Do you want to:
- learn your students' names
- track attendance
- foster discussion
- provide space for student collaboration
- employ Youtube videos or Twitter hashtags
...in your classes?
If so, then you would benefit from viewing these "Teaching Hacks" presented at the 2011 Sakai conference: https://confluence.sakaiproject.org/display/CONF2011/2011-16-15+LMS-Based+Teaching+Hacks
Matt Clare of Brock University in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada, details provocative teaching strategies he has used with Sakai, including:
- Clandestine attendance tracking
- Giving an entrance quiz on "How I Learn Best"
- Getting a fake student account (to see what your students see)
At Pepperdine, our version of Sakai is called “Courses.” You may practice Matt Clare’s strategies in your own course sites by logging in to: https://courses.pepperdine.edu/
Additional information about Courses is available at: http://community.pepperdine.edu/techlearn/tools/courses/