With a robust suite of core tools (and LTI based pluggability), Sakai provides the functionality needed to engage in a range of teaching models, from traditional courses taking advantage of online resource management to more complex approaches such as flipped classrooms and fully-online teaching.

The learning process, however, is so much more than solitary interaction with course materials. Collaboration between learners provides additional context and reinforces the learning material, increasing understanding and retention. Sakai features a variety of flexible group-based components and permissions designed to foster collaboration and discussion. These include:

  • Dedicated “Project” Work Sites - In addition to standard course sites, Sakai includes dedicated “project” sites that can be used by departments, student groups, committees, planning teams, re-accreditation teams, and others for important projects beyond the classroom. With different user roles than traditional course sites, project sites are designed to promote collaboration outside of the classroom.

  • Manual/Automatic Group Creation - Within sites, instructors and administrators can create groups of users based off of the site’s membership. These groups can then be used to selectively release content or provide granular permissions. Groups may be created manually, or can be automatically generated. Random assignment of group members is also available.

  • Joinable Groups - In addition to manual/automatic groups, joinable groups provide the ability for students to self-select into groups (useful for study groups and class projects). These groups can be customized using a set of granular options, allowing instructors to determine whether students can see other group members prior to or after joining, as well as whether they may leave groups after joining.

  • Group Assignments - The Assignments tool allows students to submit their coursework digitally within the learning management system. And with the inclusion of group assignments, members of a Sakai site group can submit an assignment on behalf of the entire group. Other group members can view the submission, and, depending on the assignment’s settings, edit or re-submit.

  • Peer Assessment - The Assignments tool also allows for instructors to enable peer assessment on an assignment-by-assignment basis. When active, students are required to review a set number of their peers’ submissions, providing commentary and, when relevant, graded scores. These reviews can be conducted anonymously. Once completed, the instructor can review the peer assessments, overriding the averaged score and providing their own final commentary.

  • Student Pages - The Lessons tool is a powerful, flexible tool for delivering content and course functionality in the form of lesson modules. And with dedicated student pages, instructors can provide groups of students the ability to set up and manage their own pages within the tool, useful for presentations, reports, and more.

  • Permissions - As a truly customizable, flexible learning environment, Sakai provides the ability to selectively modify permissions across entire user roles or specific groups within a site. This can therefore provide groups with the ability to manage their own site resources or create their own chat rooms. And with granular permissions within individual tools, instructors can set up private forums or resource folders for each group within a site, confident that other groups will not be able to view or access them.

Learn more about the functionality available in Sakai