Jenzabar SONIS vs. Sakai

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Jenzabar SONIS
Score 8.1 out of 10
N/A
Jenzabar now offers SONIS, a student information system (SIS) oriented around the needs of smaller higher education institutions. Jenzabar supports the former SONISWEB product since its acquisition of original developer RJM Systems in 2015.N/A
Sakai
Score 8.7 out of 10
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Sakai is an open source learning management system provided by the Apero Foundation. The LMS provides what it calls Core and Expanded Features. The Core Features encompass an integrated tool set that is tested by the Sakai community members and is then included with each new release. The tool set can be configured by: instructors, students, research investigators and project leaders. The other set of tools, known as “Contrib Tools” are specific to Sakai tools and innovations that are developed…N/A
Pricing
Jenzabar SONISSakai
Editions & Modules
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Jenzabar SONISSakai
Free Trial
NoNo
Free/Freemium Version
NoYes
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsMust contact vendor for pricing information.
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Community Pulse
Jenzabar SONISSakai
Top Pros
Top Cons
Features
Jenzabar SONISSakai
Student and Faculty Administration
Comparison of Student and Faculty Administration features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar SONIS
9.6
1 Ratings
12% above category average
Sakai
-
Ratings
Integrations with 3rd-Party Education Technology9.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Online Registration Management10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
District Communications, such as messaging and alerting10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Roster Management10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Platform Customization8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Teacher Self-Service10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Student Data Security10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Community Support8.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Class Scheduling10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
State and National-level Reporting10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Compliance Support10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Teacher and Parent Mobile Application10.01 Ratings00 Ratings
Learning Management
Comparison of Learning Management features of Product A and Product B
Jenzabar SONIS
-
Ratings
Sakai
7.9
5 Ratings
4% below category average
Course authoring00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Course catalog or library00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Player/Portal00 Ratings8.02 Ratings
Learning content00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Mobile friendly00 Ratings7.05 Ratings
Progress tracking & certifications00 Ratings8.05 Ratings
Assignments00 Ratings10.05 Ratings
Compliance management00 Ratings7.04 Ratings
Learning administration00 Ratings9.05 Ratings
Learning reporting & analytics00 Ratings6.05 Ratings
Social learning00 Ratings9.04 Ratings
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Jenzabar SONISSakai
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User Ratings
Jenzabar SONISSakai
Likelihood to Recommend
9.0
(3 ratings)
9.0
(14 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(3 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
7.4
(3 ratings)
Support Rating
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(3 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
10.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Jenzabar SONISSakai
Likelihood to Recommend
Jenzabar, Inc.
We often had students who came and took a class or completed a program, left, and then came back for something else at a later time. It was nice to be able to have someone in Jenzabar SONIS with multiple statuses. They could be in as a Student for the current class while still being in as an Alumni for the program they had graduated from. Most of our programs are set up so the students within that program are all taking the same courses at the same time. The bulk registration feature made it easy to enroll one student and then use that student's enrollment to quickly enroll all of the others in the program. That was a huge time saver. We had letters and emails that we wanted to send out at specific times in the application process. The Activity tool in Jenzabar SONIS made it easy for us to have some things that were automatically added to a person's record and others that we could add as needed. We could then run timed letters or emails and get our communication sent out. We had some challenges with Jenzabar SONIS because we have a number of certificate programs that are only one semester in length. We often had students who would complete one certificate (program) in the fall and then complete another one in the spring. Many of the reports pulled data only for the active enrollment so we had to go back and manually pull the data for the enrollment from the other semester if we needed something for the full school year.
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Apereo
I've used Sakai to supplement my Public Speaking class. Public Speaking is very much a F2F type course, so I didn't use Sakai much for course content delivery. However, I did use it to post my syllabus, post my lecture slides, communicate any class announcements, and to conduct a final exam for the class. Building the final exam was very simple and I was easily able to swap out questions to vary it from term to term. Before I was a staff member and lecturer, I used Sakai as a student. My instructor used Sakai to varying degrees. I really appreciated it being the one-stop-receptacle for all-things class related. If I somehow lost an assignment instruction sheet, I could rely on it being posted there. For multimedia work it was lacking, at that time, but I know Sakai has been updated over time and I hope that part of it has improved. If I was ever frustrated by Sakai, it was because faculty used it in a piecemeal way. It's fine not to want to use the gradebook, but don't enter some grades and not others. It's wonderful to upload class documents to it; but don't do some and not others. Whatever way you're going to use Sakai, commit to it and use it well. Your students will thank you.
