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Getting Started with Sakai for Instructors

Sakai ( is PLU’s learning management system, a resource for face-to-face, online, and blended courses. Instructors may use Sakai to distribute class materials, communicate with their class, create assignments, and deliver online tests.

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Site Setup Tutorial

Please read the Site Setup Tutorial, which provides a walk-through of an instructor's main tasks for setting up a Sakai course site. This tutorial is the primary means for instructors to quickly get started with Sakai.

"Getting Started with Sakai for Instructors" Webinar

Each year during the Pre-Conference Workshops right before the start of the Fall semester, a two-hour "Getting Started" workshop or webinar is offered covering most of the Site Setup Tutorial and other essential instructor tasks. Materials from the August 2023 webinar are available below:

PLUTO Essentials

For a more pedagogically focused tour through the essentials of Sakai (among other technologies), instructors are highly encouraged to enroll in the PLUTO Essentials self-paced course. The application form for enrolling is at the bottom of the PLUTO Essentials Program webpage.

Frequently Asked Questions

Basic Navigation

Roster Tasks

Note: When creating a course site with a Course Reference Number (CRN) from Banner, students enrolled in the course will be added automatically to the corresponding Sakai site. Furthermore, new student enrollments from Banner will be added to Sakai automatically, though this synchronization process happens only once a day.

Core Tools

For a list of all Sakai tools and brief descriptions of them, refer to Sakai Tool Descriptions.

Other Resources

Getting Started with Sakai for Students

Instructors might also want to become familiar with the materials for students to get started with Sakai.

Teaching and Learning with Sakai

Examples of how PLU instructors have used Sakai in teaching their courses and other resources for experimenting with Sakai are available in the Teaching and Learning with Sakai instructional support page.

What’s new in Sakai?

Sakai was upgraded to version 21 in August 2022. A summary of what’s new is available in the article, What are significant new features in Sakai 21?

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OwnerSean H.GroupPacific Lutheran Univ
Created2022-06-06 10:23:53Updated2023-10-09 14:25:43
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