Online Accompaniment Resources
Journeying with youth toward a hope-filled future is one of the Universal Apsotolic Preferences guiding the work of Jesuits and lay partners in the next ten years. The concept of accompaniment, walking with a person toward their fulfillment, is deeply rooted in the Ignatian tradition.
During this period of physical distancing, faculty and staff have found ways to accompany students, providing person-centered care in the midst of uncertainty. Over the summer, the Lane Center hosted colloquia for faculty and staff to reflect on how we can offer a transformative education remotely.
We hope these resources will inspire you as you continue to accompany students and your colleagues online.
AJCU Faculty Teaching Commons
The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities has created a Faculty Teaching Commons with additional resources for responding to COVID-19.
Readings on COVID-19 and Jesuit Higher Education
- Arturo Sosa, SJ, Webinar: "The Preferences in a time of uncertainty and COVID19"
- “Let’s Add Compassion to our Online Curriculum" (you will need to sign in with your MyUSF user name and password to access this article via Gleeson Library) (contact Penny at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have trouble)
- "The Importance of Cura Personalis in Hard Times"
- Responding in Prayer, Reflection, and Solidarity: Coronavirus Resources
Online Ignatian Pedagogy Resources
Here we offer some resources from the Ignatian tradition that we hope will help you as you navigate this new remote, online landscape. Indeed, many have recognized that Ignatian Pedagogy is ideal for helping educators to mitigate the challenges of fragmentation and alienation that can characterize online courses. While online courses are inherently different educational environments from traditional classes, they nevertheless offer unique opportunities for deep reflection and solidarity on issues of social justice.
One example for how to approach the design of an online course is offered by The Center for Social Justice at Georgetown University. They created a summer course a few years ago specifically using Ignatian Pedagogy as their framework. Check out Andria Wisler’s structure and explanatory slides for that course:
Context—Self—Who Am I?
Contest—Site—Where Am I?
Experience—Head, Heart, Hands
Reflection—Why? How Come?
Action—Agitating for Change
Also, see this example of an educator’s response to COVID-19 at the Ignatian Spirituality website where you will find many additional resources.
And finally, USF has its own digital collection of resources that include online topics. Check out Practicing Ignatian Pedagogy: A Digital Collection of Resources.