Making your syllabus viewable in Laulima

The Syllabus tool in Laulima allows you to post your syllabus for your students to access.

To add the Syllabus tool:

  1. Log into Laulima.
  2. Click on your course site in the blue tabs across the top.
  3. Click on Site Info in the left menu of tools.
  4. Click on Edit Tools.
  5. Checkmark the Syllabus tool and click Continue and then Finish.
  6. Click on the Syllabus tool in the left menu and add your syllabus.

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’.

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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.”

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 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

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.)

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Register for The Laulima Challenge on January 8, 2014

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.