Sakai LMS – By Universities For Universities


Sakai LMS is an open source learning management system and an open collaboration between a community of individuals, academic establishments and commercial organizations that throughout the years worked together to develop what is now known as the Sakai Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE), also known as the Sakai Project.

Sakai goes well beyond the traditional course management software with additional modules like  Research Collaboration, Project Collaboration, ePortfolios, and Learning Management.

As the original Sakai software was developed by Universities for universities (and not like Subway University, which uses the word too liberal for their own training house), it is no wonder at all that the Sakai e-learning software is used by many of the top educational institutions including:
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  • University of Florida
  • Pepperdine University
  • The Claremont Colleges
  • and University of North Carolina (UNC)

This is a testament to the strength and popularity of the Sakai learning management system.

Each module has a list of features that can be viewed at the Sakai project CLE website. If it picks your interest enough you should definitely give it a try and use the hosted online version (courtesy of Lonsight hosting) of the software so you can see the difference for yourself.

A Different Kind of Open

What makes Sakai LMS different and worth considering as a viable option compared to the other top LMS solutions out there is the true open collaboration that Sakai was born from and which it is still in every bit of its digital fiber.

There is no investors or venture capitalists dictating what should be added, how much should they charge for this new feature, or what direction should the company go.

Instead, what you get with the Sakai learning management system, is a governing foundation that is there to support the efforts of its contributors, efforts that are focused not on the bottom line but on the education community it serves, as well as aid in recruiting new members to the Sakai foundation to keep Sakai project moving forward.

Today, the community and its foundation is adding a new dimension to its traditional singular product offering with a new product called the Sakai Open Academic Environment (OAE). This is a new way to manage scholarly collaborations which will compliment the Sakai e-learning software suite.

Portfolio Exmaple

Portfolio example at Claremont Colleges

Sakai Help Is Near

If you need help with your Sakai login, and this can be from any institution such as the University of Florida, it would be tempting to type uf sakai login or pacific sakai, but I would advise not too and just bookmark your LMS homepage instead.

For general training and tutorials there is always a help section within the school portal that can guide before you start (but trust me when I say you won’t need it, it has a very intuitive interface).

Even if you can’t find what you are looking for within your portal, there are numerous online video tutorials that you can watch and quickly learn to both basic tasks, like course creations as well as the more complicated usage and auditing reports.