Learning Management System
All online classes are offered through Sakai, Loyola University Chicago’s highly interactive, collaborative online learning environment. Courses are conducted in a largely asynchronous mode, giving students the ability to schedule their studies at a time and place convenient to them. The curriculum is accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from any part of the globe.
Each course at Loyola is divided into 12 learning modules. Students work through all courses simultaneously on a suggested study pace—much as you would if you were attending more than one course in a brick and mortar school. Each course module may contain any or all of these content delivery methods:
- reading assignments
- audio or video lectures
- multiple-choice quizzes or exams
- bulletin board assignments
- writing assignments
- live, synchronous classes
Students complete writing assignments and other coursework similar to that required in a campus-based program, but with the convenience of submitting their work online. Professor feedback is critical to this method and is facilitated by the technology. Students receive extensive comments and critiques of their writing assignments and have direct access to their professors.
A typical day may include reading assigned materials, attending a professor-led seminar, discussing coursework with classmates, or doing research using one of the electronic networks available to Loyola students. In addition, students can view archived lectures and discussion groups, email their classmates and professors, and take examinations—all through the LMS.
Technology Resources and Support
Loyola University Chicago’s Instructional Technology and Research Support group provides a number of tutorials and resources for Sakai and other technology available to students.
Students can access the University’s Information Technology Support Help Desk for individual support using these resources.