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 in Sakai 20?

December 1st, 2020

Sakai 20 is coming to Loyola on Monday, December 21st, 2020! On 12/21 from 7am to 12pm, Sakai will be unavailable.  Once the upgrade is complete, the following new and improved features will be available:  Sakai Grader with a document preview for the Assignments tool  A date manager that allows instructors to quickly modify all due dates in the Site Info […]


Panopto 10: Coming Soon

Panopto 10: Coming Soon

December 8th, 2020

Panopto 10 Greetings from ITRS! We are pleased to announce the arrival of Panopto 10, Loyola’s official lecture capturing platform. The new version will be available on December 20th, 2020 and will include several new and improved features: Tags — Panopto’s video library has a new way to support content organization and discovery: #tags.  Users can […]


Top Hat Training: Discover Interactive Learning Software

Top Hat Training: Discover Interactive Learning Software

June 17th, 2020

ITRS is proud to announce a series of trainings on Top Hat, a web-based platform that allows students to use their smartphone, tablet, or other mobile devices to participate in and engage with in-class activities. Top Hat’s student-centric experience engages and motivates learners with captivating virtual classroom features, interactive course content, and built-in assessment capabilities. […]


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 […]