Academic Tech Tips by ITRS

ITRS, or Instructional Technology & Research Support at Loyola University Chicago, is the team behind Academic Tech Tips.

Our staff specializes in a diverse range of academic technologies, ranging from classroom equipment solutions, research technologies, and learning design.

Visit Academic Tech Tips for updates on Loyola’s instructional and research technologies, upcoming events and upgrades, and other uses of tech in teaching and learning!


What’s New: Zoom 5.0 + Zoom in Sakai

What’s New: Zoom 5.0 + Zoom in Sakai

May 13th, 2020

The Zoom tool integration in Sakai and the Zoom Desktop Client have both been updated to improve your Zoom experience. Please take a moment to note and use the updated features that will make for smoother class scheduling and meetings. Zoom Desktop Client: Zoom 5.0 Download the Latest Version of Zoom The Zoom Desktop Client […]


ITRS Updates: February 2020

ITRS Updates: February 2020

February 10th, 2020

Greetings!   Here is a list of upcoming events, services, and other updates from the ITRS team.   Upcoming Events The 5th Annual Information Technology Showcase will take place on February 20th from 9am to 3pm in the Damen Student Center on the 2nd floor. Stop by for a program featuring optional breakout sessions and service provider partner presentations on Zoom, LOCUS, Top Hat, VoiceThread, and many more. We encourage you to […]


Panopto Updates

Panopto Updates

January 5th, 2020

Panopto 8.0 Panopto, Loyola’s official lecture capturing platform, now includes new features and functions. Users are now able to access deleted recordings through their Recycling Bin. When embedding video, there is the option to customize the embed size. Additional, the choice is now available for instructors to allow viewers to download their slides, PowerPoint, or […]


Rediscover VoiceThread

Rediscover VoiceThread

August 23rd, 2019

Are you looking for ways to enhance your course’s PowerPoints or create more interactive discussion boards? VoiceThread may be your solution! VoiceThread allows instructors to facilitate online discussions, so students can post, comment, and collaborate with their peers in a fun and engaging way. These conversations are not live, so the timing of discussions allows […]


Course Preparation Day

Course Preparation Day

July 12th, 2019

Come join us for a full-day of training, collaboration, and course building assistance. Date Friday, August 16th Time 10:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. Location Information Commons, 2nd floor in room 230 Attend Training Attend in person or online via Zoom  Each training session will be 30 minutes   All sessions are introductory   Build Your Site Work on Sakai […]


Summer Instructional Technologies Course

May 6th, 2019

Are you creating your own Sakai site? Are you looking to use technology in a purposeful way? Join us this summer to explore educational technologies already available to the Loyola community and design your own Sakai course or project site. The upcoming session begins May 20th. ITRS developed an online course available to the Loyola […]


Learning Analytics

Learning Analytics

April 8th, 2019

Learning analytics has become an increasingly hot topic of discussion in higher education. It can be best described as the process of interpreting course data collected from online interactions with content, activities, and other individuals. The goal is to use this information to improve student engagement and learning outcomes in future courses. ITRS is excited […]


Preparing for Sakai 12

February 15th, 2019

What’s New in Sakai 12? On May 12th, Loyola’s learning management system will be upgrading to Sakai 12. In this upgrade, students, faculty, and staff will see a few updates. Some of these changes include: Improved features in the Assignments, Gradebook, and Lessons tools Accessibility improvements Auto favorite new sites An updated text editor How […]


4th Annual Information & Technology Showcase

4th Annual Information & Technology Showcase

January 25th, 2019

The 4th Annual Loyola Information & Technology Showcase will be held on Thursday, February 21st from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm in the Damen Student Center. Come learn about library and technology resources available to the University community. Take advantage of a variety of breakout sessions and a full array of resource tables from vendors […]


Sakai Gradebook Checklist

Sakai Gradebook Checklist

December 7th, 2018

We smell the coffee. We see the library rush. It’s that time of year again: finals. Source: Freeimages.com/andreajaccarino For instructors, we’d like to make your Sakai grading process as easy as possible so you can focus on what matters most: your students. Follow the ten steps below to make sure your Sakai gradebook is good […]