Loyola University Maryland

Office of Digital Teaching & Learning

Faculty Spotlight

Check out short-interviews with Loyola instructors sharing practical strategies and helpful resources for teaching and learning.

Making Authentic Connections in Online Courses

The Problem:

Making connections with our students in online courses

The Solution:

Kelly Keane overviews four strategies she and her colleagues have developed for making online courses feel like personalized learning experiences.

By identifying individual student learning preferences, encouraging students through personalized communication, providing video feedback, and checking in with students privately, Kelly suggests that anyone can create real connections with their students, even in the online environment.

Creating Opportunities for Every Student to Succeed

The Problem:

Creating opportunities for every student to fully achieve the learning goals of each course

The Solution:

Tim Clark discusses a grading approach called specifications grading or grading for growth, which focuses on creating low-risk opportunities for students to develop their mastery of course concepts.

Besides providing a synthesis of how specifications grading works generally and how he has applied it in his courses, Tim further suggests ways newcomers to the concept can begin adjusting their own courses to make room for student growth.

Designing Learning Experiences that Engage Students

The Problem:

Designing active learning experiences that engage our students

The Solution:

Tuugi Chuluun discusses how active student learning leads to better learning outcomes and why intentional course design is essential to the success of both.

Making sure the course, module, and assignment objectives drive design choices, Tuugi recommends creating structured and intentional learning experiences before, during, and after in-class sessions to help students both understand theory and apply that knowledge in practical ways.