Sakai is the Claremont Colleges’ excellent online collaboration and learning environment. Essentially Sakai is a full-featured web site with extensive built-in online tools — discussion boards, email discussion list, announcements, chatroom, gradebook, resource area for any files you would like to share including web links to external sites, calendar, wiki, and much more!
Every faculty member already has a Sakai account, as do all students at the Claremont Colleges. All of the courses that your are teaching during the semester are in your Sakai account, and the students in your classes are on the appropriate class roster.
The beauty of Sakai is that it is relatively easy to customize to meet your course objectives — by selecting the tools that YOU want to use and personalizing how your class uses them. You do not need to know anything about web design to use Sakai. Sakai can be accessed from any web browser 24/7/365. Additionally, instructors and students can create non-course-related Sakai projects for group and research collaboration.
If you need help with Sakai (or other software), patient and technologically savvy Scripps student Instructional Technology Assistants (ITAs) in the IT-FITS (Faculty Instructional Technology Support) program can help you in your office, in the Faculty Lab, or by telephone at a time that is convenient for you.
Roskilde University in Denmark uses a unique group oriented approach to their curriculum where over fifty percent of their undergratuate program consists of group learning.
Universitat de Lleida uses Sakai for its entire intranet in addition to teaching, learning, and collaboration.
Alfa College students use Sakai and the Open Source Portfolio (OSP) to track their learning.