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2nd Annual Information and Technology Showcase

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

The 2nd Annual Loyola Information & Technology Showcase will be held on Thursday, February 23rd from 9am to 1pm in the Information Commons and adjacent Donovan Reading Room. 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 ones including CDW-G, VoiceThread, and Zoom. This event is open to all faculty, staff, and students. Continental breakfast and a box lunch will be provided to all registered participants. For more information and to register for the event, please visit the event page at


Panopto “My Folder” Update

Friday, August 19th, 2016

Panopto is Loyola University Chicago’s lecture capture software. Panopto allows users to create sessions using a combination of audio, video, slides, and screen capture. As of August 1st, all Loyola faculty, staff, and students now have access to a “My Folder” in Panopto. This will allow users to create, edit, share, and store sessions within Panopto. Additionally, users can use Panopto as a repository for pre-existing audio and video files they have created.

Users still have the capability of adding Panopto to a Sakai course or project site, as well as the ability to access Panopto through a Sakai site. To login to Panopto outside of Sakai, please click here. Instructional Technology & Research Support (ITRS) offers more information, step-by-step instructions, tutorial videos, and training sessions. You can visit our website here.

For further questions regarding Panopto at Loyola University Chicago, please contact the ITRS by emailing

Introducing Panopto 5.0

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Panopto is a lecture capture platform used at Loyola to provide users with the ability to capture screen content, audio, and video simultaneously. Panopto can serve many purposes for instructors including allowing instructors to record their lectures in the classroom or to pre-record their lectures. Pre-recording lectures allows instructors to “flip their classroom” and use class time for discussion or activities. Additionally, pre-recorded lectures can be used for online courses. Instructors also have the ability to allow students to create recordings using Panopto. Now Panopto has upgraded to version 5.0 and is providing instructors and students with even more options.

The Panopto 5.0 recorder is now available for Windows and Mac users. Both the Windows and Mac versions of the recorder have a modernized look. The 5.0 Mac recorder has been updated to more closely resemble the look and functionality of the Windows recorder.

Along with the new look, the new recorders have new features. Users can now capture computer audio within their recordings. For example, if a user plays a video during a recorded lecture, the audio from the video will be included in the recording. Mac users running OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) and 10.11 (El Capitan) will now be able to create live webcasts. Furthermore, Panopto webcasts now have DVR functionality. Viewers can now pause, rewind, and fast-forward to the current time of a webcast. Mac users now have the ability to record up to three video feeds simultaneously. Mac users can also enjoy multi-bitrate recording and streaming for improved video playback and fail safe recording to protect against power outages and hardware failure.

For more information on Panopto and Panopto 5.0 please visit:

Inactivity Alert for Lesson Pages within Sakai

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

A new inactivity alert feature has been added as an option to all lesson pages within Sakai. When activated, the alert will automatically trigger and email for any user that has not selected a specific lesson page. Instructors have the ability to set one time, daily, or weekly reminders for users that have not selected a specific lesson.

Each lesson page can have its own alert implanted. This new feature ensures that all students are accessing classroom content.  Instructors have the ability to discover if students are really taking part and using classroom material or simply doing without.

Alerts take just minutes to create and can be done before or during a semester. Check out the support documentation for a set-by-step guide on achieving an inactivity alert.

Use an Educational PowToon Account to Enhance Presentations

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

PowToon is an easy to use resource that allows users to create animated videos and presentations. An instructor could use PowToon to enhance lectures or a student could use PowToon to create entertaining presentations. Creating a PowToon presentation allows the user to add visually appealing backgrounds and animations with audio and text that will keep viewers engaged.

There are several options in terms of creating an account with PowToon. Users even have the ability to create an account for free. On the other hand, users have the option to select a premium or educational account in order to access additional features. To try an educational account, please visit: An educational account allows users to create a “classroom” through PowToon, add students to their class, and view student presentations. This is useful for instructors who wish to have easy access to student presentations. The PowToon blog ( includes several examples of PowToon presentations. For more information and resources on PowToon, please visit:

Join the BigBlueButton Pilot

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

BigBlueButton is a web conferencing solution that Loyola is piloting this year. BigBlueButton allows instructors to host class sessions, meetings, or office hours online. Additionally, students are able to enter a BigBlueButton online room without their instructor. Therefore, students have the ability to utilize BigBlueButton rooms for group work at times that are convenient for them.

Within a BigBlueButton room participants and hosts are able to share web cams and microphones, as well as use a chat window for communication. Users have the option to use emojis, a raised hand icon, and an away icon to indicate their thoughts or status during a session.

The presentation window is a space for users to upload documents and presentations that can be annotated during a session. A polling feature is also located in the presentation window and gives instructors the ability to quickly assess student opinion or learning using true/false, yes/no, multiple answer choices, or custom polls.

BigBlueButton provides options for easy access to the meeting room. There is a call-in feature where users can join a meeting with audio and listen to others’ comments. Additionally, users can download the Puffin Browser (version 4.6 or later) and connect to the meeting using an iPad, iPhone, or an Android device. This allows students to access meetings in a manner that is convenient to them.

For more information on participating in the pilot or on BigBlueButton, please visit:

Protect your Sensitive Data from Phishing Attacks

Friday, September 16th, 2011

Did You Know?
Loyola University Chicago blocks over one million spam messages per day.

What is Phishing?
Phishing is an attempt to steal sensitive information, such as your social security number or passwords, by posing as a trusted organization or person. Phishers are known for using this information for identity theft and other fraudulent acts.

What do Phishing attacks look like?
Phishing is most commonly attempted via an email that will claim to come from a trusted organization, such as Loyola University Chicago, your bank or your credit card company. There are two common mechanisms that phishers use to steal your sensitive information:

  • 1.  They will ask you to respond to an email with your sensitive  information.
  • 2.  They will ask you to follow links to update your sensitive  information.
    • a.  You will appear to be providing your information to the trusted company, while in fact you will be providing that information to a phisher.

