Message Sent To:All Faculty, All Staff
Message From:Message from Academic Affairs
Date Sent:Tuesday, April 21, 2020 09:18 AM CDT

Digest of Online Teaching Resources

Dear Faculty and Staff,

As we approach the final days of spring semester, we want to thank you for your excellent work transitioning Spring 2020 classes online and continuing to provide our students with the education, support, and compassion that is essential during this difficult time.

Our outstanding support units developed myriad resources during the past few months to support teaching and learning in this new environment. They responded to more than 1,900 faculty requests for assistance, which were provided through workshops, instructional design and learning technologies consultations, online teaching bootcamps, and more. This successful mobilization of resources and expertise in such a short time span is a testament to the widely collaborative environment at Loyola University Chicago and the deep dedication of faculty and staff to our students. It has been truly inspiring to witness.

As a follow up to our message two weeks ago, below is a summary of some recently developed resources, as well as general information to support online teaching and learning. Hopefully these will provide additional assistance as we prepare to offer online classes during Summer 2020. A more extensive listing of resources can be found on Loyola’s Academic Continuity webpage, which is updated regularly.

Also, in anticipation of upcoming final exams in Sakai, we recommend that you urge your students to review this three-minute video – Online Test-Taking Tips – that will help them avoid potential problems when test-taking in Sakai.

Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or suggestions for additional support.

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)
Although we are not able to celebrate in person our students’ learning and scholarly work during the Weekend of Excellence this year, a collaboration between CEL and University Libraries still allows us to explore and acknowledge their work. Loyola’s Virtual Undergraduate Research and Engagement Symposium will be hosted on Loyola’s eCommons digital platform Saturday, April 18 through April 24. Take a moment to view research posters, projects, and multimedia presentations.

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (FCIP)
“Approaches to Trauma Informed Teaching and Learning” will be offered 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) began offering “Creating Quality Online Courses” bootcamp/workshops. Each bootcamp consists of a four-hour Zoom session focusing on online course design and delivery best practices with integrated technology tool demonstrations. Two OOL staff and two ITRS staff will facilitate all workshop sessions. Contact online@LUC.edu for Zoom links to your School/College session below.

  • CAS session #1: Wednesday, April 22, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Quinlan School of Business session: Thursday, April 23, 1 - 5 p.m.
  • School of Education session: Monday, April 27, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • CAS session #2: Tuesday, April 28, 1 - 5 p.m.
  • Arrupe College session: Wednesday, April 29, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • Parkinson Health Sciences & Public Health session: Week of May 4 – Date TBD
  • School of Communication session: Week of May 4 – Date TBD
  • School of Law session: Friday, May 8, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
  • General sessions: All are invited.


  • Home Use of Research Software: Loyola offers a wide array of quantitative and qualitative research applications for home use for both faculty and students. For more information and a complete list of applications, please visit Home Use of Quantitative and Qualitative Research Applications.

  • New Zoom Integration for Sakai: A new, more streamlined Zoom experience in Sakai will be made available for summer courses on Friday, May 8. ITRS will begin offering 30-minute training sessions next Tuesday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, April 22 at 10 a.m. No registration is required. Use this link, Join the Training. Additional sessions will be added.

  • Instructional Technologies Course (ITC): The ITC is designed to help faculty learn about the wide array of instructional technologies available at Loyola. At the end of the four-week period, participants will have created a Sakai template that can be used for a future course. This course complements the Online Teaching Course (OTC). The next offering will run from May 18 to June 12. For more information and to register, please visit Instructional Technologies Course (ITC).

  • Statistical Advising: ITRS is offering online statistical advising on Fridays from 3 - 4 p.m. Advisers are graduate students engaged in coursework and research that focuses on quantitative and qualitative research methods. Services include basic, how-to questions, and limited interpretive help with analysis results when using Loyola supported statistical applications or QDAs. No appointment necessary—simply “drop-in” during this time to meet with ITRS staff. For more information, please visit Statistical & Online Survey Advising.

  • Password Change Assistance: The ITS Service Desk and Desktop Services have partnered to create a new resource for assistance with changing your Loyola password. The steps are a little different when doing so away from campus. Please visit Resetting Your Password from Off Campus.

Office of Online Learning (OOL)

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

  • “Make your Online Course Accessible” is a self-paced course designed to walk you through the Accessibility Guidelines and show you how to apply these guidelines to your online course practically. Visit the Make your Online Course Accessible Sakai site to begin.

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.