Tips for 2012 Spring Courses

November 16, 2011

The shells for 2012 spring courses are now available in Trunk for faculty who want to begin working on them.  Faculty can locate their spring course sites by logging into Trunk, using their Tufts Username and Password, and going to their Quicklinks or MySites tab where they should be listed.

The spring course sites are empty and ready to have content added to them.  They are also unpublished, so no students will be able to see them until they are published by the instructor.  Faculty can follow the same recommended steps for developing spring course sites as was used for fall courses:

  • Decide if they want to move course content from Blackboard to their spring course site.  If faculty want help with migrating course content from Blackboard to Trunk, they must submit a request as soon as possible at:  http://go.tufts.edu/trunkmigration
  • Copy course content from another Trunk site to the new course site.
  • Attend a Trunk workshop.  Getting Started with Trunk and Advanced Workshops are now being held on ongoing basis as well as Open Lab sessions. You can register for a workshop here: http://go.tufts.edu/trunkworkshops.
  • Visit the Trunk Support Site at http://sites.tufts.edu/trunksupport to get lots of useful information on Trunk.

Tip 1: Copy Course Content

Some instructors may wish to copy some or all of their course site content from one course site to another course site (for instance, from a fall Trunk course site to a spring Trunk course site).

To copy the content from one course site to another course site:

  1. Go to the NEW course site.
  2. Click Site Editor / Import from Site.
  3. Click I Would LikeTo Replace My Data or I Would like to Merge My Data (read the description of each action).
  4. Select the course site from which you would like to Replace or Merge your content.
  5. Click Continue.
  6. Select the content you would like to Replace or Merge into the new course site.
  7. Click Finish. The selected content from the old site should now Replace or Merge with the new course site.
  8. Note: You must have either Instructor, TA or Course Builder access to both course sites to copy content from one course site to another course site.

Tip 2: Editing Quicklinks

By default, only 4 of your Trunk course or project site links appear in the “Quicklinks” menu at the top of the Trunk display. You can add additional Quicklinks to this menu and you can arrange the order of the Quicklink display.

To add additional Quicklinks:

  1. Go to your My Workspace site and click Preferences (or click Edit to the right of the Quicklinks list).
  2. In the “My Active Sites” box under “Tabs Displayed” set the number of Quicklinks you would like to display.
  3. Click Update Preferences.
  4. Click Home (top of the left navigation panel). Your set number of Quicklinks should now be displayed at the top of the Trunk display.

To arrange the Quicklink order:

  1. Go to your My Workspace site and click Preferences (or click Edit to the right of the Quicklinks list).
  2. Select any of the site links listed in the “My Active Sites” box
  3. Use the up and down arrow button to the left to move the selected link up or down in the order.
  4. Click Update Preferences.
  5. Click Home (top of the left navigation panel). Your Quicklinks should now be displayed in the order you have set.

Tip 3: Hiding Course Site Links

All users can hide links to course (or project) sites that they do not wish to display.

To hide course site links:

  1. Go to your My Workspace site and click Preferences.
  2. Select any of the site links listed in the “My Active Sites” box that you would like to hide.
  3. Click on the right arrow button to move the select site link from the “My Active Sites” box to the “My Hidden Sites” box.
  4. Click Update Preferences.
  5. Click Home (top of the left navigation panel). The selected sites are now hidden from both the Quicklinks menu and the My Sites list of site links.
  6. Note: You can reverse the process anytime and “unhide” a site link by selecting the link in the “My Hidden Sites” box and moving it to the “My Active Sites” box.