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Wednesday, November 29, 2023

How to master Sakai (e-Learning)

We still aren’t sure whether to call it e-Learning or Sakai. And we don’t know why the URL is

But we do know you need to use it for a lot of classes, especially introductory-level classes. So you might as well learn it, even if you don’t love it.

E-Learning is what currently appears at the top of the page, which makes sense, because this website is where many professors post course syllabi, grades, useful links and study resources. You can also use the messaging tool for group or one-on-one messages, and you can take quizzes or exams on e-Learning.

At the top of the home screen you reach after logging in is a list of your classes that are linked to e-Learning. You can view them by semester when you get to be one of those old people who can’t remember what class was which semester. Click on “My Active Sites” to view them by semester and get directions for hiding old classes from the main page.

Sometimes, the e-Learning gods will frown upon you and throw a “Shibboleth error” in the mix. You will be randomly and unceremoniously taken to a page with an orange and yellow fiery dragon. The Gator Growl 2011 Shibboleth video described it best, but it has apparently disappeared from YouTube.

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