Loyola University Chicago

Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy

Online Teaching Course

The Spring 2018 Cohort of the Online Teaching Course will begin Monday, January 29. Register now

The FCIP Online Teaching Course (OTC) is a fully online six-week program open to any Loyola faculty member, instructor, adjunct, staff or teaching graduate student. OTC is designed to provide you with the experience of being an online student while learning strategies for online teaching and course design.  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. 

The course has 6 units. Units 1-6 are fully online. During each of the units, there will be 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 between 10:00 am and 11:00am. The synchronous sessions are recorded and can be made up if you have a teaching assignment during this time.

In addition to completing units 1-6, faculty must complete two workshops offered by FCIP to successfully meet the course requirements. Faculty select workshops that are applicable to their pedagogical and technical needs. Workshops will be offered online, and you will have an array of topics to choose from. Typically, the workshops start early in the semester and run through the time the course is going on. There are assignments and about 2-3 hours of reading expected each week. Faculty who complete the requirements will receive a letter of completion from the Faculty Center.  

For delivery of the course, we use Sakai and other online tools readily available at Loyola University Chicago. 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 effective practices for teaching online; we do not cover Sakai basics. 

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 require group work). To register for this workshop, please fill out this form. The spring 2018 workshop will begin on Monday, January 29, 2018. Please e-mail us at facultycenter@luc.edu if you have any questions.