Loyola University Chicago

Information Technology Services

Sakai 20 Upgrade

Loyola is upgrading to Sakai 20 on Monday, December 21, 2020. The system will be unavailable from 7:00am-12:00pm CST. Faculty and students are not required to make any changes. This latest software release provides your Sakai experience with a clean and contemporary user interface, along with new features and functionality. These include a new Rubrics tool, as well as enhancements to Assignments, Gradebook, Tests & Quizzes, and the Rich Text Editor. For full details, please access the Sakai 20 Release Notes.


  • Clean and contemporary user interface, including a "To the top" button to jump up to the top of the page
  • New Rubrics tool
  • Updated Site Info with a new Date Manger and Auto-Groups Wizard
  • Revamped Assignments with a document preview and progress bar in Grader, as well as improvements for selecting groups and sections
  • Simplified Tests & Quizzes with the ability to restore deleted assessments, flag questions as extra credit, and schedule student feedback with a start and end date
  • Gradebook enhancements, such as equally weighted items within a weighted category, full screen mode, resizeable columns, a Sections column, and the ability to use Messages directly from the Gradebook
  • Improved Statistics functionality, including a User Activity tab that provides detailed student data to the instructor, and students a view of their own activity
  • New Rich Text Editor available throughout Sakai
  • Student name pronunciation feature
  • And more!

Information Sessions

ITRS will be hosting a series of live webinars introducing faculty and students to Sakai 20. The schedule is listed below and registration is required. Please note each information session has a unique link.

What's New in Sakai 20? (Faculty)

Wednesday, November 18th, 10:00-11:00am CST
Event has ended

Thursday, December 10th, 2:00-3:00pm CST
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Thursday, January 7th, 11:00am-12:00pm CST
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What's New in Sakai 20? (Students)

Tuesday, January 12th, 1:00-2:00pm CST
Register Now

Q&A Forums

ITRS will be hosting a pair of online Q&A forums. Please bring your Sakai 20 questions for our experts to answer. The schedule is listed below and registration is not required. Simply click on the link to join the Q&A forum.

Friday, November 13th, 11:00am-12:00pm CST
Event has ended

Friday, December 4th, 11:00am-12:00pm CST
Join the Q&A Forum


Individual support for Sakai 20 is readily available. ITRS offers online drop-in support Monday through Thursday. No appointment is necessary. For an updated list of times and to access the Zoom link, please visit ITRS Drop-in. Online consultations are also offered by appointment. Please send an email to ITSServiceDesk@luc.edu or call 773-508-4487. An ITS Service Desk representative will open a ticket for you, and ITRS will respond confirming your appointment date and time.

Last Modified:   Wed, November 18, 2020 2:46 PM CST