For Students: How to Post in Sakai Forums

For Students: How to Post in Sakai Forums


Your instructor may choose
to use Sakai’s Discussion Forum as part of your class’s activities. In this video, we’ll help you find
a course’s discussion forum, create a post, and reply
to a classmate’s post. To find the Discussion Forum,
visit your course site, and click the Forums button
in the main menu. In some courses,
you may not see a Forums button. Ask your instructor if you
have questions about finding the link to the forum. Inside the Forum,
you should see one or more discussion topics created
by your instructor. Below each topic’s title,
you may see a description or other information about the
discussion assignment, or you might see a link that
says View Full Description. If so, click the link to
see additional information about the discussion topic. In this example,
the instructor also included the dates the forum will be available. Some instructors may ask that
you first post a response to the discussion topic
before you can see your classmates’ posts. That’s what we’ll need to do
in this example. To create a post in a discussion topic,
click the topic’s title, and then Start a New Conversation. [silence] In the Title box,
type a subject for your post, [silence] and in the text editor,
type your response. If desired, you can first compose your
response in a word processor, such as Word,
and then copy and paste it into the text editor. As you’re writing your post,
remember that you can click on View Full Description
to see assignment details, if provided. This is also a useful way
to check that you’ve responded in such a way that meets your
instructor’s expectations. Before submitting your post,
it’s a good idea to run the spell checker. In the toolbar above the text editor,
click the icon with the check mark. Possible errors will be underlined. Right-click on underlined words
to choose options and make corrections. It’s important to remember that
spell checkers are not perfect! Make sure to reread your post and
proofread your work carefully. When you’re ready to submit,
scroll down and click Post. To read a classmate’s post,
click the subject. [silence] If you’d like to reply to it,
click Reply, and then type your response in the text editor. [silence] When you’re done, click Post… and your reply appears. Here’s a couple of tips
to help you as you use the Discussion Forum: First, when navigating around
in the Discussion Forum– or anywhere in Sakai–
it’s important to NEVER use your browser’s Back button. Instead, use the bread crumb trail
at the top of the Forums tool. Second, you can view all of the
responses in a discussion topic by clicking
Display Message Content. This is a great way to see the
flow of conversation. If you see a response you’d like to
reply to, click its Reply button. [silence] Third, by default, Sakai sends you
an email when a conversation you have posted to receives a new message. To reduce the number of emails you
receive, click the Watch button on the main Forums page. From here, you can choose
No notification, and then click Save. Once you feel comfortable using
the Discussion Forum, you may find that it’s a great way
to get to know the views and opinions of your classmates. If you need additional assistance
while using the Forum, please visit the Student Help page or
contact [email protected]

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