Summer Info

Accessing LMU Systems

  • MyLMU: Logging into MyLMU tailors links and announcements to Students, Faculty and Staff. It also logs you into many university systems.
  • Duo: Dual factor authentication may be necessary when accessing LMU systems from off-campus. If you have not yet enrolled in Duo, from a computer, please login to MyLMU, click the HR Self-Service link, and follow the instructions. Basic cell phones, tablets, smartphones, or landlines are acceptable devices.

High-Touch Teaching in a No-Touch World - Online Course Guide

Summer faculty are encouraged to use this checklist when preparing for online summer instruction. This list of best practices will help address both student and faculty needs for successful online instruction.

Online Instructional Tools & Strategies

The following tools support asynchronous instructional strategies:


Brightspace, our campus learning management system, is best suited to supporting ongoing instruction and flexible learning needs. While there are a variety of tools available within the Brightspace platform, the following four elements will be of tremendous value to faculty and students during an emergency. Click on the links below for instructions and support resources for deploying each of these tools.

  • Email: Communicate with your entire course Roster or individual students via Brightspace.
  • Content: Upload files, link articles and videos, and share presentations and other instructional materials with your students in your Brightspace course.
  • Discussion Boards: Post a piece of content such as an article or a video to be reviewed by students, and then create a "prompt" aimed at engaging students in an active online discussion. Set expectations for what "participation" looks like and promote dialogue much as you would facilitate an in-class discussion.
  • Quizzes: Create true/false, multiple-choice, short, answer, and essay questions to be delivered to students online. Faculty can control the availability of the quiz and basic question types can be graded automatically.

Brightspace's Quizzes tool enables you to create and manage points-measured assessments. As part of your quantifiable assessment procedures, you can use quizzes to help evaluate users' learning progress and learning outcomes.

Brightspace's Discussions tool is a collaboration area to post, read and reply to threads on different topics, share thoughts about course materials, ask questions, share files, or work with your peers on assignments and homework.

Respondus (Online Exam)

LMU is piloting with Respondus to support online examination needs. As part of this pilot, LMU has site licenses for LockDown Browser and Monitor, which are accessible through the Brightspace Quizzes feature. Click here for more information.


Asynchronous class conversations around a piece of content, linked to your Brightspace course. Click the link above for a brief video tutorial with instructions on how to connect Voicethread with your Brightspace course. View instructions on how to import media and create a new Voicethread activity.

Voicethread lets faculty connect with students online asynchronously, making it easy for them to stay involved in coursework without being physically present at a certain time or place, and without sacrificing that human element of face-to-face interaction.

When to Use: Voicethread is perfect for engaging students in a discussion around a PowerPoint presentation, a video, or a series of images, and allows students and faculty to comment via video, audio, or text at any point in the asynchronous conversation.

VoiceThread is a cloud-based application that brings your media into collaborative spaces where others can engage using voice, video, or text commenting. The results are highly interactive and engaging conversations that combine stronger human presence with the flexibility of an asynchronous learning environment.


Easy to use, conversational video exchange tool, that can be embedded in your Brightspace course. Click the link above for a brief video tutorial on how to add FlipGrid to your course in Brightspace. View some quick tips to get started.

FlipGrid is a user-friendly tool that engages learners and maintains classroom community through recording, sharing, and exchanging short videos from your phone or computer. LMU faculty can access the tool using their LMU credential/Office365 login.

When to Use: FlipGrid is perfect for engaging students in an asynchronous video conversation wherein students record and post videos of a prescribed length (typically 30-60 seconds) and then respond to each other via a comparable video reply.

Flipgrid is a social learning platform that allows faculty to ask a question, then the students respond in a video. Students are then able to respond to one another, creating a “web” of discussion.


A Repository for Large Course Files and File Exchanges

If you are not accustomed to using Brightspace or you wish to compile a folder that contains a great deal of content or large files such as videos, you may wish to use Box, LMU's cloud storage solution. Folders of materials can be shared with students by emailing a link. Similarly, students can be asked to upload/submit files to a shared Box folder where faculty and student collaborators and view/assess classwork.

When to Use: Box is perfect for sharing and exchanging large files or if you wish to share or collect materials independent of Brightspace. While Brightspace is the recommended platform for sharing and collecting academic work, there may be circumstances where Box is better suited to your needs.