Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff, All Students
Message From:Message from the Office of the President
Date Sent:Wednesday, December 16, 2020 09:40 AM CST

Spring Classes and the Academics Webinar

December 16, 2020

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

As promised in my email on Monday, here is the first of two emails providing additional information about our spring academic plans.

Engaging students in spring classes
Student engagement is the most critical component of the learning process. When students feel connected to their instructors and other learners, instruction is effective and feels personal and relevant.

To further promote student engagement during spring 2021, faculty are encouraged to incorporate a variety of instructional approaches, both synchronous and asynchronous. Synchronous learning occurs in real-time and often uses Zoom to deliver lectures and conduct virtual learning activities. As effective as synchronous learning can be, it may feel draining or even exhausting at times.

Zoom fatigue is real and it is felt by instructors and student alike. To help combat this, faculty are being encouraged to integrate more asynchronous, offline learning activities into their weekly instruction. Asynchronous instruction provides opportunities for students to work at their own pace to complete activities and assignments, and it can also alleviate, or lessen, Zoom fatigue.

Professional development to enhance our classes
Since the pandemic begin, more than 1,000 Loyola University Chicago faculty have participated in professional development workshops delivered by the Office of Online Learning (OOL), Instructional Technology and Research Support (ITRS), the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (FCIP), and the Center for Experiential Learning (CEL). These workshops enabled faculty to further enhance their instructional skills in online and HyFlex (dual-mode) course design and in synchronous and asynchronous teaching strategies. They also provided best practices for improving their course design to better promote student engagement.

To learn more about how we will engage students in our spring classes, join us at our Student Academic Experience Webinar on Sunday, December 20. Please register here today and submit your questions in advance.

Together in Loyola,

Thomas M. Kelly
Sr. Vice President for Administrative Services
Office of the President