Sakai Upgrade

The new version of the Sakai learning management system features a new user interface with a more modern and streamlined look and feel as well as new features.  

Changes to System

Before you log in to Sakai 11.4, be sure to clear your web browser cache in order to see all the improvements.

When you first log in to the new system, you may need to rearrange your Sakai site tabs. Each tab represents an individual course or project site and appears at the top of every Sakai page.  If you have Sakai sites from prior terms, you may notice the order has been changed.  This is due to changes to the system that help streamline site organization.  

Here is more information about changes to Sakai and instructions on how to rearrange your site tabs.

Video Introduction to Sakai 11

Sakai 11 features many improvements to the user interface, Gradebook, Tests & Quizzes, and Lessons tools.  This video highlights new features in Sakai 11.

Below is another video, produced by Duke University, that highlights some of the changes and how to use the new features.

Notable Improvements

The most notable improvements to the system include the Gradebook, Lessons, and Tests & Quizzes tools.

The Gradebook tool adds an interactive spreadsheet view for fewer clicks to enter grades.  It provides information on the minimum, maximum, mean, and standard deviation for each grade book item.  It also allows quick access for adding comments or viewing the grade log.  

Operationally, the Gradebook does the same things as before, but many functions are accessed through new icons. We believe you will come to prefer the new visual orientation.  Please note that currently-running course sites have replaced the old Gradebook with the new one in Sakai 11.4 software. All prior Gradebook information will be preserved but it will be presented with a new interface. This video introduces the new Gradebook.

Tests & Quizzes condenses and streamlines settings and menus and also adds two new ways to view student activity: Event log and User Activity Report.  

The Event Log displays every exam attempt and provides the following information: the test or quiz title, student name, date and time for which the test was opened, submission date and time, duration, and a report of any errors that occurred.  

The User Activity Report allows the faculty member to view exam activity by each student.  It displays the exam title with a link to access the exam attempt, the submission date and time, the percentage earned and point earned out of total points possible.

Lessons adds an option for displaying content in two columns, consolidates menu options, and adds a responsive design for mobile-friendly displays.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Sakai upgrade, please contact Learning Design and Technology at