Loyola University Chicago

Office of Online Learning

Professional Development

While the transition to teaching online is rewarding, it’s not always an easy process, even for those who have taught face-to-face for many years. The Office of Online Learning can assist instructors with developing the skills, confidence, and expertise needed to deliver a truly great online course.  

Online Teaching Courses

The best way to become better equipped to teach online is by taking the Online Teaching Courses (OTC) offered by OOL. The OTC is comprised of three courses:  

  • OTC: Design – In OTC: Design, instructors will learn how to design a course tailored to the online environment. Whether creating a course from scratch or transitioning an existing class to the online environment, instructors will learn how to plan a course, its materials, and its activities to ensure success online.  
  • OTC: Facilitate – In OTC: Facilitate, instructors will learn what it’s like to deliver a course in the online environment. From planning your interaction with students to choosing which tools to use for assignments and activities, OTC: Facilitate is designed to prepare you to confidently launch your course and work with students online.   
  • OTC: Innovate - In OTC: Innovate, instructors will work closely with OOL Instructional Designers and their peers to redesign their online course (or portion of their course) using innovative teaching methods that better engage students and drive success and satisfaction. Instructors set the agenda for much of the work and are provide detailed feedback, custom resources, and guidance for their chosen course development.

Instructors may take any of these courses as they suit their needs, but should check with their departments or programs to see which courses may be required as a prerequisite to teaching online. While it is recommended instructors take OTC: Design first, it is not a pre-requisite of the OTC: Facilitate course. Instructors should take both OTC: Design and OTC: Facilitate before taking OTC: Innovate, though exceptions may be made for instructors with significant online teaching experience. To learn more and to register, visit our OTC page. 

Live webinars, workshops, and seminars

OOL regularly offers live webinars, workshops, and seminars on a variety of fundamental and advanced teahcing and learning topics. Visit our Upcoming Events page for more information about our upcming sessions and to register. 

On-demand asynchronous resources

Interested in learning more about online teaching, but can't make it to our live sessions? We also offer a broad range of on-demand, asynchronous resources for your reference. Visit our Faculty Resources page to learn more about instructional strategies, course planning, Sakai site design, accessibility, and more. 

Custom Workshops and Information Sessions

For programs interested in offering courses online, OOL can provide custom workshops for groups of faculty. Whether a program is simply interested in exploring the possibilities of online learning or would like their faculty to know more about a specific aspect of the online course experience, OOL can create unique workshops for delivery on any campus. Use our request services form to discuss workshop opportunities.

Support from Instructional Technology and Research Support 

ITRS provides a number of support services and professional development opportunities for learning more about the technology that drives online learning at Loyola, including a six-week Instructional Technologies Course. Learn more about the Instructional Technologies Course or visit the ITRS support page to learn about all of their services. 

Workshops from the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

The Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy (FCIP) offers several opportunities for faculty to learn more about teaching strategies in general. Visit the FCIP faculty development page to learn more.