NEW! How to: Create a New Sakai Course Site Using a Template

This article is intended to help faculty create a new course site in Sakai from a template.


This article is intended for faculty. 


Sakai 12

About Sakai Course Templates

A Sakai course site is the official worksite for a particular academic course and is integrated with Homer student registration system.  New in Sakai 12 is the ability to speed up the site creation process by choosing a template with a pre-defined set of tools and/or content.  The instructor can always add and remove tools after the site is created.

Log into Sakai

  1. In a web browser, navigate to
  2. In the top right hand corner, click on "Ithaca Login"
  3. Enter your Ithaca College Netpass user name and password and click "Login."

Create a Course Site from a Template

  1. In the top right hand corner click on the "Sites" button, then on the "Create New Site" button.

Image with Sites link and create new site link.

On the Worksite Setup - Create Site screen you will have the following two choices:

  • Build your own site (For experienced users who want to add their own tools). 
  • NEW! Create site from template (Allows instructors to choose one of four templates to get up and running more quickly.  There is always the option to customize your tools later.) 
  1. Select the option, "Create site from template".
  2. Click on the gray course bar to expand the template options.
    1. Template -Minimal Course Site
    2. Template -Standard Course site
    3. Template - Course site with Library tools
    4. Template - Online Course Site

You can start with any template an add or remove tools later.

template options in sakai

  1. Choose the template that best meets your needs.
  2. Select the current Term.  Keep the default boxes checked.
  3. Click "Go to roster selection."

  1. In the Worksite setup - Course Information screen check the rosters that you would like to be enrolled in this course site.  * Checking multiple rosters will combine them into one course site.
  2. Click "Create site from template".

  1. Check your site:  Your site should appear under your Sites menu. When you click "Site Info" you should see all the students associated with the roster.  

If you see too many rosters in the site, don't worry, you can add and remove rosters using the Site Info > Edit Class Rosters option.


For More Information or Help

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