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Resources is the most widely used tool in classes and collaborations. In Resources, you can make many kinds of material available online. There are three main types: documents (word processing documents, spreadsheets, slide presentations, plain text, etc.); links to other websites; and documents that are created and displayed right on the page. Using the Permissions feature, instructors can control which types of users can post, delete, and read documents in specific folders.

Almost all file type can be added as resources, however files like MS Word and MS PowerPoint are actually blocked by Internet Explorer and as such should be avoided. The Brock University CPI recommends Making PDF documents in most cases.

You can copy a file from your local system to your My Workspace or class resources using the New button in the Resources Tool. If you want to copy an entire folder of files you can do it one at a time via the web interface for all at once, software called WebDAV can be used. Once you have setup WebDAV to a particular site's Resources, you can drag and drop files and folders to and from your desktop and the Sakai site's Resources. This provides an easy way to upload/download multiple files at once.

A table that indicated the value of content types from an accessibly standpoint.  Please consider accessibly when adding content to Isaak/Sakai.  More information can be found in Accessibility Information article.
A table that indicated the value of content types from an accessibly standpoint. Please consider accessibly when adding content to Isaak/Sakai. More information can be found in Accessibility Information article.

Please consider the level of accessibility of any content you add to your course. A guide can be found in our Accessibility Information article. Remember when adding content the University's agreements with journal providers and others do not include posting of digital copies of journal articles on our web sites, but you may link to them. For more information please see the article Links to databases that the Brock University library has subscribed to.


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[edit] Uploading Your Documents (Upload Files)

Files can be added to the Resources area either via the conventional web interface or via WebDAV.

To add files via the web follow these steps:

  1. Add > Upload Files
    Add > Upload Files
    Inside your course click the Resources tool on the left.
  2. Click the "Add" button beside the folder you would like to add the file to (likely the top-most).
  3. Select "Choose Files.
  4. Navigate to the file you would like to upload and select open.
  5. Indicate the file's Copyright Status
  6. Select "Upload Files Now" once you have located the file.
  7. Done: You should now see the file in your course resources. You are welcome to click the file to confirm it works or modify it via the "Actions" button.

For more information please see Working with files.

[edit] Uploading Your Documents:Video

A 15 second video of how to add a file to Isaak/Sakai. Please edit this section via the template link at the bottom of the page.

[edit] Adding other content to Resources

This information is also presented in an audio/video format here: Videos of Adding content to Resources

Includes:

  1. About the Resources Tool
  2. Uploading Your Documents
  3. Create a folder
  4. Moving a file
  5. Add Web Link (URL)
  6. Create HTML Page
  7. Copy content from one site's Resources to another

[edit] Creating Folders

  • In the Resources tool click "Add" button beside the main folder or sub-folder you would like the create the new folder in and choose "Create Folders"
  • Give the folder a name
  • Click "Create Folders Now"

[edit] Adding Web Links (URLS)

  • In the Resources tool click "Add" button beside the main folder or sub-folder you would like the create the new web link in and choose "Add Web Links (URLs)"
  • Type in or Copy-and-Paste in the Web Address (URL)
  • Add a title for the link
  • Click "Add Web Links Now"

You may also be interested in information about Links to databases that the Brock University library has subscribed to.

[edit] Adding Citation List

[edit] Create HTML Page

Text Editor Tips

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This tool makes use of the Sakai Text Editor.

Our Text Editor article includes a number of tips including how to add images or paste content from MS Word.

Content can be created directly in the Resources area by choosing "Add" > "Create HTML Page". Because the HTML page can be formatted with the Text Editor (or raw HTML code) the appearance can be modified as well as items like links and images can be added.

[edit] Create Text Document

Content can be created directly in the Resources area by choosing "Add" > "Create Text Document". Unlike "Create HTML Page" formatting and links cannot be added.

To edit an existing HTML file see Editing File Contents.


[edit] Re-Order a folder's contents

"Actions" > "Reorder"
"Actions" > "Reorder"
Items in the main folder or a sub folder can be re-ordered by selecting the "Actions" button and choosing "Reorder". This will present a simple interface for re-ordering that (sub)folder's contents.


