Loyola University Chicago

Academic Continuity

Lecture Courses

Lecture courses can be delivered synchronously (in real-time) or asynchronously (not in real-time). Faculty will need to select an approach that they will use to deliver course instruction. Please keep in mind that all classes can be conducted remotely during your regularly scheduled class time by using the cloud-conferencing software, Zoom.

Synchronous instruction is where the participants can hear, see, and interact with each other virtually at the same time. This is most similar to a live, “in person” class experience. This approach is typically accomplished using via a conferencing tool (e.g. Zoom) at a pre-arranged time. Using your already established course time to meet "virtually" is an example of synchronous instruction. Sychronous instruction does not require production time as there are no videos or audios to edit.  You can record synchronous session and make them availble to students who are unable to attend in real-time.

If you wish to deliver synchronous instruction, the recommended tool you will use is Zoom videoconferencing.

Asynchronous instruction is where learning does not take place at the same time.  Asynchronous instruction requires creating and/or distributing content (e.g. recorded video lectures, podcasts, narrated PowerPoints, etc.) prior to a unit of instruction. Asynchronous instruction is typically supplemented with additional learning activities (e.g. email, discussion forums, etc.) to create opportunities for faculty-student and student-student interaction.

If you wish to deliver asynchrounous instruction, the recommended tools you will use are Panopto (to record lectures) and Sakai (to post a link to the lecture).