Loyola uses the learning management system (LMS), Sakai, to offer its M.J. degree online. The Sakai learning management system is an online delivery system developed specifically to support a robust and interactive legal education. Each student receives a customized home page to access their Children’s Law and Policy courses and connect with all the people, services, and administrative offices in Loyola’s virtual hallways.
Each course is organized into interrelated topics called modules. Modules function as an interactive syllabus. Targeted, assigned and supplemental materials are prepared for each module topic. During the term, each student progresses at her own pace through the modules following a detailed syllabus. Modules may contain reading assignments, quizzes and writing exercises. Lectures accompany the module materials online and are also downloadable.
In addition to the pre-recorded module lectures, students and professors come together periodically for live online classroom discussion via Adobe Connect. The synchronous live classes are generally held three to five times per semester. If a student misses a class or wants to review a class, the sessions are archived.
Students do not have to be technology gurus to go to school online at Loyola. There is a step-by-step orientation to the learning management system as well as ample help to guide new students. Once students are familiar with it, the site is easy to use and - when assistance is needed - it is readily available.