Example of reorder interface.  The arrows on the left can be used to move items up and down, then numbers on right can be used to more an item directly to that rank
Example of reorder interface. The arrows on the left can be used to move items up and down, then numbers on right can be used to more an item directly to that rank




[edit] Notes
  • Sometimes changes do not take effect until you log out of Sakai and log back in
  • Please do not confuse reordering a folder with moving items into different folders


[edit] Moving or Copying an Item

A resource item can be moved or copied from one folder to another by following these steps:

  • Beside the item to be moved or copied choose from the Actions menu beside the item, choosing Move or Copy (To leave the original and create a new copy).
  • When the page refreshes a clipboard icon Image:Page paste.gif will appear beside each possible destination; most folders, including the overall one at the top of the list.
  • Press the clip board Image:Page paste.gif beside the folder you would like to move or copy the item to.

For more information, including a video please see the article Move item in Resources. If you would like to move or copy a file from a whole other site please see the article Copy a single item from another sites resources.

[edit] Notes
  • Please do not confuse moving an item between folders with reordering a folder's contents
  • If you decide you did not want to move or copy the item after all select the clipboard icon Image:Page paste.gif beside the original folder or click the rest button The Sakai reset button allows you to go back within a Sakai tool.  It is often better to use this tool rather than your web browser's back button..

[edit] WebDAV / Upload-Download Multiple Resources

In the resources tool the section titled "Upload and Download Multiple Files" contains all the information you need to know about WebDAV and your course.
In the resources tool the section titled "Upload and Download Multiple Files" contains all the information you need to know about WebDAV and your course.

In Sakai, you can copy a file from your local system to your My Workspace or class Resources area with a simple drag and drop interface using WebDAV. Web-based Distributed Authoring and Versioning, or WebDAV, is a technology which creates a type of network file system. Using WebDAV, you can attach to a Sakai course's Resources folder such that it appears to be a local folder or USB drive on your computer. Once you have setup a WebDAV connection to a particular course's Resources be reading the “Upload-Download Multiple Resources” section in your courses Resources tool. You can then drag and drop files and folders to and from your computer and the course's Resources tool.

NOTE: If you are having trouble adding the URL it might help to add a slash / at the end of the URL .

[edit] More information about WebDAV

  • Linux: There is no common way to access WebDAV on Linux, however most methods for mounting network volumes will work with WebDAV

[edit] File Details

Changing Availability And Access, including hide and show files
Changing Availability And Access, including hide and show files

File details can be accessed when you add a file to Sakai there is a Add details for this item option, and under the Actions button for already added files there is a Edit Details option.

File details include:

  • Copyright Status
  • Options to make the file public to the Internet
  • The files' URL (which once distributed, will ask visitors to enter a password for regular file or immediately display the file for files marked as public)
  • Settings to show or hide the file immediately or by date

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[edit] Permissions

Resources Permissions
Resources Permissions

By selecting the over-all Permissions at the top of the Resources tool, or the individual "Actions" beside each folder, instructors can promote the level of access other members of the course have in the Resources too.

  • As of August 2010, if you choose to add Liaison Librarians to your Brock University course they will automatically have the ability to add their content to the Resources tool. They cannot remove anyone else's content. All other permissions given to Liaison Librarians mirror the type of access students have.


[edit] Things to Consider

  • Adding files that are required to be accessible, but detract from navigation when they are indexed could be added to a folder called HTML_FILE_STRUCTURE.
  • THERE IS NO STUDENT VIEW FOR INSTRUCTORS. Instead instructors can rely on the simplicity of the tool to know that anything added to the resources tool (via the main Sakai interface or WebDAV) is visible to students unless additional steps to hide it have been taken. In order to give instructors an example of the difference between student view and instructor view the article Comparison of Instructor and Student view of Resources has been created.
  • Make sure you know the laws and policies regarding the use of copyrighted material. Information relating to copyright can be found at Brock University's Copyright Information page.
  • Please consider the Copyright Status of anything uploaded to Isaak/Sakai

More articles can be found in the Category:Resources

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Page paintbrush.png Assignment2 (TurnItIn) | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | News | Image:Ipod cast.png Podcasts | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content | Image:Page white edit.png Wiki


Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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