While Sakai is primarily used for instruction in course sites, did you know that the learning management system is also used for several other projects unrelated to courses at UNC? We had over 2,200 project sites created just for the Spring 2015 Semester!
In the video below, Thao Nghi Bui, Learning Technologies Administrator, and Morgon Haskell, Technology Support Specialist, in ITS-Teaching & Learning discuss how Sakai brings collaboration and continuous improvement to the University.
Here is a summary of the video–
Sakai, the open source learning management system (LMS) used at UNC supports teaching and learning, research, and collaboration. Staff members across campus are using Sakai for multiple use cases, such as research, grant proposals, reviews on faculty/staff members, and training.
Primarily, Sakai is used for courses. UNC instructors are using Sakai to upload and distribute content to students and set up online assessments. Sakai provides the tools for instructors to transition to a convenient, online experience as opposed to being restricted to just the classroom. The LMS also allows for a secure connection to externally-hosted 3rd party applications through LTI integration, providing more means for interaction and learning in the virtual classroom.
Also discussed was the Sakai 10 Upgrade back in May. See all the new features here! While additional enhancements are still in the works, some features the Sakai Community is currently working on include a responsive system better equipped for mobile functionality, an enhanced user interface without iframes, a new spreadsheet viewer grader, plus more!
One of the great things about Sakai is that this is an open source platform, which means the people developing the system are those who use it and know what people want in the system. The options are endless for features and functionality you might see in Sakai.
Thanks for sharing, Thao Nghi and Morgon!