Before Your Course Begins

TRAINING: Effective Summer 2011, the Philosophy Department requires that anyone teaching online receive prior training in the form of the World Campus OL2000 course. To register for the course visit the World Campus Faculty Development site and click on the ‘Register for Courses Here!’ button.

SUPPORT STAFF: You should contact the member(s) of the support staff assigned to your specific course and introduce yourself. This person will be your closest ally throughout the duration of the course—often discovering and fixing problems before you are even made aware of them. A good working relationship with the support staff is essential to effective course management in the online environment. At the end of this section there is a list of the names and contact information of the staff members responsible for the instructional design and technical maintenance of each course.

TECHNICAL REQUIREMENTS: Faculty teaching in World Campus and in College online courses need to have immediate and predicable access to the same technology that is required for student participation. World Campus course design and technology requires access to high-speed Internet access (DSL, cable modem, or satellite). A complete description of World Campus technical requirements can be found at: https://courses.worldcampus.psu.edu/public/diagnostics/general.shtml

Make sure that you will be able to meet these requirements before your course begins.

 

INSTRUCTOR INFORMATION: The instructional designer for your course will contact you to gather some biographical information for the “Get to Know Your Instructor” portion of the course website. A brief biography and a photo posted on the course website will allow students to get to know you a little better. In addition to providing your background, qualifications, and interests, this site can also help you set student expectations regarding your grading policies, “virtual office hours,” turnaround time, etc. You should also use the site to inform students of your contact details—and any preferences regarding contact.

 

STUDENT POLICIES: World Campus students have access to the World Campus student policies via the Adult Learner Enrollment Services website: http://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/StudentServices_StudentPolicies.shtml

This site includes information on World Campus policies and procedures for actions such as academic integrity, course drops, deferred grades, and the grading system, as well as general information on time management, study habits, and writing skills. We encourage you to review these policies prior to beginning to teach at the World Campus.

 

WELCOME EMAIL: It is imperative to send out an email introducing yourself, welcoming everyone, and explaining what they should expect from the course (both from the experience of online learning and from the material you will be covering). Let the students know (early and often) that you are their instructor and that you are available to them in much the same way you would be in a more traditional setting. In fact, the time you will be saving every week by not preparing and delivering lectures and discussions should make you even more available to work with students individually in your virtual office hours, course discussion boards, and via email.  

 

For World Campus-Owned Courses

(PHIL 10, PHIL 103W, PHIL 105)

Course Support Staff Course-Specific Technical and Instructional Design Issues
PHIL 10

 

World Campus

 

Penny Ralston Berg
plr15@psu.edu
PHIL 103W

 

World Campus

 

Penny Ralston Berg
plr15@psu.edu
PHIL 105

 

World Campus

 

Penny Ralston Berg
plr15@psu.edu

 

 

For College-Owned Courses

(PHIL 12, PHIL 14, PHIL 103, PHIL119)

Course Support Staff Course-Specific Technical and Instructional Design Issues
PHIL 12

 

College of Liberal Arts Teri Noll
tln3@psu.eduRoxann Toto
rtoto@psu.edu
PHIL 14

 

College of Liberal Arts Roxann Toto
rtoto@psu.edu
PHIL 103

 

College of Liberal Arts Roxann Toto
rtoto@psu.edu
PHIL 119

 

College of Liberal Arts Roxann Toto
rtoto@psu.edu

 

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