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Sakai 21 - How can I prepare for the Sakai upgrade?

This help document for Sakai Demo is under revision. For assistance with the current version of Sakai, see Sakai 12 Help.

Sakai at PLU will be upgraded from version 12 to version 21 on August 20, 2022. For more details, see: How can I prepare for the Sakai upgrade?


How can I prepare for the Sakai upgrade?

What to Expect with the Sakai Upgrade

Sakai at PLU will be upgraded from version 12 to version 21 on Saturday, August 20, 2022. All content and tools now in Sakai 12 should transition seamlessly with the upgrade to Sakai 21. However, instructors should expect differences in Sakai’s user interface and anticipate new features. More information about these changes are available in the document, What are significant new features in Sakai 21? Furthermore, instructors are encouraged to proactively preview what their Sakai course content will look like in Sakai 21 as described below.

“Preparing for Sakai 21” Workshops

During the “Preparing for Sakai 21” workshops, instructors will learn about significant new features in Sakai 21, become familiar with Sakai 21 using their own course site content, and ask questions about how this new version will affect teaching and learning in their courses.

Available Times

Seating is limited, so please register for one of the available workshop sessions through this registration form.

  • Tuesday, June 7, 2022, 12:00pm - 1:30pm; Location: Library 140 (Design Lab)
  • Wednesday, July 6, 2022, 12:00pm - 1:30pm; Location: Library 140 (Design Lab)

Preview Sakai 21 with Sakai Demo

To help smooth this transition to Sakai 21, the PLU Sakai Support Team ( has provided instructors with access to a sandbox instance of Sakai called Sakai Demo ( Sakai Demo is an instance of Sakai, running a version of Sakai 21 that is under development. Sakai Demo is completely separate from PLU’s primary instance of Sakai ( and is intended for testing and demonstration purposes only.1 The objectives that Sakai Demo aims to meet are:

  1. Enable instructors to preview Sakai 21 features prior to the upgrade of Sakai. Instructors will have the means to preview what their current course sites in Sakai would look like in Sakai 21. To do this instructors can submit requests through the Preview Course in Sakai 21 form. This form will copy most of the existing course content for a given course site to Sakai Demo for previewing and other testing purposes. The limits to this copying process and other details are described in What should I know about the “Preview Course in Sakai 21” copy process? Alternatively, instructors can create blank course sites in Sakai Demo by using a Request Course form specific to Sakai Demo.
  2. Identify and resolve significant bugs before the planned upgrade. As instructors encounter bugs or other support issues on Sakai Demo, they are strongly encouraged to notify the Sakai Support Team (, so that these issues might be identified and resolved prior to the planned upgrade in August. As bug fixes are made ready, the Sakai Support Team will release them on Sakai Demo, which will be briefly out of service each night in order to incorporate such updates.

See also What should I know about the "Preview Course in Sakai 21" copy process?

1. Sakai Demo and all its course sites and project sites should be treated by faculty and staff solely as a sandbox for experimentation. In other words, no face-to-face, online, or blended courses will be supported on Sakai Demo. Please be aware that any content copied to or created on Sakai Demo will not be transferred back to PLU’s primary instance of Sakai:

Keywords:sakai 21 transition   Doc ID:115633
Owner:Sean H.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2022-01-11 15:14 PDTUpdated:2022-05-12 10:14 PDT
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