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The Sakai Project is a community source software development effort to design, build and deploy a new Collaboration and Learning Environment (CLE) for higher education. Sakai provides an application framework and associated CMS tools and components that are designed to work together. These components are for course management, and, as an augmentation of the original CMS model, they also support research collaboration.

Using a web browser, users choose from Sakai's many tools to create a worksite that is suited for courses, projects, and/or research collaboration. For coursework, Sakai provides features to supplement and enhance teaching and learning. For projects and collaboration, Sakai has tools to help organize communication and collaborative work on campus and around the world. To use Sakai, no knowledge of HTML is necessary.

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