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What are Trunk Course sites?

Trunk course sites are created in advance of each semester via a feed of course, instructor and student registration information from SIS. This feed is updated daily until the end of the semester. Trunk course sites are created for academic courses in:

  • School of Arts and Sciences
  • Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Engineering
  • The Fletcher School
  • Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy
  • Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service
  • The School of Medicine: Public Health and Professional Degree Programs
  • The Sackler School of Graduate Biomedical Sciences
  • The Graduate Programs in the Dental School
  • Museum of Fine Arts: Department of Visual and Critical Studies

Anyone listed on the SIS class list as an Instructor of Record for a course has their Tufts account automatically added to the Trunk course site with Instructor access.

  1. Anyone listed on the SIS class list an an officially registered student has their Tufts account automatically added to the Trunk course site with Student access.

Trunk demonstration Course site:

A Trunk Course site consists of the following navigation and display elements:

  1. The Tool Menu on the left
  2. Site Information display
  3. Site Recent Announcements
  4. Site Calendar
  5. Site Unread Messages
  6. Portal Chat

1 - Tools Menu.

All Trunk Course sites have a default selection of frequently used tools. However, instructors can add (or remove) tools from their course site via the Site Editor / Edit tools (See "How do I add or remove tools on my Course/Project site?"

All Trunk course sites have access to the following tools:

(General Tools)

  • Home: Opening course site page.
  • Search:  Use Search to look for content within or across sites in which you're a member (This tool is currently not working).

(Content Tools)

  • Drop Box: Use Drop Box to exchange documents with an instructor in a personal, individualized folder.
  • Glossary: Use Glossary to provide contextual definitions of terms used in your site
  • Lessons Builder: For creating content modules and sequences; can be organized by week or unit
  • News: Use News to display a dynamic news source to site participants.
  • Resources: Use Resources to post, store and organize material of use to site participants.
  • Syllabus: Use Syllabus to create a unit-based outline of your course.
  • Media Gallery: Use Media Gallery to post videos, audio and images and stream them to your students.

Communications Tools)

  • Announcements: Use Announcements to distribute information and send out notification about activities or events relevant to your site.
  • Calendar: Use calendar to post information about activities and events of interest to your site participants.
  • Chat Room: Use Chat to engage in real-time, unstructured conversations with your site members.
  • Forums: Use Forums to post discussion topics or respond to discussion threads.
  • Piazza: For students to ask and answer questions under the guidance of their instructor. - also a discussion board
  • Sign-Up: A tool that allows users to organize office hours, review sessions, study groups and similar activities.

(Emailing Tools)

  • Email Archive: Use Email Archive to see a list of messages that have been sent to your site.
  • Mailtool: Use Mailtool to send email messages to site participants, groups, individuals and external users.
  • Messages: Use Messages to post private messages and send email to site participants.

(Assessment and Interactive Tools)

  • Assignments: Use to create and submit text-based assignments.
  • Feedback: Use Feedback to provide targeted feedback on assignments to site participants.
  • Gradebook2: Use Gradebook2 to calculate, store and distribute grade information to students.
  • i>clicker: Trunk i>clicker Plugin - integrates Sakai and i>clicker products
  • Polls: Use Polls to take a quick poll of users on your site.
  • Tests & Quizzes: Use Tests & Quizzes to create, edit and manage online assessments and to set up automatic feedback and grading options.

(Site Maintenance Tools)

  • Roster: Use Site Roster to view a list of participants in your site.
  • Sections: Use Sections to create and manage sections in your course.
  • Site Editor: Use Site Editor to edit and manage your site.
  • Site Statistics: Use Site Statistics to view statistics on your site by user, event or resource.

1A - Collapsing/Expanding the Tool Menu:

1A - Collapsing/Expanding the Tool Menu:

You may expand and collapse the Tool Menu by clicking on the arrow tab in the upper right portion of the menu. When the menu is collapsed, the menu links are represented by their associated icons.

2 - Site Information Display:

2 - Site Information Display:

The Site information displays allows instructors to post general information about the course site. Often this includes an image or course banner.

To Edit a Course Site Info Display, click the Edit icon in the upper right corner of the panel.

To Edit a Course Site Info Display, click the Edit icon in the upper right corner of the panel.

This displays the Site Info edit panel. The Edit panel contains a Rich Text Editor for formatting text and adding links, images, audio and video. For directions on adding an image to a Site Information panel see "How do I add a banner image to a Site Information Panel?"

3 - Recent Announcements:

3 - Recent Announcements:

The Announcements panel displays the site's recent announcements. The site's Announcement tool in the Tools Menu contains all of the site's announcements.  To add an Announcement to the site see "How do I add an Announcement?)

To edit the display of Site Announcements, click Options.

To edit the display of Site Announcements, click Options.

This displays the edit announcements display options. Click Update when finished editing.

4 - Calendar:

4 - Calendar:

The Calendar panel displays the site's monthly calendar events. The site's Calendar tool in the Tools Menu contains all of the site's calendar events.  To add a Calendar event to the site see "How do I add an event to a Calendar?"

To edit the display of the Site Calendar, click Options.

To edit the display of the Site Calendar, click Options.

This displays the Calendar display options.  When finished editing, click Upate.

5 - Unread Messages and Forums:

5 - Unread Messages and Forums:

The Unread Messages and Forums panel alerts all site users to any unread Forum posts or any unread messages in the site's Message tool. Click on the number to display the Forums tool or the Messages tool.

6 - Portal Chat:

6 - Portal Chat:

The Portal Chat tool allows real-time synchronous text communication between 2 Trunk users. It is a type of internal instant messaging.

Users can chat with:

  • Anyone on their Profile2 "Connections" that are currently logged into Trunk
  • Anyone currently logged into the same Trunk course or project site.

The Portal Chat is accessed via a small "Chat" tab located at the bottom right of the Trunk display. If any of a user's Profile2 Connections are logged into Trunk or if anyone else is currently logged into the same Trunk course or project site, a number appears on the Chat tab indicating the number of users available for chat. Clicking on the Chat tab and then the user's name initiates the chat.