For many students, Sakai will be a new system. Fortunately, the switch to Sakai is fairly easy to make. Both Blackboard and Sakai share many of the same core tools: Announcements, Email/Messages, Syllabus and Course Documents/Resources. [See all student "how-to" videos.]
Below is a short video overview (3 min.) to orient you.
One key difference is that in Sakai, all UNC students have a private My Workspace area.
Best advice from students to students?
Use Firefox and use the Paste from Word icon when composing responses to paste into Sakai’s text box editors. It cleans up odd formatting codes that can display.