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Overview

Laulima is the University of Hawaii’s online collaborative learning environment. You can use Laulima to organize class materials, streamline communication with your students (including feedback on assignments and grades), reduce paper use, and increase student engagement for your online and face-to-face classes.

If this is your first time using Laulima or would prefer a more guided approach to using Laulima, consider registering for the Laulima Challenge workshop to get the basics you need to use Laulima as both a student and instructor.

For a self-service option, use the links in the left menu to get a jump start on a few things to do before, during, and at the end of the semester. Use the links on the right if you want to find specific information on a particular tool in Laulima.

 Educational Uses

  • Use as a course management site to manage all your course content, syllabus, activities, assessments, grades, etc.
  • Communicate with your students through Mailtool, Forums, Chat tools, and others.
  • See award-winning examples of how Leeward CC instructors use Laulima.

Laulima Forums: Profile Photo and Statistics & Grading

New in Laulima Forums – profile photo and grading and statistics!

Profile Photo

Forums now has the ability for everyone to show their profile photo next to the posts you authored. To add your photo, go to Laulima > My Workspace > Profile and upload your photo there. This adds a personal touch to online synchronous discussions when you can see the person’s photo of who you’re conversing with.

Laulima My Workspace Profile Picture

Add profile photo

Statistics & Grading

The Statistics & Grading feature allows the instructor to see activity statistics such as how many posts a student authored and read. (Although, I’m not too sure how accurate the “read”/”unread” statistic is since you have to manually click the “Mark all as read” button when you open a thread to mark it as “read”.) With this feature, you can view statistics for each student/user or by topic. It also makes grading easier because there’s a link to input the grade right there, too, that’s connected to the Gradebook tool. (Note: You must add a gradebook item for your discussions in the Gradebook tool before you’re able to input grades from the Forums tool.)

Screenshot of Forums stats view by "User"

Forums stats view by User

Screenshot of Forums stats view by "Topic"

Forums stats view by “Topic”

Click here to learn more (complete with screenshots) and check it out in your Laulima sites!

Laulima Attendance Tool

Are you looking for a simple way to record attendance in your face-to-face or online course?  The Laulima Attendance tool might be just the tool for you.   Did you know that for every course section you teach (face-to-face or online) a Laulima course shell (with roster) is created?

With the Attendance tool enabled you can:

  • Quickly print a functional sign-in  sheet that you can use to check people in (without technology).
  • Quickly take attendance on the fly without paper by clicking “Take Attendance Now”.

You may wish to customize the tool to your situation by:

  • Customizing the criteria (example: Present, Absent, Excused, Late, Left Early, Comment).
  • Setting up your Attendance Items in advance (vs. on the fly)  by clicking on “Attendance Items” and entering a Name, Date & Time (repeat for each planned class meeting).
  • Grade Attendance and send it to Laulima Gradebook

Lastly once you begin using the tool you can view statistics by Attendance Item (ex. by class meeting) or by Student (ex. student’s record of attendance)

Here is an overview video of the Attendance tool  https://youtu.be/DSwpp6NTPQM (University of Dayton 5:05 min.)

 

Laulima Upgraded from Sakai v2.9.3 to v10.7

Over the 2016 winter break, ITS Laulima Support ugraded Laulima to v10.7. There are subtle interface changes and some bigger changes like new features added. Check out the list of changes here. Some highlights include:

  • Assignments:
    • Group submissions
    • Peer assessment on submissions
    • Ability to send email notification to students when their grade is released and re-submission is available
  • Gradebook:
    • Extra Credit
    • Last Date of Attendance can be added to Course Grades which can then upload directly to MyUH when you publish grades from Laulima
  • Resources: Drag and drop files
  • Mailtool” name has been changed to “Email

Laulima Changes

What’s New in Laulima

General Updates/Changes

  • Enhanced user navigation, including
    • collapsible toolbars       ,collapsible toolbars
    • direct access to some tools from the navigation tab areacollapsible toolbars2
    • new icons icons icons2
    • New tutorial that introduces you to basic functions tutorial
  • Built-in Help now with images and improved search function help
  • “Users present” list moved to bottom-right corner and can be toggled open and closedusers present
  • Calendar widget in MyWorkspace lists from which site events are listed calendar
  • New tool: Lessons – used to assemble and structure content lesson builder
  • New Tool: Curriculum Builder-create a reading list of  EBSCO Host resources.EBSCO
  • New Tool: Sign-up – sign up for meetings, have it listed on the schedule tool sign-up
  • “Tasks, Tests and Surveys” now known as “Assignments, Tests and Surveys” ats
  • “Site Stats” now known as “Statistics” stats
  • The “Blogs” and “Blogger” tools have been replaced by “ClogClog
  • The “Discussion” tool has been phased out.
  • Tools hidden appear with gray italic text in the menu list  tools unseen

