Courses Getting Started

Laptop logging into Courses

Overview

"Courses" is the name of Pepperdine University's primary Learning Management System (LMS).  Courses is powered by Sakai, an open source platform created by educators for educators. As a user of Sakai, Pepperdine University is a participant of a global community of academic institutions. This global community is committed to the goal of creating a powerful, flexible tool that enhances teaching and learning.

In addition, the Courses platform:

  • creates a shared learning space for students and professors to engage in conversation about a range of topics.
  • is made up of course sites, project sites, and personal sites.
  • offers tools for assessment, communication, collaboration, and more.
  • strongly aligns with Pepperdine's mission of Purpose, Service, and Leadership, and as Pepperdine contributes to the global Sakai community, we embody our University motto: "Freely ye received, freely give" (Matthew 10:8).

Logging into Courses

Instructions:

To login to Courses, you have two easy options:

  1. Courses. Visit http://courses.pepperdine.edu.
    • Click "Pepperdine Login" at the top right.
    • Enter your Pepperdine NetworkID and password on the Central Authentication Service (CAS) page and click "LOGIN."
  2. WaveNet. Visit http://wavenet.pepperdine.edu.
    • Click "Home" in the left toolbar.
    • Click "Courses (powered by Sakai)."

wavenet student login

 

Trouble Logging In?

If you have any problems with your NetworkID, please visit the MyID password management service.

Layout and Navigation

Instructions:

The Top Header

Sakai Student Home screen with the favorite sites bar, Sites menu, and Account menu highlighted

  1. Favorites Bar: Here are the classes you have marked as your favorites.  You can arrange them using the "Sites" Menu.
  2. Sites Menu (Waffle icon): This is a curated list of your enrollments for published course sites. You can "star" and "unstar" your favorite courses and organize them by dragging and dropping them in the "Organize Favorites" section.
  3. Account Menu: This is where you can change your profile picture and bio, set how you receive emails, and change other preferences in Courses.

 The Side Tools Menu

Left Tools menu

On the left side of each Courses site you will find the "Tools" menu.

  • On your "Home" site, you can manage your settings, search for sites (or join joinable sites) in "Membership," and more.
  • In a course site, you'll find tools to submit Assignments, post messages in Forums, or take online assessments in Tests & Quizzes.
  • Other tools, like Messages, are for keeping in touch with classmates and professors.
  • Some tools, like Resources or Lessons, are for accessing articles, weblinks, and course-related files.

How do I find my class sites?

Before we begin, there are some important, key reminders:

  • Search the "Sites" menu at the top right to search for and access your sites (see instructions below). Note: if you have hidden any sites, you will need to use the Membership tool to locate and unhide them.
  • Your professor may need to publish the site. You'll only see class sites if your professors have "published" them (i.e. turned them on). Please check with your professor.
  • Newly registered? Please wait one business day. After registering for a class, please wait one business day for the enrollment to appear in Courses.

Instructions:

Search for a Site in the "Sites" Menu

  1. Click the "Sites" menu at the top right. Here, you will find all of your sites organized by academic term. Project sites will appear under the "Projects" heading. 
    Sakai Sites Waffle Image
  2. In the "Filter Sites" search box, enter the name of your class (e.g. ENG 101.01, DESC 603.11, PSY 600.20, etc.).
    Sakai Filter Sites feature
  3. Click the name of the class in the results to access the site.
    • Tip: If this is a site you plan to access often, click the "star" icon to make it a favorite. A filled, yellow star will display the site in the top bar of Courses. An empty star will hide it from the top bar but be available through the "Sites" menu. Learn more about favoriting sites.
      Sakai Filter Sites example with a class entered and result displayed
  4. Don't see your site?
    • Check WaveNet to verify that you are officially registered.
    • If you just registered today, wait until the next business day (wait 24 hours) for the course site to appear in Courses.
    • Check with your professor to see if the course site has been published. If your professor has not yet published the site, then you won't be able to see or access it.
    • Check to see if you have hidden the site. Use the Membership or Worksite Setup tool in your Home site to search again.

Use "Membership" to Find All Sites

The "Membership" tool allows users to see all course and project sites for which they are enrolled.

  1. Click "Home" at the top left of the Favorites Bar (below the Courses logo).
  2. Click "Membership" in the left tool menu.
    Sakai Membership tool via the Home site
  3. In the "My Current Sites" tab, you will see all of your site enrollments. Tip: by default, you will only see a list of 20 sites per page. You can change this by clicking the "show 20 items..." drop-down menu and selecting a more appropriate view. 
  4. If you have many site enrollments, use the search box on the right. Enter the name of your class (e.g. ENG 101.01, DESC 603.11, PSY 600.20, etc.) and click "Search."
    Sakai Membership search feature
  5. Click the name of the desired class in the "Worksite" column to visit the site.

Join a Joinable Site with "Membership"

  1. Click "Home" at the top left of the Favorites Bar (below the Courses logo).
  2. Click "Membership" in the left tool menu.
  3. Click the "Joinable Sites" tab at the top of the page.
    Sakai Membership Joinable Sites feature
  4. After a moment, a listing of all sites marked as "joinable" will display.
  5. Review the sites. Under the desired site, click "Join."
  6. Once you are added to the site, you may find it through the "My Current Sites" tab within the "Membership" tool or through the "Sites" menu at the top right.

Organizing your course tabs

Below the Courses logo, you will find your "Favorites Bar." You can add and reorder the sites that appear there through the "Sites" menu (Waffle icon) located in the top right of the Courses window.

  • Favorite sites are auto-populated by enrollment date by default.
  • You can have up to 15 favorite sites.
  • You can reorder and show/hide favorite sites.

Instructions:

Favorite Your Sites

  1. Click the "Sites" menu (aka Sites "Waffle") at the top right.
    Sakai Sites Waffle button
  2. To add a favorite, click the empty star icon next to the site's name to highlight it. You can have up to 15 favorite sites.
    • A site that has been selected as a favorite will display with a yellow highlighted star:
      Sakai Favorite Site example with a starred class
  3. To remove a favorite (such as a class from a previous academic term), click the yellow star icon next to the site's name to deselect it.
    • A site that has been deselected will display with an empty star:
      Sakai Unfavorite Site example with an empty star icon
  4. Close the "Sites" menu by clicking the "X" at the top right.
  5. The "Reload to see your updated favorite sites" notice will appear. Click the "Reload" link to refresh the page and see your changes.
    Sakai Reload Favorites Banner message

 

Reorder Your Favorite Sites

  1. Click the "Sites" menu (aka Sites "Waffle") at the top right.
    Sakai Sites Waffle button
  2. Click the "Organize Favorites" tab. Note: You must have at least two (2) favorites to reorder sites. Also, the maximum number of favorites is 15.
    Sakai Organize Sites screen
  3. Drag and drop your sites into the desired order. Click the right icon (three-line icon) to move a site up or down.
    Sakai Drag and Drop Reorder feature
  4. Close the "Sites Menu" by clicking the "X" at the top right.
  5. The "Reload to see your updated favorite sites" notice will appear. Click the "Reload" link to refresh the page and see your changes.
    Sakai Reload Favorites Banner message

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