Loyola Hall at Regis University

The goal of a Jesuit education is to prepare men and women for and with others, professionals and life-long learners who excel in their fields, promoting social justice and helping others.  

Ignatian Pedagogy

Regis, a Jesuit University, embodies the vision of St. Ignatius of Loyola, founder of the Society of Jesus. Faculty are encouraged to learn and incorporate educational methodology based on the teachings of St. Ignatius. Teaching strategies based on the Ignatian Pedagogical Paradigm include attention to five components: context, evaluation, experience, reflection, and action. 


Students bring to their classes a variety of skills, abilities, dispositions, and assumptions. Understanding the personality and world view of students can help instructors to tailor teaching methodology; using formats that appeal to students motivates participation and learning. In the 21st century, digital media is one useful tool for engaging students. 


Students learn best when given the opportunity to apply what they have learned in class. Service work experiences provide students with opportunities to engage with course material in tangible ways. Such active learning is a critical component of a Jesuit education. Combining this kind of experience with traditional academic activities provides students with the opportunity to enact what they have learned in class. Students draw upon the knowledge gained in class to apply critical thinking and creative problem-solving to challenges encountered in the workplace and the broader context of society. 


Students and teachers should take time to reflect on what they have learned in the classroom, through research and service learning. Reflection allows students the opportunity to find meaning within course material and to make a deeper connection mentally and physically to the material. 


Students learn best when provided with opportunities to apply their knowledge in real-world settings. During this phase of learning, students’ cumulative knowledge, experience, and inspiration are channeled into constructive activities. The goal of a Jesuit education is to prepare “men and women for and with others.” During the final phase of their education, students work in their fields and contribute to positive change and progress. 


Students, teachers, and professors who adhere to Ignatian pedagogy engage in constant reflection and evaluation on the effectiveness of their methods. Class activities and assignments should be continually modified according to reflection to maximize effectiveness.