Sakai 2.9 Menubar: Overview
What it does
In your site, the menubar is a customizable column along the left of the screen that contains links to numerous collaborative tools. Site leaders have permissions to add, edit, and delete tools with Site Info or Worksite Setup.
Collapsing the menubar: If you'd like more room in the main area of your site, click the left arrow near the top of the menubar to hide the tool names.
Adding tools: A site participant with the appropriate role can modify the content of the site's menubar by adding or subtracting tools using the Site Info tool.
The site owner can choose to display (or hide) most tools in the menubar. Tools available may include the following, and possibly additional tools. Your system administrator controls which tools are available on your system. When new tools become available, or users' needs change, your system administrator can add tools to the system, and then they will appear in the list of tools that you can add to your site.
Home: This is the site's
Home page. Home can contain a list of recent announcements, discussion
items, and chat messages. Also, participants can access Privacy
Status, Messages, and Forums notifications here.
Announcements: Post current, time-critical information
(e.g., to inform users of changes in the schedule or policies of the class).
Assignments: Post, submit, and grade online
assignments. Your participants can submit assignments electronically
for grading and comments.
Chat Room: Hold real-time written discussions
with other site participants. Chat is faster and more convenient than
waiting for participants to post in the discussion area.
Drop Box: Create areas for private file sharing
between site leaders and participants.
Email Archive: View email sent to the site.
Evaluations: OSP Evaluations Tool
Forms: OSP Forms Tool
Forums: Create discussion forums.
Glossary: OSP Glossary Tool
Gradebook: Calculate, store, and present grades.
Link Tool: Link to external applications.
Matrices: OSP Matrices Tool
Messages: Add private messaging to your site.
News: Link to RSS newsfeeds.
Podcasts: Manage individual podcasts
and podcast feed information.
Polls: Site leaders can post simple
multiple choice polls for voting by site participants.
Portfolio Layouts: OSP Layouts Tool
Portfolio Templates: OSP Portfolio Templates Tool
Portfolios: OSP Portfolios Tool
PostEm: Upload and share
.csvfiles to display feedback (e.g., grades and comments) to site participants.
Presentation: Present a slide show of images to
many viewers at once, or have them step through the show on their own.
Resources: Upload, store, and share files and
Roster: View the list of site participants.
Schedule: Post and view deadlines and events
(e.g., class session dates, assignments dates, and cancellations).
Search: Search for site content.
Section Info: Create official course subgroupings
or sections (e.g., labs or recitations) that are revealed in various
tools (e.g., Resources).
Styles: OSP Style Helper Tool
Syllabus: Create and display a course syllabus,
or have it point to a pre-existing online syllabus.
Tests and Quizzes: Create and deliver tests and
Web Content: Add web page links to the menubar.
- Wiki: Collaborate with other participants to create and maintain web pages.
Site Info displays information about the site for site participants. Site leaders can use this tool to add participants, edit tools, manage groups, and import files. This tool is part of every site and cannot be deleted from the menubar.
The Help tool has support documentation for all the tools and can contain links to other support resources.
Things to consider
- If your system allows it, create a practice site so that site
participants can familiarize themselves with the tools, functions, and
- To avoid the accidental loss of resources, assign roles wisely.
Assign roles with broad permissions only to co-instructors and others
whom you can trust to edit your site. Everyone else should get a more
restricted role, allowing access but not site manipulation.
- Users who visit the site will appear in the "Users Present" area until they log out or until their session times out.
For help documentation about the menubar, see Menubar.