For the greater good.

Powered by a global array of academic institutions and commercial affiliates, Sakai is designed from the ground up to meet the needs of Higher Education. Community involvement is central to the continued sustainability and evolution of Sakai. This involvement is not limited to forums and feature requests. As a community-driven initiative, Sakai has an active and diverse number of active groups dedicated to accessibility, internationalization, documentation, and specific tools/functionality. It has a dedicated Teaching and Learning Community containing developers, academic administrators, and instructors, as well as a full-time Community Coordinator. And it is governed by a Project Management Committee, a meritocratic group of dedicated individuals who oversees key developments within the system.

By adopting Sakai and participating in the community, you can help to shape the future of learning management and online education.

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100% open source

We believe that “open” software should be truly open. That’s why Sakai and its code is 100% freely available to download. It carries a license that grants users the right to deploy, modify and distribute the software at no cost and for any purpose.

Sakai is a fully open-source software, driven by an active community. Much of the investment for producing the software comes from the contributions of institutional community members as well as individuals. Many colleges, universities and some commercial firms commit resources to help design, build, test and refine the software on an ongoing, voluntary basis. Support from the community lends stability and direction as community members identify priorities and shepherd product management over time.

Learn more about Sakai’s open license and how it empowers adopters

A powerful community

The Sakai community is comprised of institutions and individuals that share a common commitment to enhancing teaching, learning and research. This commitment is reflected in community members coming together to pool knowledge, define the needs of academic users, create and share software tools, and support adoption of Sakai. Participation from more than 350 of the world’s leading institutions lends creativity, stability and longevity to this effort.

Institutions using Sakai include:

  • Boston University, School of Management
  • University of California, Davis School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Australian National University
  • The Mission Society
  • Frosty Acres F. A. B.
  • Smolny College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Frosty Acres (FAB Inc.)
  • Dokuz Eylül University
  • Maharishi University of Management
  • Sabanci University
  • Cornerstone Institute
  • Chadron State College
  • ProMETA
  • National Sedation Center
  • St. Catharine College
  • University of Michigan - Shanghai Jiao Tong University Joint Institute
  • Roger Williams University
  • Jiangsu University
  • Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Meetings and Courses Program
  • Wayne State College
  • Peshawar Campus, FAST Consortium
  • University of Baltimore
  • Washington State Community College
  • Claremont McKenna College

See the full list of Sakai adopters

User stories

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Recognizing excellence

With such an active community driving the direction of both the learning management system and of online learning, the Sakai community strives to recognize the accomplishments of its members. It does this by celebrating, on an annual basis, contributors to the learning management system and innovative educators taking advantage of the platform.

Apereo Fellows

The Apereo Fellows program seeks to foster community leadership and contributions by recognizing and supporting active contributors. Fellows enrich the community in a variety of ways, including technical expertise, teaching and research practices and community organization, support and leadership. Fellowship awards recognize such contributions and support the efforts of the Fellows with a modest stipend.

Learn more about the Apereo Fellows program

ATLAS/Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award

In 2016, the Teaching With Sakai Innovation Award (TWSIA) became the ATLAS awards. Learn more about past winners and the upcoming changes.

Learn more about the TWSIA

Contributing toward the future of digital learning

Sakai is the sum of exceptional contributions from its community members and volunteers. Many individuals around the world are working every day to strengthen Sakai. 

We welcome contributions from all of our adopters. If you are interested in helping to shape the future of the Sakai software, and the future of digitally enhanced learning, you can get involved with the Sakai community today. You don’t have to possess any particular technical expertise in order to be a valued contributor. Here are some of the ways you can contribute:

  • Adopt Sakai: Become part of the community using and extending Sakai, either deploying it yourself or with the help of a Commercial Affiliate
  • Share Best Practices: Contribute best practices, lessons learned and success stories when you participate in community forums, email lists, websites and events.
  • Provide User Feedback: Provide feedback and suggestions about usability, what works, how to improve the Sakai project based on user input.
  • Update Documentation: Write, contribute to or improve on Sakai documentation for technical or non-technical users.
  • Write Code: Help write and contribute code to advance Sakai, including core tools, extensions, integrations and so forth. Java coding experience is a plus.
  • Engage in the Quality Assurance Process: Log bugs and problems you run into, to help the community diagnose issues and improve the software.
  • Participate in the Community-driven Support Process: Share advice and expertise through the email lists and other forums that provide support for community members and adopters.
  • Join the Maintenance Team: Help address post-release issues when they arise.
  • Conduct Accessibility Reviews: Review Sakai tools and capabilities for compliance with accessibility standards.
  • Become a Community Member: Join the Apereo Foundation and engage in the collaborative process that shapes the future of the Sakai project.
  • Advocate for Great Ideas: When you come across a great idea, bring it to the community’s attention so we can help marshal the resources to make it a reality. 

Ready to get involved? See the list of Contact options to begin contributing.