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VeriCite pilot continues for 2016-17

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This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

The Information Technology Executive Committee  has approved an extended pilot of VeriCite for the 2016-2017 academic year. VeriCite is a cloud-based service that helps to verify the originality of student work. It also can help to facilitate proper citation techniques and paraphrasing skills when used as a tool to enhance instruction through student reflection.

The Sakai Learning Management System Team has received multiple requests from faculty for this type of service. We have decided to pilot VeriCite because it was designed to easily integrate into Sakai. If faculty choose to participate in this pilot, students submit their paper through the assignment tool within their Sakai course. VeriCite automatically generates an “originality report” to the student and faculty.

How to Participate in the VeriCite pilot: The pilot is open to any Wake Forest faculty teaching a course in the Sakai learning management system utilizing the assignment tool during the Fall 2016 or Spring 2017 semester. Please go to the following URL (http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2541/) to register for the workshop Building a Student Culture of Academic Integrity: The Role of Anti-Plagiarism Software.

Workshops are scheduled for Aug. 24 and 25. To learn more about the pilot visit go.wfu.edu/vericite. If you have any questions regarding this pilot please email LMSTeam@nullwfu.edu.

Sakai workshops available to faculty

This is a guest post from the Learning Management System Team:

Wake Forest’s Learning Management System Team will be hosting a variety of Sakai related workshops to kick off the 2016-2017 academic year. This includes a general introduction to Sakai for faculty who are new to the system or would like a refresher.

A new offering,”Technology Confidence Camp: Sakai,” is a low-enrollment workshop and is suitable for those faculty who would like to build their technology confidence.

Sakai’s Lesson Builder, popular among faculty transitioning to a flipped classroom, is used to create structured units of learning containing multiple pages and subpages for arrangement and delivery of content organized by lesson. Additional tools within Lessons: polls, student-generated content with rubric grading and peer review, gradable comments, and embedded videos.

Please register for Sakai workshops on the PDC website (http://pdc.wfu.edu/?q=sakai).

10 tech tools for teaching

Come join us for a 30 minute “highlight reel” exploring faculty use cases for technologies used in teaching around campus. We will see how faculty are using tools like Sakai, Google, WebEx, VoiceThread, and other collaborative technologies in our classrooms. The class will be interactive. Please bring your laptop, smartphone or tablet.

Registration will assist us in obtaining an accurate head count prior to the event: http://pdc.wfu.edu/events/2661/

Locations

June 15: Greene Hall
June 15: Carswell Hall
June 16: Winston Hall
June 16: Salem Hall
June 29: Scales Fine Arts Center
June 29: Worrell Hall
June 30: Tribble Hall
June 30: Kirby Hall
July 12: Olin Hall
July 12: Winston Hall
July 13: Greene Hall
July 13: Scales Fine Arts Center
July 19: Wingate Hall
July 19: Greene Hall
July 20: Tribble Hall
July 20: Salem Hall

Sakai workshops offered in January

The Sakai Learning Management System Team will be hosting Spring semester workshops in January. The Sakai Workshops are listed here. Registration is through the Professional Development Center.

The LMS Team welcomes instructors preparing spring course sites to the Sakai Workshop. Instructors new to Sakai and seasoned users are encouraged to attend.

Learn about what’s new in Sakai 10

On July 27, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system.

Sakai 10 features two new tool contributions to Sakai core, infrastructure improvements, approximately 50 security fixes, performance improvements and a number of new features including new functionality added to Assignments, Test & Quizzes and the Gradebook.

Find tips and how-to information on the Sakai page in help.wfu.edu, or contact your instructional technologist or technology support staff member for additional assistance.

Sakai has new functionality, an updated look and feel

A message from Wake Forest University Information Systems

On July 5, 2014, Information Systems performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest University’s learning management system. Sakai has new functionality as well as an updated look and feel. Upgrades include improved features to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools as well as major additions and improvements to Lessons (which is now turned on by default), Test and Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages. Visit What’s New in Sakai 2.9 for more information.

A number of resources are available to help you navigate the new Sakai. Check out the Professional Development Center (PDC) for a list of Sakai related classes, find tips and how to’s on the Sakai page in help.wfu.edu, or contact your Instructional Technologist or technology support staff member.

Coming July 5 – Learn about what’s new in Sakai

On Saturday, July 5, 2014, between 7:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., Information Systems will upgrade Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system.  Sakai will not be available during this time.

Previously created courses and sites and their content will be retained. Sakai will have new functionality as well as an updated look and feel. Upgrades include improved features to the Resources, Gradebook, and Section Info tools as well as major additions and improvements to Lessons (which is now turned on by default), Test and Quizzes, Profile 2, Forums and Messages.

Visit http://pprd.sakai.wfu.edu to preview the new look and feel. Note that this pre-production environment is only accessible on-campus or by VPN off-campus. More information about improvements, new features, and learning opportunities will be forthcoming. PDC classes will also be available.  We are sending this information now to help you plan for the upcoming semester.

If you have any questions, please contact Information Systems at help@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-4357.

Computing services unavailable on April 12

On Saturday, April 12, during regularly scheduled maintenance between 7 a.m. and noon, many computer-based services including, but not limited to, Sakai, Banner, WIN, Cognos, and NOVAtime will be unavailable. Information Systems staff will perform required maintenance during this time. If you have any questions regarding this announcement, contact the Information Systems Service Desk at help.wfu.edu or 336-758-4357.

Sakai upgraded over winter break

On Jan. 5, Information Systems staff performed an upgrade to Sakai, Wake Forest’s learning management system. Previously created sites and their content were retained. It now has new functionality, including improved Profile and Assignments tools, an enhanced content editor with increased math capabilities, and a choice of Gradebooks.

Please see the Sakai Blog for information on what’s new in Sakai 2.8.2. Check out the Professional Development Center (PDC) for a list of classes. Don’t forget that you can also find tips and how tos on the FAQ page.

Sakai unavailable on Saturday

On Saturday, Jan. 5, Sakai — Wake Forest’s learning management system — will be unavailable between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. while the Information Systems staff performs an upgrade. All existing sites and their content will be retained.

The new version of Sakai will provide increased functionality, including improved Profile and Assignments tools, an enhanced content editor with additional math capabilities, and a choice of Gradebooks. Look for more information about improvements and new features on the Sakai login page.

Information Systems apologizes for any inconvenience this work may cause. If you have any questions, please contact us at help@nullwfu.edu or 336.758.4357.