Jun 5, 2017

In Sakai Lessons: Are you seeing a Download file message? Here's the fix!

Download file message?

Sometimes after adding a link to a document in Lessons, such as a Word document or PowerPoint presentation in Lessons, a "Download file" link and "message" appear, similar to the image below. How do you fix this?

Download file message sample

Here's the fix: Add Content Links (not Embed)

  • In Lessons, after you click on Add Content or on a plus (+) symbol to add a document to your page, at the top you have four choices:  Add Text, Embed content on page, Add Content Links, and Add Subpage:
    Click on Add Content Links, after click on  Add Content or a "plus" symbol to the right of content

    • Click on Add Content Links, to get what you expected: a link created to your Word document or PowerPoint presentation:
    Correct Link to PowerPoint file

    Why did you see "Download file"? You tried to Embed content

    • If you click on Embed content on page for a Word document or PowerPoint presentation, you'll get the "Download file" link and  message
    • Why? Embed is a term used in technology. When you embed a file such as a video, you display or show the video, in a video player, with a start button. 
    • When you click on Embed content on page to create a link to your Word document or PowerPoint presentation, Lessons tries to find a way to display the file, but it can't. Since there isn't an easy way to display a Word document or PowerPoint presentation in a web browser, the "Download file" link (and message) appear.
    Click on Add Content Links to link to a document; click on Embed content on page to display videos and images

    When should you use "Embed Content on page"?

    • When you want to show or display an image, video, or a web page


    May 9, 2017

    *Free* Summer MOOC's for Teachers/Educators

    I've taken a number of free courses in the past few years from Coursera and Canvas.net. I found a number of interesting Summer courses from these two vendors, and listed them below. FYI: I don't work for these companies, I just enjoy learning new things, and the price is right.

    Watch out: Companies have changed how they offer their "free" courses. Many courses are still free. But now, some courses are free, but there's a catch: you don't get to submit the assignments and/or tests (I haven't taken one of these yet). And just like there were previously, there are courses you can pay for, if you want a certificate. But there's now a new wrinkle: paid specializations. Groups of individual courses are bundled into specializations. So if you want to take free courses, search for courses, not specializations.

    Coursera courses 

    May 8, 2017

    Our Favorite Tech Tools 2017 Edition

    This year's Favorite Tech Tools focused on a wide variety of free (or low-cost), easy-to-use tools, that work in the classroom, in hybrid/online courses or both. 

    Socrative logo

    • First, what can you do to find out if your students are "getting it", while you're still in the classroom? Quiz with Socrative! Make up a quick quiz to check your student's understanding; in class, your students can use their own devices or work in teams to answer the questions. 
    • As soon as they complete the quiz, you can make all of the student responses anonymous; show the results to the class; and quickly review what is not "sticking" or understood. 
    EDpuzzle logo

    • Next, what if you assign videos, but don't know if students are watching them? Whether outside of the classroom or in your online/hybrid class, EDpuzzle can track your student video participation: 
    • Find a video, add questions or audio/text notes beside important parts of the video, and EDpuzzle tracks your student's answers and time spent watching the video.
    Icon made by Freepik from www.flaticon.com is licensed by CC 3.0 BY
    • Do you have a printed document, but lost the Word or PowerPoint file? 
    • The Office Lens app allows you to capture a printed document, generates a Word or PowerPoint file, that you can edit. Or you can capture a whiteboard, memos or notes...
    google cardboard logo
    • Do you need your students to take a tour of a museum or visit a different country?  Explore the world with Virtual Reality, a smartphone, and an inexpensive viewer, Google Cardboard.

    Apr 7, 2017

    Sakai 11 is here-now what?

    Sakai 11 is NOW available!

    TLC Workshops

    There's still time to register for and attend the last two hands-on accessibility workshops:
    • Friday, April 7: Creating Accessible PowerPoint Presentations
    • Thursday, April 27: Creating Accessible Documents in Word

    Missed our TLC Tools/Webinar workshops?

    New Sakai 11 videos and courses

    Sakai 11 Issues and Tips

    If you're wondering if there are a few new tricks you could be using, or if something works a bit differently than you expected:
    • Check out our Sakai 11 Issues and Tips page--it is updated as new issues and tips arise and/or solutions/fixes are applied.

    Sakai 11 Instructions and handouts

    Need more help? Please check out the Sakai 11 User Guide created by the Sakai Community
    •  Or email us at sakaihelp@durhamtech.edu

    Jan 6, 2017

    Sakai 11 is here!

     Sakai 11 has arrived at Durham Tech!

    Sakai 11 is NOW available!

    What do faculty say about Sakai 11?
    • "I'm so excited about Sakai 11"
    • "I love the new Lessons checklist and question features, I just added them to my course"
    • "The new Gradebook is perfect for me-it's easy to enter lots of grades"
    If you missed the Sakai 11 announcements and early workshops, here's a few helpful  resources you can use and events you can register for now:

    Sakai 11 instructions and videos