Two New Enhancements to Courses

May 06, 2011. To benefit the Pepperdine community, Technology and Learning staff worked with developers to make two important enhancements to Courses (powered by Sakai). Over the past year, these enhancements were requested by several faculty and students.

Edit Tabs

Screenshot of Edit Tabs icon in tab bar

At Pepperdine, faculty and students often ask, "How can I choose which will tabs appear in Courses?" This capability has always been available inside Courses, but may not have been obvious to our community. To bring this capability to the forefront, a shortcut was added in the tab bar. All users will now see an "Edit Tabs" link to the right of the last tab. Clicking this will bring users directly to the My Workspace > Preferences tool to adjust tab settings. Learn more...

Publish Now

Screenshot of Publish Now link in course site

All new courses are created "unpublished." This functionality helps faculty set up new class sites without displaying them before they are ready. This functionality also helps students because it allows only sites that are actively being used by their instructors to be displayed. To speed up the publishing process for faculty, a "Publish Now" link was added below the "Unpublished Site" banner. With a single click, faculty can publish their Courses site immediately. Faculty, still have the option to visit Site Info > Manage Access to publish or unpublish sites as needed. Learn more...

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