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.
Announcing ITRS Pathways
Build your own professional development itinerary and earn digital badges! ITRS Pathways provide flexible opportunities for learning throughout the year. An ongoing schedule of live, interactive sessions is now available. Our debut series spotlights Sakai Assessment Tools: Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, Rubrics, and Gradebook. You can register for a single session or complete all four sessions to earn a Sakai Assessment Tools digital badge (3 contact hours). ITRS issues digital badges though Credly, providing many ways to share your badge to popular destinations such as LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. For more information and to get started, please visit Professional Development.
Sakai 22 Upgrade
Loyola is upgrading to Sakai 22 on Wednesday, December 21, 2022. During this window, the system will be unavailable from approximately 8:00am-12:00pm CT. Faculty and students are not required to make any changes. This latest software release provides you with a Calendar redesign, improvements to Lessons, a new Conversations tool, Gradescope integration, and more. For further details, including upcoming information sessions, please visit Sakai 22 Upgrade.
Gradescope Available for Fall 2022
Gradescope is a tool designed to streamline and standardize the grading of student assessments. It allows for collaborative grading and on-the-fly rubric creation and feedback. Paper-based assignments can also be scanned, analyzed, and graded. Gradescope Complete (vs Gradescope Basic) is the full version of this software and is available to faculty this fall. Please note, for those faculty previously using the trial version of Gradescope Complete, your courses will be re-enabled no later than Wednesday, 8/31.
Loyola-specific training and support resources will be available later in the semester. In the interim, Gradescope offers regular training that faculty can attend. For more information and to register, please visit Gradescope Workshop Series. If you have specific setup questions, please contact Gradescope at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule a Consultation
ITRS offers faculty consultations on a variety of teaching and research technologies, as well as learning analytics support and instructional innovation services for Health Sciences. Please visit ITRS Consultations.