Orientation for Faculty Teaching Online Courses
Welcome to online teaching at Concordia University !
This site is designed for new online instructors and will provide you with pertinent information to hit the ground running in facilitating your course(s). By way of completing a Preparedness Checklist, you will have an opportunity to meet some experienced online instructors who will share best practices, master the instructor interface of your online course, and get to know your students.
But first, please know that is it completely natural to be a bit nervous as you begin this new journey. Just like stepping into a physical classroom for the first time, facilitating your first online course can at first glance seem to be a daunting and intimidating experience. By reviewing the material on this site and by completing the steps in the checklist, you are well on your way to appreciating what many new online instructors soon learn: I can do this!!
By completing the steps in the following checklist, you will best prepare yourself for success in your journey as an online instructor.
Turn in all paperwork
Before you do anything else, make sure you have completed all of your employment paperwork (W2 form, I9 forms, etc.,) and confirm that CU's Human Resources Department had processed these. Until you are in the administrative system, you will not be able to log on to your online course.
To check the status of your employment processing, please contact Madeline Gefroh at (503) 493-6529.
Visit CU Online
The CU Online site is designed to answer frequently asked questions about online learning in general and will give you a chance to review a "Day-in-the-Life" of an online learner.
Reflection: What unique skills does a successful online student possess? Would you make a good online learner?
Introduce yourself to our Instructional Technologist!
If you have not already met Greg, take a moment to introduce yourself. Let him know who you are and what you will be teaching and when. Greg will share additional information and resources that will help get you started.
Contact Greg at (503) 493-6592 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Review your online course
After you have connected with Greg, you should have access to your online course. If you have not already carefully reviewed the content of your course, you should do so. Put yourself in your learner's shoes and go through the entire course. Are the directions clear? Can you easily navigate the material? It is never too late to make adjustments and make things more clear. Email Greg with any suggested revisions.
All Concordia University online courses are creating using an online course management system: WebCT.
You will need to log into WebCT in order to access your course(s).
There is a link to WebCT on Concordia's Intranet at http://intranet.cu-portland.edu.
When you are prompted to log on, use your Concordia Network Account username (usually the first initial of your first name and full last name [i.e. Daffy Duck = dduck]) and password (initially set to the first 5 digits of your SSN).
Order your Textbook(s)
Your students will be invited to order their textbooks a couple weeks before the start of your course. It takes time for the bookstore to obtain the books (they would like two months notice ideally!!).
The only way the bookstore knows that they need to stock a given book is based on a request from you.
Unless you order your textbook from the Bookstore early, your students may not be able to obtain them.
Ordering your textbooks is fast and easy. Visit the CU Bookstore website and click on the appropriate link to order your books: www.cu-portland.edu/bookstore .
Now that you have access to your course and have had a chance to review the content, you can now work to master the designer interface. Teaching online can be a time-consuming process, especially if you are battling the technology as you go.
By learning how to navigate a few key course areas (and understanding what resources you need to best do so), you will be able to hit the ground running when you course starts.
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Meet Some Online Instructors
Once you are able to comfortably navigate your online course, take a few minutes to "meet" two veteran online instructors. Each has some good advice to share!
Getting Support at Concordia
Above all else know that you are fully supported in this endeavor! Concordia University prides itself in providing superior technical support with a personal touch. If you need us, we are here to help.
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