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Sakai Student Quickstart


Sakai is a collaborative learning environment which is used in The Claremont Colleges to supplement traditional instruction, deliver online course materials, and facilitate collaboration between instructors and students.

Accessing Sakai

Go to Sakai At The Claremont Colleges using one of the following authorized web browsers:

  • Firefox
  • Netscape 7.1 and newer
  • Internet Explorer 6.0 and newer (Windows only)

Logging In

The Login link is at the upper right of the page.

Use your regular Pomona username and password. Please contact ITS (email or call 18062) if you are unable to log on, or have forgotten your network password.


You can log in with your network user ID and choose the name of your college from the drop box labeled “Please select your college.” Either way will work.

When you log in you will gain access to your “My Workspace” page.

Logging out

At the upper right is a Logout link which allows you to log out of the system. To prevent unauthorized access to your sites after you are finished working, be sure to logout and then close all open browser windows.

Navigation Tips

Navigating in a Course or Project Site

Following is a brief overview of features and how to navigate:

  • If you do not see a particular course or project on the Navigation Bar, click the “More Sites” drop-down arrow on the right side of the Nav Bar, then click on the name of the course to view it.
  • To scroll in dropdown menus, press up or down arrows.
  • Go to the top of a page with the Page Up button.
  • Go to the bottom of a page to see buttons like Cancel, with Page Down button.
  • Course and project sites appear as tabs across the top of the screen in the Site Navigation Bar. Click a tab to go to the corresponding site. (Course sites are associated with courses; project sites are for projects and other collaborative activities.)
  • Note: If you are not yet a member of any course or project site, you will see only a My Workspace tab. For information about joining sites, see Membership: Overview.
  • The Menu Bar is a column along the left side of the screen with links for each available tool (e.g., Announcements, Syllabus, Resources). The number of links will vary depending on which tools were chosen for a site by the site owner. Click the tool’s name to go to the corresponding tool.
  • Home on the Menu bar takes you to the homepage for the site you are in. Homepages can contain a list of recent announcements, recent discussion items, and selected resources.
  • Note: Using the browser’s Back button will not take you to the prior page, but instead will take you to the prior tool you were using.

The Reset Button

The small button that appears to the left of the name of the tool you’re currently using, usually represented by a double arrow, is called the Reset Button. Use the reset button to return to the starting point of any tool, as if you had entered the tool in a new session.


The Context-Sensitive Help buttons take you to the built-in online documentation.

My Workspace


My Workspace is an individual online worksite that functions as a private workspace for each user. When you log in, Sakai will automatically open your My Workspace, which will display the Message of the Day and information from the system administrator.

Some of the other features available in My Workspace are:

  • Use Customize Tabs to rearrange the course sites on the horizontal menubar.
  • Create a project or portfolio site for your own purposes.

Using Course Tools:

Viewing and Opening Files in Syllabus

When you click Syllabus in the menu bar, you will see a list of the materials related to Syllabus. To view the syllabus, click the name of the syllabus. If it is a Word or PDF file, it will open the document in the relevant application.

Viewing and Opening Files in Resources

When you click Resources in the menu bar, you will see a list of the site’s resources and folders containing resources. You can then do the following to browse through the available material:

To view a resource, click the name of the resource, or the icon next to it. You may need to agree to a copyright statement, and then you will see the resource.
To view the contents of a folder, click the folder icon next to the folder name or the name itself to open it, or click the black arrows to the left of “Title” to expand all the folders (i.e., make their contents visible).

You can navigate between resources and folders using the “Location:” path above the resource list; simply click a folder name in the path to go to that folder. You can also click the icon of a folder with an arrow in it to go up one level.

You can sort the resources by title (click Title), resource creator (click Created by), date last modified (click Modified), or size (click Size). To reverse the order, click any of these links again.

Forums Tools

Forums are the top level in the Forums tool. Topics appear under the forums, and replies appear grouped with the appropriate topic.

Site participants can post a new thread in a topic (a “flat” discussion) or to other replies (a “threaded” discussion). A site’s owner can also choose whether or not to allow site participants to post their own discussion topics.

Forums attachments: You can add any number of attachments, and they can be any combination of local files, websites, and resources:

To attach a local file from your computer, under “Upload local file”, click Browse, find the file, select it, and click Open.

Note: When attaching a file, you must include the file’s extension (e.g., .gif, .doc, .html, or .jpg) so it is viewable to others.

When you’ve selected all the items you want to attach, click Finish.

Using the buttons at the bottom of the screen, you can post your reply (Add Reply), preview it (Preview), save it as a draft (Save Draft), or cancel your posting (Cancel).

Deleting a Forums item: The absence of a trash can icon means that you do not have permission to delete a discussion item. Only site maintainers, instructors, and others with special permissions can delete Forums items.

Drop Box Tool

The Drop Box feature allows instructors and students to share documents within a private folder for each student. The Drop Box works like Resources to allow you to upload many types of files and many files at a time. The Drop Box may also allows nested folders (folders within folders).

Adding a Drop Box item: If you have the correct permissions, you can add an item to a Drop Box or to a folder within a Drop Box. To do so, click Add next to the title of the Drop Box or existing folder. Then follow the appropriate steps:

Drop box file upload: On the Add Item(s) page, from the “Add Item Type” drop-down list, select File Upload.

Use the drop-down list to select the number of files to upload. If you choose to add multiple files, repeat the following steps for each.

Under “File Upload”, click Browse to find and select the file you want to upload.

Under “Properties”, type a title and description for your file in the appropriate fields.
From the “Copyright Status” drop-down list, make the appropriate selection.

Use the checkbox to select whether or not to display the copyright alert and require acknowledgment of the copyright when others access the file.

Click Add.

Removing a drop box item: To remove an item in a Drop Box or Drop Box folder - Select the checkbox next to the item’s title, and then click Remove Checked.

On the confirmation page, click Remove.

For additional information

Please refer to the Sakai Help, especially the Instructor and/or Student Guide.