Loyola University Maryland

The Office of Digital Teaching & Learning


For the Summer 2020 semester, all courses offered at Loyola University Maryland will be delivered online. To ensure that all courses meet Loyola's academic requirements, the University is requiring all courses be submitted to the Office of Digital Teaching & Learning (ODTL) before they run. This will not only ensure an academically rigorous course, but also guarantee that communication and clarity are clear throughout.

NOTE: If you need help with gaining access to your Loyola accounts (e.g., password help), accessing software, or accessing hardware (such as laptops, microphones, etc.), please reach out to the Office of Technology Support.

Submit your course for review
Rubric for Loyola's standards for Summer 2020 courses


Before submitting your course for review, please take a look at your options for how to ensure that your course is up to Loyola's standards for a Summer 2020 online course:

Option A: Do it Yourself

Who this is for: Anyone who is already comfortable using Moodle, and has developed a course for ODTL-approval before
Further information: If you have developed a course with us in the past two years and/or you have participated in the DPW, you should be able to make your course meet the SU/20 standards.

Option B: Take the Online Quick Start Guide (QSG) course

Who this is for: Anyone who has accessed Moodle before, but has not developed a course for the online environment before.
Further information: While every faculty had to put their course online in SP/20, the standards we are setting for SU/20 are higher. If you need some help with organizing your course in an effective and efficient manner, this is the course for you. If you follow the steps in the QSG, your course will be up to par.

Option C: Take the Digital Teaching Competencies (DTC) course

Who this is for: Anyone who wants to understand the background behind why we do what we do in the development of a course.
Further information: ___________, but hopefully the Digital Teaching Competencies will help further elaborate on the pedagogical decisions made in the development of the ODTL's online course framework. Taking the DTC will give you the tools to build courses for any delivery method moving forward.

Option D: Sign up for a two-hour consultation

Who this is for: Anyone who has gone who needs an extra hand/extra advice in the development of their course
Further information: These consultations can be whatever the faculty need. We can provide advice, we can provide tips, and we can also help build out a module or two as a model, within the course. While we won't re-do your whole course for you, we do hope that these consultations can help faculty move forward the rest of the way on their own.



Below are the rest of our resources to help put your course online; walkthroughs, tips and tricks, webinars, etc:


Online Resources

Audience: Anyone who is already comfortable using Moodle, Zoom, and other tools
Information: Videos about all the tools you need and more!


Online Digital Training Course

Audience: Anyone who knows how to access Moodle/Zoom but needs more information about using it more effectively.
Information: Resources organized to ensure you have just the information you need to get started working online. This is organized in a Moodle course, so you must self-enroll using the link above.


Webinar Sessions

Audience: For anyone who is looking to take their online teaching to the next level.
Information: Covering various topics about various online pedagogical strategies, as well as tips and tricks on tools supported by the ODTL.

7 Strategies for Successful Synchronous Sessions
Wednesday 3/25, 12:30pm ET

The benefits of synchronous learning include learners who are more engaged, feel strongly connected to their peers, and are motivated to continue interactions. However, running a successful synchronous session can be daunting. Learn research-based strategies and best practices for hosting and creating an effective synchronous learning experience via Zoom.

Link for Recording
Link for Presentation Slides

What The Final (WTF): 
Ideas for Transitioning your Final Online 
Wednesday 4/1, 12:30pm ET; hosted by Patrick Dempsey

In this webinar, we cover three areas to help get you and your class ready for finals!

1. Traditional Assessment: Learn what is and is not possible within Moodle and using our current technologies. And understand how to use some simple techniques to allow you to conduct a more traditional assessment online.

2. Alternative Assessments: Consider alternative methods for assessment that allow students to demonstrate their understanding outside traditional exams.

3. Library Support: Learn how the library can provide support to you and your students for final projects and exams that require access to library resources.

Link for Recording
Link for School of Education presentation
Link for LNDL presentation


Get a Grip on Grading: Tips for spending less time grading and giving feedback
Hosted by the ODTL and the School of Education

In this webinar, we will cover three areas to help make your grading life easier!

  1. Setting up your Gradebook in Moodle (it is actually easier than Excel!)
  2. Creating and using rubrics and grading guides (helping you grade faster and more consistently)
  3. Grading and giving feedback in Moodle (so you can stop downloading papers!)

Link for Recording

Tips for Continuation of Teaching

Audience: We have connected with some of Loyola's excellent faculty members to help us out, and give us further insight from a faculty member perspective.
InformationCovering various topics about various online pedagogical strategies, as well as tips and tricks on tools supported by the ODTL. 

Videos will continue to be added over the rest of the semester. Please scroll through the frame below to see all our videos!