Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Instructional Technologies


ITRS supports a wide variety of electronic classrooms and learning spaces at both the Lake Shore Campus and Water Tower Campus. Extensive documentation and individual or small group documentation is available. Limited support is also provided for the Retreat & Ecology Campus (LUREC) in Woodstock, Health Sciences Campus in Maywood, and Cuneo Mansion & Gardens in Vernon Hills.


Hoonuit is an online, on demand training site that subdivides topics into small chunks and presents the training through one to two minute videos. There are over 50,000 tutorial videos on over 250 technology applications. hoonuit is also integrated with Sakai, allowing instructors to create assignments and link Hoonuit training completion to the Sakai gradebook.


Labster is a virtual science lab boasting a catalog of over one hundred lab simulations for various scientific disciplines. It gives students access to a realistic lab experience that will let them perform experiments and practice their skills in a fun and risk-free learning environment. Labster integrates with Sakai through the Lessons tool.


Panopto software provides an all-in-one interface to record screen content and video of the instructor simultaneously and can be used in classrooms on campus that are equipped with a built-in video recording system or from any PC or laptop.  Documentation is available as well as extensive training and consultation for faculty and staff.


Proctortrack is an automated online remote proctoring tool that uses AI technology to detect and deter academic misconduct by verifying test taker identity and scanning test taker activity throughout an exam. Proctortrack aligns with the Tests & Quizzes and Gradebook tools in Sakai, allowing instructors to create and customize proctoring settings for each assessment.   


Sakai is the standard Learning Management System (LMS) at Loyola. It is a flexible, open-source collaborative learning environment that provides faculty and students with tools to support teaching and learning activities. Extensive documentation and individual or small group consultation is available.


The Scantron system at Loyola allows users to use Scantron forms for administrating selection based tests, quizzes and surveys. We provide support of two scanning machines, one at Water Tower Campus and the other at Lake Shore Campus.

SMART Technologies

SMART Board is an interactive whiteboard that allows you to interact with it through touch recognition by selecting, drawing, and erasing objects on the board. The board is connected to the computer and allows you to fully control the computer using the SMART Board. The SMART Notebook 11 software is a collaborative learning software that allows you to compile notes, images, and media to create interactive lessons, which can then be displayed using the SMART Board.

Top Hat

Top Hat is the web-based response platform Loyola began using in the Fall of 2015. Top Hat provides a way to receive instant feedback from your students using devices they already own to increase student engagement. There are seven different questions types, discussion boards and the ability to create polling tournaments. Instructors can receive reports on daily attendance, student participation and student performance.


VoiceThread allows you to place collections of media like images, videos, documents, and presentations at the center of a conversation. These conversations are not live - they take place whenever and wherever it is convenient for people to participate. A VoiceThread allows people to have conversations and make comments using any mix of text, a microphone, a webcam, a telephone, or an uploaded audio file.  VoiceThread is also integrated with Sakai so instructors can create assignments and link VoiceThread participation to the Sakai gradebook.


Zoom is a web conferencing solution that can be used to conduct synchronous online meetings and webinars. Faculty, staff, and students at Loyola can schedule and host meetings without a host license. Internal and external documentation is available, as well as training and consultation for faculty, staff, and students.