Sakai and Instructional Technology

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Sakai Support

Contact us for help with Sakai!

The Instructional Technology group supports Sakai and related instructional technologies for the faculty, staff and students in the school. We can help guide you through campus and school-supported technologies, and help determine the “why” and “when” of using technology for instruction. Get in touch with us using our Contact Us info, attend a workshop, or browse through our documentation or FAQs for an answer to your question.

We can advise and assist with Sakai and other tools, including VoiceThread, Blackboard Collaborate, Warpwire, Poll Everywhere, and more.

Sakai Upgrade August 6th!

Sakai will be upgraded to version 12 on August 6th, 2018. This will require a full day of downtime, so plan ahead with Fall course prep.

Here are some expected features and improvements:

  • Extended delivery for assessments for select individuals and groups
  • Gradebook performance enhancements
  • Gradebook interface improvements, including rendering of student grades for large classes
  • Optional Lessons subpage left navigation menu
  • Additional Lessons widgets for Announcements, Calendar, Forums, Resources, and personalized text
  • Accessibility improvements

See the Teaching and Learning Blog for more information.

Teaching a course with Sakai? Did you know that our resident Sakai expert, Andrew Ochs, sets aside time each week to meet with YOU? Contact Andrew ( to set up a consult that fits your schedule.


We can provide consultation on a number of instructional technology subjects, including:

  • Course design
  • Effective and appropriate use of technology for instruction
  • Active learning techniques
  • Advanced ways to leverage Sakai
  • Producing multimedia for your course using Adobe Presenter and other tools
  • Effective group work online
  • Solutions for video-hosting

Use the Contact Us information to request a consultation.

Training and Workshop Sessions

We provide regular training and workshop sessions on Sakai and other instructional technologies.

Workshop Schedule:

New workshops being scheduled for the spring semester: Sakai Basics and Designing Your Course with the Lessons Tool

Dates and times to be announced shortly. Let us know if you’re interested!



Poll Everywhere:



Blackboard Collaborate

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The Instructional Technology group includes:

  • Aiya Williams, Instructional Technology Manager, instructional designer
  • Ben Davis, Audio Technician and Mediasite Adminstrator
  • Andrew Ochs, Instructional Web Developer, Sakai point person