No matter what you plan to study or the type of class you prefer, technology is an integral part of education. These guides and tutorials are here to introduce you to the various tools and services available for students.

If you would like a guide for a specific topic that’s not listed, please contact the Teaching and Learning Center and ask. We are here to help!

Sakai

Sakai is Northwest State’s learning management system for all online, hybrid, and web-enhanced classes. Sakai is also used for the online Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) sessions, various campus groups & organizations, and other types of testing.

Students can access Sakai through their MyNSCC academics tab or by going directly to http://sakai.northweststate.edu. Students and instructors log in to Sakai with their ID (N-number) and PIN.

  • Download the Sakai printable student guide. This reference includes how to navigate Sakai and use the most common tools within an online course.
  • My Workspace Video – Learn about the tools and options available on your My Workspace page in Sakai. Everyone has access to My Workspace, even if you don’t have any classes in Sakai.
  • Sample Course Video – View video clips showing the most common tools in an online course, including assignments, tests & quizzes, messages, forums, and more. You can use the menu at the left to jump to a specific tool, or simply click “next” after each to view them all.

File Types for Assignments
To ensure that instructors are able to open and grade assignment submissions, Northwest State requests that all files submitted within Sakai be in Microsoft Office format, unless the instructor specifically requests otherwise. If you are unable to save your assignment in this format, your instructor may also accept Rich Text (.rtf) or PDF files. Other formats, such as Google Documents or Apple Pages, will not be accepted unless your instructor specifically requests that format.

If you use Google Drive or Apple Pages to compose your assignments, you must save the files in a different format before submitting them.

Convert Google Doc Files
Convert Apple Pages Files

TurnItIn.com

For writing-intensive classes, instructors may require students to submit their paper(s) to TurnItIn.com to identify and prevent plagiarism. TurnItIn.com compares student papers to submissions from colleges across the country, websites, journal articles, and more.

Instructors may use the TurnItIn integration with Sakai to automatically generate a TII originality report from your uploaded assignments. In other classes, you may have to create a TII account and manually submit your paper to receive the originality report. In these classes, instructors will provide you with the TurnItIn course ID.

E-Portfolio

Students are required to complete the e-Portfolio prior to graduation. The portfolio contains papers from a range of classes and is used to help NSCC instructors determine how well we are doing in helping you become a better writer. The e-Portfolio is accessible from your myNSCC account.

The e-Portfolio includes papers from

  • Composition I (ENG-111)
  • Composition II (ENG-112)
  • Humanities course
  • Social sciences course
  • Late program course
  • Technical course
  • Other as required by major

The papers submitted to e-Portfolio must be Word documents (.doc or .docx) only. PDF files or other formats cannot be accepted.

Download a printable guide to the ePortfolio

View a video guide to the e-Portfolio

Accessing Student Files From Off Campus

Many classes, especially technical computer classes, require you to complete assignments using files provided by your instructor or textbook.

In the campus computer labs, you can access the files for your classes by going to the Q: drive on the computers, then locating the folder for your class. These files include assignment templates, instructor-provided resources and other required files. If you are working from off-campus, you can still access these files.

You will need to log in to your myNSCC account to access the instructions for downloading these files from home. Once you log in, look in the left column of the academics tab. Go to the specified site and log in with the username and password provided to access the files.

Once you are logged in to the student files site, you can navigate to the files you need. Click on each file to open or download it. If you select open, remember to use “save as” to save a copy to your computer, otherwise any changes you make will be lost when you close the file.