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The Sakai Resources tool provides a storage area for course documents and links to external sites.

Sakai Resources has extensive permissions settings, so that content can be made available to students as the course progresses. Files or entire folders can be made private, so that they can be viewed by instructors only. Files or entire folders can also be made "publicly viewable" so that anyone can open and read them using the URL without having to log into Sakai. Note: Please use the Permissions controls at the folder or file level in Resources. The Permissions button at the top of the page has an item clicked that indicates that students can "Read Resources." If you unclick this, students will be denied access to all Resources, no matter what settings you make at the folder and file level. For this reason, please avoid using the Permissions button to alter student access.

Additionally, a number of Sakai tools such as Lessons, uses Resources. For this reason, every Sakai site should have the Resources tool installed. The Syllabus tool has a "redirect" feature that lets instructors place a syllabus in Resources and then point the Syllabus tool to that file.

Each Sakai site has a 1 GB quota for Resources. If you need additional space, site quotas can be increased on request. There is a 500MB limit per upload, which also means that no single file can be larger than 500MB.

Students simply click on links, or right-click over file names, to download a file to their local computer for reading. File types can be Word files, Adobe Acrobat PDFs, Powerpoints, small media files (audio and video), JPG or PNG images.

Organizing Files in Sakai “Resources”

The Resources tool provides a storage area for course documents and links to external sites.

Resources has extensive permissions settings, so that content can be made available to students as the course progresses. Files or entire folders can be made private, so that they can be viewed by instructors only. Files or entire folders can also be made "publicly viewable" so that anyone can open and read them using the URL without having to log into Sakai.

Additionally, a number of Sakai tools such as Lessons, use Resources. For this reason, every Sakai site should have the Resources tool installed. The Syllabus tool has a "redirect" feature that lets instructors place a syllabus in Resources and then point the Syllabus tool to that file.

Each Sakai site has a 1 GB quota for Resources. If you need additional space, site quotas can be increased on request. There is a 500MB limit per upload, which also means that no single file can be larger than 500MB.

Students simply click on links, or right-click over file names, to download a file to their local computer for reading. File types can be Word files, Adobe Acrobat PDFs, Powerpoints, small media files (audio and video), JPG or PNG images.

  • Files in the Resources page can be organized in various ways that allow for easy access.
  • You can provide a descriptive name by selecting “Edit Details” from the Action menu of the file and then entering the descriptive name in the subsequent section. By default, files appear alphabetically. Note: In order to organize files by date added, prefix the files with either A,B,C or 1,2,3 …etc.
  • You can create subfolders by selecting “Creating Folders” in the “Add” menu and then uploading files to the subfolders. You can reorder the subfolders by selecting “Reorder” from the “Actions” menu of the folder.
  • You can move files to a different folder by selecting “Move” from the “Action” menu of the file. You will see a clipboard icon appear next to each folder. Click the icon of the folder you wish to move the file to.
  • You can create both a Table of Contents and make a web link on the menu bar:
    • Select “Resources”.
    • Select “Create HTML Page” from the “Add” menu.
    • Type a descriptive title of each of your files in the subsequent window.
    • Link each title to the Sakai reference by highlighting the title, and then click the “Insert/Edit Link” icon, which looks like a world and with a chain link on the bottom.
    • In the subsequent screen click “Browse Server”.
    • On the subsequent screen you will see the files and folders of your Sakai course. Select the file that is associated with the title from the appropriate folder and click “OK”.
    • When finishing, click “Continue”. In the subsequent screen, enter a descriptive title, such as “CHM 341 Course Materials”. In the screen, you have the choice of making it ‘public’, ‘hiding’ the file, when to make it visible, etc. Then click Finish.
    • In order to Make a Web Link you must first find out the name of the file by selecting “Edit Details from the “Actions” menu of the file. Copy the “Web Address URL” from the subsequent screen. It will be a long set of characters.
    • Select the “Web Content” tool from the left pane. If it is not there, go to “Edit Tools” from “Site Info” to add the Web Content tool. You may add multiple Web Content tools.
    • Enter the “Tool Title” and “Page Title” and then paste the URL you copied in the above step to the “URL” field and click “Update Options”.
    • You can move this item to the top part of the left pane by selecting “Page Order” from the Site Info and drag this item to the position you want it.

Sakai Knowledge Base Files on the Sakai Resources Tool


Sakai Resources Tool Changes Coming in Sakai 10

  • Drag-and-drop files from user desktop to Sakai Resources.
  • Drag-and-drop folders to Resources with Chrome browser.
  • Resources Contents page can be printed.
  • Ability to hide a folder while allowing access to files inside it (folder hidden, but URL works for "publicly viewable" files).
  • Create new Web Content Tool links from items in Resources.

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