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. 

Resources and Reflections from the Summer 2020 Staff Colloquium on Online Accompaniment  

Resources and Reflections from the Summer 2020 Faculty Colloquium on Online Accompaniment

General Insights on Online Accompaniment from Faculty and Staff

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

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

Action—Now What?


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.