Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Digital Teaching & Learning

In Case of Weather

Just because you cannot be in class, does not mean you cannot hold class.
Check out this video and resources and learn five things you can do to keep your class going, even if you are not there.



If the College is in session when an emergency is declared, the operating assumption is that classes continue to be held. The announcement would be:

“All Loyola University Maryland campuses will be closed [insert date here]. Although the University is closed, faculty may conduct classes online. Students should check each course Moodle site for more information."

As the faculty member, it is your decision on how to hold classes remotely. At Loyola, there are plenty of options to not let weather, sickness, or unscheduled absences get in the way!


Here are the five basic things you can do:

Synchronous Sessions - Zoom

"Zoom helps universities and schools improve student outcomes with secure video communication services for hybrid classrooms, office hours, administrative meetings, and more." We recommend using Zoom if you want have a synchronous remote session for your course.

Asynchronous Video - Panopto

Panopto provides lecture capture and multimedia podcasts easily. Use these recorded sessions for student reference, asynchronous study aids, and in case of unscheduled campus closings. Capture your voice, computer screen, additional camera in the room, and Powerpoint or KeyNote presentations. Panopto’s robust analytics give detailed reports on student engagement and drop-off rates for every video in your library.

Panopto integrates seamlessly with Moodle. Once you Provision the Panopto Block in your Moodle course, you’re ready to create recorded sessions for your students and participants.

Informal Discussion using Video - FlipGrid

"Flipgrid is the leading video discussion platform for millions of PreK to PhD educators, students, and families...Students record short, authentic videos and can reply to each other’s videos. Educators are 100% in control with video moderation, access controls, and much more."

Discussion Forums

Online discussion forums can be used to get students communicating and interacting.  They can also be used for peer reviews and assessment of student learning.  Well-posed questions and active facilitation is at the heart of meaningful discussion forums.

Assessment: Quiz

"Quizzes in Moodle are used to evaluate student understanding of material. Moodle quizzes are comprised of a Quiz activity that contains one or more questions from your course's Question bank. The Quiz activity lets you administer a wide range of questions within a specific layout and order, provide different kinds of feedback based on how a student performed on the quiz, and control the ways that students can access the quiz. The Question bank serves as an organized repository of all the questions in your course, separate from any quiz activities that might use them."