Learning with Technology

for Teaching

August 21, 2017
by Rachael Inake

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’.

publish syllabus animated gif

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.”

January 31, 2017
by Leanne Riseley

Learning Management System Vendor Presentations

LMS logos

In December, a blog post announced the University of Hawaii System has started the process of reviewing Learning Management System (LMS). As part of the process, LMS Vendors have been invited to present and answer questions. If you are interested in learning more about each of the LMS platforms, you are invited to the following sessions: Note: sessions for most vendors are being offered more than once.

  • Monday, Feb 13 @ 12:30 pm – Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Monday, Feb 13 @ 2:00 pm – Schoology
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 12:30 pm – Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Tuesday, Feb 14 @ 2:00 pm – Blackboard
  • Wednesday, Feb 15 @ 2:00 pm – Blackboard
  • Thursday, Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – Sakai (Longsite)
  • Tuesday, Feb 21 @ 2:00 pm – Canvas
  • Wednesday, Feb 22 @ 2:00 pm – Canvas

Presentations will be at UH Manoa Campus, Kuykendall. We are planning to have these presentations available via HITS in the Educational Media Center, LC-108B. The most current schedule is posted at https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/lms/.








January 11, 2017
by Rachael Inake

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!

January 11, 2017
by Brent Hirata

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.)


January 4, 2017
by Rachael Inake

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

December 12, 2016
by Leanne Riseley

Review of Learning Management System (Laulima)

LaulimaThe University of Hawai’i System adopted Sakai (Laulima) in 2007. We are approaching our 10-year anniversary using Laulima as our Learning Management System (LMS). Therefore, the UH System will be reviewing current LMS platforms to select the one that best supports the teaching and learning needs of our institution.
If you are interested in learning more about the various LMS platforms and to see the progress of the committee, I encourage you to check the project website that has been setup to share information with the UH campuses: https://sites.google.com/a/hawaii.edu/lms
Here is a timeline of the project. We will keep this updated as the project progresses.
We are tentatively planning on having a number of LMS vendors conduct live presentations in February 2017. Stay tuned for future announcements.

 If you have any questions, please contact Leanne Riseley (455-0676).

August 24, 2016
by Rachael Inake

Mahalo for spending your Convocation Week with us

It was so nice to see everyone back from summer break during Convocation Week!

The EMCers hit the ground running before the semester started by offering several opportunities and professional development events during Convocation Week. Many digital badges were awarded to participants who participated and accomplished the events’/workshops’ objectives (perfect for including as evidence in contract renewal / tenure / promotion dossiers). Here’s a quick re-cap of what happened.

Tech It Out Day

We enjoyed another great Tech It Out Day at Leeward CC on Tuesday, August 16, 2016. Tech It Out Day is an event to explore how technology can enhance teaching and learning in the classroom and online where participants can “test drive” a variety of technology tools, network with peers, and celebrate the start of a new semester.

Tech It Out Day 2016 Google Forms Quizzing session

This year, we were fortunate to have some faculty facilitate sessions by sharing how they use technology in their classes and leading folks through getting started with using the technology tools that they shared. A participant said, “Thank you for the short but very useful sessions! I learned a lot without feeling like the workshops went on for too long! Also, these workshops are so helpful, I can definitely use them in classes.” Another participant commented, “Thank you for engaging sessions. They got right to the point and provided immediately useful information and other resources.” Facilitators and participants earned Tech It Out Day 2016 badges for their involvement and participation.

Now that you got to see and try a few new things, if you would like further help using what you learned or tried, feel free to contact us. We’d love to help you take it to the next step.

Tech It Out Day 2016 Anki session

Tech It Out Day 2016 Swivl session

For more photos, check out our Tech It Out Day 2016 album.

Laulima Challenge

Following Tech It Out Day on Tuesday, we had a full house at the Laulima Challenge workshop, facilitated by Greg Walker, Brent Hirata, and me. Everyone was super engaged and learned how to set up the basic tools in Laulima by working together in pairs to do several tasks in Laulima to complete the Laulima Challenge activity. At completion, they earned the “Laulima Challenge Finisher” badge.

Laulima Challenge group

Smart Classroom Challenge

On Wednesday, August 17, 2016, Brent Hirata facilitated two Smart Classroom Challenge workshops where instructors had the opportunity to learn about, troubleshoot, and try out the Smart Classroom technologies. Reef Amano, Electronics Technician at the EMC, was also there to lend a hand answering technical questions about the hardware. Participants appreciated the opportunity to access a typical Smart Classroom as well as the newer Smart Classroom in the Education Building. By completing the Smart Classroom challenge activity, participants earned the “Smart Classroom Challenge Finisher” badge.

Syllabus Makeover Challenge

On Thursday, August 18, 2016, I facilitated the Syllabus Makeover Challenge workshop. We had guest instructor, Michele Mahi, start things off by sharing her visual syllabus. Then, we discussed various syllabus activities and how we can create more value of it for the students through creativity and design, created a basic doc with the textual contents for a syllabus, and then transformed it into a dynamic, purposeful, and visual syllabus. A free Google Slides template was shared and participants learned different ways to share their syllabus with their students. A collection of instructors’ syllabi can be found here. Participants were excited to bring new life into their syllabus and many finished creating their visual syllabi after the workshop. Once they implement and share how things went, they can earn the “Visual Syllabus Creator” badge.

Self-Introduction Video

Convocation week was also an opportunity for folks to record a self-introduction video. A self-introduction video is great to help students get to know you, about the course or service you provide, and establish a connection with you. Visit our growing collection of self-introduction videos by Leeward CC faculty and staff.

See You Around!

We enjoyed our time with you and hope to see you around, work with you, and see you in our upcoming workshops/events this semester. If you haven’t attended our Convocation Week events this semester, we hope that you do next semester!

Upcoming Events

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January 13, 2016
by Greg Walker

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


  • 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


  • 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


  • 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


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