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!

Archive for the ‘Sakai’ Category


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. […]


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 […]


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 […]


ITRS’s All-New Instructional Technology Course

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 […]


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 […]


Spring 2018 Will Be the Last Semester for Gradebook Classic

December 6th, 2017

Starting with Spring 2018 courses, the new Gradebook will replace Gradebook Classic on the course menu. Faculty still wanting to use Gradebook Classic for Spring 2018 will have to turn on the tool by navigating to Site Info, then Manage Tools. It is strongly recommended that only one Gradebook tool be available on the course […]


Are Your Courses Ready for the Fall 2017 Term?

Are Your Courses Ready for the Fall 2017 Term?

August 3rd, 2017

Import, Design, Publish The Fall Term is just around the corner. Here are a few tips to help with any last-minute course items you might want to implement, before (or after) you click the Publish Now button. Do you have some course content you would like to use from a previous term? Check out the “How do I […]


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 […]


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 […]