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Example of a "Web Content" tool that links to Brock University course description.
Example of a "Web Content" tool that links to Brock University course description.

Content Might Be Blocked

Modern web browsers are understandably concerned when an HTTPS loaded site is loading content from an HTTP site and block the action incase there is a security risk to the otherwise secure site

Please see the Things to Consider section for more information.

The Web Content tool allows site owners to choose a website to display within the Sakai/Isaak frame. The Web Content item is added on the left-hand menu with the title chosen when the tool was added.

The title for a Web Content tool can be anything that will fit on the left-hand menu. Links can be to anywhere on the web that can be accessed through a URL. Advanced users occasionally use the web content tool to link to something deep within another tool.


[edit] Key concepts

  • Links: To set up Web Content links, you can specify the URL for any website and a brief descriptive title. A link will appear in the menubar with the title you've chosen; when you click the link, the website will open within your worksite. You may add multiple Web Content links to your menubar.

[edit] Add, Edit, or Delete a Web Content Item

Permissions and roles

To complete the procedures in this article, you must be assigned a role having the necessary permissions. This often excludes Students and TAs by default. To determine your role, follow the directions in Participant roles.

For a basic understanding of roles and permissions, see Permissions and roles.

[edit] Adding a Web Content item to a course or project site's menubar

  1. In the relevant course or project site, click Site Info
  2. Click Edit Tools.
  3. Check the box next to Web Content. Click Continue.
  4. On the "Customize Tools" screen you will see fields where you can enter information for a new item, as follows:
    • In the Title: field, add a title.
    • In the URL: field, enter a URL after the "http://" that already appears in the field.
    • If you'd like to add more than one item, select the appropriate number of items from the More Web Content Tools? drop-down menu.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. You will see information about the changes you have made to your site. Click Finish.

[edit] Adding an Item Directly from the Resources Tool

Instructors can use the Web Content tool to create a tool link to a folder or a file in Resources.

  1. Beside the item that is to be linked from the list of site tool Click Actions then Make Web Content Link.
  2. Enter a title for your web content link. This is the title that will appear listed in the Tool Menu of your site.
  3. Click Add to add the link.

[edit] Deleting a Web Content item

  1. Enter the relevant site and then click Site Info.
  2. Click Edit Tools.
  3. From the list of tools, uncheck the item you wish to delete, and then click Continue.
  4. On the "Customize Tools" screen, review your information, and then click Finish to delete the item.

[edit] Things to consider

  • Most modern web browsers will block content from URLs that start with HTTP when they are added as a Web Content tool in Isaak-Sakai. This is because Isaak-Sakai uses HTTPS, the secure version of the Hyper Text Transfer Protocol. Modern web browsers are understandably concerned when an HTTPS loaded site is loading content from an HTTP site and block the action incase there is a security risk to the otherwise secure site. Most web browsers allow the user to acknowledge the risk and allow the content to load, but this is often difficult to perceive. An alternative is linking through Resources tool or seeing if the site will work with HTTPS.
  • Alternatively you can add links in the Resources tool.
  • If you want to provide many links to websites for your course or project participants, you can avoid cluttering your menubar by listing most of them in the Resources section.

[edit] Examples or ideas for "Web Content"

  • Add the Sakai Frequently Asked Question article to your course:
    1. Enter your course and go to Site Info > Edit Tools
    2. Check-off "Web Content" press "Continue" at the bottom
    3. Enter the URL https://kumu.brocku.ca/sakai/FAQ (or the more clean formatted version, https://kumu.brocku.ca/sakai/index.php?title=FAQ&action=render) and a title like "Isaak FAQ".
    4. Press Continue to add the content and then press Continue again to confirm the tool's addition to the course.
    5. You will then have a live updating FAQ added to your course.
  • Provide a direct link to an item in your Resources tool, like the course outline or other starting point.
    • Some instructors take the next step of hiding the Resources tool from students.
  • Departments, collaborations, or other groups may use the Web Content tool to provide a prominent link to their public worksite.
  • Links to library content

[edit] Related Articles

Indiana University Oncourse Help

This article is based on the equivalent Sakai help article created by Indiana University found at: http://kb.iu.edu/data/arcm.html.

All respective sources used are under a free-for-reuse license and additional permission has been obtained.

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:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | 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 | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content

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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