Archive for September, 2018

Facilitating Meeting Times: The Sakai Sign-Up Tool

Friday, September 28th, 2018

As an instructor, you often make yourself available to meet with students outside of class. You might hold office hours, meet with individual students, or schedule group meetings each semester. How do you organize your meeting times?

Picture this scenario:

You host office hours for two days per week each term. Students drop-by occasionally at the beginning of the semester. However, at the end of the semester when summative assessments approach due dates, you see an influx in student attendance and an eagerness to communicate with you. There is a line of students out your door during office hours, anxious for your feedback. In an attempt to organize the time, you asked that students email you to request an appointment time slot. With several classes to attend to, the emails become difficult to manage, especially when multiple students ask for the same time frame. To reduce the time you spend scheduling, you hand out a paper sign-up sheet in class and post it to your office door. Crossed out names, erased appointments, and scribbled contact information adorn your office door. You think to yourself, “if only there was an easier way to manage meetings!”

For a seamless scheduling experience, Loyola instructors can use the Sign-Up tool in their Sakai course sites. The Sign-Up tool in Sakai facilitates online registration for office hours, study sessions, and other academic meetings or events. In addition to scheduling, Instructors can use the Sign-Up tool to provide reminders about meetings, track attendance, and offer site participants a waitlist. Project site participants with “maintain” status can also use the Sign-Up tool to arrange meetings for project site participants.

For more information about how to use the Sign-Up tool in Sakai as an Instructor, visit the Sign-Up Instructor Guide ScreenSteps documentation. ITRS also offers individual and group-based training on the Sign-Up tool and other Sakai tools. For more information, visit the Technology Training page on Loyola’s ITS site.

Article by: Megan Mitchell

ITRS’s All-New Instructional Technology Course

Tuesday, September 11th, 2018

Are you interested in learning more about creating your own Sakai course or project site? Did you take the Faculty Center for Ignition Pedagogy Online Teaching Course and want to learn more? Do you want to incorporate more technology into your teaching? Check out our new course!

For the first time, ITRS has developed a comprehensive course available to the Loyola community (including faculty, staff, and students) designed to explore our wealth of different technology resources. This six-week course provides you the opportunity to explore the different features, functions, and purposes of the technologies available to the LUC community. Each week you will learn about one or more technologies and strategies for incorporating them into your educational experience. At the end of the course, you will have a fully-functional Sakai course template that you can use for a course you will actually teach.

We are looking forward to launching this new course and seeing you this fall! If you have any questions, email us at Check out our site to learn more about our new Instructional Technologies Course and to register: