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https://dudodiprj2sv7.cloudfront.net/product-logos/gJ/BF/AK6ZCESKKX9T.pngA flexible LMS that fit our needs and wantsSakai as an LMS is used across our organization. This includes all of our programs at all levels: from our fully online PhD program all the way down to individual courses taught in face to face contexts by our full-time and adjunct faculty instructors. Sakai provides course sites for every course based on the information provided in our student information system. While most of the use is for organizing and running courses, some departments use it to organize and hold meetings, store department-level documentation and to distribute and archive important communications. Providing a means of organizing course materials and documenting learning is a huge task for any institution or entity tasked with providing training or education to it's constituents, and Sakai does this. With assistance from instructional design professionals, course sites in Sakai become a place where student learning is documented, facilitated and archived - often for review by auditing entities for quality and adherence to industry level standards.,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.",Sakai's assessment feature could be improved, streamlining and making the assessment function much more simplified. Assessment in any electronic format is complex, but the workflows dealing with assessment import, creation and management of assessment data could be improved or made to be more consistent. It is confusing, for example, that assessments are split between a "working" state and a "published" state. The gradebook or grade reporting feature in Sakai is somewhat clunky to use. While it does boast a spreadsheet look, feel and function, doing so in a browser window with multiple items and hundreds of students makes grading even for TAs difficult. Some of our instructors leverage the Classic gradebook instead of the newer interface because the view or function is more to their liking. Discussion forums or how conversations are managed can be a bit confusing with Sakai. Sakai provides multiple ways in which discussions can be organized - some of which are for large groups of students and some which are more confusing. The discussions area doesn't allow students to share images easily, to up 'vote' or 'recommend' certain posts or sections to peers. There's no way to badge or otherwise highlight certain levels of 'attainment' for students in discussions. It's also difficult to assign grades to discussions.,9,Sakai provided an alternative to other platforms that would have delayed the delivery of courses and full programs. Specific directives and initiatives were brought to bear from C level executives requiring delivery on an extremely tight budget. We have since been able to launch multiple programs, expand campuses and offer courses on a global scale. Using Sakai has meant students familiar with other platforms have had to learn how interacting with Sakai while similar, is different. We have needed to invest in creating instructional materials about the platform, provide training and instructional opportunities on best use and practice of not only Sakai but of how Sakai can be used with other tools and technologies. In some cases for instructors we've had to help them unlearn how processes work in other LMSs to recognize how they are different in Sakai. Sakai has provided greater ROI, where prior to using Sakai about half of our constituents were using an LMS, now more than 80% are doing so. Some of this has come about because of how Sakai works with our SIS, providing a consistent and available course site to every instructor for every course and section offered. It has also allowed us to contract with subject matter experts to create, manage, polish and reuse course structures, designs and content term over term. With the cost-effective storage of 1000s of course sites, we have yet to figure out how to keep tight reign on which courses contain the most up to date content, accessibility modifications and instructor-specific content. Sakai doesn't provide an over-the-top way to manage versions of a course, except by way of term to term or special name designation on course site creation.,Canvas, Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), Blackboard Collaborate and Moodle,Jenzabar Internet Campus Solution (JICS), Microsoft Office 2016, CamtasiaHappy in the Sakai universe!Sakai is used by Kentucky Christian University as primary LMS in consortium with several other institutions as part of LAMP. It is used to present online and blended courses and programs and to address administration and management tasks as needed. Group communications are commonly done on Sakai sites and repositories are established for archival and management purposes. At the same time, Sakai, as an open source product, is a very wise choice for financial purposes. We have professional hosting services, for which the costs are shared among the consortium members, and the platform is open source. Consequently, the costs are very low. The budgeting for the product/service makes this option very affordable. The tools and affordances that are made available to participants are broad ranging and accessible to all. There is nothing that can be done on the expensive platforms that cannot be done on Sakai. And because of LTI compliance, the platform is highly customizable with products from Apereo Foundation and other LTI-compliant providers. Trouble-shooting through the hosting service is fast and even extends to writing code for new tools and services.,Customizability--LTI plug-ins allow an organization to shop for the tools which are important for success. There is an increasing number of these tools which are becoming available, from course authoring tools to portfolios to clickers and so on. The community is sensitive and responsive to demands for more of these tools. Skins--Institutions can make the product their own in look and function with skin changes and tool selection. Affordability--As open source, Sakai is supremely affordable. Even with professionally purchased hosting services (totally optional) the low cost is a real strong point. Range of tools--The tool options available, especially when expanded with LTI tools, is truly impressive Participation in the greater Sakai community--Sakai is a community-based tool. Outside of our collaboration at LAMP, we also participate in the world-wide conversation about