Sakai: Lessons

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Lessons is a flexible tool for adding content to your Sakai site.

  • With the Lessons tool, you can share all kinds of content with students, including web links, documents, videos, and links to assignments, tests/quizzes, and forums.
  • You can also create weekly subpages to organize your content, so students can find the week's materials and assignments all together in one place.

If you're teaching an online or hybrid course, it's important to use the Lessons tool to organize the content for each week of the course. (The Lessons tool can be useful for face-to-face courses as well.)

Getting Started

What content should you add to Lessons? how can you organize it?



Best Practices for Using Sakai's Lessons and Course Design

Working with Sections and Columns

Interactive Features in Lessons


With the new Checklist feature, instructors can add a "to-do" list to any Lessons page, which helps students stay on track and allows instructors to view their progress.


Instructors can add a Multiple Choice or Short Answer question directly to a Lessons Page. The questions can be graded (correct answer specified) or used for polling (no correct answer specified).


Instructors can allow students to add comments to a Lessons page. The comments can be graded.

Interactive Video

Interactive Video is an external tool available within Lessons. With this tool, instructors can add questions to Warpwire or YouTube videos for students to answer as they watch.

Student Content (aka Student Pages)

The Student Content feature in Lessons is great for student projects.

  • If you enable this feature, students (or groups) will be able to create their own pages in Lessons, containing text, web links, pictures, videos, and links to documents.
  • Here's some of the capabilities of Student Pages:
    • Comments can be added to each student page
    • You can grade student pages and/or comments
    • Peer review and group rubrics are available; but you must inform students of peer review deadlines

Personalize Text to Display a Student's Name

In the Sakai Text Editor you can add a name token to display the name of the student viewing the page. Three options are available:
The three options are listed. The name tolken is provided between double sets of braces. Option 1 is Template:Firstname to insert the student's first name. Option 2 is Template:Lastname to insert the student's last name. Option 3 is Template:Fullname to insert the student's last name

Important note: Make sure to type double sets of braces (not parens or brackets) around the name token. The image below demonstrates how each name tolken appears to the student.

In Lessons Editor, display personalization keywords and how displayed in Lessons to the student