June 21: Sakai tools

University IT to mark Learning Management System Day

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4:03 p.m., June 7, 2012--The University of Delaware community is invited to learn about several new Sakai features that support teaching and learning, review effective use of existing Sakai tools and explore an alternative learning management system, Instructure Canvas, at Learning Management System Day.

The special event will be held Thursday, June 21, and members of the campus community are invited to bring their questions to 010 Smith Hall any time between 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. 

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There, IT Client Support and Services staff will help them discover new ways that the features of learning management systems can best fit their pedagogical goals.

New Sakai tools

IT has recently added two new tools to Sakai@UD -- Gradebook 2 and Lessons.

Gradebook 2 is an updated grade book service that provides features faculty have requested over the years, including dropping the lowest grade, assigning extra credit and publishing the final grades directly to UDSIS.

Lessons allows faculty to develop learning modules that include links to assignments, quizzes or discussions. It also supports conditional release, making it easier to create self-paced learning units by giving access to new material based on the completion of certain tasks.

Short sessions at 9:15 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. will focus on Sakai and will provide an overview of Sakai@UD’s new features as well as tips and tricks for using the system more efficiently. 

Introducing Instructure Canvas

Instructure Canvas is a cloud-based learning management system. Starting this fall, IT will begin a pilot to provide instructors with an alternative learning management system. 

IT selected Canvas for its strengths in several areas that have been challenges for faculty using Sakai. Those who are interested in exploring this alternative can attend the noon demostration or discuss Canvas with IT learning management system support staff at any time during the day.

No registration is required. Those who are interested can drop in to Smith Hall as they please throughout the day.

For more information, contact Mathieu Plourde, project leader in IT Client Support and Services, at mathieu@udel.edu.

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