Sakai is a Learning Management System (LMS), a website platform that supports teaching. Most notably, a Sakai site is a secure place to collect assignments, administer assessments, and post grades. The LMS also offers a resource repository, media gallery, online discussion, and many other capabilities; you can even connect external sites like Piazza. Instructors choose which tools to deploy and how they are used.
Like a Swiss army knife, an LMS bundles useful tools in a single location. You can find powerful storage options, Gradebooks, and discussion forums outside of Sakai, but you won't have the same combination of convenience, security, and integration.
These resources will help you become a competent Sakai user:
Part A. Create and customize a Sakai course site. Minimum requirements are given below, but feel free to do more. Write a paragraph that briefly describes the role you envision Sakai playing in the course.
Part B. Create an activity
Develop a task for a class in your discipline. Have students to use Sakai to submit an assignment, participate in a discussion forum, or take a short quiz. Write a paragraph that specifically states the learning goal, how the activity will work and how it will be evaluated.
Part C. Make screenshots for your ePortfolio and add them to your Google Drive media folder.
In your ePortfolio, first rename the "(tools badge)" page "Sakai", then write a reflection of at least 250 words. Make connections between your reading, activities, experience of teaching / learning, and future plans.
Specifically mention (quote?) an article you read for the badge.
These prompts may help: