Trunk Student Guide

What is Trunk?

Trunk is an online environment designed to facilitate teaching, learning, and assessment at Tufts. It is used by the Schools of Arts &Sciences, Fletcher, Nutrition and Public Health. Trunk enables the sharing of knowledge and models of collaboration within and across disciplines.

Trunk is powered by Sakai, an open source collaboration and learning environment that has been developed by the educational community. Sakai is used at over 350 schools around the world to support teaching, learning and scholarly activity both inside and outside the classroom. Trunk is the version of Sakai that has been configured and customized to meet Tufts University’s diverse needs.

There are 3 different types of Trunk sites: My Workspace, Course, Project

  • My Workspace displays the Message of the Day posted by the Trunk Support team, as well as course announcements, calendar, and message notifications. You will also see links to account utilities, enrolled courses, and other system-wide resources.
  • 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. If you are officially registered for a Tufts course, you account is automatically added to the trunk course site.
  • Trunk Project Sites are designed to facilitate online collaboration. They may be used to support a variety of activities such as  students working on class projects. All Tufts University account holders (students, faculty and staff) can create their own Trunk Project sites at any time and add participant accounts (either inside or outside of the University) to the site.

What Browsers are Supported?

The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari are approved and supported browsers for Trunk. Your computer must accept "cookies" and it cannot be located behind an Internet firewall.

Some browsers will not readily accept links to outside insecure links (http instead of https).

Third-party add-ons or applications installed on your browser may interfere with the display of Trunk pages. If you encounter display problems you might try logging into Trunk with a different browser.

For further details see: "Which Internet browsers are supported by Trunk?"

How do I log into Trunk?

How do I log into Trunk?

Trunk uses your official Tufts University username and password for login.

The Tufts account is used for a wide variety of Tufts services including Tufts e-mail, Trunk, Tusk, WebEx, Human Resources, Tisch and Ginn Library Services, SIS, Tufts Research Cluster and many other Tufts University services and public computers.

You are required to change your Tufts University password every 180 days.

If you Tufts Username/Password does not work, click on the "Can't Login?" link and follow the directions to reset or retrieve your Tufts University account information.

For further details see: "What is my Tufts Username and Password?"

What is My Workspace?

What is My Workspace?

When you log in to Trunk, you will immediately see My Workspace, your individual workspace in the system.

My Workspace displays the Message of the Day posted by the Trunk Support team, as well as course announcements, calendar, and message notifications. You will also see links to account utilities, enrolled courses, and other system-wide resources.  

The tools in My Workspace allow you to view all your calendar events and announcements, to store, organize and manage a collection of resources, access student evaluation forms and to maintain a personal profile and specify settings valid on all your sites.

For further details see: "What is My Workspace?"

Where are my Course sites?

Where are my Course sites?

All student accounts are added to Trunk academic course sites via a daily feed of registered student information from SIS.

Instructors can manually add a student to their Trunk course site with "Student-Non-Registered" access. When/if the student is officially registered, the access will automatically change to "Student" access.

In order to have a student account on a Trunk course site, you must be officially registered for the course in SIS. If you have recently registered for the course, your Tufts account should appear on the site within 24 hours.

Links to Trunk courses are located under the "More Sites" button.

For further details see: "Where is my Course Site (Student)?

Why aren't all of my courses listed?

If you are officially registered for a course, but you do not have a link under the "More Sites" button, it may be that the instructor has not published their course site.

If the instructor has not published their course site, you will not have a link to the site under the "More Sites" button.

How do I access Fletcher course sites during the "shopping period"?

How do I access Fletcher course sites during the "shopping period"?

During the Fletcher School "shopping period", all Fletcher students can access any Fletcher School course site by clicking on the "Fletcher Shopping Period" link located under their "More Sites" button.

This displays the Fletcher Shopping Period Trunk site. Click on the left toolbar links to DHP, EIB or ILO and then click the link to the specific course site.

Where is the course Syllabus?

Where is the course Syllabus?

Many instructors publish their course syllabus under the Syllabus tool. Some, however, post the course syllabus under Resources.

How do I navigate the Resources tool?

How do I navigate the Resources tool?

Never use the browser back button.