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Pros
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Great value
  • Built in reports are great, but it also has add on reporting that is fantastic.
  • Hosting they offer is phenomenal nearly no downtime, ever!
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Apereo
  • Sakai is flexible, providing a way for our customers (instructors) to customize their courses while staying in line with consistency and continuity of course design. This has allowed our courses to be far less cookie-cutter and stale. This is mostly accomplished through Sakai's LTI functionality and it's Lessons tool. This is particularly notable because not every course is the same, nor should it be. Our faculty and course developers can draw from OER resources, course text publisher assessment quiz banks and pull in content from sources from our library databases and services like YouTube.
  • Sakai is customizable, allowing us to pair it with our student information system to automatically create and track with student registration data - including adding new students and removing students who have elected to drop a course. The customization features also include being able to create course templates for individual schools or courses using specific tools or sequences of tools as well as a way to personalize content for students when they engage with each lesson.
  • Sakai is stable in the market. We have been using Sakai for almost 10 years and continue to see it improve; responding to changing trends in browser technologies, mobile platforms and accessibility requirements. Multiple programs offered over the years have been recognized by outside organizations like BestColleges.com for our programs and given high marks by students taking the courses offered in Sakai.
  • Sakai allows our faculty to inform it's continued evolution. We work closely with the developers, having a front seat to how things can work and function for our faculty. There have been multiple occasions where faculty ask, "Can Sakai do this?" and the answer is never "No."
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Cons
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • SONIS sorts my advisees by class and then by name. This is NOT useful. There should be an option for sorting by name only. I advise almost fifty students. It wastes my time looking for them in the sophomore listing, then the junior listing......
  • When registration of a student for semester courses is complete, there should be an option to print out only the courses scheduled, NOT the entire page which shows available courses at the bottom.
  • SONIS sometimes kicks me out for no reason.
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Apereo
  • The coming upgrade will address many issues, the visual presentation of sites and courses
  • The Forums (discussion) tool is not natively integrated into the Gradebook, but needs another step to connect the two.
  • The Wiki tool is awkward and not WYSIWYG. But I understand that is common with wikis in most platforms
  • The Help documentation could use some focus on student needs rather that course developer needs
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Likelihood to Renew
Jenzabar, Inc.
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Apereo
Sakai is a good general learning management system - it is not leading edge but rather a stable system with standard learning management system features. It can be fairly easily customized and is fairly easy to learn from both student learning and faculty administrative vantage points. New paradigms for online learning though are emergent so the current field should also be investigated with competitors.
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Usability
Jenzabar, Inc.
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Apereo
When faculty are preparing courses from term to term, a portion of the content is static within a specific discipline. The time it takes to import past lessons into new versions of Sakai can be an inefficient use of my time. When I want to add new content and edit from the old content, it's reliant upon me to cut and paste the content from term to term rather than simply import and edit from a backup.
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Support Rating
Jenzabar, Inc.
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Apereo
Since Sakai is open-source their documentation is often lacking and support is absolutely needed onsite. Internal documentation is more important with Sakai than other services. The Sakai community is fun, passionate, engaged, and absolutely doing their best, but it's an uphill battle against the current market and trends.
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Implementation Rating
Jenzabar, Inc.
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Apereo
No, I don't
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Alternatives Considered
Jenzabar, Inc.
We changed databases in 2011 because the company we were with was going to quit supporting our software. We evaluated a number of different SISs available at the time and felt Jenzabar SONIS provided the best tools for our school. Most of the others were either geared more for adult education, individual course offerings or for schools that primarily had degree-seeking students. We needed something that could address both needs.We felt Jenzabar SONIS did that best of the ones we reviewed.
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Apereo
As an adjunct professor, I didn't pick Sakai for the university. I have experience with Moodle, Blackboard, eCollege, iBoard and now Sakai. I would have to say that Sakai is one of my all time favorite LMSs to use as it is very easy to navigate.
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Return on Investment
Jenzabar, Inc.
  • Facilitates grade input by faculty.
  • Facilitates course enrollment by students.
  • Facilitates viewing student records and determining progress to program completion.
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Apereo
  • Sakai makes it easy for students to monitor grades which puts their minds at ease.
  • Sakai makes it easy for teachers to assign and receive assignments from students.
  • Communication is one of the most important and one of the most taxing parts of an educational system. Sakai makes this process just a little bit easier.
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