Note: although WebCT has been shut down, the conversion tool can still get to data that used to be in WebCT, so it will still work.
We now have a program that will move the contents of a WebCT course to Sakai. We have tried it successfully with several real courses. The program is intended for faculty to use themselves. Click the link below to access the conversion tool:
If you would like assistance in moving your course moved from WebCT to Sakai, please notify email@example.com.
The conversion does three things:
Note that there is overlap between the last two items. That is, most of the same documents will show up in Resources and Modules if you use both approaches.
The difference is that "Modules" will attempt to preserve the structure of your organizer pages and content modules. In general, "Modules" is the best approach if you have organized lessons for students to go through, while "Resources" makes more sense if you have collections of documents that you expect students to browse. You should try both approaches and choose the one which works best for your course materials.
Your course will be partially set up, without student access (it is "unpublished" and does not have your rosters added to it); this is done in order to give you time to finish organizing your material before students can see them.
Courses will look different in Sakai. We will move the documents, images, etc, that you put into the course, and (in "Modules" at least) maintain the same structure of organizer pages. We do not copy or create discussions, chats or other items. To add these items, go to your new site in Sakai, click "Site Info" then "Edit Tools", place checkmarks next to as many of the tools as you would like to use, and click "Finish".
[For Fall 2008, "Modules" will have the ability to link to specific assignments, quizes and discussion topics in the middle of other content.]
Only you are authorized to add your roster. To do so, go to your course site in Sakai, click "Site Info" then "Edit Class Rosters" and "Add Rosters". You must have roster access, granted by your department chair, before you do this.
You must also publish your site to make it visible to students. Click "Manage Access" on the "Site Info" page to do this.
For tests and quizzes, we upload all of your questions into a question pool. We do not move specific tests. However once your questions are there, you can create a test and select questions from the pool.
There are two reasons for not copying individual tests:
We are not currently committing to anything other than content and tests. Thus we are not planning to move the contents of discussions, old assignments, etc. If this is a problem, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some manual fixups may be needed for content. We copy all documents to Resources including some that you may not want students to see and you must delete or hide these. The order in which pages appear in Modules or Resources may well not be right. You can easily re-order the items in either tool.
The primary limitations are in test questions.