Archive for the ‘Zoom’ Category

Top Hat Training: Discover Interactive Learning Software

Wednesday, June 17th, 2020

Top Hat

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. Instructors can choose between seven different poll question types for instant feedback, create an online discussion board, explore a fun tournaments option, and access an enhanced gradebook.

To learn more about Top Hat, register for a training session or visit the ITRS Top Hat Page.

ITRS Updates: February 2020

Monday, February 10th, 2020


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 register for the showcase for free catered lunch and prize opportunities. 

Training & Support

We offer training sessions for SakaiPanopto, and Zoom.  

For 1:1 assistance, please feel free to utilize our drop-in hours or contact us to schedule an appointment: 


*No drop-ins will be available on February 18th and 20th due to staff conferences and events.  

Panopto Updates

Sunday, 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 Keynote. Coming later in the semester, users will have the option to create and edit videos through the web-based recorder, eliminating the need to install the desktop plugin.

For more information on Panopto, please visit this guide.

Annotating & Whiteboarding in Zoom

Friday, November 2nd, 2018

When you’re in a Zoom meeting, do you ever wish you could draw something on the screen?


Guess what – you can! Zoom allows you (and your participants) to annotate on the screen!


Zoom has two lesser-known but interactive tools: Annotate & Whiteboard. Annotation allows you to draw on a shared screen, and Whiteboard allows you to write on a blank screen everyone can see.


To annotate, select the Annotate tool while sharing your screen. This option will bring up a new toolbar with a variety of ways to doodle on your screen. When you want everyone in your meeting to focus on your screen, you can use the spotlight, highlighter, pen, or arrow. The spotlight acts like a laser pointer and turns your cursor into a red dot. The highlighter and pen options act like, well, a highlighter or a pen. You can write, highlight, draw, or doodle whatever you want in 16 different colors. The arrow leaves a placeholder on your screen that will have your name on it for a more lasting reminder. When you’re ready to move on to the next thing, you can erase the annotations by selecting the clear button.



Zoom’s whiteboard option replicates writing on a whiteboard in a live classroom by displaying an empty canvas for you and your meeting’s participants to annotate on. To access the whiteboard feature, select “Whiteboard” when you share your screen.


To learn more, check out Zoom’s documentation on Annotation as a Viewer or reach out to us! You can email us at or come to our drop-in sessions at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses.


Article by: Meg Mandolia

Spring Changes

Wednesday, 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.

There will be a 3-month period of overlap where videos will be located in both systems allowing time to update the links to the videos (April-May).

Zoom will replace Adobe Connect

ITS is transitioning from Adobe Connect to Zoom for web conferencing and online synchronous classroom services beginning in January 2018 and completing the transition by May 2018. Zoom has been in use for online meetings and webinars at Loyola since 2016. It provides full online meeting capabilities including the use on microphones, webcams, chat, breakout rooms, file sharing, and recording.

Sakai Course Retention

ITS will be increasing the course retention practice from 18-months to 2-years for all course sites in the Sakai learning management system. Sakai course sites greater than two years old will be deleted, and a regular practice of deleting course sites greater than two years old will occur in May 2018 and continue on a regular basis in May of subsequent years to avoid incremental costs for content that is no longer used.

Sakai project sites will also be reviewed for usage, and those not accessed in two years will be candidates for deletion. Sakai project site owners will be contacted via e-mail during the Fall 2018 semester to coordinate the deletion of affected project sites. The deletion of Sakai project sites greater than two years old will occur in December 2018 and continue on a regular basis in December of subsequent years.

Click Here to learn more about these changes.