Faculty overview of Digication integration with Sakai

Version: Kora Courses, October 4, 2023 or later

Permissions required: Faculty

To connect your Sakai course to Digication, first make sure that you are enrolled in the Sakai course as an instructor.  Only an instructor can initiate course connection with Digication. 

Add a Digication link to your course navigation

  • Go to your course and select “Site Info” (1). Then select “Manage Tools” (2).

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  • Scroll down and click “External Tools” (3) to expand the list of available tools.

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  • Locate the Digication tool and select the checkbox (4) next to it.

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  • Scroll down and click ”Continue” (5).

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  • You’ll be asked to confirm your site tool edits. Click “Finish” (6) to confirm and save.

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Then, click the Digication link to create the course connection to Digication. This link will take you to the dashboard of your Digication course.

New Digication user

If you do not yet have a Digication account, you will see one of two screens, depending on your school’s Sakai integration settings. 

If your school allows your Sakai integration to create new Digication accounts, you will be logged directly into Digication with your new account, and you will need to accept the terms and conditions to proceed. 

If your school has disabled account creation via your LMS integration, you will see the following message:  "You do not have a Digication account" (1).


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NOTE

  • In this case, you will need to contact your school’s administrators to obtain a Digication account.

Existing Digication user

If you already have a Digication account, you will be immediately logged into your account. If your school’s system settings allow it, the integration will create a course that has the same course information as your LMS course, and you will be taken to the home page (1) for your new Digication course.

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Assignments in Digication

The Assignments area in Digication is where you can provide instructions, prompts, and templates to your students.

When creating assignments for your students, the recommended workflow is:

  1. Create Digication assignments in Digication.
  2. Have your students access the Digication assignments and complete and submit their work in Digication.
  3. You can review student submissions directly in Digication. This grading area allows for grading, outcomes assessments, and comments on student submissions. Grades saved in Digication can be automatically posted in Sakai.
  • Click “Create New Assignment +” (1) to create a Digication assignment. 

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  • You’ll be taken to the Assignment creation screen (2), where you can add all the details of your assignment.

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Additional resources


Options to send grade to Sakai

  • Enable “Send Grade to Sakai” (1) in the assignment settings.
    • A grade column will be created in the Sakai gradebook when you save the first grade for the assignment.

Caution

  • Disabling “Everyone can view their own grade” in Digication does not automatically change grade visibility in Sakai. Please review your gradebook settings accordingly. 


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Grading assignments

  • To grade a Digication assignment, locate the assignment on your Digication dashboard and click “REVIEW SUBMISSIONS” (1).

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  • You’ll be taken to the first assignment submission. Click “GRADE” (2) to enter a grade. Click “SAVE” (3) to save the grade. 

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  • Once you’ve saved your grade, a HISTORY (4) link will appear. This provides a log of all grading activity for this submission.

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Grade sync to Sakai

If the assignment you are grading has the Sakai grade sync enabled, your grade should automatically be sent to Sakai after you save the grade. This may take a few seconds after you save the grade. 

  • You can confirm that the grade was sent to Sakai by clicking HISTORY (1).
  • If you see a red icon (2) after you save, the grade sync failed and you will need to retry to send the grade.

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  • To retry sending the grade, click the red icon (3) and click “RETRY” (4).

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  • You can also check the Gradebook (5) in Sakai to see that the grade has been sent.

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Please note that the grade sync is a one-way sync from Digication to Sakai. 

  • Any grade changes made and saved on the Digication assignment will be updated in the Sakai Grade area.
  • Any grade changes made in the Sakai Grades area will not be reflected in  Digication.

For more information about making changes to a Digication assignment that is connected to Sakai and troubleshooting the grade sync connection, please see “Advanced features: integration with Sakai”.

Roster management

When you connect your Sakai course to Digication, all members of your Sakai course will be imported into Digication. This will enroll all of the students who are in your Sakai course into your Digication course. 

  • You can review who is in your Digication course by clicking People.
  • After the initial connection is made, you can perform a manual import to update your roster from Sakai. To do a manual roster import, click People (1) and click “IMPORT ROSTERS” (2)

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  • Then, you can choose whether you want to “Enroll and drop users according to the LMS roster” (3)

If you enable this option, users will be dropped from the Digication if they are no longer enrolled in the Sakai course. 

You can also choose to include users who are manually enrolled or self-enrolled on the Digication side.

  • Click “SYNC” (4) to manually sync the roster from Sakai. The import process will begin and show when the sync is completed.

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Advanced options for Sakai integration

There are some additional advanced features available in the Sakai integration for Kora. These optional features are not necessary for basic LMS integration with Digication:

  • Checking Sakai connection.
  • Editing details of connected Digication assignments.
  • Troubleshooting grade sync.
  • Sakai student view.

For more information about advanced options, please see  “Advanced features: integration with Sakai".

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