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Configuring sakai2010denverconference

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Presented by Anand Mehta and Kara Stiles at the 2010 Sakai conference in Denver.

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Configuring sakai2010denverconference

  1. 1. Configuring Sakai<br />Anand Mehta & Kara Stiles<br />Sakai Consultants<br />rSmart<br />
  2. 2. 2<br />2<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Why should you configure Sakai?<br />Every institution has its own unique needs<br />Reduce helpdesk overload<br />Eliminates the need to reconfigure Sakai for the rest of your life<br />
  3. 3. 3<br />3<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Whom should you involve?<br />Faculty Representatives<br />Stakeholders and Decision Makers<br />People who create policy<br />
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  5. 5. 5<br />5<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Why?<br />Indemnification<br />If you let others make some decisions, they will be less inclined to complain about them<br />…and because Sakai is a system used for teaching & learning, so it makes sense to involve those who engage in these activities<br />
  6. 6. 6<br />6<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Technical Property Settings and Installation<br />So…you shouldn’task faculty for input on this<br />….but here’s how to gather and implement these settings (live demo)<br />
  7. 7. 7<br />Configuration Decisions and how to implement them<br />What to Discuss<br />Sample Decision<br />How to configure it<br />7<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />
  8. 8. 8<br />What tools should we have on our Gateway page?<br />Sample Decisions:<br />Remove the New Account Tool<br />Remove Sites tool<br />Skin should be aquamarine<br />Add iframe for custom training materials: http://www.rsmart.com/resource/sakai-summer-institute-build-course-sakai-cle<br />Anand’s masterful configuration demo<br />8<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Gateway Page<br />
  9. 9. 9<br />What tools are we going to hide? What tools should we make available to course sites?<br />Sample Decisions:<br />Hide the Dropbox tool completely<br />Rename Email Archive to Listserv Archive<br />Do not make portfolio tools available to courses<br />Put the Gradebook and Syllabus at the top of the tool list, please<br />Anand’s expert configuration demo<br />9<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Toolset for Course Sites<br />
  10. 10. 10<br />10<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Content Upload Settings<br />How big are the things you’re uploading to Resources?<br />Sample Decisions:<br />We upload big files. We want to set the max upload value to 500MB<br />Anand’s reasonable configuration demo<br />
  11. 11. 11<br />11<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Site Storage Quota<br />How much space should each course, project and portfolio site get? What about user workspace sites?<br />Sample Decision:<br />Courses, projects & portfolios: 1GB<br />User Workspaces: 100MB<br />Anand’s calculable configuration demo<br />
  12. 12. 12<br />12<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />FERPA, Privacy & Policy<br />Discussions:<br />The roster tool – should we keep it or hide it?<br />User Presence – does this violate your policy?<br />Messages tool – should we display user Ids?<br />Can instructors add guests to their courses?<br />Can instructors make their courses joinable?<br />Can users create a profile and share it with others?<br />
  13. 13. 13<br />13<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Privacy Related Decisions<br />roster_view_email=false roster_view_user_id=false<br />display.users.present=true<br />msg.displayEid=false<br />nonOfficialAccount=false<br />wsetup.disable.joinable.count=1wsetup.disable.joinable.1=course<br />Remove the profile tool from the user workspace<br />
  14. 14. 14<br />14<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Session Expiration<br />Discussion: When should sessions expire? What is activity? What is inactivity?<br />Sample Decision: <br />We would like session to expire after 47.5 minutes of inactivity<br />We would like users to see a warning message 5 minutes before they are kicked off<br />Anand’s spectacular configuration demo<br />
  15. 15. 15<br />15<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />The Unjoin Button<br />Discussion: Should users be allowed to unjoin from their courses? How about projects? Portfolios?<br />Sample Decision:<br />No. It would be bad to allow students to unjoin from their courses. Do not let them do that<br />Anand’s heroic configuration demo<br />
  16. 16. 16<br />16<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Editing site titles<br />Does your SIS determine course titles? Should instructors be able to edit their course titles? What about projects?<br />Sample Decision: Instructors should edit their course titles as they wish (This is actually kind of a bad idea for some implementations)<br />Anand’s begrudging configuration demo<br />
  17. 17. 17<br />Discussion: What roles do you need in your course sites? What about projects and portfolios? What permissions should each role have?<br />Sample Decision:<br />Create a Guest Lecturer role that has the same permission set as the Instructor role<br />Create a role for the Librarian – should have permission to manage course Resources<br />Anand’s impressive configuration demo<br />17<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />What about roles?<br />
  18. 18. 18<br />18<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Groups and Sections<br />More complicated<br />For more information, see<br />http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/DOC/Groups+vs.+Sections<br />
  19. 19. 19<br />Discussion: There are three user account types in Sakai: registered, maintain and guest. Which ones are you going to use, and what permissions should they have?<br />Sample Decision:<br />Faculty & Staff will be maintain users, they will have permission to create new project sites but not course sites, and will not have permission to change their account info in Sakai<br />Students will be registered users, they will not have permission to create any sites, and will not have permission to update their account info in Sakai<br />Anyone not affiliated with the school will be a guest user. These will be local users and will be allowed to change their password, but not their name and email address<br />Anand’s brilliant configuration demo<br />19<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />What about users?<br />
  20. 20. 20<br />Discussion: What toolset/content should each of your user workspace templates have?<br />Sample Decision:<br />We think the maintain and registered workspaces just need to have Site Search added. We also want to limit the tools in the guest workspace.<br />Anand’s fantastic configuration demo<br />20<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Users continued….<br />
  21. 21. 21<br />21<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />More interesting settings<br />Studentview.roles<br />Site.templates and how to create them<br />Enabling Web Services – Anand will explain<br />Custom grading scale – Anand will explain<br />Making sites public with .anon or.auth<br />For more information, see <br />http://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/DOC/Sakai+Properties+Reference<br />Or, view John Leasia’s presentation from the 2009 Boston Sakai Conference:<br />http://www.slideshare.net/jleasiaum/configuring-sakai-boston09<br />
  22. 22. 22<br />22<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Site Helper Realm<br />Discussion: When to force permissions<br />Sample decision: You need to make sure that all Instructors have the content.new permission in Resources<br />Anand’s insistent configuration demo<br />
  23. 23. 23<br />23<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Restart and Test<br />
  24. 24. 24<br />24<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Customizer Demo<br />rSmart Customizer Demo (time permitting)<br />
  25. 25. 25<br />25<br />June 15-17<br />2010 Sakai Conference - Denver, CO, U.S.A.<br />Questions and Answers<br />Kara Stiles: kstiles@rsmart.com<br />Anand Mehta: amehta@rsmart.com<br />

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