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This page contains information pertaining to the student/access role in OWL.
For assistance with OWL, please contact the ITS Support Centre between 8:30 and 4:30, Monday to Friday:
- Contact the ITS Support Centre by phone at 519-661-3800, or
- Drop in at Support Services Building in the ITS Help Desk, just inside the main doors and to the right.
- Other options for contacting ITS Support are available here: http://www.uwo.ca/its/helpdesk/
- Technical Support for OWL is the responsibility of ITS. Please see the Getting Help page for help and support options: https://owl.uwo.ca/x/J5g6o4
To join a course or project site:
- In "My Workspace", click Membership.
- 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.
- To search for a particular site or group of sites:
- Enter your search terms in the Search box.
- Click Search.
- Click Join to join the site for which you were searching.
- 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
- Inside the site, click on the Join Site tool
- On this screen, click the Join this site button.
- You are now a member in the site with a role that the instructor or maintainer has chosen.
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 (https://student.uwo.ca/) or directly through the Registrar's office or a departmental advisor.
To unjoin a course or project site:
- In "My Workspace", click Membership.
- 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.
- In your "My Workspace" page, click Worksite setup on the left hand side of screen
- Click the New link near the top of the screen
- Select project site and click Continue, enter a title and some quick text about the site (you can edit this later), and click Continue
- Select any tools you want to include in the course (you can edit these later).
- Select whether to Publish your site or leave as draft.
- Set Site visibility to Private and Global Access to Limited
- Click Create Site
Join a set in a course or project site that you are already enrolled in.
- In the course site that you are required to join a group, navigate to Site Info located on the left.
- Click on drop down menu Groups you can Join
- 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 Members
Your instructor or project leader may set up assignments for you to complete and submit online. To work on an assignment:
- Open the appropriate site.
- Click on Assignments.
- Click the name of the assignment to open it.
- 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.
- 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.
- To see how your assignment will look to your instructor or project leader, click Preview.
- 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.
- 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.
- The file size may not exceed 20 MB. Files of larger size may be reduced in size by removal of non-text content.
- Files that are password protected, encrypted, hidden, system files, or read only files cannot be uploaded or submitted to Turnitin.
- Text only files may not exceed 2 MB.
- Students will receive a digital receipt containing a paper id both on screen and in e-mail for every successful submission. If the student does not receive a digital receipt for a submission, the submission was not successful.
- In the file upload method of submission step 8 is critical. If the student does not click the final "submit" the file will not be submitted.
- Turnitin currently accepts the following file types for submission: MS Word (.doc), WordPerfect (.wpd), PostScript (.eps), Portable Document Format (.pdf), HTML (.htm), Rich Text (.rtf) and Plain Text (.txt).
- All files submitted to Turnitin must be text based. Papers which have been scanned must be sent through Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software before they can be submitted to Turnitin.
- Turnitin will automatically exclude papers submitted to the class under the same author's name from the Originality Report for a paper. This automatic exclusion is based first on the author's e-mail address then on the author's name. This means even if the authors' of two papers in the class have the same name (i.e. John Doe and John Doe) the system will not exclude the papers from one another's Originality Reports if different e-mail addresses are used ( i.e. JDoe@turnitin.com and JDoe@iparadigms.com).
- Only one file per student can exist for each assignment. Students who would like to submit multiple papers will need to either submit to multiple assignments or combine the papers into one file for submission.
If your instructor asks you to post in a forum topic:
- Open the appropriate site.
- Click on Forums.
- Click the name of the topic to open it.
- Click Start a New Conversation at the top.
- 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.
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.