SAKAI 21 released: Innovative new tools make Sakai the best LMS for student learning
SAKAI 21 includes a suite of entirely new learning management features and improvements to existing tools. At the center of Sakai 21 is a focus on student performance and collaboration that is far more robust than competitor offerings. These collaboration tools include a new dashboard that help students learn more effectively. It provides students with task lists and calendars that cross courses, as well as quick access to assignments, discussions, and other actionable items in each of their courses.
"Sakai 21 is truly the most innovative LMS for faculty and students on the market today," notes Joshua Wilson, Sakai's product lead and VP/COO of Longsight, Inc, a leading provider of Sakai cloud services. "Sakai's open source platform and collaborative community has enabled Sakai to far exceed any other LMS in learning outcomes, which is the most important element in teaching and learning. It continues to innovate year over year, and independent market data shows this."
Sakai 21 includes improvements to Sakai's LESSONS tool that help instructors make better use of colors and multi-column layouts to build effective learning pathways. Sakai also includes a new dark mode that enhances the experience of learners and instructors.
SoftwareReviews, a division of the world-class IT research and consulting firm Info-Tech Research Group, named Sakai the top LMS in 17 of 22 survey categories, and the top LMS overall. Scoring highest in satisfaction with the learning management feature with 91% (14% higher than the average), software users were happy with their experiences working with Sakai's virtual classroom management, MIS and reporting, instructor workflow and online tests.
Sakai21 builds on Sakai's strengths and continues the LMS's program of ongoing and continuous improvement, strong innovation, and learning/teaching centered design. It's roadmap of the three years to come shows its plan for continued improvement.
Sakai represents a fundamentally different approach to the learning management system. Unlike other "open" systems available today, the direction and feature set of Sakai originates from within higher education to address the dynamic needs of a global academic community. The Sakai open-source community energetically and nimbly advances the Sakai platform, as educators and developers from various institutions together turn great ideas into exciting possibilities for faculty teaching and student learning.
Wilma Hodges, Ed.D.
Sakai PMC Community Coordinator