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LTU Online Faculty Expectations

LTU Online strives to deliver an outstanding educational experience to our students. LTU Online courses are rigorously designed and delivered by academically qualified faculty members with industry experience. Expectations for LTU Online faculty members are discussed below. These expectations are explicitly included in the LTU Online Teaching Contract and are considered for continuing employment as an LTU Online faculty member.

 

General Expectations for Online Instructors

LTU Online wants to hear its students say that they have at least as good a learning experience from online classes as they do from on-ground classes. To work toward this goal, LTU Online instructors must:

  • Deliver courses in a professional and organized manner, and interact with students in a constructive and encouraging manner
  • Respond to student contributions and requests, following expectations set forth in the syllabus
  • Encourage complex thinking and participation by all students
  • Identify and address problems with course content or the technology environment
  • Contribute toward the continuous improvement of their course(s)


Course Design Expectations

Instructors are expected to create features in online courses for which they serve as subject matter experts including:

  • Developing a comprehensive course syllabus designed around one or more required textbooks or cases
  • Developing a video overview of the class for prospective students to view
  • Developing an instructor biography and submit a personal photograph for publication
  • Articulating the academic requirements for the course, including course assignments, participation requirements, examinations, and evaluation rubrics
  • Setting forth expectations for both students and instructor in the syllabus to ensure that students understand what is expected of them and what they can expect of the instructor
  • Developing instructional modules for each week of the course which include components of theory, practice, and assessment
  • Developing assessment instruments to measure the academic progress of students using multiple approaches. LTU Online does not encourage the exclusive use of multiple choice quizzes and exams but rather encourages instructors to use a variety of assessment methods to determine overall student progress
  • Developing an introductory set of activities ("Module 0") which introduce the student to the course and provide opportunities to develop project teams
  • Developing standard naming conventions for all documents used in the course
  • Using the Blackboard assignment and gradebook functions to manage course assignments (LTU Online does not endorse the use of e-mail or the Blackboard digital drop box for submitting assignments)
  • Ensuring that all written assignments require the use of citations in APA format
  • Using the SafeAssignment product to guard against potential plagiarism
  • Ensuring that all documents posted to the Blackboard course have received appropriate copyright clearance or have been determined to qualify for academic fair use under the TEACH Act of 2002


Course Delivery Expectations

Instructors are expected to follow these guidelines for online courses they are teaching:

  • Prepare your class for availability and interaction approximately one month before the scheduled start of classes. Blackboard shells are available to students approximately one month in advance of the start of classes. LTU Online expects that all Blackboard shells for the upcoming semester will be active and usable by students at that time. Prior to the course being available, instructors should personalize the new Blackboard course shell, update semester-specific information, gradebook settings, assignments, course documents, and external Web links as needed
  • Communicate with students enrolled in your course at least one month prior to the start of classes, and again approximately two weeks before the start of classes. After that time, communicate on a weekly basis with your students using the Blackboard e-mail function. This weekly message should lay out the schedule for the week and remind students of upcoming due dates
  • Participate each day in your online course, responding to student contributions and inquiries and ensuring that all student assignments and grades are processed and up to date. Faculty participation sets an example for all students to follow in an online class. Check the discussion forum daily and be sure to post responses to student contributions at least four times weekly. You need not respond to each student's contributions, but use this opportunity to shape discussion, call attention to other approaches, and answer specific questions raised by students
  • Address any student inquiries related to course content, the Blackboard environment, or technical support issues. Instructors are expected to ensure that technical support issues are addressed by the LTU Online office and/or the LTU Help Desk. Be sure to respond to specific student inquiries within Blackboard or via e-mail within 24 hours of receiving the message. In your message, encourage the student to contact you by e-mail or phone to continue the discussion if necessary
  • Evaluate, grade, and return all written assignments according to the expectations laid out in the course syllabus. Post all grade results to the Blackboard gradebook.
  • Promptly alert students individually if they are performing below expectations or if they are missing assignments
  • Return all written assignments with personalized comments, preferably using the Microsoft Word "track changes" option
  • Ensure that students follow the Lawrence Tech academic integrity policy, and respond quickly and effectively to instances of plagiarism or dishonesty. Be familiar with Lawrence Tech's academic integrity policy, but work with "first offenders" to ensure that they learn from their mistakes and improve their work on future assignments
  • Assist students in resolving any administrative problem they may have with the University. If you cannot provide the necessary assistance, actively refer them to the LTU Online office via e-mail or telephone. Your answer to service-related problems should always be, "Let's work together to resolve the issue" and never "It's not my problem"
  • Submit all grades via BannerWeb according to the deadlines set by the Registrar's Office
  • Encourage all students to participate in the course mid-term and end-of-term evaluations. You should participate in LTU Online's end-of-term evaluation for instructors where you are asked to comment on our services and support
  • Maintain a list of suggested course improvements and communicate these proposed improvements to your LTU Online producer


The Role of LTU Online Teaching Assistants

All LTU Online staff are rostered into each LTU Online class as teaching assistants to assist the instructor in:

