Despite UNC’s commitment to switch from Blackboard to Sakai by 2014, announced Oct. 18, some professors and teaching assistants don’t see it as a clear favorite.
Some educators said they preferred Blackboard, while some who have tried the Sakai program think several factors make it easier to use.
“I like Sakai better than Blackboard because it is more user- friendly, it looks better and it saves me time and energy to post documents and send e-mails to different sections of my classes,” wrote Charles Joukhadar, an Arabic professor, in an e-mail.
“Honestly, from a professor’s perspective it is easier to use Blackboard, but as a class coordinator it is easier to use Sakai,” said Encarnacion Cruz Jimenez, a teaching assistant in the Spanish department.
Class coordinators are responsible for crafting the syllabus and setting up Sakai for classes with multiple sections.