Student Information

Managing Sites

Joining a Site

To join a course or project site:

  1. In "My Workspace", click Membership.
  2. Click Joinable Sites to see a list of all the available sites that you haven't joined. If you'd like to join any of them, click JoinThe list is sorted by name, but the search box found at the top right will allow searching for a specific course.
  3. To search for a particular site or group of sites:
    1. Enter your search terms in the Search box.
    2. Click Search.
    3. Click Join to join the site for which you were searching.
    4. After you click Join, the course you have just joined will no longer be listed; however, you will see the site that you have just joined if you click My Current Sites at the top of the page.

It is possible to join a course or project site that is not public: To do this, you must be provided with a direct link to a site in which the Join Site tool has been added

  1. Inside the site, click on the Join Site tool
  2. On this screen, click the Join this site button.
  3. You are now a member in the site with a role that the instructor or maintainer has chosen.

Unjoining a Site

Only sites that are not associated with the Western University course calendar can be unjoined in Sakai. Students who want to leave a formal Western University course will have to do so from the student center (external link: or directly through the Registrar's office or a departmental advisor.

To unjoin a course or project site:

  1. In "My Workspace", click Membership.
  2. Under "My Current Sites", you'll see a list of all the sites to which you belong. This includes sites that you have joined as well as sites that you have been added to as a participant. If you'd like to unjoin any of these sites, check their corresponding checkboxes and then click the Unjoin button.

Creating a Project Site

  1. In your "My Workspace" page, click Worksite setup on the left hand side of screen
  2. Click the New link near the top of the screen
  3. Select project site and click Continue, enter a title and some quick text about the site (you can edit this later), and click Continue
  4. Select any tools you want to include in the course (you can edit these later).
  5. Select whether to Publish your site or leave as draft.
  6. Set Site visibility to Private and Global Access to Limited
  7. Click Create Site

Joining a Set

Join a set in a course or project site that you are already enrolled in.

  1. In the course site that you are required to join a group, navigate to Site Info located on the left.
  2. Click on drop down menu Groups you can Joinjoinsetstudent01-a.png
  3. Click on the Join button next to the group you want to join.

You may have the option to view the current members of each group under the column named Membersjoinsetstudent02-a.png


Completing and Submitting

Your instructor or project leader may set up assignments for you to complete and submit online. To work on an assignment:

  1. Open the appropriate site.
  2. Click on Assignments.
  3. Click the name of the assignment to open it.
  4. To work on the assignment, follow the instructions from your instructor or project leader. You may need to type within the text box, or add an attachment, or both.
  5. To add an attachment, click Browse to find and select the file on your computer (maximum 5 attachments by this method), or click or select files from workspace or site; see Options for adding attachments.
  6. To see how your assignment will look to your instructor or project leader, click Preview.
  7. To save your assignment to complete later, click Save Draft at the bottom of the screen. When you want to reopen it, you'll find it listed in the assignment list with a status of "In progress".While your assignment is saved as a draft, your instructor cannot see it. For your instructor to see it, you must submit the assignment.
  8. When you have finished, click Submit at the bottom of the screen.Don't click Submit until you're certain you're finished with an assignment. Once you click Submit, you'll no longer be able to access the assignment (e.g., to add more text or attachments) unless your instructor returns it to you.

You will receive an email message confirming your submission. If you do not receive a confirmation, check to see if you've successfully submitted the assignment.

Working with Turnitin


Posting in a Forum

If your instructor asks you to post in a forum topic:

  1. Open the appropriate site.
  2. Click on Forums.
  3. Click the name of the topic to open it.
  4. Click Start a New Conversation at the top.
  5. You will be taken to a page where you can compose your post in the Rich-Text Editor. When you have completed your message, Click Post at the bottom of the page.


studentinformation03-a.png Some professors may not allow students permission to edit or delete posts, so make sure you have carefully edited your message before posting. It is recommended to work in a Word or Notepad document and then copy over your message content if your post is long to avoid losing your work if an Internet outage occurs.