  • Ensuring that all course components are deployed and are in working order
  • Providing troubleshooting assistance to instructors during a course
  • Monitoring the course to ensure participation by all students and by the instructor
  • Communicating with students in the event of instructor illness, technology outage, or other special circumstances
  • Ensuring that students participate in the mid-term and final course evaluation
  • Preparing the course for cycling to the next semester

     

LTU Online Teaching Contract

A sample of the LTU Online Teaching Contract is provided for your information. The general terms and conditions of the teaching contract are listed below:

  • Full-time faculty members are eligible to contract with LTU Online to teach one LTU Online class in each major semester, and at least one LTU Online class in the summer semester. LTU Online courses are designated as overload for full-time faculty. Full-time faculty are subject to all expectations listed in the LTU Faculty Handbook in addition to the expectations listed below
  • The approved class schedule, Blackboard course shell, course syllabus, textbook(s), learning schedule, learning materials, assessments, and grading standards must be used. LTU Online must approve any deviations
  • LTU Online faculty are subject to teaching performance, student engagement, communication, and evaluation standards listed on http://www.ltu.edu/ltuonline/faculty.asp These standards are explicitly incorporated into this contract and are subject to change
  • LTU Online faculty are required to hold "online office hours" by appointment. Office hours must be sufficient in number and scheduled to serve student needs. Office hours and communication technologies used must be clearly posted in the course syllabus and on the Blackboard site
  • LTU Online faculty must encourage students to complete both mid-term and end-of-term course evaluations
  • Faculty teaching for the first time with LTU Online must complete the LTU Online training program or demonstrate successful completion of a comparable training program as certified by LTU Online staff
  • Class grades must be electronically submitted to BannerWeb in a timely manner, consistent with the semester schedule
  • In the event you give an incomplete grade (I), you agree to provide appropriate assistance, without additional compensation, to the student to allow completion of the course work within twelve months
  • Future teaching eligibility is based on continued demonstration of student learning outcomes, student evaluations, and fulfillment of administrative responsibilities
  • Compensation will be made by direct deposit in equal semi-monthly payments based on the number of remaining pay periods in the semester following finalization of this contract
  • LTU Online reserves the right to cancel any class with enrollment less than seven (7) students. If the class is not cancelled, compensation will be prorated based on the enrollment as of the "last day to drop with a refund"
  • LTU Online reserves the right to replace you with another faculty member or to cancel your class. In such an event, compensation will be limited to the actual contact hours provided, prorated from the above amount
  • Lawrence Technological University is an at will employer
  • Full time staff and non-academic administrative employees of LTU are not eligible for additional compensation for teaching


LTU Online Faculty Expectations

LTU Online strives to deliver an outstanding educational experience to our students. LTU Online courses are rigorously designed and delivered by academically qualified faculty members with industry experience. Expectations for LTU Online faculty members are discussed below. These expectations are explicitly included in the LTU Online Teaching Contract and are considered for continuing employment as an LTU Online faculty member.

 

General Expectations for Online Instructors

LTU Online wants to hear its students say that they have at least as good a learning experience from online classes as they do from on-ground classes. To work toward this goal, LTU Online instructors must:

  • Deliver courses in a professional and organized manner, and interact with students in a constructive and encouraging manner
  • Respond to student contributions and requests, following expectations set forth in the syllabus
  • Encourage complex thinking and participation by all students
  • Identify and address problems with course content or the technology environment
  • Contribute toward the continuous improvement of their course(s)


Course Design Expectations

Instructors are expected to create features in online courses for which they serve as subject matter experts including:

  • Developing a comprehensive course syllabus designed around one or more required textbooks or cases
  • Developing a video overview of the class for prospective students to view
  • Developing an instructor biography and submit a personal photograph for publication
  • Articulating the academic requirements for the course, including course assignments, participation requirements, examinations, and evaluation rubrics
  • Setting forth expectations for both students and instructor in the syllabus to ensure that students understand what is expected of them and what they can expect of the instructor
  • Developing instructional modules for each week of the course which include components of theory, practice, and assessment
  • Developing assessment instruments to measure the academic progress of students using multiple approaches. LTU Online does not encourage the exclusive use of multiple choice quizzes and exams but rather encourages instructors to use a variety of assessment methods to determine overall student progress
  • Developing an introductory set of activities ("Module 0") which introduce the student to the course and provide opportunities to develop project teams
  • Developing standard naming conventions for all documents used in the course
  • Using the Blackboard assignment and gradebook functions to manage course assignments (LTU Online does not endorse the use of e-mail or the Blackboard digital drop box for submitting assignments)
  • Ensuring that all written assignments require the use of citations in APA format
  • Using the SafeAssignment product to guard against potential plagiarism
  • Ensuring that all documents posted to the Blackboard course have received appropriate copyright clearance or have been determined to qualify for academic fair use under the TEACH Act of 2002


Course Delivery Expectations

Instructors are expected to follow these guidelines for online courses they are teaching:

