Sakai CLE Ratings

Overall
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
4.5/5

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Open source LMS for schools that handles announcements, assignments, calendar, gradebook, tests and quizzes. Learn more about Sakai CLE

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Rebekah R.
Distance Learning Coordinator
Education Management, 501-1000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Source: Capterra
September 16, 2016

“A truly "Open" Source LMS”

OverallOur community college previously used Blackboard, but needed to upgrade. We looked at various LMS's available in 2012, and our faculty liked Sakai the best. Why? It was easy to use, accessible, reliable, and contains excellent tools we need to provide quality online, hybrid and face-to-face courses.
ProsI love the Sakai community. They are a dynamic, talented, committed community, who strive and succeed in making the LMS easier to use and accessible, and constantly improve tools so they best meet the needs of faculty and students. The community has developed a responsive user interface, and is working towards meeting all of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0 Level A and AA Success Criteria.
ConsLike a true community, sometimes you have to wait until the money and resources are available to work on the project you think is important. In the four years I've been involved, the community has always found a way to find the resources needed to make important updates and improvements.
Recommendations to other buyersTalk to other colleges, universities, and companies using Sakai, to find out what their experiences have been. You'll find a Sakai community that will be glad to help you learn more about open source products, Sakai and our community: https://sakaiproject.org/community
Source: Capterra
September 16, 2016
Lauren M.
Substitute Teacher
Primary/Secondary Education, Self-employed
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 11, 2019

“Sakai Review”

OverallI use this for my class information and uploading documents to the class.
ProsA great place to upload documents, see work, and very user friendly. I love the bar on the side that has all the labels/tabes and you just click one and you are there. It is wonderful and very easy to change from one tab to the next. Uploading work is also very simple and easy to do. It works with all kinds of files, with is fantastic.
ConsI do not really have any complaints about this software. It has served me well and I am grateful for it.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
June 11, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Computer Software, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 9, 2019

“It's okay.”

OverallAs a student on this platform, I have found that it has some irritating quirks. The login screen frequently requires resetting my cache (I'm not sure if this is the auth my institution is using or the platform). Deep navigation links within forums do not always direct where one expects. And the mobile app is clunky to navigate. Although I understand that some of this is due in part by my institution's choices when constructing courses, it does not seem like the platform allows many options in the first place. The issues do not seem necessary for an un-customizable platform like this.
Pros- Simple layout - Simple to navigate (on desktop) - Supports templates
Cons- This platform has some quirks - Poor app layout - Basic in functionality - Boring design
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 9, 2019
Ilan F.
Professor
E-Learning, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 15, 2019

“Learning Management system ”

ProsSakai is one of the best Learning Management systems in the market today. I have been using it for over five years and I can say with out a doubt that it has some of the most reliable features in the world of E-Learning. I am most impressed with the forum system and the assignment submission system.
ConsThere is only one element missing for Sakai, a real time option for a class meeting
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 15, 2019
Verified Reviewer
Higher Education, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 19, 2018

“Very modular CMS, but clunky at times”

ProsThe modular aspect allows our IT department to create applications that suite our needs.
ConsThere seemed to be less functionality out of the box than other CMS packages. Much of the interface is dated, so the UI takes more clicks to do something than you'd expect out of a modern software package.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 19, 2018
Rachel C.
Associate Professor of History
E-Learning, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
2/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 14, 2018

“Functional but not awesome”

OverallIt works for managing courses cheaply, but it doesn't have the flash of blackboard or the convenience of Canvas
ProsIt's user friendly. You can train on its uses really quickly. The assignments sync to the gradebook
ConsThe gradebook is clunky, the chat is basically useless, and grading discussion boards is a nightmare.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 14, 2018
Margarita E.
Professor
Unspecified
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 14, 2018

“I am using the Software since 5 years”

ProsEasy to use. Sakai is extremely flexible and highly configurable. Collaborative features. The scalability of the system is ensured through the usage of modern Java EE technologies.
ConsThe documentation of the developers is not good enough. The new Gradebook is not good for big classes.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
March 14, 2018
Harrison W.
Business Analyst
Financial Services, 10,001+ employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 27, 2019

“Perfect Education Software”

ProsSakai is great because it is very easy to pick up and use. It does not require a huge learning curve at all. It is also very easy for instructors to post assignments and interact with students. It has many features which makes viewing grades and turning in assignments online a piece of cake.
ConsI have no complaints at all about Sakai. It is easy to use, is packed with features, and works flawlessly.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
May 27, 2019
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Davesh M.
Automation Engineering Intern
Computer Software, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Features
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
8/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 24, 2019

“Sakai Review”

ProsEasy to submit assignments, view grades, and take assessments. Professors, not always tech-oriented, still find a way to communicate resources effectively with Sakai.
ConsUI needs an update, text editors are old and outdated
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
April 24, 2019
Sean C.
CEO
Financial Services, 1-10 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
3/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 7, 2018

“Good software for undergraduate and graduate students”

