Open-source. Endless possibilities.
Sakai represents a fundamentally different approach to the learning management system. Unlike other “open” systems available today, the direction and feature set of Sakai originates from within higher education to address the dynamic needs of a global academic community. The Sakai open-source community values the participation of its contributors highly, with educators and developers from various institutions working together to turn great ideas into reality for the entire community of Sakai adopters.
From its inception, Sakai was designed to meet the needs of higher education. Conceived as an alternative to rigid, business-driven proprietary systems, Sakai provides a flexible, innovative platform for online learning. With development driven by a broad, global community of adopters and commercial affiliates, Sakai delivers powerful functionality while remaining true to its nature as 100% open-source.
With a wide-ranging suite of features, Sakai provides the tools necessary for instructors, students, research investigators, and project leaders to succeed in their online initiatives. Every release of Sakai is bundled with a standard set of Core Tools, which deliver discussion capabilities, announcements, messaging, file management, assignment delivery, assessments, and more. And with the release of version 11, Sakai is better than ever, with a beautiful responsive interface, an improved Gradebook tool, enhanced lesson modules, and more.
Teaching & Learning
The built-in collaboration tools available in Sakai support the needs of academia and a number of different teaching and learning models. These range from traditional courses with online components such as resource management and forum-based discussion to more advanced online approaches such as flipped classrooms and fully-online teaching.
Sakai also includes dedicated project work sites, which allow organizations and project teams to coordinate project administration, share resources, schedule activities, develop collaborative work products and track progress towards completion. These project collaboration spaces are widely used by student groups, faculty committees, thesis committees, strategic planning teams, re-accreditation teams and others tasked with important projects beyond the classroom.
Sakai is at the forefront of learning management thanks to its investment in open standards like IMS Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI). By providing a simple, safe, and secure method for passing student info, grades, and more between the learning management system and compatible third-party tools, LTI paves the way for a new era of interoperability. And as more and more applications adopt these standards, Sakai becomes even more capable, seamlessly integrating unique, powerful new functionality into the next generation of digital learning environments.
Sakai is developed to meet or exceed all accessibility design principles found in recognized international standards. Our goal is to meet all of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria. We also use emerging standards and best practice design techniques (such as the WAI-ARIA Suite) that support existing and emerging adaptive technologies.
The Sakai community conducts and documents usability and accessibility evaluations on Sakai to ensure it meets the accessibility goals set by the community.
These are the most recent updates made to Sakai. Click below to see full notes from recent releases.