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!

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Coming Soon: Panopto 9

Coming Soon: Panopto 9

June 29th, 2020

  Panopto 9.0 Greetings from ITRS! We are pleased to announce the arrival of Panopto 9, Loyola’s official lecture capturing platform. The following features and enhancements are now available to all Loyola users: Panopto Capture – An exciting new web-based recorder that allows users to easily capture video, audio, screens, and applications using a web […]


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. […]


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 […]


Spring Changes

April 11th, 2018

Panopto will replace Kaltura Information Technology Services (ITS) is transitioning from Kaltura (Loyola Media) to Panopto for video repository and video streaming services beginning in January 2018 and completing the transition by June 2018. Panopto provides all the functionality of Kaltura while offering additional services such as classroom capture and integration with the Sakai system. […]


3rd Annual Information and Technology Showcase

January 26th, 2018

The 3rd Annual Loyola Information & Technology Showcase will be held on Thursday, February 15th from 9:30am to 3:15pm in the Damen Student Center. Come learn about existing library and technology resources through breakout sessions or visit some resource tables.  There are returning vendors such as Top Hat, Panopto, and SimplyMap, as well as new […]


Discover Sakai 11

Discover Sakai 11

June 14th, 2017

Sakai 11 is finally here! With the upgrade complete, you may be struggling to locate your course sites, update your Lesson page to the new design, and enter grades. Below is a quick, eight-minute video that highlights a few of the new enhancements, including an interface with a new clean, modern design. The Lessons tool […]


New Features in Panopto

April 10th, 2017

Panopto, Loyola’s lecture capture software, has some exciting new features. Panopto now allows users to easily upload slides to an existing session, change the thumbnail image for a session, access speech-to-text captions, and add quizzes to a session. For instructions on updating slides or thumbnail images, please click here. Automatic captions are now available to […]


Sakai 11 is Almost Here!

March 21st, 2017

On May 12th, Loyola’s learning management system will be upgrading to Sakai 11. Per this upgrade, you will discover a few changes within Sakai. Some of these changes include: A new Gradebook tool Anonymous forum discussions More customization options for lessons A new Hot Spot question type within exams We will be introducing the new […]