For the 2010-2011 school year, all of the School of Medicine's curriculum and forum websites will be hosted in Sakai. By 2014, Sakai will completely replace Blackboard as UNC's Learning Management System.

What is Sakai?

Sakai is a Learning Management System (similar to Blackboard or Moodle) for course and project websites that combines calendar, forum, email, roster, course information and other tools. It is a flexible, user-friendly software that allows for documents storage and custom web site creation for educational purposes.

UNC has been running courses in Sakai for over two years, with over 4,000 students and more than 1,000 faculty, teaching assistants and site organizers on campus who have already used the system. For more information about UNC's Sakai pilot, see ITS's Sakai blog. For more about Sakai in general, see the Sakai Project homepage.

How to access Sakai

Go to and log in with your ONYEN and ONYEN password. You will see a separate tab for each course or project site where you are a member.

Forums & School of Medicine Sakai Site

If you would like access the School of Medicine forums, just go to the "SOM Site" tab to access the general School of Medicine curriculum website. On the left hand side there is a link to the forums. The SOM Site also hosts a calendar for important events during the school year, announcements of things happening at the School of Medicine, and useful links and documents.

How do I... ?

Please see our documentation section for more information on how to do things within Sakai. Also, check out the SOM's video tutorials on YouTube about how to create a Sakai site, modify the way it looks for you, and more.

Contact Us

If you have any questions or comments, please email

Responses to the Sakai Pilot


Dr. Edward Kernick talks about building community and supporting group work in Sakai.


Dr. Kurt Gilliland talks about using the calendar in Sakai: