Sakai FAQ


What is Sakai?

Sakai is a learning management system (LMS).

Washington and Lee is transitioning to Canvas as the university's official learning management system (LMS).  Canvas is the world's fastest-growing LMS, used by more than 3,000 universities, school districts, and institutions around the world. Canvas is an innovator in educational technology, and their learning platform is known for being customizable, adaptable, and reliable.

The selection of Canvas was made after consideration by an LMS replacement working group composed of faculty, staff, and student representatives from across the university, charged with finding a solution that offers the best possible learning experience for students and an optimal platform for course delivery.  The working group also conducted a thorough review of best practices at peer institutions. As an enterprise-wide technology, Canvas will be managed and supported by ITS Academic Technologies.

Sakai will continue to operate as usual during the transition (2019-2020 Academic Year). Please note that at the end of Spring Term 2020, no more classes may be offered in Sakai, as it will be retired in June 2020.

How do I access it?

Use your W&L network credentials to log in at

How are my students added to a Sakai site?

Students are added automatically to course sites at W&L.

My students don't see the Sakai site--what's the issue?

Make sure you have published your course. There's a publish button in the upper left corner on the site main page.

How do I find additional help or support?

Visit The vast majority of questions about each tool is effectively answered with screenshots and step-by-step methods under the tools. Very useful, and constantly updated by the Sakai community as upgrades are made.

For all other questions, contact the ITS Information Desk in Leyburn Library at (540) 458-4357 (HELP) or by sending an email to