tool that instructors or site leaders can use to create an unlimited number of discussion forums for their course or project sites.
  • Messages
    The Messages tool is intended for private correspondence with other individuals or groups in your site. In addition, it supports messaging between groups.
learn how students can submit their work
There are several ways for students to submit their work using Sakai. In addition to offering the instructor options in how they plan to collect and conduct their evaluation . Below are some tools that can assist in the submission of student work:

  • Assignments
    The Assignments tool allows instructors to create, distribute, collect, and grade online assignments. Assignments are private; student submissions are not visible to other users of the site.
  • Drop Box
    The Drop Box feature allows instructors and students to share documents within a private folder for each student.
  • Discussion and Private Messages
    Discussion allows structured conversations that are organized into categories. Site participants can post replies to a topic (a “flat” discussion) or to other replies (a “threaded” discussion).
  • Forums
    Forums is a communication tool that instructors or site leaders can use to create an unlimited number of discussion forums for their course or project sites.
learn how to grade assignments
There are several ways to manage graded assignments in Sakai. Each serve a particular purpose in assignment evaluation, grade entry, record storage, and distribution of course grades. Below are some tools that can assist in grade management:

  • Assignments
    The Assignments tool allows instructors to create, distribute, collect, and grade online assignments. Assignments are private; student submissions are not visible to other users of the site.
  • Drop Box
    The Drop Box feature allows instructors and students to share documents within a private folder for each student.
  • Gradebook
    The Gradebook is a tool for instructors to calculate and store grade information and distribute it to students online.
learn how Sakai can help with collaboration
There are a variety of ways to collaborate and share ideas, as well as resources using Sakai. This includes peer-to-peer, instructor-to-peer, small groups, or with your entire course/site community. Below are some tools that can encourage and facilitate collaboration:

  • Group Aware
    Group-aware tools allow Instructor and Organizer roles to streamline communications with and selectively release information to multiple groups of people within a single site. Groups can have their own sets of private collaboration tools to self-organize as they wish.
  • Wiki
    A Wiki is a tool that allows a group of users to easily edit linkable content, allowing for effective collaborative writing.
learn how to organize my course site
There are numerous ways to organize and configure your Sakai course site. There are many highly customizable aspects that can be edited and manipulated such as the site navigation, calendar, and document storage. Below are some tools that can assist in the organization of your course site:

  • Calendar
    The calendar tool allows instructors or site organizers to post items in a calendar format. The calendar has day, week, month, year, and flat list views.
  • Resources
    Using the Resources tool, you can share many kinds of material securely with members of your site, or make them available to the public. You also have your own private Resources area in your My Workspace.
  • Site Info
    The Site Info tool provides information about the worksite that you are currently in.
  • Web Content
    The Web Content tool allows site owners to choose external web sites to display within their worksites.

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