Version 10 of Courses (powered by Sakai)
On Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Courses (powered by Sakai) was upgraded to the latest version, Sakai 10.
The new version offers many fixes, enhancements, and several brand new features. Here is just a taste of some of the improvements in the latest version of our learning management system.
- Some professors want students to work in teams on a major project or paper. In the past, each student had to upload the final document to receive a grade. Now, if professors enable "submissions for a group," then any member of the team an upload the submission document for all members of the team. Also, professors can easily assign one grade for all members of the team or override to set individual grades for each group member. This was a common request by faculty members -- and now group submission is here! Scroll to "Access" on the help page for faculty.
- Instructors can empower students to assess the work of their peers, providing feedback and even grading the work. When creating a new assignment, instructors can enable "peer assessment" and choose how many papers each student must review, whether reviews are anonymous, and whether the feedback will be displayed to the graded student. Professors can either accept the average of the peer review scores or may override this value and enter a separate grade. Help page for faculty members. Help page for students.
- Tired of uploading documents one at a time? The new drag-and-drop feature allows site managers to quickly upload multiple files to Sakai. Simply drag files from your computer into the web page and let Sakai upload them en masse! Learn more.
- The built-in documentation has been re-written from the ground up. Clicking the blue help icon will take the viewer to the new help pages with detailed step-by-step guidelines with accompanying graphics. There are also separate "instructor" and "student" pages for each tool. Explore the new built-in help.
The new upgrade also provides new features and enhancements for instructors. For a more in-depth look at these details, please follow the link here for more information.