The following examples provide ideas and suggestions for how faculty can use Sakai to teach different types of courses.
This example, which follows the conversion of Dr. Hugh Crumley’s GS301 College Teaching & Visual Communication course from Blackboard to Sakai, might provide some insight into how to reuse and reorganize materials that were moved from Blackboard.
This course consists of weekly large lecture sessions and small group/lab discussion sessions. Each week, students are assigned readings or online activities, and must complete an online quiz before class. Small group sessions include assignments graded by TAs.
These courses are generally smaller, seminar-style courses that consist of faculty lectures, discussions and often – presentations or group work by students. Courses may include group or individual research projects involving interviews, audio files, etc. Grades are based on writing assignments, in-class presentations, and perhaps a final paper or multimedia-based project. Courses rely heavily on readings from literature or research articles, books and original materials form the faculty member and/or students.
Sakai provides spaces where students can interact with one another, work together, and get feedback from the instructor. By using the tools in Sakai, instructors can focus on the four modalities of writing, reading, listening, and speaking. Language courses can utilize Sakai to present multiple types of media content, to allow students opportunities to practice their language inside and outside of the classroom, and to interact with other peers in their courses.
Teaching online courses at a distance is not a duplicate of the classroom experience for students. Content is not simply handed to students, instead online courses challenge students to interact with content in new ways. A successful online course should rely on presenting teaching materials in a well-organized manner that is easy for students to follow.
Students, instructors, and staff can take advantage of a project site to collaborate effectively. Project sites are not associated with a student roster or a semester. Sites can be created for both long-term and short-term projects, and have access to the same features and tools as course sites.