Course websites are used for posting handouts, announcements, links to websites of interest, images, and other items. They can also incorporate discussions and other interactive elements. There are many ways to create a web presence for a course. The choice depends on technical requirements, privacy concerns, level of instructor involvement, and other factors. Your choice will probably yield only two of the following: easy to build, pretty, inexpensive, and does everything.
Tools you can use
- Sakai – course sites are automatically created for all classes, with daily updates through the Registrar. The “Power Tools” (grade book, tests & quizzes, and assignments) offer capabilities that are hard to beat.
- sites.nd.edu – create a site with a static page as its home, then use the post feature for recent news. The WordPress platform is often used as the basis for websites. It’s easier than writing code, and you can quickly change the design.
- Library Guides (LibGuides) – you can work with a subject librarian to create a rich set of resources with multimedia content plus direct links to books, articles, and reference materials. Here’s an example.
- Google Sites – connects nicely with Google Apps and Google Drive.
At Notre Dame
- Sakai -support contact: OIT Help Desk (631-8111) email@example.com
- Consultation regarding tools and strategies to promote effective learning
[updated August 2018]