[Deploying Sakai] Sakai Course Management

Paul Ross Paul.Ross at bexleyschools.org
Thu Nov 19 13:00:06 PST 2009

Two questions for the brains trust.

Q1. I have reviewed the course management documentation and everything points to using the API to provide for an enterprise integration with a SIS.  I do not have the staff to leverage the API, however we can compose scripts to integrate Sakai with our SIS.  Can someone please point us in the right direction to find documents detailing the database schema and the course, user import/update process?  We have done this previously with another system and are aware that changes will be needed for new DB releases, but this is something we can do.  We have used the inbuilt interface so far however need to move to an automated process for efficiency and to minimize complexity for teachers.

Assistance with this issue will enable us to achieve a secondary objective, that is to create a community document detailing how Sakai can be installed and maintained in a K-12 environment.  So far we have documented our experience installing Sakai successfully in a Windows 2008 MySQL 64 bit environment.  Our next challenge is to integrate Sakai with PowerSchool and document a K-12 configuration.

Q2. We have used the internal interface provided to add a few courses and students however the name of the course displayed makes no sense if you are using institutional codes (course code, subject, section codes, term ID).  Is there an option or database field to use a common course name?

Any assistance would be appreciated.


Paul Ross
Paul Ross (Technology Director - Bexley City Schools)
Email: Paul.Ross at bexleyschools.org<mailto:Paul.Ross at bexleyschools.org> Phone: 614-231-7611 ext 5313

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