Loyola University Chicago

Instructional Technology & Research Support

Information Technology Services

Faculty FAQ

Your Sakai ID and password are the same as your Loyola Universal ID and password (the credentials you use to log into LOCUS and your office computer).

  1. Open your browser.
  2. Type sakai.luc.edu in the “Address:” field.
  3. Click Login.
  4. Type your Loyola Universal ID in the “user id:” field.
  5. Type your Loyola password in the “password:” field.
  6. Hit Enter or click the Login button to the right of the "password:" field.

Don’t worry; it happens to everyone at least once. To get a new password:


Login to Password Self-Service to reset your pass. If you are new or have never used Password Self-Service, see the Step-by-Step instruction Guide to help you get started.  For additional assistances, please contact the Helpdesk at 8-4ITS (on campus) or 773-508-4ITS (off campus).

Because you use your Loyola Universal ID and password to log into Sakai, resetting your Sakai password also changes your Loyola password. Use this new password to log into Sakai, LOCUS, Outlook, and your office computer.

Students are automatically added or removed from your Sakai course based on information Sakai receives from LOCUS. Student registration changes (adds/change/drops) in LOCUS are usually reflected in Sakai 24 hours later.

If you wish to add a Teacher’s Assistant to your course, email the Sakai support team at sakai@luc.edu with:

  • User’s first and last name
  • UVID (username) 
  • Loyola email address, course (including section and semester)

Instructor assignments come from LOCUS, so the support team cannot add a colleague as an instructor in your course.  Since Sakai Teacher’s Assistants have access to the course Gradebook, we are unable to give a student in your class or any undergraduate students the role of a Teacher’s Assistant.

Course shells creation dates are listed on the Sakai Administrative Schedule page. If you are not seeing your course shell(s) for a term in which you are teaching please contact sakai@luc.edu.

 For formal training sessions visit The Sakai Project Schedule of Training Sessions. Less formal options include hands-on help via Sakai drop-in sessions and online resources listed at Sakai Training.

You can choose to hide sites (e.g., course sites from previous semesters), or reorder them (i.e., choose which sites to display in tabs), using the Preferences tool in My Workspace.

1. From your My Workspace in the menu, click Preferences.

2. Click Customize Tabs.

3. Under Customize Tabs you can use the right and left arrow buttons (<  and  >) to move sites form the Sites visible in Tabs box to the Sites not visible in Tabs box and vice versa.

4. Click the double arrow buttons (<<  and  >>) to move all sites from one box to the other.

5. Note: Sites in Sites not visible in Tabs are also hidden from the  - more -  drop-down list.

6. To determine the order in which tabs are displayed, click a site in the Sites visible in Tabs box and then use the up and down arrows to change the order.

7. Note: Your My Workspace tab will always appear to the left of your other sites.

8. You can change the number of tabs you see with the drop-down list next to Tabs displayed.

9. Click on Update Preferences to save your changes.

Course Site

A course site is the official work site for a particular academic course and is limited to a specific academic term. Course sites are created and populated with both instructors and students automatically, based on a regular LOCUS feed.

Project Site

A project site is not limited to a specific academic term, and can be used to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside of the Loyola community for group work, committees, and research projects. Examples of uses of project sites are university committees, registered and sponsored student organizations, student groups, communities, organizations, collaborative research projects, training initiatives, and groups of instructors who will be teaching lab sections.  All Loyola students, faculty, and staff users can create a project site.

For more information on the similarities and differences, please visit Sakai: Course Sites and Project Sites‌.

In the case of a McGraw-Hill course cartridge, follow directions in the email you are sent:

  1. Save the Content Zip file to your Desktop.
  2. Click on the Lesson Builder tool from the menu list on the left hand side of your course.
  3. Go to Manage.
  4. Select Import/Export.
  5. Browse and Import the provided Zip file.

If you have more courses or projects than you see listed in the tabs at the top of your display, click on More Sites to the right of your Sakai course site tabs to view all sites.  If you have many courses listed, be sure to scroll down in the course list to view all sites.