Tool Updates

Assignments

  • Instructors can now submit assignments for students (via View -> Assignment List by Student) assignments

Assignments, Tests and Surveys (formerly known as Tasks, Tests and Surveys)

  • Ability to print out assessments with or without answersassessment

Forums

  • Some language has changed in the tool; Post New Thread is now Start a New Conversationstart
  • There is a Display Message Content/Display Subject Only toggle button toggle
  • Grade within Forums (createiteminGradebook first)
    1. foums grade1
    2. foums grade2
  • Ability to duplicate forum or topicduplicate
  • Option to have student post something before being able to read template post
  • New permissions layout permissions

Gradebook

  • When using Categories/Categories & Weighting you can now:
    • Enable drop highest
    • Enable drop lowest
    • Enable keep highest
    • drop grade
  • Added PDF export in addition to Excel and CSV export
    •  all grades
    •  show hide
  • Can Hide/Show columns

Site Info

  • If a site is unpublished, you can click to publish from outside Site Info (by clicking on the “Unpublished Site” badge’s “(Publish Now)” link publish
  • Timestamp at bottom of participant list notes when last change was made  update participants
  • In “Page Order” lock a tool/page- hides tools and disables its use. lock
  • You can no longer add tools in “Page Order”

Profile Tool

  • Access via the bust icon in the upper right corner.profile

Resources

  • Ability to upload .zip files and extract its contents, and also .zip Laulima folders

Google Sites embedded in a Laulima site

If you are using a Google Site for weekly or topic modules, did you know you can embed it in your Laulima site using the Web Content tool? Follow the instructions below. Please note that the URL you copy for your Google Site to add into your Laulima site must exclude the forward slash at the end otherwise it will not embed.

  1. Sign into your Google Site. (If you’re not automatically signed in, scroll to the very bottom of the site and click on the Sign in link.)
  2. Click on the More actions button (looks like a gear located at the top-right corner) on your Google Site. Click on Manage SiteIn the left menu click on General and in the Security section, check mark, Allow embedding on other sites.
  3. Copy the URL of your site’s home page, which should be something like, https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/lee-eng-100-lastname. (Important: Don’t copy the “forward slash” at the end of the URL otherwise it will not embed properly in Laulima.)
  4. Log into your Laulima course site, and click on Site Info and then on Edit Tools in the menu at the top. Check mark the Web Content tool and click Continue.
  5. Type a name for your page, such as “Weekly Modules” in the Title box. Paste the URL you copied of your Google Site in the Source box. Click Continue and Finish.
  6. You’ll see a new link in the left menu of your Laulima site towards the bottom. To re-order this, click on Site Info and click on Page Order in the menu at the top. Click and drag to re-order pages. Click on Save.

BONUS TIP: Since you link to the home page of your Google Site (e.g. “Week 1”) in your Laulima site, it would be helpful to change the home page, aka “landing page,” of the weekly modules when the new week or topic starts so it reflects the current week’s ot topic’s page. To do this:

  1. Sign into your Google Site. (If you’re not automatically signed in, scroll to the very bottom of the site and click on the Sign in link.)
  2. Click on the More actions button (looks like a gear located at the top-right corner) on your Google Site. Click on Manage Site.
  3. Scroll to where it says “Landing Page” and click to change it, then select the new page you’d like the “landing page” to be (i.e. the upcoming or current week’s or topic’s page).
  4. Now when you click on the Web Content tool you just added for your Google Site in your Laulima site, you should see that landing page you chose. Students don’t have to click in the Google Site to go to the current week’s or topic’s page.

Creating a web page for your Laulima Home page

In every Laulima course site > Home tool, there is an empty “Workspace Information” area that you can use to put something welcoming and/or informative for your students to see upon accessing the Laulima course site. While you can type directly in the area by clicking the edit icon, Laulima Support advises that you create an HTML web page file, instead, as there are sometimes problems with Banner syncing with Laulima that may cause that area to delete/reset.