how Sakai should be developed and how courses can be managed through Sakai.,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,10,Our Sakai costs are about 10% (ten percent) what it would cost for the big name LMS. For a school with a budget. this is a deciding factor. We can more easily afford more online programs to attract more students. Hard-won resources can go to needy places in the institution rather than to the online infrastructure.,BlackboardSakai review from an instructional developerWe used Sakai as the primary LMS for the college for eLearning students to take online classes.,Separates each type of learning into intuitive areas Allows for flexibility with integrating other systems Easy to set up basic courses,When I used the system a few years ago, there were several small bugs. Most of them we were able to work around, but they were annoying. Again, when I used the system a few years ago, it would have been nice to have an easier way to implement attractive templates.,6,Very positive. The eLearning department grew exponentially during our course of using Sakai.,,WordPress, Asana, MailChimpSakai and its Competitors - Evolution, Online Learning and New PossibilitiesI have used Sakai now at two organizations, American Public University (APUS), an online for profit university and Texas State University, a large campus state university. At American Public University Sakai was the main online Learning Management system. It was utilized across the organization as the main tool and engine for students and faculty as the online learning system for the university. At Texas State, Sakai is used on a more selective and limited scale. Here, it is used for a smaller cohort of online classes but it is also used as a support (resource) system for hybrid courses. Sakai addresses the business problem of 'online classroom' management. Essentially, the system can build an infrastructure for faculty and students for learning. For faculty, it provides an infrastructure system for say a semester 'course' arcs and online learning infrastructures. For students, it is the main online system for receiving assignments, taking tests, dialoguing through forums with other students etc.,Easy to Use Basic Online Learning System: Sakai does the basics for learning online well. Outlining course lecture material uploading, linking for faculty, forums for students Pragmatic Text Based System: Sakai is solid for text based assignments, both student entry and faculty presentation and overview. Familiar Interface: The Interface for Sakai will be more immediately familiar to both faculty teachers and students as the model is well established in interface design.,Lack of Multimedia Features: Sakai is not great for video integration, either uploading or chat based video or integrating new video features into the interface and shell. It is not particularly good for say recording audio or more sophisticated multimedia integration. Lack of Web 2.0 features. Sakai is not great as a Web 2.0 social media learning application. It is definitely from an early but still present model of learning management systems and has remnants of its first generation architecture. Lack of User Experience Design: Sakai is basic in its user interface design. In this way it is approximately a generation back with regards to web 2.0 interface design or higher attention to 'learning' design aesthetics and integrating with online 'learning methodologies.,5,For American Public University System, Sakai seemed an effective tool. As with any technology though, times change and with changing times comes new technological possibilities. At its implementation stage, Sakai had a positive effect in adding to the ROI and is built as a desktop online learning system. Currently, there are many competitors in the market probably worth looking at further if one wishes to push the leading edge with regards to mobile possibilities, multimedia etc. Sakai was useful as a resource system in tying online library resources to the university online curriculum. It allowed for library/university curriculum connections that otherwise would not be possible. We actually won several awards with our Sakai/Online Library/Libguides online curriculum integration. For an online for-profit university in the early days of online learning Sakai was a great tool. For land based universities transitioning to online learning modalities, Sakai is still a fair option in terms of hybrid learning possibilities and enabling an online resource folder for every physical class. Sakai is definitely not leading edge but more proven system stability undergoing versioning processes.,,1800,,Online Learning: Teaching Classes (Main Framework) Archiving Classes: Main Framework Courses and Larger Undergraduate and Graduate Degree Programs,Sakai was used as a framework for a larger faculty MOOC (APUS) Sakai was used as a shell for resources for hybrid physical/online classes (Texas State) Sakai was used for large section introductory university classes (introduction to Research, Freshman experience etc),Expansion of physical classes into online modalities Non traditional workshops Frameworks for learning symposia,5,Adding Forum Comments Setting up Textual Assignments Submitting assignments,Multimedia is challenging in Sakai Web 2.0 collaborative functions are challenging in Sakai Mobile Learning possibilities are challenging in the Sakai interface,6SakaiSakai was used as a the sole learning management system at our university for the purposes of managing learning and research projects. Currently, our university is transitioning away from Sakai toward Canvas.,Organization of content Customization of course navigation and content Small learning curve compared to other systems,Ease of use and customization of ePortfolio Tests and Quizzes ePortfolio,1,Ability to customize the system to meet the needs of faculty and learners Greater cost to the university as a whole than a hosted platform Ability to easily design courses based on pedagogy,Blackboard, D2L and Moodle,Desire2Learn, Weebly, Moodle,30000,50,building community facilitating learning experiences collaborating on research,to create an ongoing community of learners within a subject area,N/A,1,Yes,Price Product Usability,I was not part of this process.,Implemented in-house,Yes,hold outs transitioning material from blackboard,10,10,Yes,I don't know what Apereo is.,Tests/quizzes posting material discussion boards,ePortfolio,No,8
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July 14, 2018

