Online Orientation Sessions Offered to Adjunct Faculty...
National Louis University is in the process of building just-in-time learning modules to replace the current facilitated online adjunct orientation.
The final month-long, online adjunct faculty orientation training began on March 23rd and is scheduled to end on April 24th. Registration is now closed.
Here is an overview of the current facilitated orientation model:
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 unparalleled 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 Cafe. More information on the cafe is provided below.
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 Orientation (2014):
"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.
Here's What a Few of Our Participants are Saying About the 2014 Revision of the Orientation:
"The things I have enjoyed most about this orientation has been the information about the process in general of preparing to become an adjunct. It is the most comprehensive orientation I have yet to experience. Also, there was the opportunity to connect with others adjuncts and my former classmates. That was part of an exciting experience for me."
"This was a wonderful orientation! I thought the modules were sequenced well and afforded the participants the opportunity to engage in discussion and apply some new skills. Thank you!"
"As I took the course while teaching my first two courses at NLU, there was some critical information that I really appreciated. For example, how to post grades, the employee benefits available even for adjuncts, the protocol for plagiarism, the ADA and Letter of Accommodation, how to post textbooks in a timely fashion, syllabus information on expected behaviors, ..."
Here's What a Few of Our Participants are Saying About the Revised 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 March 2015