Online Orientation Sessions Offered to Adjunct Faculty...

We would like to invite all new and current adjuncts to participate in a month long, online adjunct faculty orientation training.  The year long calendar developed in the Spring of 2013 to accommodate all of our adjunct faculty has come to an end. We are excited to announce that five more sessions have been added in 2014 to accommodate the growing numbers of adjuncts registering for the orientation.  There are still a few openings for the September 29th-October 31st, October 13th-November 14th, and November 17th-December 19th sessions.  Please register early, as our sessions fill up quickly with 30 adjunct faculty registered per session.  Occasionally, someone who has registered must reschedule, so check back frequently if you would like to register for an earlier session.

The course is asynchronous. The training offers a formal orientation to key information within the university and best practices to help new and continuing adjuncts feel connected and successful in their professional experience at NLU. This training aligns with one of the milestones of the new strategic plan: “Develop increased support and orientation program for adjunct faculty”. As part of our quality journey, and aligned with our strategic plan, we have developed this adjunct orientation to assure our academic excellence and un-paralleled student experience. This will also be a great opportunity to work in our new learning management system, Desire2Learn NLU Online Campus.  There are six modules to complete over five weeks. Each week there will be assignments to complete within the week.


Module 1: Introduction and Welcome                          Module 4: Academic Policies and Handbooks                      

Module 2:  Need to Know Now                                    Module 5: Reference Materials
                         
Module 3: Human Resources                                      Module 6: Best Practices


Participation and successfully completing the online orientation is mandatory to be considered for future teaching assignments or field supervision. Adjunct faculty that have successfully completed the orientation and received a Certificate of Completion do not need to register for the upcoming sessions.  Once an adjunct successfully completes the orientation, they will have access to the Adjunct Faculty Post-Training CafeMore information on the cafe is provided below.

We hope you will be able to join us in this exciting professional development with a flexible delivery model.  This course is asynchronous.  Participation each week is at your own pace but there are weekly discussion assignments to do within the week they are assigned.  Upon successful completion of the orientation requirements, you will receive a "Certificate of Completion".

Click here to register for a training session!

Adjunct Faculty Post-Training Cafe

Once adjunct faculty have successfully completed the online orientation, we've found a way to offer adjuncts a place to continue networking with other adjuncts using the Desire2Learn NLU Online Campus.  Many of our participants enjoyed the use of the discussion "cafe", so we continue to offer it in the post-training cafe.

To keep our "orientation graduates" up-to-date, the post-training cafe also gives them access to all of the resources they had available during their orientation.  The cafe is a work in progress, and will continue to be updated to reflect the most current information that is being offered within the adjunct faculty orientation. 

Here's What a Few of Our Adjuncts are Saying About the the Updated 2013/2014 Orientation:

"Although I have been both a full-time faculty as well as an adjunct for many years, I learned so much more about NLU's policies and procedures, as well as the current best practices in the field.  I totally support the decision to require all adjuncts, both new and experienced, to enroll in this orientation.  I had requested an exemption from this orientation.  I am now completely convinced of the necessity for all adjuncts (all faculty) to have the type of learning that is provided in this orientation."

"I really enjoyed getting feedback and learning about how other adjunct instructors handle issues with today's students and associates.  I also like the online learning modules ~ they were very informative and user friendly.  I did see several that I would like to incorporate into my own course for resource and reference application."

"To be honest, I enjoyed meeting our facilitator the most. She was most helpful in guiding me all along the way--both electronically and face-to-face.  She answered all my emails in a timely manner and provided clear important information that I could easily follow.  When I met her at the Wheeling campus, she patiently guided me through the program when I was having difficulty.    Perhaps this might not mean much to some folks who are computer savvy and  literate, but to me---she was a saving grace all throughout the process.  My personality is such that I could be considered "short and blunt" but not my facilitator.  She was patient and informative for me..
Thank you!
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Here's What a Few of Our Participants are Saying About the August Orientation (2012):

"I've enjoyed the intellectual stimulation of the readings and the opportunity to interact with other adjuncts. I appreciate being allowed to join the training at the last minute."

"I've enjoyed the discussion posts the most. It's interesting to see what other adjuncts do and learn new ways of doing things."

"I enjoyed the group interaction. I also learned a lot of new information about the university. Module 4 had numerous resources that I can use in teaching various courses and were interesting."

"I enjoyed learning all that I did about NLU. I can't believe how much I did NOT know. Also, posting and viewing responses from others was enlightening."

Here's What a Few of our Participants are Saying About the Pilot Orientation (February 2012):

"I enjoyed the discussions and the immediate feedback available from other adjuncts and the facilitator.  It would be great to have this discussion format during the semester as a way to connect with other instructors.  Also, I enjoy Blackboard and appreciate the online format. The resources were great. I hope that this course will continue to be available afterwards.  The assignments were helpful and gave me an idea of NLU expectations."

"Presenting it like an online discussion course is great.  Not only do you have the opportunity to interact with other adjuncts - something you rarely get to do - but to compare your methods to the teaching methods of others.  Feedback by the facilitator was typically timely and was constructive.  Since I never went through an orientation before and have not been teaching at NLU very long, learning about adjunct benefits and measures to take when things don't go well in the classroom was extremely helpful."

"I hope that when the University switches from Blackboard to Desire2Learn, we will still be able to access this course!"

"The on-line resources like "Cool Tools" show many options that teachers have to make their courses come alive.  Also, I liked the PDF files.  And, I like the direction provided to teachers to know their benefits.  VERY GOOD!"


Updated April 2014

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    Located in one of Chicago's major northwest suburbs, the newly renovated NLU Wheeling includes 20 classrooms with high-tech media equipment, four conference rooms, four computer labs with high-speed Internet access, large student lounge areas with wireless capabilities and interactive video capabilities, and an extensive research library. The site also houses the university library research collection.

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    Established in 1988 and located in one of the city's major business districts, NLU's Florida Regional Center serves students in 13 counties in central Florida. In addition to six classrooms, this location features a conference room, a computer lab with high-speed Internet access, an extensive research library and comfortable student lounges.

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