Sakai Training

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Required Sakai Training: Intro to Sakai

Before an instructor can use Sakai (or get a course site set up on Sakai), he or she must complete the Intro to Sakai workshop.

  • The Intro to Sakai workshop is offered online, is always available, and can be done at the instructor's convenience.
  • The workshop takes about 3 hours to complete, and registration is required.
  • After you register for the workshop, within one to two days, you will receive an email with workshop instructions.

For details on what the workshop covers, see Intro to Sakai Basic Competencies

Intermediate Sakai Online Workshop

The Intermediate Sakai online workshop is strongly recommended for those who teach online and hybrid courses and for any instructors interested in using new activities in their courses. Successful completion of Intro to Sakai and registration are required.

  • After you register for the workshop, within one to two days, you will receive an email with workshop instructions.
  • The Intermediate Sakai Online workshop provides instruction on using Sakai's Gradebook and on creating and grading Discussion Forums, Assignments, and Test & Quizzes.
  • You'll also discover best practices for using each tool effectively with students.
  • If you complete all of the activities successfully, you'll be awarded a digital badge.

For details on what the workshop covers, see Sakai Intermediate Basic Competencies

Optional Sakai Workshops

Additional workshops are offered on various Sakai topics. At present, the majority of our optional workshops are offered in a face-to-face format (on campus). The Intro to Sakai workshop is a pre-requisite for all other Sakai workshops.

If you have 3-4 instructors who need help with a Sakai topic, please contact us at for a custom workshop.

For details on available workshops and work sessions, see the current training schedule.

Register for Workshops

  • Registration is required for all Sakai training workshops.
  • View the current training schedule including dates, times, locations, and descriptions.

Note: An email address is required to register. Instructors may register using any email address that is convenient for them to check. (It does not have to be a Durham Tech address.) We will use this email address to send workshop reminders and any "getting started" instructions.

New Employees

Full-time and part-time instructors who are new to Durham Tech must submit several forms to Human Resources BEFORE they can obtain access to college systems and begin Sakai training.

Visit Pre-Employment Paperwork for New Hires to see a list of all forms required for new employees. The six forms listed under the section labeled "ITS Forms" must be submitted and processed before you can begin your Sakai training.

Note: After the ITS forms have been submitted, the new instructor's Durham Tech employee number and login ID can be created, usually within a few days. Then the new instructor will be able to log in to Sakai and begin training.

Instructors with Previous Sakai Experience

The training requirement can be waived for those who have used Sakai previously as an instructor at another institution.

  • Before requesting a training waiver, the instructor should review the Intro to Sakai Basic Competencies and make sure he/she has the skills listed there.
  • Other institutions may use different versions of Sakai or have their systems configured quite differently. Therefore we encourage those who used Sakai as an instructor at another institution to sign up for and complete Durham Tech's Intro to Sakai workshop if possible.
  • Instructors who receive a training waiver are responsible for reading and following Durham Tech's local Sakai Procedures.

To request a Sakai training waiver

The instructor's supervisor must send an email to with the following information:

  • Instructor's full legal name
  • Instructor's Durham Tech ID number (if the instructor does not have a Durham Tech ID number, see New Employees section above)
  • An email address where the instructor can be reached
  • Name of the institution where the instructor used Sakai previously as an instructor

Within a day or two of receiving the request, Durham Tech's Sakai staff will process the request and send the instructor an email with information on accessing Durham Tech's Sakai system.

I've completed required Sakai training. What's next?

  • Read the Sakai Procedures to learn important info about getting your course sites set up and making them available to students.
  • Register for and complete the Intermediate Sakai Online Workshop if you are teaching an online or hybrid course, or want to use online discussions, assignments, and test & quizzes.
  • Visit Sakai Resources for lots of tips on using Sakai as an instructor at Durham Tech.
  • Check out the resources available for your students at Sakai Help for Students.