Start of Term Teaching Checklist
CLU Faculty Classroom Tips
Weekly announcements need to be a video and available for viewing no later than the Sunday prior to the start of the week (you can delay posting if set up early).
Please make sure that all emails with your students are done in Canvas or through CLU email. This is very important for FERPA. All CLU communication will also be sent to your CLU email for that reason (as opposed to personal email addresses).
“Sign” all announcements and emails. Canvas does not automatically “sign” the emails and announcements. Therefore, please add your name and course title at the end of all announcement postings and emails.
Engage in the discussions early. Add additional thought-provoking or current event topics and videos to spark conversation and apply the course content. Adding content (TedTalk, current event topic, short article, etc.) on Mondays (and throughout the week) to the discussion will encourage early participation from students.
Engage in the discussions often. Faculty should log in to the course at least every 24 hours and engage with students in the discussions. A good way to organize the amount of participation with students is to create a list or excel sheet with all the student names and check them off when posting to a student each week. Faculty are encouraged to reply to students throughout the week, but it is necessary to reply to each student within the week for individualized participation.
Use the student spreadsheet to capture details from the student AutoBios. Read/ view all introductions and respond individually. Note any professional or personal details (job, goals, career aspirations, etc.) that can be added throughout the course to personalize discussion responses. Since the LMS is a scrolling platform, faculty posts can get lost. A best practice is to change the font color of your message when you post so that students can find them easily. Choose one color for consistency throughout the course.
Use the Biweekly report (due to your Department Head at the end of Weeks 2, 4, 6, and 8), Faculty Expectations, and the Discussion Question Rubric. Please review these often.
Course content in the LMS is locked. Recommendations to update the course content should be recorded and passed along to the Department Head in the Bi-weekly reports. If a broken link or typos are discovered, please email your Department Head immediately.
Please accept the invite (sent to your CLU email) to our writing center (WRN) and then the center will appear on your course dashboard. Additionally, actively encourage students to register in the WRN and use the resources including the writing coach. Continue to mention the WRN in your announcements and in grading feedback. The email to contact the writing coach is: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students are given an orientation too. There is a required student synchronous orientation via Zoom with student services. This should help with preparedness and retention for incoming students. Students also have an online self-paced orientation that they should have completed prior to the course start.
At CLU we all support you and are available, so please reach out with an email or phone call for any questions, issues, or feedback.
Thank you for your engagement with and care of our students!