Loyola University Chicago

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Information Technology Services

Sakai 11 Upgrade

Please note: Spring 2018 will be the last semester for Gradebook Classic

We are excited to announce the Sakai 11 upgrade is now complete. All project sites and course sites have been retained. Policies for Sakai Users provides more information on course and project site retention. For questions or assistance with Sakai 11, please email sakai@luc.edu or visit one of our drop-in locations. Click here to view a high-level project timeline.

What's New

Sakai 11 provides easier navigation, as well as enhanced feature and functionality to Lessons and a new Gradebook. Additionally, the SCORM Player will now be available for all course and project sites. Many of the University's instructional systems that integrate with Sakai will also get a new look with the upgrade including Atomic Learning, Top Hat and Loyola Media (Kaltura). Zoom users will be thrilled to learn they soon will be able to create and launch online meetings directly within their Sakai course. This is all just the tip of the iceberg! Click here to view the full Sakai 11 Release Notes. Please note the University's instance of Sakai is customized, meaning you might come across some minor differences in this general description.

Gradebook Update

Last May, the University’s learning management system (LMS) was successfully upgraded to Sakai 11. This latest release offered a new interface, as well as enhanced features and functionality including a new Gradebook tool. To better accommodate the quick turnaround of faculty teaching Summer 2017 courses, the previous tool - Gradebook Classic - was carried forward, providing two options for recording grades. Gradebook Classic is located on the course menu, while the new Gradebook is available by navigating to Site Info, and then Manage Tools. Both tools continue to be available in Fall 2017, Winter 2017-18 and J-Term 2018 courses.

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 menu.

Please note: Spring 2018 will be the last semester for Gradebook Classic. The Sakai community is no longer supporting this tool. Therefore, we highly encourage all faculty to switch to the new Gradebook with the start of their Spring 2018 courses. Information Technology Services provides several opportunities to learn more about the benefits of the new Gradebook:


As primary stakeholders in the success of this upgrade, all current faculty, students and staff are invited to take a sneak peek at Sakai 11. To access the University's development site, please visit https://lucdev.longsight.com/ and use your ID and password to login. The best way to experience Sakai 11 is to start by creating a new project site. Go to the upper-right corner of your screen and click Sites, then click Create New Site. From there, you'll be able to customize the site settings, and access the complete tools library within Site Info. Click here for further instructions on creating a project site.

Open Forums

Over the next few months of this exploratory phase, we'd like to hear from you and field any questions about the upgrade. On Friday, March 3rd we will start our series of weekly Sakai 11 open forums. Please plan to join us online at https://luc.zoom.us/my/dropin from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CT. Future dates include 3/10, 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5. A special Open Forum will also take place the afternoon of the upgrade, 5/12 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. We look forward to stimulating conversations among an active community of learners. UPDATE 5/15/17: Our Open Forum series has now concluded. Please check back later this summer for additional dates/times leading into the Fall 2017 semester.


Sakai 11 training is scheduled to begin in mid-February and run consistently into early next fall. Sessions are being offered in multiple formats including hands-on and online, as well as at a variety of days and times. Attend a general overview of What's New Sakai 11, and/or register for a more advanced Rediscover the Lessons Tool in Sakai 11 or Transform Your Gradebook in Sakai 11 session. Click here to view the ITRS Training Catalog for specific dates and times, and to register online. Be sure to check often as we anticipate adding more sessions and topics.