Over the winter break, ITS upgraded Laulima to version 12.5. For a brief summary of changes, click here. For a comprehensive list of changes, refer to this document compiled and shared by the CELTT team at Kapiolani CC.
The Syllabus tool in Laulima allows you to post your syllabus for your students to access.
To add the Syllabus tool:
By default, the Syllabus tool is not published to students. To make it viewable to students, you’ll need to click the lightbulb icon ‘on’.
And now to check/preview as a student, click the drop-down menu, “View site as:” at the top-right of your screen and choose “Student”. You should be able to see it. When you’re done, go back to the drop-down menu and select “Instructor.”
New in Laulima Forums – profile photo and grading and statistics!
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.
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.)
Click here to learn more (complete with screenshots) and check it out in your Laulima sites!
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:
Please feel free to share our updated Laulima Student Guide (PDF) with your students: http://tinyurl.com/laulima-student-guide
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.
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:
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.
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:
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. In this fun and interactive challenge, you will work with a partner to learn how to use Laulima’s basic tools so you can set-up your courses for the upcoming semester.
Bring your laptop, an electronic copy of your syllabus, and an assignment.
Visit The Laulima Challenge webpage for more info.