Trunk Tips Newsletter October 2012

What’s new in Trunk?

Trunk is now running on Sakai v.2.8.1! You now can:

  • drag-and-drop to reorder files and folders in the Resources tool
  • import and export more effectively in the Gradebook 2 tool
  • use improved email notification via the Announcements tool
  • more easily copy content (and links) from one Trunk course site to another

Three new tools are available in course and project sites:

  • Sign-up tool – for office hours scheduling
  • iClicker tool – for integration with iClicker use in the classroom
  • Drop Box tool – another tool for students to submit assignments

Tip 1: Copying or Moving Files and Folders

Folders and files in Resources can be copied or moved from one site to another site by an Instructor, TA or Course Builder in a Course site, an Organizer or Participant in a Project site or the Owner of a My Workspace site. When you copy a file or folder to another site, you are making a duplicate copy to post on the other site. When you move a file or folder, you are physically moving the file or folder from one location to another.

To copy or move a single folder or file from one site to another:

  1. Locate the site you are copying or moving files or folder to. From the Tools Menu, click Resources.
  2. At the base of the window, click Show other sites. This will display all of the folders in Resources from all the sites that you have permission to copy or move.
  3. Locate the file or folder in the list of other sites that you would like to copy or move. Note: Click the folder plus sign (+) to display the contents of the folders.
  4. To the right of the folder or file you want to copy or move, click the Actions button. Select Copy or Move.
  5. To the right of the folder you want the item pasted to, click the Actions button. To copy, select Paste Copied Items. To move, select Paste Moved Items.

To copy or move more than one file or folder at once:

  1. Check-off files or folders you want to copy or move.
  2. Click Copy or Move.

Tip 2: Hiding and Showing Folders

Files or folders in the Resources tool can be hidden or displayed by an instructor, TA or Course Builder on a Course site or an Organizer on a Project site.

To hide files or folders:

  1. Locate the site where you want to hide files or folders and from the Tools Menu, click Resources.
  2. To the right of the folder or file you would like to hide, click Actions and then select Edit Details.
  3. In the Availability and Access Section, select the Hide this folder and its contents (if it is a folder) or Hide this file (if it is a file).
  4. Click Update. The file or folder will appear in Resources as grayed-out and will not be visible to students or participants. Note: Hiding a folder will also hide all of the files listed in the folder.

Important Information on Blackboard Course Content

This is a final reminder that on October 15, 2012, all of the remaining accounts on the Blackboard server (with the exception of administrative accounts) will be removed from the user database and no instructors will be able to access any of their Blackboard site content.

Trunk support recommends that instructors download to their local computer an archive file for any Blackboard course site that has not been migrated to Trunk during the 2011-2012 academic year. You can find detailed information about archiving a Blackboard course site here.