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LIM Extension Program Learning Model

The Instructor of Record

Each course has an assigned Instructor of Record who is a fulltime Loyola faculty member. The Instructor of Record is available to students, facilitators, and liaisons via telephone or e-mail to clarify questions or engage in further discussion. The Instructor of Record is also responsible for the development, review, and updating of the course.

LIM Course Book

Before attending each session, students view an online video. This text, prepared specifically for each LIMEX course, is the functional counterpart of a classroom lecture; it is the faculty member's class presentation. Students read a chapter of this text before coming to each session.

The Video Component

The educational purpose of the video is not a lecture replacement, but an experience that deepens the discussion of issues relevant to each session. These videos, produced by the Institute for Ministry, are formulated from the course objectives.

The Syllabus

The syllabus, written by Loyola faculty, presents a very careful and clear formulation of the overall goals for each course and session and the individual student assignments and activities a student engages in outside the learning group. It also contains a bibliography of resource materials and the assignments and activities of each learning group session.

Facilitator Manual/Learning Designs

The facilitator manual is a companion piece to the syllabus, prepared by Loyola faculty. It structures, outlines, and provides detailed explanation of the learning design for each group session. The facilitator implements the learning design with the group, but the design itself is the faculty's structuring presence in the learning group.

Academic Evaluation

Critical feedback to LIM extension students by faculty members is part of instruction. The LIM adjunct faculty is supervised by and works closely with Loyola faculty throughout the evaluation process. Adjunct faculty members call LIM learning groups at least once during each course to give general advice about the assignments and to discuss student questions.