Sakai Upgrade

The upcoming 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.  

Upgrade Schedule

The university Sakai system will be upgraded on the morning of Wednesday, August 16th.  Sakai will be unavailable from 7AM until 11AM as the servers are upgraded.  Please do not attempt sustained work sessions until late morning even though Sakai may be working in a test-mode earlier than 11AM. All course sites, content, project sites, and workspaces will be available after the migration to Sakai 11, just as they were before the migration.  

You will notice a difference in the way the system looks and changes in how some of the information is accessed and how some tools function.

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.

Training Workshops

Workshops to be offered include:

New Sakai 11 Features on Thursday, August 17th, from 11:00 to 11:45 AM

New Sakai 11 Features on Tuesday, August 22nd, from 11:00 to 11:45 AM

Sakai Essentials (system intro) on Thursday, August 17thfrom 9:00 to 10:30 AM

Sakai Essentials (system intro) on Tuesday, August 22ndfrom 9:00 to 10:30 AM

Sakai Advanced on Thursday, August 17th from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Sakai Advanced on Tuesday, August 22nd from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM

Workshops will be held in the Library Packard Room.  Windows computers are available in the room, or you may elect to bring your laptop.

Please register for workshops here.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Sakai upgrade, please contact IDLT at