What are course sites?

A course site is the official worksite for a particular academic course and is linked to LOCUS to automatically populate its roster.

Course sites contain a selection of tools and resources provided by the instructor so that students may access course materials, interact with other site participants, and submit work.

Default participant roles for course sites.

The default participant roles in a course site are:

  • Instructor: Instructors have full permissions throughout the site, including the ability to publish the site and set its global access. Instructors can read, revise, delete, and add both content and participants to a site in all tools. Instructors have full grading privileges for all tools with grading capabilities, e.g. Assignments, Forums, Gradebook, Lessons, and Tests & Quizzes. Instructors have full access to all communication tools, both synchronous and asynchronous.
  • Student: Students can read content, and add content to a site where appropriate, e.g., submit assignments, post to asynchronous and synchronous tools.
  • Teaching Assistant (TA): Teaching Assistants can read, add, and revise and delete content in most tools. Additionally, TAs can grade in tools with capability, e.g. Assignments, Forums, Gradebook, Lesson, and Tests & Quizzes. They can communicate with students through common communication tools, e.g., Announcements, Email, and Messages.
  • Course Builder (CB): Course builders can read, add, and revise, and delete most content but are unable to post/publish tests in Tests & Quizzes or grade in any tool with that capability, e.g., Assignments, Forums, Lessons, and Tests and Quizzes. Nor can Course Builders access the Gradebook. They can communicate with students through common communication tools, e.g., Announcements, Email and Messages.
  • Tutor: Tutors can read content and add content within certain tools without access to any grades or graded items. They can communicate with course participants through Email and Messages and can create a blog to to add material to assist students.

Participant enrollment in course sites.

  • Instructor & Student: Enrollment  in the course in LOCUS will automatically trigger enrollment in the corresponding course shell in Sakai. All instructor and student enrollment must be completed through LOCUS. Registration changes (add/changes/drops) in LOCUS are usually reflected in Sakai approximately 24 hours later.
  • Teaching Assistant: May either be enrolled through LOCUS by the department/school or by the instructor of record of the course placing a request with the Sakai support team.

Since Teaching Assistants have access to student grades within the course, the role may not be given to undergraduate students nor to a graduate student who is already enrolled in the course.

  • Course Builder: May be enrolled by the instructor of record for the course by placing a request with the Sakai support team.
  • Tutor: May be enrolled by the instructor of record for the course by placing a request with the Sakai support team.
  • Librarian: May be enrolled by the instructor of record for the course by placing a request with the Sakai support team.

Place an enrollment request.

To have a participant enrolled in your course in the role of Teaching Assistant, Course Builder, Librarian, or Tutor please contact the Sakai support team at helpdesk@luc.edu and include:

  • User's first and last name
  • User's UVID
  • Course ID (including section and semester)
  • Desired role within the course