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Sakai is an Open Source collaborative learning environment that contains everything necessary to deliver an effective eLeaning program. The JumpBox packages the rSmart distribution of Sakai which is a refined version of the Open source Sakai project with enhancements like additional modules and an improved user interface. Sakai can be used to deliver an entirely online learning experience or used as a supplement to traditional in-person coursework. Some of the more notable features include:

  • Personal Workspace: Each user in the system has a personal dashboard that aggregates information from across all courses he or she is taking. This gives the user, whether student or teacher, a centralized view of all relevant info from calendars, assignments, digital media and other resources from their respective classes.
  • Extensive built-in modules: Sakai bundles numerous modules that can be activated on a case-by-case basis for each course depending on its requirements. Chatrooms, grade book functionality, realtime virtual meetings, attendance measuring, discussion forums, wiki and dropbox features are among the many modules available.
  • Portfolio Sites: Teachers and students alike can display their achievements and share their research using the Portfolio Sites feature.
  • Intuitive navigation: The latest version offers an improved user experience with intuitive, context-sensitive navigation.
  • Highly customizable: Sakai ships in a sensible default state but has over 400 different customizable options enabling the system admin to accommodate just about any request via the web-based configuration manager.

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Time Topic
01:04 Interface orientation
02:25 Create a new site
04:41 Add a student
05:17 Assign a student to a class
06:09 Access a class as a student
07:08 Add new modules to the class

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