||Sakai keeps track of forum interaction,
which is a significant part of all course "participation" grades. But more
importantly, it is through the forum discussions, with the facilitators
and the professionals enrolled in the course, that you learn! It
is essential that you keep up with forum reading and, as you read them,
mark them as read.
As instructor Ellen Thomas emailed (9/4/12):
"Interestingly, I thought I had read all the posts, then when
I got online last night there was a whole section under "diversity" that
I appear to have missed. I assume it was related to the way I was
working through Sakai. I was consistently using "next thread" ...
Here are some tech tips, based on our current understanding of the new
"Here is another question: How does Sakai track the reading of
posts? Do you have to click on each individual post? I think
that I have read all the posts as of last night, but am only showing as
having read 72%. Depending on how they appear, I don't always click on
each individual post if I can see the entire text after having opened a
post above it." Quick
answer:You must make sure you mark them as read for Sakai to
track it as "read".
First, all new postings appear in bold. The parent posting, i.e. the
original thread, is in bold, and if there is a new "child" posting beneath
it, it also is in bold and marked with a New!
In the above example, the reader has expanded the parent to see all
the replies beneath it. Krystyne's posting is the only new, unread reply.
There are 3 ways you click to read the posting: You can click the parent
(red arrow) or you can click the child
(green arrow). When you click on the
parent thread, you see the text of all the "child" replies. When
you click a child/reply, you see only the text of that particular child.
#1 - Reading the postings using "Next Thread" = probably the
best way to read the postings when you have many new threads to
In this, you click the parent, which gets you all the postings underneath.
After reading them all ...
Before you click "Next Thread," make sure you click "Mark All as Read."
#2 - Clicking on just the parent thread = to read the latest
Again, when you click on a parent thread, you see the text of all the
reply postings "beneath" it. The resulting display fills the screen with
text, but gives you the full context of the parent and all the replies.
Again, before leaving that screen, make sure you click "Mark All as Read."
Otherwise, Sakai will not record that you have read anything.
#3 - Clicking on the child (green arrow)
(or a parent without replies)
Clicking on a single posting, whether an original thread or child,
marks the posting as read. You do not have to do anything extra.
#1 - Keeping up is important. The best way is to log in daily,
to see what's there. That avoids a cram session, where you try to read
all of them at once, and allows you to "learn in easy steps." This may
not always be possible, but trying to do so will reduce the effort from
cramming to more-manageable.
#2 - Keeping track of the context. Clicking the parent gives
the full text of the original thread and replies. But, there are techniques
which allow you to get the context without having to re-read all the text.
#3 - Using the reset button (blue arrow)
Create a new thread, especially when a classmate's posting inspires new
questions. Doing this organizes the answers under a new heading, which
will make printing
the answer postings easier.
Change the subject line. Normally, Sakai will repeat the subject line from
the original, adding a "Re:" You can change this by simply typing over
the subject line in your reply. For example, when the course assistant
provides a web address for something referenced in a posting, you will
always see "URL - name" as the subject line.
Copy-paste, or type in, a snippet from the original. In the example below,
instructor Beth Walker is commenting on how to encourage parents to follow
through on home "assignments." Here the reference to a student's comment
is highlighted, then she continues with some good advice!
And, showing actual copy-pasted snippets:
so "hops" you directly out to the top level of the forums, where you can
see all the forum topics. That way you can see all that you have not read
yet. You can also "back out" using the browser's back button, but "reset"
is faster. (Note: The reset button is available with all
the Sakai tools, e.g. Modules/Units,