After years of UNC students and faculty using Sakai, recent rumors around campus indicate that the University may now be moving away from the software.
The rumors are true. The University will continue transitioning to Canvas — the learning management system with the largest market share in North America — as its primary course website hub.
Professors will have the option to use either Sakai or Canvas this upcoming semester, allowing for a smooth transition period. This means students might be using both learning systems this semester depending on their professor.
Suzanne Cadwell, UNC's director of educational technologies, said she hopes the University will fully transition to using Canvas so that it does not have to support and use both systems.
"We hope that it happens sooner rather than later, but it is absolutely at the discretion of the academic units to make that decision — so we support them," she said.
Students seem to agree with Cadwell.
UNC junior Emma Brown said that while she has never used Canvas before, she prefers that the University use only one application.
"It’s just kind of important to me to have everything consolidated as much as possible," Brown said. "So, I’d prefer to fully use Canvas or Sakai."
The University started the switch to Canvas during the fall 2021 semester, by having a small cohort of eight courses pilot the application.