In their own words

Learn about the amazing things that Sakai institutions are doing through their own stories. Hear from institutions around the world who are using Sakai.

User Stories

Sakai has become a true community resource at Roger Williams University. Based on a RWU motto “Bridging the World” we branded our Sakai instance as “Bridges” when we first adopted it as our LMS in 2010.  The metaphor of bridges has actually been prophetic since what started out as a learning management system to support courses has actually become a connection point between students, faculty, staff and external community partners.
While Notre Dame has been a part of the Sakai community since 2011, Sakai 11 marks the first time Notre Dame has been involved in preparing a release. A rich collaboration with Duke allowed us to identify and address priority issues. With New York University and others, we’ve contributed to the development of a new Gradebook tool for easier and faster grading capabilities. Sakai 11, being deployed at Notre Dame in August, is a stepping stone toward a next generation digital learning environment (NGDLE). Notre Dame is proud to be part of a community leading consistent implementation of IMS global interoperability standards, the crux of the next generation digital learning environment. --Peggy Rowland, Director Teaching and Learning Technologies
The LAMP Consortium is a community of 25 colleges, universities and other educational organizations who band together and share a single instance of Sakai.  Doing so has obvious cost benefits.  More importantly, the Consortium provides a collaborative environment that supports schools working together, facilitating sharing of faculty and multi-institutional courses and projects.  LAMP provides Sakai hosting through Longsight, support, faculty development, additional LTI tools, an annual summer conference, and more.  The Mellon Foundation awarded LAMP its “Mellon Award for Technology Collabo
Sakai plays a central, critical role in our learning technology services strategy. It's a powerful LMS, used by thousands of students across the Duke curriculum both here on campus and around the world.   Michael Greene, Head of Learning Technology Services and Strategy Center for Instructional Technology, Duke University
The brainchild of a new, virtual “academical village” of leading institutions located throughout the world, Sakai’s fully responsive user interface allows students and faculty to do outstanding work no matter where they are or what devices they’re using.
“Screens reviews” project had among its main objectives to build a methodological model for the development of higher education in the field of criticism and media coverage of the arts. Sakai CLE used as a base platform for the development of research and education processes within the current physical-virtual context, implementing participatory and collaborative methodologies. It was formally accredited by the National Agency of Scientific and Technological Promotion (ANPCyT) and filed in the National College of Art (IUNA).
Since its creation in 2008, the Valencian International University (VIU) has developed an entirely online teaching methodology using an ecosystem of 2.0 applications with Sakai at its nerve centre. As an online university, the VIU is strongly committed to continuously improving the teaching-learning process through exploring the educational innovation offered by digital technologies. An innovative educational experience became a reality in the subject ‘ICT in Education’ for the university’s Teacher Training Degree in Primary Education. A total of 103 people participated.
Advanced research design is a compulsory module offered to Masters in Education (MEd) in Information Communication Technology (ICT) students embarking on a minor dissertation. The Centre for Educational Technology (CET) at the University of Cape Town offers the course in blended (hybrid) mode for students in their ICTs in Education stream. The hybrid module involves pre-course work, a 6 day face-to-face block component where students develop and get feedback on an initial research design, followed by post-course proposal development with lecturers and peer feedback.
MOOC’s represent a fundamental change in the way students are confronted with material and how they engage in it. The essence of a MOOC is to activate, to elicit interest, action and debate about the content between the students themselves. Short videos of 2-4 minutes are intertwined with quizzes to stimulate active attention, behavior and debate. Each week has homework, the course ends with an exam. Students get real time feedback on their quiz answers and can compare their performance on homework and final exam with others.
Introduction to Communication Science, University of Amsterdam Category: Higher Education, Fully Online or Hybrid Course Arie Den Boon TWSIA submission

Case Studies

Apereo Teaching and Learning Mission: To drive innovation on teaching and learning within the Apereo community. To share best practices, understandings and experiences among faculty members themselves and between faculty and other Apereo community members. To communicate the goals and issues of the teaching and learning community to contributors in Apereo projects (like Sakai, Xerte, etc.) including developers, UX (user experience), system administrators, documentation, support, and QA (quality assurance).
El S2U (Spanish Sakai Users) es un grupo abierto formado por Universidades Españolas y Afiliados Comerciales de Sakai que colaboran en la mejora continua de Sakai, tanto a nivel de internacionalización y traducción de Sakai en Español como en otros aspectos generales. Principalmente funcionalidades y requisitos que son importantes para las universidades hispanas, pero también se colabora en el área de Seguridad, en las pruebas de las nuevas versiones, y aportando funcionalidades de utilidad global.
One of the newest Sakai tools is called Lessons. The community came together to build this new tool after recieving feedback from educators that they needed a better way to organize their content.