Faculty—supported by administrators and staff—are deeply engaged in planning so that students will receive a high-impact education through a blend of in-person and digital pedagogy.
All courses will be available to students who choose to learn remotely with Loyola for the Spring 2021 semester. Loyola understands and respects that remote learning may be the preferred option for some students. The ways in which remote learners participate in a particular course will vary, depending on course type and instructor. Undergraduate students should have received a communication on Nov. 2 from the dean of undergraduate and graduate studies, requesting that they confirm their intent to take all their spring courses remotely by Dec. 1. Graduate students who wish to take courses remotely should contact their program director of program operations (DPO).
Some courses will be offered only online. At the undergraduate level, those will be courses with larger enrollments that are too difficult to schedule in spaces allowing for physical distancing, and courses assigned to faculty who need to teach all their courses online. At the graduate level, specific programs may also choose an online format for courses whose content is particularly suitable for online instruction. All online courses will incorporate regular synchronous sessions and offer synchronous office hours.
Maximizing in-person Instruction
To ensure as much in-person instruction as possible, most courses with enrollments over 40 that typically rely more on presentational or lecture-based instruction will be offered totally online. This will free up physical space for courses with smaller enrollments that typically rely more on whole-class discussion and small-group work. Due to limited classroom capacity, resulting from adherence to physical-distancing guidelines, courses with smaller enrollments will be offered in a hybrid manner, with students attending class in a physical space at least once per week, ideally, and attending other class sessions virtually. Hybrid courses will be designed to offer as much interaction between faculty and students and among students as possible.
Loyola’s office of technology services is installing various types of instructional technology in classrooms to support both fully remote and hybrid learning.
Classroom size and modifications
The University has installed 10 modular classroom units on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field to allow for more in-person instruction to occur for both undergraduate and graduate students. Non-traditional classroom space will be used for instruction, as well.
Each classroom will be set up with at least a 6-foot radius around each seat to allow for physical distancing. All students, instructors, staff, and peer mentors will use face coverings at all times. Facilities staff will clean and sanitize classrooms twice daily and refresh and sanitize between classes as staff are available and when classrooms are vacant. They will have sanitizing wipes available in the classrooms for students and faculty to wipe down their areas.
Non-traditional Classroom Designations
These are the codes on student schedules for the rooms that will be used for additional classroom space this semester:
- CT M110: Student Center, Black Box Theatre (behind Starbucks)
- CT W101: College Center West, McManus Theatre
- DGA 01-10: Classrooms located on Diane-Geppi Aikens Field
- JH 310: Jenkins Hall, 3rd Floor Study
- SC*ETBA: Student Center, 4th Floor Program Room
- McGuire classrooms:
- Student Center, Room EMCGNE: McGuire North East
- Student Center, Room EMCGSE: McGuire South East
- Student Center, Room EMCGNW: McGuire North West
- Student Center, Room EMCGSW: McGuire South West
Space for Online Class Sessions and Quiet Study
Several small classrooms have been identified throughout Maryland Hall, Sellinger Hall, the Humanities Center, and Knott Hall for students to participate in online class sessions. These spaces are prioritized for students who are unable to return to their residence halls or off-campus residence in between classes. Quiet study spaces have also been identified in the Library and furnished alcoves, atriums, and open lounge areas in many classroom buildings. Although we have been able to designate areas where students can participate in online class sessions and study quietly, space on campus is at a premium and rules will be enforced.
- All posted guidelines* must be followed (room capacity, cleaning, etc.).
- Masks must remain on at all times (no matter how well you know the person(s) in the room with you and/or if you are in the room alone.
- Six (6) feet of distance must be maintained at all times.
- Surfaces must be wiped down before and after use (cleaning supplies will be available).
If you have questions, please contact respective offices or departments.
*Guidelines and protocols may change or be modified throughout the semester.
Office hours and academic support online
Faculty office hours will mostly be held virtually. All faculty have been asked to provide opportunities for both scheduled and drop-in office hours through Zoom, or a similar platform, each week. Advising in outdoor or large indoor spaces may occur if physical distancing and other public health requirements are observed.
All study abroad and exchange programs and international study tours have been canceled for the spring semester.
Virtual internships will continue to be encouraged. When in-person internships are the only available option, faculty internship supervisors/coordinators will confirm that internship sites are following CDC health guidelines.