Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff
Message From:Message from the Office of the Provost
Date Sent:Monday, April 6, 2020 05:22 PM CDT

Digest of Online Teaching Resources

Dear Faculty and Staff,

It is hard to believe that a month ago we were preparing to return from spring break and the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the United States was 319. At the time, it was not completely clear how we would have to respond to this public health situation.

It is impossible to express the gratitude we feel at the collective effort that allowed Loyola University Chicago to transform to an online platform in less than 10 days and that allowed us to continue our mission. There were hiccups, of course, but with the concerted efforts of so many people, we have continued to support our students.

We know you have received a steady stream of emails and information. Below, we try to capture in one list many of the resources that support our online classrooms. A more extensive listing of resources can be found on Loyola’s Academic Continuity webpage, which is updated regularly.

Please let us know if you have any questions or resources you would add to this list.

Together in Loyola,

JoBeth D’Agostino
Associate Provost Academic Programs and Planning

David Slavsky
Associate Provost and Director of the Office of Institutional Effectiveness


Center for Experiential Learning (CEL)
CEL provides a collection of resources to assist with Engaged Learning courses while teaching online. These can be found on the Engaged Learning Courses webpage. The CEL staff is available to meet for consultations with any faculty members by reaching them at experiential@LUC.edu.

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (FCIP)
FCIP will offer a workshop on “Approaches to Trauma Informed Teaching and Learning” on Wednesday, April 22, from 2:30-3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Registration is not necessary. This session will include recommendations on how to use trauma-informed approaches in interactions with students in order to promote their well-being.

Faculty Workshops
The Office of Online Learning (OOL) and Instructional Technology and Research Support (ITRS) offer daily 30-to-60 minute workshops on a number of topics including “Introduction to Respondus Lockdown Browser,” “Making Your Zoom Meeting More Secure,” and “Academic Integrity in Online Assessments.”


  • For ITS help, email ITSServiceDesk@LUC.edu. This includes urgent support for synchronous classes using Zoom. The campus-based classroom support teams from LSC, WTC, and HSC will be available to assist during the Service Desk’s regular hours:

    • Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-8:30 p.m.
    • Friday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
    • Saturday, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Faculty drop-in support will continue Monday through Thursday during the week of April 6 from 2-3 p.m. Individual consultations on Sakai, Zoom, Panopto, VoiceThread, Hoonuit, Respondus, and more are available. Simply “drop-in” during this time to meet with a learning design engineer by using this link.

Office of Online Learning (OOL)

  • Questions regarding general online teaching and instructional design assistance for Spring and Summer 2020 can be requested by contacting OOL at online@LUC.edu.

  • A joinable Faculty Mentoring Sakai site has been established to allow faculty to assist their colleagues who are new to teaching and learning online.

Student Accessibility Center (SAC)
Contact SAC at sac@LUC.edu for questions regarding accessibility concerns and student accommodations.

University Libraries

  • Questions regarding creating and accessing digital versions of course materials (articles, videos, etc.) and other resources to support your online classroom are available at the Continuity of Library Services webpage.

  • Ask a Librarian, a 24-hour chat service, is available to faculty and staff through coverage by Loyola or partner institution library staff. Loyola Libraries staff members are available during the following hours:

    • Monday-Thursday: 9 a.m.-10 p.m.
    • Friday: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
    • Saturday: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
    • Sunday: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Policy Change Reminders
A number of policy changes have also been approved to support Loyola students as they complete this semester. These changes are for Spring 2020 only.

  • Extended Deadline for Pass/No Pass Option
    The deadline for students to request the Pass/No Pass option for Spring 2020 has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24. This extension will apply to students in schools that currently offer this option. Students should contact their academic advisors for details regarding this option.

  • Extended Deadline for Withdrawal from a Class
    The deadline for deciding to withdraw from a class with a W has been extended to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 24. Students should speak to their academic advisor before choosing this option to discuss its implications.