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Sakai Tools and Features

The Sakai community has identified a set of “core” capabilities that are adopted by virtually all institutions using Sakai. The core tools in the 2.10 release are listed below. In addition, there is a large number of add-on tools, called “contrib” tools developed by the community and in use by UNC.


Announcements: Post current, time-critical information to a site

Assignments: Create and grade online or offline assignments

Blogs: Provides blogging capability for your class

Calendar: Maintain deadlines, activities, and site-related events

Chat: Engage in real-time conversations with site participants

Drop Box: Share files privately with site participants

Forums: Create, moderate, and manage discussion topics and groups within a course and send private messages to site participants

Email Archive: Access an archive of email sent to participants

Gradebook: Calculate, store, and distribute grade information to students

Lessons: Create content modules and sequences; can be organized by week or unit

Messages: For contacting course members through internal messages and email

News: Display custom news content from dynamic, online sources via rss

Profile 2: Create a profile and connect with others in a social networking model

Resources: Post, store, and organize material related to the site

Roster: View a list of site participants and their group membership

Site Stats: View site usage statistics on user visits, tool activity, and resource activity

Syllabus: Post a summary outline of course requirements

Tests & Quizzes: Create and manage online assessments

Web Content: Display external web pages and link to content in Resources

Wiki: Create and edit web content collaboratively


UNC Contrib Tools

Bb Collaborate: A web conferencing system that allows groups to meet, present, and collaborate

Course Reserves: For accessing physical/print and electronic UNC Library materials related to courses

i>clicker: Sakai plugin for i>clicker products

Library Guide: For accessing course-specific UNC Libraries resources recommended by librarians

Podcasts: For managing individual podcast and feed information

PostEm: Alternative to the Gradebook that allows instructors to upload a grades .csv file

Section Info: For managing sections within a site

Sign-up: Enables signup for meetings, office hours, and other events

UNC Learning Center: For connecting students to academic support resources at the UNC Learning Center

UNC Writing Center: For connecting students to Writing Center services and resources

VoiceThread: For sharing slides, images, and videos and having group conversations around media


Some of the content on this page is courtesy of the Sakai Project.