What are some types of Phishing attacks?

  • “Spear Phishing” targets a particular person or organization into revealing confidential company information by impersonating the organization, or members of the organization.
  • “Whaling” specifically targets senior management into divulging confidential information.

How can I prevent becoming a victim of Phishing attacks?
No legitimate organization will ever ask you for your password!

Do not click on any links sent via email, as these may take you to a web site that places malicious software on your computer. Instead, enter the address that you know is legitimate into your browser.

For example:  Instead of clicking on the URL received in an email (such as, open up Firefox and navigate to Citibank’s known website:

Call the institution to inquire on the matter instead of following the link. In addition, refrain from calling any numbers listed in the email, and instead, use a number for the organization that you know is legitimate.

If you are prompted to enter your username and password to a site that appears legitimate, enter both incorrectly.  A fraudulent site will accept the incorrect username and password while a legitimate site will not. Also make sure to check that the SSL certificate is valid and error free. Refer to the following link and steps to validate the sites SSL certificate,

If you do provide personal or sensitive information to a malicious site, immediately contact the appropriate institution with the details surrounding the occurrence.

Where can I send potential Phishing attacks to be processed?
LUC Staff, faculty, and students should report any regular phishing emails or sites to

If you have received a Spear Phishing or Whaling attack, please forward it to

Where can I find more info?
Visit for additional security tips.

Office 2010: Have You Made the Switch?

Friday, August 12th, 2011

Odds are you’ve heard something about the campus-wide upgrade to Windows 7.  If not, here’s the short version: By the end of the calendar year, all labs, classrooms, and faculty and staff computers will be running Microsoft’s latest.

But other things are also happening. With the Windows upgrade, we’ll also be moving to the 2010 version of Microsoft’s Office suite. If you are currently using Office 2007, the visual and functional changes coming with Office 2010 should be relatively easy to navigate. For those who are currently using Office 2003, however, the upgrade represents a big jump.

Is there anything I should do to prepare?

We’re glad you asked. If you’re using Office 2003 or 2007, you can sit tight until your department is scheduled for its upgrade to begin using Office 2010. But why wait? Why not upgrade now, on your own, and give yourself a little extra time to learn all the new features?

What’s so different in Office 2010?

The move to Office 2010 will provide many benefits, including stronger formatting features, built-in PDF support, new audio and visual tools in some programs, and a real-time co-authoring tool for document collaboration. The most notable difference for those coming from the 2003 programs is the Microsoft “ribbon,” a visual panel of features that continually displays options previously found through menus and toolbars. This ribbon interface was introduced with the Office 2007 suite, and further enhancements have been made with the Office 2010 programs.

OK, I’ll upgrade now. How do I do it?

It’s easy. Select Loyola Software, Useful Tools, Microsoft Office, Office 2010, and the installation will begin.

There are a few requirements. For instance, you’ll need Windows XP SP3 and 200 MB free space on your C: drive to upgrade. (If the Office 2010 option doesn’t show up when you go to Loyola Software, you may not meet these technical requirements. If that’s the case, please email for information on how to proceed.)

How long does it take?

Installation time varies depending on the speed of your machine, and could take 25-45 minutes. You’ll see a progress bar on screen during the installation, though it may not always look like it’s moving. You’ll be asked to reboot your computer when the process is complete.

What if I need help with the new programs?

Workshops featuring the Office 2010 programs will be available through ITS starting in January. In the meantime, Microsoft offers a bunch of great resources on their support site.  For a few suggestions, visit the About Office 2010 section of our Microsoft Migration Project web pages. (While you’re there you can check out more about the project, including other ways to prepare.)

If you have any questions or problems, please contact the ITS project team at

Online Access to your Files on the Loyola Network

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Loyola faculty and staff are able to store files on Loyola’s network; users have access to a private (U:) drive and some departments may have a shared directory.  You can get to the network from any campus computer; however what if you are off-campus and need to access your files?  With DocXchanger, Loyola users can simply and securely access their files located on Loyola’s network, from any Internet location.  DocXchanger may be accessed via a Web interface or by downloading a Windows client. With this service, users also have the capability to share their files with external (non-Loyola) affiliates.

Note: You will need to have your Loyola user ID set‐up to work with this application; please refer to the DocXchanger Access Instructions or contact the IT HelpDesk for more information.

Keep in mind that DocXchanger only provides access to files stored on Loyola’s network.  If you need remote access to any files or applications on your Loyola desktop computer, you will need to request access to Loyola’s Virtual Private Network (VPN).

Easily Search for Academic Resources with Google Scholar

Thursday, January 15th, 2009

Google Scholar is a free search service that offers the capability to search for scholarly literature across the Web. With Scholar, searchers are able to find peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and citations from a variety of scholarly organizations such as academic publishers and universities.  Scholar provides the straightforward interface and convenience we’re accustomed to with a Google search. However, the added benefit is that Scholar enables searchers to search against only academic materials. Google has also worked with academic publishers to make some information that is generally protected by subscription barriers available in a Scholar search.  The advantage of this arrangement is that searchers can access abstracts and citation information from a diversity of resources.

While full text articles are occasionally available from Scholar, you may still need to access the complete resource from a library or publisher. In this case, you can take advantage of Loyola Libraries  to help locate the materials you find in a Scholar search. If you use Scholar through the Loyola Libraries web pages or from on-campus, you will get a link to the full text journals available from the LU Libraries.  Scholar can also be customized to link to Loyola holdings. Ask at the Lewis or Cudahy Libraries for assistance with this and other resources.