Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Digital Teaching & Learning

Teaching Online

Online Learning at Loyola University Maryland

At Loyola University Maryland, we understand the traditional classroom environment is not a solution that works for all. We are proud to offer many online courses, both for the undergraduate and graduate experience.

Our online courses provide the same academic content as the on-campus courses, awarding the same number of credits, meeting the same learning objectives, and featuring the same faculty. While they may be offered over a different number of weeks, the knowledge gained, and the challenges faced will be just as academically rigorous and rewarding as the face-to-face version. Loyola’s institutional approach to online programs ensure that online education at Loyola is part of the institution’s governance and academic oversight, ensuring the integrity of our online offerings.

If you'd like to get started with the instructional design process to help put your course online, please complete the Course Development Form below. Once received, the office will take a look at it, and then get in touch. If you have developed with a course with us before, and are just looking for the course to be refreshed and updated, please fill out the Course Revisions and Support Form. 

Course Development Form

Course Revisions and Support Form


The Online Classroom Experience

We use the Moodle online learning platform to help instructors make online learning effective and efficient, while helping us ensure the high standards of quality we have for our online courses. We also supplement many of our online courses with tools such asPanopto,FlipGrid, and Zoom, to help facilitate a robust academic experience. To learn more about the tools that we support, please head to our support section.

If you are interested in seeing an ideal online course at Loyola University Maryland, please head here. This is the actual development shell of a course we developed in 2019, and you are seeing the student-view of the course.

The Online Course Schedule

In the fall and spring, online courses for degree programs are offered in the traditional 15-weeks or accelerated 8-weeks. In the summer, degree program online courses are offered in a variety of formats, depending on your school. Starting in Summer 2020, we will also begin to offer a three-week intensive “Maymester.”

Our online courses are asynchronous – allowing for a more flexible time frame for students to listen to lectures, complete readings, and turn in assignments. Our model is catered specifically to this asynchronous model, and we have had great success with it so far, with universally positive feedback from both faculty and students.

The Online Course Development Timeline

 

Average time to complete

Work to be completed

Course Outline

2–4 weeks

  • Topics
  • Resources
  • Assignments
  • Learning objectives
  • Alignment between learning objective and assignments
  • Benefits

Checkpoint 1

2–3 weeks (beyond Course Outline)

  • Completed course outline
  • Completed course skeleton in Moodle
  • One module 100% completed

Course is reviewed internally. Upon approval, first stipend will be issued.

Checkpoint 2

3–4 weeks (beyond Checkpoint 1)

  • 50% of modules completed
     Internal Review

Checkpoint 3

2–4 weeks (beyond Checkpoint 2)

  • 100% of modules completed
    Internal Review

Checkpoint 4

1–3 weeks (beyond Checkpoint 3)

  • Revisions implemented
  • Final course review
  • Stipend paid
  • Course copied into live section
  • Live section Q&A
  • Course launch