  • The Reset tool button will return the Resources tool to the opening page with all folders collapsed
  • The Expand/Collapse button will expand (or collapse if expanded) al of the Resource folders
  • The Expand Folder button (+) will expand an individual folder
  • The Collapse Folder button (-) will collapse an individual folder
  • Clicking on the name of the folder will isolate that folder and it contents on a new page

For further details see: "How do I navigate the Resources tool?"

How do I download Resources?

How do I download Resources?

To download a resource, click on the name of the resource file.

Note:

In order to display a file downloaded from Resources you must have an application on your computer to open and read the file. For instance, to open a MS Word document, you must have Word installed on your computer

Files may, or may not, appear to open in Trunk when clicked. This is dependent on your browser settings. If you browser is set up (in your browser's preferences) to automatically open the application and display the contents of the document, it will. If you do not have an application to display the document OR if your browser is not set up to automatically open the document in an application you may only be able to download the file to your computer. You can then manually open the application and open the file from there.

Right clicking (or CTRL-Clicking) on a file link will always allow you to download the file to your computer.

How to I download Multiple Resources?

How to I download Multiple Resources?

Click on the Upload-Download Multiple Resources for directions on how to download multiple resources at  a single time. Depending on your specific operating system version, you may find one method performs better than another.

For further details see: "How do I upload/download multiple resources?"

What is the Lessons tool?

What is the Lessons tool?

Some instructors may use the Lessons tool rather than the Resources tool to distribute course content.

The Lessons tool (which the instructor might rename) allows the instructor to deliver content, link, assignments, quizes, discussion forums and comments is a discrete module.

For further details see: "What is the Lessons Builder tool?"

How do I email my instructor or other members of my class in Trunk?

How do I email my instructor or other members of my class in Trunk?

Some instructors employ the Messages tool which allows all users to compose and send messages by both email and internally to other site members.

For further details see: "How do I compose and send an email?"

How do I submit an Assignment to the Assignment tool?

How do I submit an Assignment to the Assignment tool?

To submit an assignment in the assignment tool, click on the Assignment tool / Assignment Name and follow the directions for submitting the assignment.

For further details see: "How does a student submit an assignment?"

How do I know if my Assignment was submitted correctly?

How do I know if my Assignment was submitted correctly?

When you submit an assignment, a confirmation page is displayed along with an assignment confirmation number.  An email is also sent to your Tufts University email address confirming your Assignment submission.

For further details see: "How is a student's submitted assignment confirmed?"

How do I start a Discussion Forum conversation?

How do I start a Discussion Forum conversation?

To respond to a Forum topic, click on the Topic Name then click "Start a New Conversation".

For further details see: "How do I respond to a Forum Topic?"

How do I take a Trunk quiz or exam?

How do I take a Trunk quiz or exam?

Note: When taking an assessment in Trunk NEVER click on the browser "back" button. Doing so, will exit you from the assessment.

For further details see: "How do I take an assessment (Student)?" and "Tips on taking a Test/Quiz in Trunk"

How do I set my Trunk Preferences?

How do I set my Trunk Preferences?

You can set the display of Quick links, active and archived sites, notifications, time zone, language and privacy by clicking on the "Preferences" button on your My Workspace site.

For more detailed information see: "What is the Preference Tool?"

How do I set my Trunk Profile and image?

How do I set my Trunk Profile and image?

You can upload a profile image, make connections with other students and set profile privacy preferences by clicking on the "Profile" tool on your My Workspace site.

For more detailed information see: "What is the Profile tool?"

How do I see my grades in Trunk?

How do I see my grades in Trunk?

Some instructors use the Gradebook2 tool to display student grades.

How do I access course evaluations in Trunk?

How do I access course evaluations in Trunk?

Each School decides on their own questions and the open and close dates for the evaluations.

Students receive a series of email reminders about the availability of the course evaluations.  These email reminders are sent to the student’s Tufts University email address.

To access your evaluation forms click on the "Course Evaluations" button on your My Workspace site.

For detailed information see: "How do I access my course evaluation forms (Student)?"

How long will my courses stay in Trunk?

Unless the instructor has "unpublished" the course site, you should be able to access all of your Trunk course sites throughout your Tufts academic career.

How do I create a Project site?

How do I create a Project site?

All Tufts University account holders (students, faculty and staff) can create their own Trunk Project sites at any time and add participant accounts (either inside or outside of the University) to the site by clicking on the "Site Setup" button on their My Workspace site.

For detailed information see: "How do I create a Project site?"