Sakai Review: "A flexible LMS that fit our needs and wants"

Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • 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."
  • Sakai's assessment feature could be improved, streamlining and making the assessment function much more simplified. Assessment in any electronic format is complex, but the workflows dealing with assessment import, creation and management of assessment data could be improved or made to be more consistent. It is confusing, for example, that assessments are split between a "working" state and a "published" state.
  • The gradebook or grade reporting feature in Sakai is somewhat clunky to use. While it does boast a spreadsheet look, feel and function, doing so in a browser window with multiple items and hundreds of students makes grading even for TAs difficult. Some of our instructors leverage the Classic gradebook instead of the newer interface because the view or function is more to their liking.
  • Discussion forums or how conversations are managed can be a bit confusing with Sakai. Sakai provides multiple ways in which discussions can be organized - some of which are for large groups of students and some which are more confusing. The discussions area doesn't allow students to share images easily, to up 'vote' or 'recommend' certain posts or sections to peers. There's no way to badge or otherwise highlight certain levels of 'attainment' for students in discussions. It's also difficult to assign grades to discussions.
Read Dave Eveland's full review
May 03, 2016

User Review: "Happy in the Sakai universe!"

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Customizability--LTI plug-ins allow an organization to shop for the tools which are important for success. There is an increasing number of these tools which are becoming available, from course authoring tools to portfolios to clickers and so on. The community is sensitive and responsive to demands for more of these tools.
  • Skins--Institutions can make the product their own in look and function with skin changes and tool selection.
  • Affordability--As open source, Sakai is supremely affordable. Even with professionally purchased hosting services (totally optional) the low cost is a real strong point.
  • Range of tools--The tool options available, especially when expanded with LTI tools, is truly impressive
  • Participation in the greater Sakai community--Sakai is a community-based tool. Outside of our collaboration at LAMP, we also participate in the world-wide conversation about how Sakai should be developed and how courses can be managed through Sakai.
  • 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
Read Terry Golightly's full review
May 06, 2016

"Sakai review from an instructional developer"

Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Separates each type of learning into intuitive areas
  • Allows for flexibility with integrating other systems
  • Easy to set up basic courses
  • When I used the system a few years ago, there were several small bugs. Most of them we were able to work around, but they were annoying.
  • Again, when I used the system a few years ago, it would have been nice to have an easier way to implement attractive templates.
Read Keira Dooley's full review
September 17, 2015

Review: "Sakai and its Competitors - Evolution, Online Learning and New Possibilities"

Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Easy to Use Basic Online Learning System: Sakai does the basics for learning online well. Outlining course lecture material uploading, linking for faculty, forums for students
  • Pragmatic Text Based System: Sakai is solid for text based assignments, both student entry and faculty presentation and overview.
  • Familiar Interface: The Interface for Sakai will be more immediately familiar to both faculty teachers and students as the model is well established in interface design.
  • Lack of Multimedia Features: Sakai is not great for video integration, either uploading or chat based video or integrating new video features into the interface and shell. It is not particularly good for say recording audio or more sophisticated multimedia integration.
  • Lack of Web 2.0 features. Sakai is not great as a Web 2.0 social media learning application. It is definitely from an early but still present model of learning management systems and has remnants of its first generation architecture.
  • Lack of User Experience Design: Sakai is basic in its user interface design. In this way it is approximately a generation back with regards to web 2.0 interface design or higher attention to 'learning' design aesthetics and integrating with online 'learning methodologies.
Read Raymond J. Uzwyshyn's full review
February 05, 2016

User Review: "Sakai"

Score 1 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Organization of content
  • Customization of course navigation and content
  • Small learning curve compared to other systems
  • Ease of use and customization of ePortfolio
  • Tests and Quizzes
  • ePortfolio
Read Samantha J. Blevins's full review
September 21, 2015

Review: "Sakai LMS: real Open Source, configurable, reliable, and here for the long run"

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The Sakai product is "REAL" open source project that is part of the Apereo Foundation. It is the only LMS on the market where students, faculty, and staff can have a say on how Sakai evolves. It is a responsive and vibrant community based product.
  • Sakai is technically rock solid, scalable, and robust.
  • The possibilities of Sakai are endless with LTI (Learning Tools Integration).
  • Sakai is highly customizable, configurable, and can be automated easily where other LMS's can not, especially those hosted in the cloud.
  • Sakai has a bit of improvement to do in standardizing some of its tools.
  • There is the perception that Sakai is hard to install and administer, this needs to be worked on.
  • Built in video conference functionality would be excellent for Sakai.
  • Sakai needs to handle rich media types better.
Read Jason Smith, DPA's full review
September 21, 2015

