The Education Technology section of ITD is responsible for the integration of ICT into teaching, learning and research practices within the University. ITD regularly contributes to the work of the newly formed Technology Enhanced Learning Unit by providing expertise in the technologies used for Online and Blended Learning, by running professional development for faculty and staff in the University and by providing customised support to faculty in their application of technology to their individual teaching requirements.


Brightspace is UL’s Virtual Learning Environment. Brightspace is where you will find information and resources relating to your assigned modules. 

Sulis is the name of UL's previous Learning Management System which has been replaced by Brightspace. 

Access to Sulis will end on October 31, 2024. Module Leaders and Course Directors should backup or download any outstanding Sulis materials, as they will no longer have access to Sulis after this date.


Turnitin is a web-based writing assessment toolkit which allows instructors to provide feedback to students through markup tools, rubrics, proofing tools, and originality reports to detect plagiarism. Turnitin also provides peer review options. 

Turnitin is integrated in all Brightspace sites through the Assignments tool. The instructor enables Turnitin in the Evaluation and Feedback area and Manage Turnitin by enabling similarity Report for the folder and all student submissions are sent to Turnitin for Originality Checking. 

Turnitin launched its first iteration of their AI Detection Add-On on the 4th of April 2023.  The aim of this solution is to assist educators to gain insight into whether a submission might include AI-generated content from ChatGPT or other bots. For further information visit our Turnitin: AI Detection Add-On page on TOPdesk.   

To use Turnitin independently of Brightspace, Instructors must register by logging a call to TOPdesk.


Turnitin Support (handbooks, interactive tutorials and videos)
Turnitin Resources (webinars, research and case studies)
UL Plagiarism Guidelines (add document) (CTL Resource for faculty)
Student Handbook (see Appendix 3: Plagairism at College, p59)

BigBlueButton is an open-source web conferencing system designed for online teaching and learning. The latest update, BigBlueButton 2.6, introduces several new features and improvements to enhance the user experience. Here is an outline of some of the key updates:

  • Enhanced Whiteboard
  • Closed Captioning
  • Polling improvements
  • Audio and video enhancements
  • Accessibility improvements
  • Security updates
  • HTML5 client improvements

BigBlueButton integration within Brightspace Learning Management System (LMS) allows educators and students to seamlessly conduct live online classes, virtual meetings, and interactive sessions.

Please go to TopDesk and click IT Services for Staff, University Systems, Teaching and Learning and BigBlueButton for more information.

For introductory tutorials on using BigBlueButton, please visit BigBlueButton Tutorials.

Additionally, there are more BigBlueButton videos available on:

BigBlueButton Youtube
BigBlueButton How to Videos
BigBlueButton  Supported Tools

Third party cookies - If students encounter an error message when attempting to join a BBB session, the likely cause is that their web browser is blocking 3rd party cookies. Because Brightspace links externally to BBB, blocking 3rd party cookies will prevent your access to a BBB session.


Audio Visual Services

There are a variety of different AV services available to all University of Limerick staff members including:

  • Lecture Theatre AV Support
  • MS Teams Support
  • Viva Voce Support

For information on available AV Services please visit TOPdesk - Audio Visual Services.


Teaching Spaces

To Book an ITD Managed Lab please go to  Select IT Services for Staff then ITD Room Bookings and then click on the Tile ITD Managed Labs

Room and Timetable Information

Room Booking Information

ITD Room Booking Request Form  (Internal Bookings)

External Bookings Only

The Executive Committee has adopted the following policy statement

  • Any educational providers offering programmes, which may be regarded as similar to those, offered by UL will not be afforded access to University facilities without the express permission of the Office of the VPA&R
  • To ensure that the above policy is implemented in a consistent fashion the following system will apply to the allocation of facilities for events which are not subject to normal scheduling and room booking procedures
  • No member of faculty or staff may use the facilities of the University without booking them in accordance with the approved procedures
  • No University facilities will be afforded to external agencies or individuals unless a formal application is made in writing
  • All requests for the use of facilities must be made through the completion of the official booking form