Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

Online Teaching Course

Fall 2017 (Registration closed for fall. Spring registration available in early January)

The FCIP Online Teaching Course (OTC) is a fully online program designed to provide faculty with the experience of being an online student while learning strategies for online teaching. What follows is some basic information about the course and the expectations for participation. Please read through the information and let us know if you have questions.

Open to any Loyola faculty member, instructor, adjunct, staff or teaching graduate student, the six-unit training course covers the pedagogy and best practices of teaching and learning online. The first five weeks of instruction are done entirely online. Unit 6 is a series of online workshops that help faculty select appropriate tools for their online teaching experience; the majority of these workshops are also online. Faculty select those workshops that are applicable to their pedagogical and technical needs; two workshops are required for a successful completion of the course. Faculty who complete the requirements will receive a letter of completion from the Faculty Center.

If you are not familiar with Sakai, you will need to work through the Sakai training materials provided by ITRS before taking our course. If you need a Sakai overview, please notify ITRS so they can provide information about their drop-in hours and other resources. Our intent in the OTC is to provide an overview of best practices for teaching online; we do not cover Sakai basics.

For delivery of the course, we use Sakai and other online tools readily available at Loyola University Chicago. Our goal is to provide faculty the experience of being an online student while learning how to teach online. There are assignments and about 2-3 hours of reading expected each week. Every week there is a synchronous session where we meet online and discuss the topic of the week or hear from a guest presenter. These sessions are on Friday mornings at 10:00 AM; they are recorded and can be made up if you have a teaching assignment during this time.

Coursework online is a challenge for all students; those wishing to take this should be prepared to reserve sufficient time during each week to complete the readings and assignments (some of which are group work).

Please e-mail us at facultycenter@luc.edu with questions.