Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Professional Development

Instructional Technology & Research Support (ITRS) offers professional development opportunities to faculty, students, and staff throughout the year. Join us for a variety of stimulating and timely topics. Please note most sessions require advanced registration.

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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.

Sakai Assessment Tools Series

This interactive professional development series provides you with workflows, tips, and effective practices for assessment that will support every stage of learning. We will explore Assignments, Tests & Quizzes, Rubrics, and Gradebook to help create and develop substantive assessments. Although this is a sequential series, individual sessions can be attended without committing to the entire schedule.

Assignments: The Assignments tool allows you to create, distribute, collect, and grade online assignments. Learn how to add, edit, and grade an assignment, as well as how to enable student peer review and group submissions. (45 minutes)

Tuesday, October 18th, 10:00am CT
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Tests & Quizzes: The Tests & Quizzes tool allows you to create online assessments, including exams, quizzes, and surveys. Learn how to decide between assessment types, how to create different types of questions, and how to customize your assessment settings to support learner needs. (45 minutes)

Tuesday, November 1st, 2:00pm CT
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Rubrics: The Rubrics tool allows you to compose and apply criteria for grading in rubrics associated with different learning activities in Sakai, as well as share feedback with students. In addition, find out how to collaborate and share rubrics with other instructors in Sakai. (45 minutes)

Tuesday, November 15th, 10:00am CT
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Gradebook: The Gradebook tool allows you to set up grading for a course securely shared with your students. Learn how to set up a Gradebook to reflect your course grading schema and values, calculate final grades, and how to enter grades and feedback for students to view. In addition, see how to associate different Sakai learning activities with the Gradebook. (45 minutes)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2:00pm CT
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Coming Soon... ITRS will be launching three additional series where you can earn digital badges. Successfully complete all four series to earn a Sakai Master Tools digital badge (12 contact hours).

  • Sakai Communication Tools Series, January 2023
  • Sakai Course Development Series, April 2023
  • Sakai Integrated Tools Series, June 2023

ITRS Tech Tips

Tech Topics is designed to keep you updated on new and emerging technologies at Loyola. These offerings vary throughout the year and require advanced registration. If you have a suggested Tech Topic, please contact us at itrs@luc.edu.

What's New in Sakai 22? (Faculty)

Wednesday, November 16th, 11:00am CT
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Tuesday, December 6th, 2:00pm CT
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Thursday, January 5th, 10:00am CT
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What's New in Sakai 22? (Students)

Tuesday, January 10th, 1:00pm CT
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Coming Soon... Tech Topics on Learning Cloud and Gradescope.

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Past Recordings

Get Ready to Ramble: Student Orientation to Learning Technologies
Recorded on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 11:00am CT

Sakai Essentials for Faculty
Recorded on Tuesday, August 2, 2022 at 2:00pm CT

Last Modified:   Thu, September 29, 2022 1:19 PM CDT