Advantages of Sakai 11

Discover Sakai 11

Sakai is an open source learning management system that provides a flexible and feature-rich environment for teaching, learning, research, and other collaboration. Sakai 11 features a new responsive interface (Morpheus) with multiple enhancements including a new favorites option. Sakai 11 contains a new Gradebook that allows faculty to grade in a spreadsheet model; a PA system tool that sends administrative alerts in real time to the users connected in Sakai instance; a new Feedback tool for user support; Mathematical Notation; Lessons Tool; Assessments; and other tools improvements. Infrastructure, security, and performance improvements are also included. Extensive documentation is maintained and continuously updated. The Apereo community guarantees the quality of the software through rigorous testing and the application of close to 2,000 fixes. 

Wherever an institution or organization is on their journey toward implementing Sakai, Unicon’s services for Sakai can meet their needs.

About Sakai 11

Sakai 11 Feature Set


Check out the variety of tools that help institutions engage with their students in Sakai 11 by clicking the arrows below.

  • Teaching and Learning

    New Gradebook Tool
    The Sakai 11 Gradebook is centered around a new spreadsheet-style interface, providing a faster and more comfortable experience. Fully compatible with legacy Gradebook content, the new Gradebook tool includes:

    - Spreadsheet-style grade entry
    - Automatic saving / score validation
    - Individual student Grade Summary screens, with integrated Student Review Mode
    - Simplified and consolidated Import/Export process
    - Enhanced statistics for graded items
    - Flexible display options for final course grades (letter grade, percentage, points)
    - Improved accessibility
    - Simplified settings screen

    Classic Gradebook Tool
    The Gradebook tool allows instructors to calculate, store, and distribute class grade information to their students. The Sakai Gradebook tool is linked to the Sakai Assignments and Tests & Quizzes tools. The Gradebook can import grades from these tools automatically. Support for extra credit is also included.

    Gradebook2 Tool (Contrib)
    The Gradebook2 tool allows instructors to calculate, store, and distribute class grade information to their students. Students can then view their individual grade information. Grades can be imported directly into Sakai and kept track of in a more efficient manner. Grades can also be imported out of Sakai. Support for extra credit is also included.

    Kaltura Video Tool
    The Kaltura Video Tool for Sakai is a full video solution that provides users the ability to upload, catalog, edit, share, and publish video and related content.  Once installed, it is completely integrated into the Sakai system and existing workflows.

    Lesson Builder Tool
    Lesson Builder is a tool that allows an instructor to organize resources, quizzes, tests, and media on a single page. Instructors can have as many Lesson Builder pages in their site as they see fit. Each Lesson Builder page can be customized to suit the needs of the lesson by taking some of the tools available in Sakai and putting them on to a single page, which includes a toolbar. Instructors can add assignments, tests, resources, text, links, images, discussion forums, and other pieces of media to a Lesson Builder page by using the Action Buttons at the top of the page.

    Test and Quizzes
    The Sakai Assessment Manager allows the instructor to create, deliver, and grade assessments. The instructor has the ability to create assessment templates that control assessment settings and manage assessment content using question pools. The assessment templates allow instructors to manage different types of settings for a specific assessment type. These settings include security settings, time limitations, feedback options, submission options, assessment organization and navigation options, and grading options. Users have the ability to complete Group Assignments and to Peer-Graded Assignments. Question types include Calculated question, Extended Matching Items, and Image Map.

    Syllabus Tool
    The Syllabus tool provides instructors the ability to create and post their course syllabus online. The Syllabus tool has a rich content editor that allows for easy content creation online. Instructors can also input a Web page through the redirect button and have an offline syllabus posted. Instructors can choose to have a notification email sent to site participants to alert them that the syllabus has been posted. Bulk update of syllabus items and accordion view is also available.

    The Home page is the landing place for each worksite. It can be customized to include multiple tools. By default, the Home page includes the most frequently used tools by worksite users.

  • Collaboration and Research

    Announcements Tool
    Announcements are used by the site owner/creator to publish important information to worksite participants. Announcements can be posted to the entire worksite which allows access to all of the worksite's participants, or announcements can be targeted to specific groups or sections within the worksite. The posted announcement can include attachments, website links, or items from the Resources tool in the worksite.

    Chat Room Tool
    The Chat Room provides an area for instructors and students to have real-time, unstructured conversations with other participants in a course or project worksite. The Chat tool supports the creation of multiple chat rooms, enabling a class to break into small groups for real-time dialogue.

    Forums is a tool for creating and managing discussion boards. In the forums, students, professors, project leaders, and team members can discuss topics at length in an organized digital environment.

    Email Archive Tool
    Worksites with the Email Archive tool are assigned a worksite email alias. This email alias acts as an email list and sends an email to all site participants based on the notification preferences the individual has outlined in their My Workspace. This email list manager creates a collaborative environment and provides all site participants the ability to participate and respond. These email threads are stored in the Email Archive tool within the course or project worksite and site participants have the ability to search for emails stored in this tool.

    Polls Tool
    The Polls tool allows users to quickly and easily create surveys. This is a good way to judge the opinions of students and group members.