To create a web page in Laulima to link into your “Workspace Information” section, follow these instructions, starting on page 6.

Copy and paste is easy with Laulima’s new text editor

Fortunately, with Laulima’s recent upgrade, the text editor got updated too. Now you can copy/paste from Word into Laulima’s text editor box without garbled text in the source code that shows when you post. Yay!

Unfortunately, however, copy/paste from Google Documents into Laulima’s text editor box now has weird formatting, although not the exact problem that Word had. In most cases the extraneous formatting code is in the source code view and not when you actually post. Nonetheless, to remove the unnecessary code from copying/pasting from a Google Document into Laulima’s text editor box:

  1. Copy the text from your Google Document.
  2. Paste your copied text in Laulima’s text editor (in whichever tool you’re using).
  3. Highlight all the text by click-and-dragging, Ctrl A, or Cmd A to select-all, and click on the “Remove Format” eraser button in the toolbar. It will remove the text formatting, but yet, retain your hyperlinks. (Note that this “Remove Format” feature means it will remove all text formatting such as bold, italics, and colored text.)

remove-format

Blog Challenge Activites

Activity 1: Set up your blog

  1. UPDATE YOUR PROFILE
    • Update your name.
    • Change your password.
    • Update your contact information.
  2. UPLOAD YOUR AVATAR
    • Select a photo or create your avatar using an online tool.
    • Resize your image to 200 pixels wide by 200 pixels high.
    • Upload and crop the image
  3. CHECK YOUR SETTINGS
    • Select your timezone
  4. CUSTOMIZE YOUR BLOG THEME TO YOUR COURSE
    • Change your theme, header (course name)and background.

Activity 2: Create your first blog post (sensemaking artifact) and comment on other blog posts.

  1.  Create a blog post (sensemaking artifact)that provides some understanding of why you love to teach. What gets you up in the morning? What’s your core reason for doing what you do? Everybody has a reason WHY, but we can lose sight of our WHY, and so we want you to reclaim and embrace it!
    • Write an attention grabbing title
    • Insert a link
    • Use short paragraphs
    • Write the first sentence of each paragraph to make your readers want to read the rest of the paragraph.
  2. Comment on another learners blog post by analyzing OR asking a question that proposes answers.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback.

Activity 3: Share your WHY in a visual format.

  1. Create a blog post that includes a still image you create (this could be a photo of you holding up a sign – or something more imaginative, of course) that provides some understanding of why you love to teach.
  2. Tell us a bit more about your WHY.
  3. Comment on another learners image blog post.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion.
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback

Activity 4: Embed a video in a post.

  1. Create a short clip, around 3-5 seconds in length, that provides some understanding of why you love to teach
  2. Upload your clip to YouTube.
  3.  How to upload a video to YouTube 
  4. Embed your clip in a blog post, and tell us a bit more about your WHY.
  5. Embedding Videos from Video Sharing Websites
  6. Comment on another learners blog post.
    • Your comment takes something from the artifact and analyzes it. It might make a criticism, an observation an interpretation, or draw a conclusion.
    • Your comment is a question that proposes answers. The good question asks “why” and “how” and demonstrates you have thought about, and have done some research, on the question. Answers are proposed and asked for feedback.

Activity 5: Create Pages and Menus

  1. Create a Course About Page that includes your course syllabus.
  2. Create a personal About Page that includes your posts about why you teach.
  3. Create a custom menu and add the pages you just created.

Activity 6:  Set up your widgets, tags and categories

Please complete the following:

  1. Setup your blogs sidebars and make necessary changes.
    • Remove unnecessary widgets you don’t need.
    • Add the custom menu widget. Add the menu to the custom menu widget that contains your 2 about me pages you create in activity 5.
  2. Create categories- go to Posts > Categories and set up the names of the new categories. Name one catagory about me.
    1. Assign your about me category to your why I teach posts using the Quick Edit action link menu in Posts > Edit.
  3. Add your Category widget t to your blog side bar
    • Remember categories won’t display in your Category widget until they have been assigned to a post
  4. Create a blog post called “Set up your widgets, tags and categories” and describe step-by step what you did what you did.