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The following examples provide ideas and suggestions for how faculty can use Sakai to teach different types of courses.

1) Large lecture course with labs or discussion sections

Large lecture courses generally include smaller sections where students meet weekly for lab or discussion sessions. For this example, each week, students are assigned reading and online activities and must complete an online quiz before class. Students are graded on exams, lab assignments and weekly quizzes. Lab assignments are graded by TAs.

2) Humanities, Social Science Courses

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.

3) Language Courses

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.

4) Online 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.

5) Project Sites

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.