Using Google Drive to Save Discussion Posts

Have you ever written a discussion post in Sakai? If so, have you ever accidentally exited out of the page and lost all that you’ve written!? I know I have and it can be frustrating, especially if your professor requires you to post on a daily or weekly basis.

My suggestion is to do one of two things; (1) write your discussion posts in a Microsoft Word document, OR (2) write your discussion posts in a Google Doc on your Google Drive.

Now the main issue with the first method is that if you do not have your computer with you, you may not be able to access the document that you are keeping all of your posts in. Therefore, if you go on Sakai and try to post (from a remote location), you could potentially lose that post if you accidentally exit out of the page prior to saving.

Google Drive is extremely useful as you are able to access your work from any location as long as you have internet access.

Go to and login to your Gmail account. I suggest using your URI Gmail account as you will very likely be receiving messages from your professor on there from Sakai.

On the left-hand side, you will see a “Create” button. When you click the button, a list of options will come up. You have the option of choosing the type of document you create.

Select the “Document” option. In the left-hand corner, select the “Untitled” post name and rename the document to “Discussion Post 1” for example. Write your discussion post.


Afterwards, login to Sakai (if you are not already) and select the discussion post that you wish to post in. Once you are in a draft post in Sakai, make sure to select the Microsoft “W” in the font editing section. Then copy and paste your post from your document (whether that be in Google Drive or Microsoft).


Good luck using Google Drive!


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