Sakai FAQ

  • URI’s department of Advanced Teaching and Learning offers an online, self-paced introductory Sakai course that will familiarize you with the tools in Sakai and walk you through the basic steps that will help you build and manage your Sakai course.  Taking this simple course should be your first step to Sakai success.  Even if you think you may know all the functionality of the platform, it’s always smart to get reacquainted in case you may be missing a new tool.

    Sign up for the Sakai Basic course here.

  • Sakai is a “self-service” system in terms of the course worksite setup. You can create your own course site(s) as follows:

      • Select “Sites” from the top right corner next to your profile.
      • Select ‘Create New Site”.
      • Select “Course Site” and click “Continue”
      • Select the academic term for the course (e.g. Fall 2017)
          [NOTE:] Instructors making new Sakai course sites for are typically presented with four available terms. Terms with “OL” in the name are to be used for courses in the online accelerated programs, which include RN to BS and the Masters in Dietetics. The other choice (with only the semester and year) can be used for all other standard course rosters.
      • If you are having trouble finding the roster that you know you own, please check to be sure you are selecting the correct term and that you are listed as the instructor of record in e-Campus.
      • Check the box next to the course title that you wish to use Sakai, one title at a time to create one site with one roster. Or, check multiple course titles at this stage if you wish to combine multiple rosters into one site.
      • Continue with the screen prompts. One of the prompts asks if you wish to re-use (copy) the materials from other sites you own. If you wish to reuse content from a another Sakai course Select ‘yes’ and select your ‘old’ course site.  Make sure that your new course sites have the same tool picked as the old course site.
      • You will see the class roster at the bottom screen of the Site Info tool in your Sakai course. Rosters are scheduled to be synced with e-Campus data four times per day.
  • Sakai copies your course titles from the URI Course Schedule.  Contact the Enrollment Services to update the teaching assignment in Course Schedule for you.

  • Site Info -> Import from Site -> “I would like to merge my data” -> Choose the course you’d like to copy the Resources from -> check off the Resources tool -> Click Finish.

  • There are two ways to hide your site from student view.

    1. Un-publish the whole site – Click “Site Info”, select “Manage Access”, uncheck ‘Publish’ to un-publish the site.  When you wish to release the contents, click the check the checkbox to publish the site.
    2. Hide individual tool – Click “Site Info”, select “Tool Order”, click the light bulb next to the tool that you want to hide, click ‘Update’.  The light bulb is a toggle for you to hide or display the tool. {NOTE} you may also move your tool order around here as well by simply clicking and dragging tools to where you would like them to appear in the tool bar. 
    • Check to see if there is a rectangle with the word “Un-Published” in it on the upper left corner of your site?  If yes, you can publish your site by going to “Site Info”  ==> Manage Access ==> and clicking the checkbox next to “Publish Site”.
    • Check to see if all of your registered students are listed at the bottom of the “Site Info” page. There is an approximate 12-hour roster sync window for roster changes in e-Campus to carry over to Sakai. If there is a discrepancy between an e-Campus roster and the roster in a Sakai course for longer than 24 hours, please contact the for support.
  • Go to “Site Info”, select “Edit Class Rosters”. From there, faculty can remove or add OWN roster(s).

  • To Create Student Extended Time Group

    1. click the Site Info tool on the left
    2. click the “Manage Groups” button along the top
    3. click the “Create New Group” button at the top
    4. give the new student group a Title (e.g., “Ext.Time”)
    5. select the student(s) who required extended time from the “Site Member List” and click the “>” arrow to move the student(s) into the “Group Member List”
    6. When “Group Member List” includes all students required extended time, click the “Add” button at the bottom of the page

    Create new version of quiz

    NOTE: You should have the main version of the quiz published, with questions and settings complete. You will duplicate this quiz and change some settings for the students who need extended time.

    1. click the Tests & Quizzes tool on the left
    2. under “Working Copies” tab, find the quiz to copy, then from the “Select Action” drop-down menu, choose “Duplicate”
    3. on confirmation page, click “Duplicate” button
    4. find the new quiz (generally the original quiz name plus ‘copy #1’) and from the “Select Action” drop-down menu, choose “Settings”
    5. In most cases, you will need to change FOUR settings
      1. under “Assessment Introduction,” change title to +ext.time (e.g., “Quiz 1 +ext.time”)
      2. under “Assessment Released To,” choose “Selected groups” and check the student group you created above (e.g., “Ext.Time”)
      3. under “Timed Assessment,” change the time to the appropriate extended time (e.g., if accommodation is 150% time, change ’20 minutes’ to ’30 minutes’ or ‘one hour 30 minutes’ to ‘two hours 15 minutes’)
      4. under “Grading,” change ‘Grades sent to Gradebook’ to ‘None’
      5. click button “Save Settings & Publish”


    1. Only the student(s) in the new group can see this new quiz. They can also see the original quiz, so you must inform the students who require accommodations something like this: “To give you the extra time you require for our online quizzes in Sakai, I will publish quizzes with the suffix “ext.time” for you. Only students requiring additional time will see these quizzes. Please take this quiz, which is set to allow minutes, instead of the original quiz, which is set for minutes. Note that the quiz must still be completed before
    2. Grading. For the Gradebook to calculate properly, it must see all the students grades attached to the ORIGINAL quiz. After the quizzes are graded, you should transcribe the “ext.time” students’ scores to the original quiz. To do this, record the students’ scores from the “ext.time” quiz (from Published Copies tab, choose “Scores” from Select Action menu). Next, also from the Published Copies tab, choose “Scores” for the ORIGINAL quiz. Find the student(s) from the ‘ext.time’ group and record their scores in the ‘adjustment’ box; click Update.
  • To create a Project site and not an actual “course” site follow these steps….

  • In the course site Select Forums on the toolbar. Click on the Watch tab then select your email notification preferences.  By default you are sent notifications of the posts that you have contributed to (click”no notifications” if you want to shut this function off completely).  forums toolselect watchwatch forums options

  • In short terms, the TA Plus role has the same permissions as the instructor role with the exception of deleting materials.

    Sakai Role descriptions (these roles can be modified through “Permissions” of each individual tool

    Instructor:   Can read, revise, delete and add both content and participants to a site.

    Student:       Can read content, and add content to a site where appropriate.

    TA Plus:       Can read, revise, delete and add both content and participants to a site.

    TA:                Can read, add, and revise most content in their sections.

  • tool visibility graphic Site Info___Tool Order____Click on Settings (gear icon)___Change visibility for students

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