ProsFor the most part, it is very easy to navigate. You can add items to your favorites so that you can access content quickly. When combined with other integrations (Box, Ponopto, etc.) it becomes a powerful tool!
ConsThe UI is pretty old. It could really use a refresh as it looks like it came out of Windows 95. However, that's a pretty minor thing to complain about.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
February 7, 2018
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Arram K.
Registrar service specialist 2
Higher Education, 1001-5000 employees
Used the software for: 6-12 months
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Customer Service
4/5
Features
4/5
Value for Money
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 21, 2018

“Product is good when searching ”

ProsIf you need to search something, this product is great. Has everything laid out
ConsIt's pretty hard to navigate through so u will need to have some training before diving in.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
August 21, 2018
Abritty A.
Research Assistant
Education Management, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 1-2 years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 18, 2019

“I wish it was a bit more user friendly”

ProsAfter using online web modules in Sakai for a while, it grows on you. If you know where the options are for the things you are looking for, you will be fine. But like I said, it takes time to grow on you.
ConsThe options are not clear at all. Nothing is self explanatory, I have had senior learners struggling with it the most as the courses do not show up automatically in the home page after signing up. Every aspect of Sakai seems not so unified, it requires different set of skills to do different things.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
September 18, 2019
Rae H.
Business Administrator
Higher Education, 5001-10,000 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
3/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
3/5
Likelihood to Recommend
6/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 21, 2018

“Not my favorite LMS”

ProsThe Sakai interface is very a straightforward, hierarchical one. It appears clean and easy to navigate, but I would say it is not as aesthetically pleasing as other LMSs. It does have similar functionalities, such as quizzes, testing, discussion boards, and resource sharing. Many of the LMS add-ins are available for Sakai, as well.
ConsI'd say my least favorite aspect of the Sakai LMS is its bland appearance. Some of the other LMS's such as Blackboard create a much more welcoming feeling when signing in, with all of the colors and customization that is available for the administrators.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
December 21, 2018
Carol H.
Adjunct Instrutor/Course Creator
E-Learning, 201-500 employees
Used the software for: 2+ years
Overall Rating
2/5
Ease of Use
3/5
Features
2/5
Likelihood to Recommend
4/10
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 22, 2019

“Student-teacher interface lacking....”

OverallThe features on this LMS are limited when compared to competitors.
ProsIt is fairly easy to use. Instructors can start chat topics.
ConsI used Sakai for about two years before my company switched to a competitor. The interface is not visually pleasing. The interface between students and teachers is minimal - email, time-delayed chat, and forums make for a dull experience. You must cut and paste your rubric into the grading page.
Reviewer Source 
Source: Capterra
January 22, 2019
Matt C.
Manager, eLearning
Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
5/5
Source: Capterra
August 1, 2014

“Customizable and used by some of the world's most prestigious Universities”

OverallOpen Source and founded by a number of Tier 1 Universities this free LMS is well established in higher education. Founded in the early 2000s in part to reintroduce competition into an LMS market space dominated by a single commercial provider. The wide variety of LMSs listed on this site is evidence of the Sakai Project's success. Universities like Rutgers, NYU, Stanford, Columbia, Cape Town, Oxford, and others continue to contribute to the development and teachers and learner benefit from its flexibility. Customer Service scores are hard to work out, but in my experience the service has always far exceed the value of what we paid.
Source: Capterra
August 1, 2014
Jeremy M.
Primary/Secondary Education, Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Source: SoftwareAdvice
April 14, 2015

“Interesting Choice”

OverallInteresting Choice
ProsIt was nice to be able to connect with faculty. The interface for students was great and easy to navigate.
ConsHowever, the faculty often complained about the difficulty they had with the interface. The system wasn't very intuitive on their end. It often led to poor communication of information.
Recommendations to other buyersI think they should do a focus group prior to implementation of software like this.
Source: SoftwareAdvice
April 14, 2015
Tyson P.
Primary/Secondary Education, Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
4/5
Ease of Use
4/5
Customer Service
3/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
9/10
Source: SoftwareAdvice
April 13, 2015

“Efficient Project Management Tool”

OverallEfficient Project Management Tool
ProsCustomizable, robust features, able to handle a diversity of needs
ConsIt can be buggy at times and hard to work for new technologically challenged users
Recommendations to other buyersGo based off ease of educating users and quality of technical support
Source: SoftwareAdvice
April 13, 2015
Lanie C.
Medical Practice, Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
3.5/5
Ease of Use
3.5/5
Features
4/5
Likelihood to Recommend
7/10
Source: SoftwareAdvice
April 13, 2015

“Sakai - student”

OverallSakai - student
ProsCustomizability of different options and roles within the system
ConsLots of training required to use it effectively as an admin
Recommendations to other buyersView it from the perspective of a student user with an incompetent admin
Source: SoftwareAdvice
April 13, 2015
Josh N.
Unspecified
Used the software for: Unspecified
Overall Rating
5/5
Ease of Use
5/5
Customer Service
5/5
Features
5/5
Value for Money
5/5
Likelihood to Recommend
10/10
Source: Capterra
December 6, 2016

“Easy to use. ”

OverallMy university uses this as the online platform for my online master's degree. Provides every option I would need in a virtual classroom.
Source: Capterra
December 6, 2016