Instructional Technology and Research Support
Instructional Technology & Research Support (ITRS) is a service-oriented group committed to enriching the educational experience at Loyola University Chicago. Our mission is to support faculty in their efforts to integrate technology and innovation into teaching and research to create meaningful learning experiences for students. We are readily available for online and campus consultations at Health Sciences, Lake Shore and Water Tower. Please take a moment to explore our website for resources and professional development opportunities.
Sakai 21 Upgrade
Loyola will be upgrading to Sakai 21 on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. The system will be unavailable from approximately 8:00am to 12:00pm CST. Faculty and students are not required to make any changes. This latest software release provides you with a new Dark Mode setting, improvements to Lessons and Gradebook, a searchable Rubrics, and more. For further details, watch the Sakai 21 Promotional Video or visit Sakai 21 Upgrade to register for an upcoming information session.
Panopto for Students Workshop
This fall, ITRS is offering a new workshop for Loyola students. Panopto for Students provides an introduction to viewing, creating and editing recorded videos. Additional topics include accessing Panopto within Sakai and using the Panopto Recorder and Editor. There will also be ample time for Q&A. For a list of worshop dates and to register, please visit Panopto.
Winter Instructional Technologies Course (ITC)
The ITC is an introductory course designed for faculty, but can also be taken by staff. The primary focus is Loyola's learning management system, Sakai. Each week, participants will explore native tools in Sakai, the integrations Zoom and VoiceThread, along with best practices for developing optimal online learning activities. The weekly time commitment is less than 10 hours, including participation in two 45-minute online synchronous sessions throughout the duration of the course. At the end of the 4-week period, participants will have created a Sakai template that can be used in future courses.The next ITC will run January 10 - February 4, 2022. Space is limited. Participants successfully completing the course earn a letter of completion. For more information and to register, please visit Courses.