Sakai Review: "A Few Thoughts from a Faculty Member"

Score 6 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Transparency and ease of access for content - the modules were clearly labeled and easy to implement.
  • Grading features on assignments - the gradebook was very easy to access and in-assignment-grading was a time-saving and efficient feature.
  • Media-rich environment - compared to other LMS options at the time, Sakai was ahead of its competitors in terms of permitting media-rich assets.
  • The linear, scroll-of-death aspects of the early forums made it difficult to engage learners in peer-to-peer commentary.
  • The updates to the lessons tool provided no easy way to import material from old lessons, except through cut and paste.
  • The test and quizzes interface can be cumbersome.
Read Andi Sciacca's full review
September 15, 2015

User Review: "Why Sakai? It's a great fit!"

Score 9 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • The Gradebook is easy to set up and use for trainers, faculty and students. You can use points or percentages, weighting or no weighting. If faculty have problems with the Gradebook, it's because they have come up with an unusual grading system, not because the Gradebook isn't working right!
  • The majority of the tools are group aware, so we can merge a number of sections for faculty teaching multiple sections of the same class. It saves them a tremendous amount of time. Any faculty member can use groups with Forums, Assignments, Test and Quizzes, Lessons, Announcements, Email and you can view groups/sections in the Gradebook and of course the Roster. Here's a list of the tools: https://sakaiproject.org/node/94
  • Instructors and students like to use Lessons, as the go to location for their videos, images, documents, and links to Forums, Assignments, Tests and Quizzes, and instructors can set up Student Pages in Lessons, which allows students to create a "portfolio" or "project, using all the tools the instructor can (videos, images, documents).
  • A number of different universities and colleges created different tools, so the Sakai community (of educators and developers) are working with usability experts to improve our primary tools that should be ready with the release of Sakai 11 at the end Spring 2016: Lessons, Tests and Quizzes, and the Gradebook (I thought the Gradebook was already user-friendly).
  • The Sakai community is continuing to improve Sakai's accessibility: "The goal is to meet all of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria".
  • The wiki tool is a bit clunky, so the community is looking at other tools to replace it. I'd like to see the blog tool updated as well, but it may not be as popular a tool when compared to what many colleges use, such as WordPress.
Read Becky Roehrs's full review
September 15, 2015

User Review: "Sakai = Success"

Score 10 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • User friendly, easy to navigate
  • Interactive friendly. You can link other resources to help students learn the course concepts better.
  • Stable platform. There are a few updates from time to time but it has never gone down in my years of using the LMS.
  • The calendar function is a bit confusing to set up.
  • The LMS works great. I don't see any real problems with it. It is one of the best ones I have dealt with in my 13 years teaching.
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September 18, 2015

Review: "Sakai at UD is our workhorse LMS in need of some grooming"

Score 7 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Customized, timed assessments with automatic collection and calculation of results
  • Organization and delivery of resources to a defined set of participants
  • Rapid creation of course sites via importing from and/or duplicating other sites
  • At UD, Sakai is only officially supported in Mozilla Firefox, even though a multitude of users are accustomed to IE, Chrome, or Safari as their primary browser. This is a limiting feature that must be honored, as one key feature--timed assessments--are prone to failure or bugginess in these three unsupported browsers.
  • The desktop/full-screen version of Sakai (e.g., the non-mobile site) relies on HTML frames, an archaic means of page layout, to display the main content. Some course site designers employ this by porting in a web page or other content into this frame through insecure means that Firefox will block by default, leaving the end-user with the top navigation, left sidebar of buttons, and a blank main content area. An end-user must dismiss Firefox's security warning and have it "stop blocking" what it deems "insecure content." Could this be improved?
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September 23, 2015

Sakai Review: "Collaborative learning environment at its best!"

Score 5 out of 10
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Pros and Cons

  • Sakai is a great collaboration tool for researchers to work with sponsors from different organizations. Uploading files and using the chat module is extremely efficient for getting work done without having to make a conference call.
  • Sakai's module is a great interactive tool for our students to use when taking tests or quizzes. Their grades are tied to a grade book tool, which saves a lot of time when having to grade by hand.
  • Would like the Wiki tool to be more user friendly for interaction with others.
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Feature Scorecard Summary

Course authoring (1)
10
Course catalog or library (1)
5
Learning content (1)
7
Mobile friendly (1)
7
Progress tracking & certifications (1)
7
Assignments (1)
10
Compliance management (1)
6
Learning administration (1)
9
Learning reporting & analytics (1)
10
Social learning (1)
8

About Sakai

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 and tested by community members and are then made available for others to use outside of the packaged Sakai product releases.  

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