  • Prepare your class for availability and interaction approximately one month before the scheduled start of classes. Blackboard shells are available to students approximately one month in advance of the start of classes. LTU Online expects that all Blackboard shells for the upcoming semester will be active and usable by students at that time. Prior to the course being available, instructors should personalize the new Blackboard course shell, update semester-specific information, gradebook settings, assignments, course documents, and external Web links as needed
  • Communicate with students enrolled in your course at least one month prior to the start of classes, and again approximately two weeks before the start of classes. After that time, communicate on a weekly basis with your students using the Blackboard e-mail function. This weekly message should lay out the schedule for the week and remind students of upcoming due dates
  • Participate each day in your online course, responding to student contributions and inquiries and ensuring that all student assignments and grades are processed and up to date. Faculty participation sets an example for all students to follow in an online class. Check the discussion forum daily and be sure to post responses to student contributions at least four times weekly. You need not respond to each student's contributions, but use this opportunity to shape discussion, call attention to other approaches, and answer specific questions raised by students
  • Address any student inquiries related to course content, the Blackboard environment, or technical support issues. Instructors are expected to ensure that technical support issues are addressed by the LTU Online office and/or the LTU Help Desk. Be sure to respond to specific student inquiries within Blackboard or via e-mail within 24 hours of receiving the message. In your message, encourage the student to contact you by e-mail or phone to continue the discussion if necessary
  • Evaluate, grade, and return all written assignments according to the expectations laid out in the course syllabus. Post all grade results to the Blackboard gradebook.
  • Promptly alert students individually if they are performing below expectations or if they are missing assignments
  • Return all written assignments with personalized comments, preferably using the Microsoft Word "track changes" option
  • Ensure that students follow the Lawrence Tech academic integrity policy, and respond quickly and effectively to instances of plagiarism or dishonesty. Be familiar with Lawrence Tech's academic integrity policy, but work with "first offenders" to ensure that they learn from their mistakes and improve their work on future assignments
  • Assist students in resolving any administrative problem they may have with the University. If you cannot provide the necessary assistance, actively refer them to the LTU Online office via e-mail or telephone. Your answer to service-related problems should always be, "Let's work together to resolve the issue" and never "It's not my problem"
  • Submit all grades via BannerWeb according to the deadlines set by the Registrar's Office
  • Encourage all students to participate in the course mid-term and end-of-term evaluations. You should participate in LTU Online's end-of-term evaluation for instructors where you are asked to comment on our services and support
  • Maintain a list of suggested course improvements and communicate these proposed improvements to your LTU Online producer


The Role of LTU Online Teaching Assistants

All LTU Online staff are rostered into each LTU Online class as teaching assistants to assist the instructor in:

  • Ensuring that all course components are deployed and are in working order
  • Providing troubleshooting assistance to instructors during a course
  • Monitoring the course to ensure participation by all students and by the instructor
  • Communicating with students in the event of instructor illness, technology outage, or other special circumstances
  • Ensuring that students participate in the mid-term and final course evaluation
  • Preparing the course for cycling to the next semester

     

LTU Online Teaching Contract

A sample of the LTU Online Teaching Contract is provided for your information. The general terms and conditions of the teaching contract are listed below:

  • Full-time faculty members are eligible to contract with LTU Online to teach one LTU Online class in each major semester, and at least one LTU Online class in the summer semester. LTU Online courses are designated as overload for full-time faculty. Full-time faculty are subject to all expectations listed in the LTU Faculty Handbook in addition to the expectations listed below
  • The approved class schedule, Blackboard course shell, course syllabus, textbook(s), learning schedule, learning materials, assessments, and grading standards must be used. LTU Online must approve any deviations
  • LTU Online faculty are subject to teaching performance, student engagement, communication, and evaluation standards listed on http://www.ltu.edu/ltuonline/faculty.asp These standards are explicitly incorporated into this contract and are subject to change
  • LTU Online faculty are required to hold "online office hours" by appointment. Office hours must be sufficient in number and scheduled to serve student needs. Office hours and communication technologies used must be clearly posted in the course syllabus and on the Blackboard site
  • LTU Online faculty must encourage students to complete both mid-term and end-of-term course evaluations
  • Faculty teaching for the first time with LTU Online must complete the LTU Online training program or demonstrate successful completion of a comparable training program as certified by LTU Online staff
  • Class grades must be electronically submitted to BannerWeb in a timely manner, consistent with the semester schedule
  • In the event you give an incomplete grade (I), you agree to provide appropriate assistance, without additional compensation, to the student to allow completion of the course work within twelve months
  • Future teaching eligibility is based on continued demonstration of student learning outcomes, student evaluations, and fulfillment of administrative responsibilities
  • Compensation will be made by direct deposit in equal semi-monthly payments based on the number of remaining pay periods in the semester following finalization of this contract
  • LTU Online reserves the right to cancel any class with enrollment less than seven (7) students. If the class is not cancelled, compensation will be prorated based on the enrollment as of the "last day to drop with a refund"
  • LTU Online reserves the right to replace you with another faculty member or to cancel your class. In such an event, compensation will be limited to the actual contact hours provided, prorated from the above amount
  • Lawrence Technological University is an at will employer
  • Full time staff and non-academic administrative employees of LTU are not eligible for additional compensation for teaching