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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 by choosing to browse for the file on your device, or on desktop computers using a modern web browser, drag files from an Explorer/Finder window into the Isaak-Sakai window.

To add files follow these steps:

  1. Actions > Upload Files
    Actions > Upload Files
    Inside your course click the Resources tool on the left.
  2. Click the Actions button beside the folder you would like to add the file to (likely the top-most).
  3. Select Upload Files
  4. Drag the file you would like to add into the Drop files.. area OR click upon the Drop files.. area to choose a file from your computer's directory.
  5. Optionally notify your students that the file has been newly added with the Email Notification menu. Note that additional file details, such as a description or custom availability dates, can only be added after upload is complete. If you prefer that students receive notifications after details have been added, consider using the Actions >> Edit Details option once the file has been uploaded.
  6. 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.

All modern web browsers support single file uploads through the drag-and-drop interface, most support full folder uploads, such a Google Chrome.

Dragging-and-dropping folders can be a faster and more reliable alterntive to situations where the WebDAV upload process might have previously been used.

For more information please see Working with files.

[edit] Uploading Your Documents:Video

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A 15 second video of how to add a file to Isaak/Sakai.

[edit] Creating Folders

  • In the Resources tool click "Actions" 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 "Actions" 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

Click Here

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 Actions > 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 Actions > 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.

If you use a keyboard to navigate Isaak-Sakai you can tab into list and hold Control key and use arrow keys to reorder items.


[edit] Add an Item to Site Tools / Create a Web Content link

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 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] Restore Files

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

Files removed in the past 30 days can be restored through the Trash tab at the top of the Resources tool or the Actions for the parent folder of the deleted items.


[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] 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
  • Setting a Description for the file or folder. This information will be available to your students when they hover with their mouse cursor over the associated i icon on the Resources tool's main page or if an email notification about the file is sent to your students.
  • Options to make the file public to the Internet or to select sections or groups of students within your Isaak-Sakai site.
  • 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.

[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

  • 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: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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