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.

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 as PanoptoFlipGrid, and Zoom, to help facilitate a robust academic experience. To learn more about the tools that we support, please head to our support section.

The Online Course Schedule

In the fall and spring, online courses for degree programs are offered in the traditional 15-weeks or accelerated 6-weeks. In the summer, degree program online courses are offered in a variety of formats, depending on your school. As of Summer 2020, Loyola has started to offer a three-week intensive “Maymester" for certain undergraduate courses.

Our online courses are typically 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. Another important note about our development is that

The Online Course Development Timeline


Average time to complete

Work to be completed

Phase 1

2–4 weeks

  • Building and completing the course outline and aligning the course. This is including topics, objectives, assignments, and resources 

Phase 2

2–3 weeks (beyond Course Outline)

  • One module 100% developed. All supporting materials are to be  added/finished.

Phase 3

4–6 weeks (beyond Checkpoint 1)

  • 50% of modules developed. All supporting materials are to be  added/finished.

Phase 4

4–6 weeks (beyond Checkpoint 2)

  • 100% of modules developed. All supporting materials are to be  added/finished. Syllabus must also be 100% completed, in alignment with the course.

Phase 5

1–3 weeks (beyond Checkpoint 3)

  • All modules will be developed in the Moodle course shell by the instructional designer. The course will undergo a thorough QA review, and will be brought into the live section(s) by the ODTL.