    Schedule Tool
    The Schedule tool within Sakai provides an online calendar for each project or course worksite that is created. The Schedule tool is integrated with the Announcements and Assignment tools. Instructors have the ability to add course-related events, assignments, and announcements in the worksite calendar. Each user also has a Schedule tool available within their personal My Workspace site where the user can track personal items. Now it is possible to subscribe to the calendar from an external calendaring tool.

    Synoptic Tools
    Sakai has the ability to display synoptic views of certain tools so that participants may view items such as announcements and chats from several worksites in a single synoptic view.

  • Content and Information

    Basic LTI Tool
    Basic LTI is a standard way for externally provided tools to integrate with Sakai. It allows Sakai to launch into the external tool and securely provide user identity, course, and role information. Sakai supports LTI 2.0..

    News Tool
    The News tool allows users to consume RSS feeds from their favorite news sources.

    Resources Tool
    The Resources tool allows for easy file sharing between the users within a given project or course worksite. The instructor has the ability to add additional metadata for each resource item added to the worksite. Optional properties allow the instructor or administrator to include abstracts and identify a specific target audience for a resource folder or an individual resource item. The Resources tool has support for drag and drop adding of files from desktop for all browsers, and support for folder drag and drop in Chrome.

    Web Content Tool
    The Web Content tool allows instructors to make relevant Web content available to their class or project. A small window, or iframe, renders content from a website determined by the instructor, and participants may interact with the website as if they were visiting it outside of the learning environment.

    WebDAV Support
    Sakai users may enable WebDAV with Sakai in order to take advantage of moving multiple resources and other files into Sakai at once.

  • Personal

    Help Tool
    The Sakai application includes a system knowledge base which offers context specific help. The user has the ability to perform full-text searches within the help documentation.

    Membership Tool
    The Membership tool allows the user to manage their membership in the courses or projects they participate in. Course worksite access is typically limited to course participants; however, project and special interest worksites are often made joinable by Sakai users..

    My Workspace
    Every user in Sakai has a personal worksite, known as My Workspace. The My Workspace worksite provides each user a tool set that allows them to manage their personal and private information.

    Profile2 Tool
    With the Profile2 tool, users can view other Sakai users' profiles, add information to their profile, and specify what information in their profile is public for other Sakai users to see.

  • Administrative

    Delegated Access Tool
    The Delegated Access tool controls both delegating access to users outside of the site membership realm as well as setting up and controlling site shopping period information.

    Sign-Up Tool
    A tool that allows users to organize office hours, review sessions, study groups and similar activities.

    PA System Tool
    The PA System provides Sakai administrators with the ability to deliver timely alert banners and pop-ups system-wide or to targeted sets of users within their Sakai instance, from simple banners at the top of the interface to fully customizable pop-up notifications.

    Contact Us Tool
    The Contact Us tool provides feedback functionality for every course/ project site. By offering up to four different contact pathways within a single form, users can direct their questions/ feedback to the correct individual/ group. With one click this tool can send an email to an institution’s helpdesk, with all relevant info automatically included (e.g., site URL, username, browser and version, plugins installed, etc.)

    Message Bundle Manager Tool
    Using the Message Bundle Manager, Sakai Administrators can customize the system message properties in any language accepted in Sakai.

    Site Info Tool
    The Site Info tool allows site participants to see general information about the worksite. This includes the description of the worksite, site owner/creator and the owner's email address, the site creation date, and who has the ability to join.

    Site Stats Tool
    Site Stats allows users to view user statistics for worksites. Check how many visitors have been on the site, how much user activity there has been, and the edits a user has made.

    Worksite Setup Tool
    The Worksite Setup tool provides users the ability to manage existing worksites and create new ones.

  • Miscellaneous

    Student Success Portal Integration
    An integration between Sakai and student success case management technology like Student Success Plan (SSP).

    Support for Google Analytics
    Google analytics is available on all of the pages served by Sakai.


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Sakai 11 Frequently Asked Questions


Check out the FAQs about Sakai 11 by clicking the arrows below.

  • What is Sakai?

    An alternative to proprietary or homegrown course management solutions, Sakai combines an application framework with a wide variety of associated CMS tools and components that are designed to work together. These components are for course management and also support research collaboration.
  • What is the Sakai Project?

    The Sakai Project is a community source software development effort to design, build, and deploy a new Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) for higher education. A collaborative effort between University of California, Berkeley, Indiana University, MIT, Stanford, and the University of Michigan, the project began in January 2004.
  • What is the community source software development model?

    Based on the goal of addressing the common and unique needs of multiple institutions, the community source model is an extension to the already successful, economically feasible, open source movement forged by projects such as Apache, Linux, and Mozilla.
  • Why use Sakai?

    Sakai provides an application framework and the tools needed to create worksites suited for courses, projects, and research collaboration. As a community source software development effort, Sakai reduces development costs and increases flexibility.
  • What Sakai services does Unicon provide?

    Unicon provides a wide variety of Sakai consulting services, including implementation planning, project planning and assessment, installation, configuration, branding, Sakai Functional and Sakai System Administrator training, and custom additions. Unicon supports Sakai through its innovative Open Source Support program. Unicon also provides services to integrate Sakai with uPortal, CAS, Shibboleth, Grouper, and the Kaltura. LEARN MORE ▶