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.

Update (June 1, 2020): our traditional submission for course development is on hold, as we help prepare all courses for the unique circumstances of Fall 2020. Please head to our home page for the full update, or our Continuation of Teaching page to see all our offerings during this tumultuous time.

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 Panopto,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 6-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 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.

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.

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
  • Course copied into live section
  • Live section Q&A
  • Course launch