Faculty—supported by administrators and staff—are deeply engaged in planning so that students will receive a high-impact education through a blend of face-to-face and digital pedagogy.
All courses will be available to students who choose to participate in classes remotely for the spring 2021 semester. The ways in which remote learners participate in a particular class will vary, depending on course type and instructor.
If you are an undergraduate student, you should have received a survey on Oct. 1 from Elissa Derrickson, Ph.D., dean of undergraduate and graduate studies, about your interest in working with Loyola remotely in the spring versus taking your classes on campus. This survey was non-binding. However, so that we can let your professors know that you will be remote, our office will send a final survey to you in early November for a response by Tuesday, Nov. 17. If you have questions, feel free to reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are a graduate student who wishes to work remotely in the spring, please contact the director of program operations for your particular program.
Some classes will be offered only online. Those will be the larger classes, where it is too difficult to schedule them in spaces allowing for physical distancing, and those where faculty need to teach all their classes online. These courses will incorporate regular synchronous sessions and offer synchronous office hours.
Maximizing Face-to-Face Instruction
To ensure as much face-to-face instruction as possible, classes that are 40 or larger and typically rely more on presentational or lecture-based instruction will be offered totally online. This will free-up physical space for classes with smaller enrollments that typically rely more on whole-class discussion and small-group work. Due to limited classroom capacity, resulting from adherence to physical distancing guidelines, many classes with smaller enrollments will be offered in a hybrid manner, with students attending class in a physical space at least once per week, ideally, and attending other class sessions virtually. Hybrid courses will be designed to offer as much interaction between faculty and students and among students as possible.
Loyola’s Office of Technology Services is installing various types of instructional technology in classrooms to support both fully remote and hybrid learning.
Class Size and Classroom Modifications
The University is installing 10 modular classroom units on Diane Geppi-Aikens Field to allow for physical distancing within the classrooms and make it possible for more face-to-face instruction to occur for students. Non-traditional classroom space will be used for instruction, as well.
Each classroom will be set up with at least a 6-foot radius around each seat to allow for physical distancing. Students may be rotated in for classes to ensure that there is space for students to distance from one another. All students, instructors, staff, and peer mentors will use face coverings at all times. Facilities staff will clean and sanitize classrooms twice daily and refresh and sanitize between classes as staff are available and when classrooms are vacant. They will have sanitizing wipes available in the classrooms for students and faculty to wipe down their areas.
Office Hours and Academic Support Online
Faculty office hours will mostly be held virtually. All faculty have been asked to provide opportunities for both scheduled and drop-in office hours through Zoom, or a similar platform, each week. Advising in outdoor or large indoor spaces may occur if physical distancing and other public health requirements are observed.
Though fall study abroad programs have been canceled, spring programs are, at this point, still scheduled. A final decision about spring programs will be made no later than Oct. 26 and will be based on global travel-alert levels, CDC and other health-agency guidance, and partner-school ability to open and safely accommodate our students.
If you have additional questions regarding Spring 2021 study abroad programs, you can find more information on the office of international programs website.