Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Digital Teaching & Learning

Online Teaching


So you want to teach online...

Teaching face-to-face and teaching online are both teaching, but they are extraordinarily different. While that may seem intimidating, we're here to show you why that is, and how you can adapt your courses, or how to create a new course, for the online environment. The Office of Digital Teaching & Learning is charged with, among other things, developing online courses. During this eight-month process, we match an instructional designer with the instructor with an expectation that they will spend one hour per week on the development. The end goal of this process is a high quality, peer reviewed online course, ready to be delivered at Loyola University Maryland.

This instructional design process follows the backward design model, and specifically the 3 stage Understanding by Design (UbD) Framework:

  1. Identify desired results
  2. Determine acceptable evidence
  3. Plan learning experiences and instruction

Here is a quick snapshot of the timeline for the online course development


time commitment for online course development


Interested in teaching online? Keep reading on how to get started.


Get Started with Online Teaching

  1. If you'd like to start the instructional design process to teach online, please complete the Request Instructional Design Services form It is also advised that faculty interested in exploring online teaching enroll in the self-paced modules that explore online and hybrid teaching, accessed through Moodle.
  2. Any faculty member that chooses to offer an online course (50% or more of instruction online) is required to complete the Summary of Course Activity form below. The form can assist in developing your online course and it is required to be approved and signed by your department chair. Once the form is completed and signed it should be sent to Debbie Miller (dherman@loyola.edu), Associate Director, Records and Westley Forsythe (wforsythe@loyola.edu), Academic Compliance Officer in Academic Affairs. Ideally the form should be completed and submitted in conjunction with the Master Schedule that is submitted to Records each semester.

Note: the Office of Digital Teaching & Learning are not the ultimate deciders of what goes online. It must go through your department chair, Records, and Academic Affairs, before the course can officially be listed as an online course.

Note: the SCA is not required for any courses in the following programs:

  • M.A. Emerging Media
  • M.Ed. Educational Technology
  • MBA

Optional, but recommended: The Detailed Content Calculator, created by Dr. Neil Alperstein, professor in the Loyola Communications Department, is a very useful tool to help you determine the amount of time students are engaged with course content and activities.

Optional, but recommended: Enroll in the Transformative Online/Hybring Teaching Moodle course. This course was designed at Loyola University Maryland, and is "informed by an Ignatian approach to online education, prioritizing opportunities for interaction and engagement." Your instructional designer will probably run you through something similar, but having a previous understanding of what it takes to develop an online course is always helpful.


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