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Sakai: Getting Ready for the New Semester


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Sakai: Getting Ready for the New Semester

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Getting Help:

Finding Your Course:

  • Sites are listed across the top of the screen
  • Don’t see the site you are looking for?  Click the “waffle” icon.

A screenshot of the Sakai waffle icon

Customizing Your List of Courses:

If you want to remove an old course from the top of the screen, or add a new course, the process is simple:

  1. Click the waffle icon to open all sites

A screenshot of the Sakai waffle icon

  1. A “drawer” will open, showing all your course and project sites.  If you wish to for a site to appear in the top menu, click the star to the left and it will turn yellow.  If you wish for a course to no longer appear in that menu, click the same star and it will return to white, indicating that it will no longer display amongst your “favorite” sites.  Once you are done, click the “X” in the top right corner of the drawer to close it.

Screen shot of Sakai Courses drawer

  1. Now you just need to reload the page to see the menu changes occur.

Screenshot showing Sakai reload page button

Publishing Your Course:

Students will not be able to see your course site until you publish it.  To publish a course you simply have to click the button at the top of the screen that says, “Publish Now”.

Screenshot of the Sakai Publish Now button

Course Overview Page Customization

If you wish to add some content or color to the course landing page (i.e. the Overview page), follow these steps:

  1. In the course site, go to the Overview page.

Screen shot of the Sakai Overview button

  1. In the area labeled, “Site Information Display” click the box that says “Edit”.

Screenshot of edit button for Sakai Site Information Display


  1. You will now see an editor where you can do the following tasks: Change the title of the page section, add a text description/welcoming, and embed media.

Screenshot of Sakai Site Info Display title section

  1. To add an image in the editor, click the graphics icon.  This will allow you to upload an image by pasting the URL for that image, or by choosing an image you already uploaded to the Resources folder of one of your course sites, or within your Workspace.  Once you are done, click “OK” and you will see the image appear in the editor.

Screenshot of Sakai image upload window

Copy Course Materials From an Old Site to a New Site:

If you wish to copy all of your course materials from an old course site to a new course site, follow these steps:

  1. From the left hand menu on the course site, click “Site Info”.

Screenshot of the Sakai Site Info button

  1. On the Site Info page, you will see a series of tabs at the top of the page.  Click on the one that says “Import from Site”.

Screenshot of menu options for Sakai Site Info

  1. Now, select “I would like to merge my data”

Screenshot of Sakai merge data screen

  1. Select the old course site that you would like to like to bring materials into the the new site from.  Click “Continue”.

Screenshot of Sakai course merge check boxes

5. Check off which tools you would like to import course materials from.  NOTE: You cannot import materials from a tool on an old course site if it is not turned on in the new course site.  For example, if you wish to copy over the Forums you developed in a past semester, you first need to turn on the “Forums” tool in the new site (See “Turning on Tools and Features in Sakai”).

Screenshot of selecting Sakai content from another course

Copy Specific Course Materials into Resources:

If you only want to migrate a few specific folders/files from one course site to another, follow these instructions:

  1. In the left hand menu of the course site, click the button that says “Resources”.

Screen shot of the Sakai Resources button

  1. At the bottom of the screen, click the blue link that says “Copy Content from My Other Sites”.

Screenshot of the Sakai button for Copy Content from my Other Sites

  1. Select the site you would like to copy resources from.

Screenshot of Sakai course resource folders

  1. Click the checkbox next to the file or folder you wish you copy to the new site, and then click the button that says “Copy”.

Screenshot of Sakai course resources check box

  1. Now, go back to the Resources page for the new course site by using the breadcrumbs menu at the top of the screen.

Screenshot of breadcrumb menu in Sakai Resources

  1. You can now paste the copied file into any of the folders by clicking the clipboard icon.

Screenshot of Sakai clipboard icon for pasting copied resources