WNMU New Faculty

line Welcome!

If you are new to WNMU, you have come aboard at a great time. Under the direction of a new president, the university is moving toward restructure and rejuvenation. New Instructors graphic

We are in the midst of an overhaul to our organization, creating new and combining current colleges to best fit the needs of current and future students. If you participate in New Faculty Orientation, you should receive a handout of the restructure. The transition will require commitment, teamwork, and innovative approaches.

Click on the infographic to the right to see how to "plant" yourself at WNMU!

line What should you know if you are teaching on campus?

Where to start?

This is a checklist to get you going.

  • Go to the Juan Chacon building (print out this campus map) and get your faculty ID badge.

  • Go to the Campus Police Department and get a parking permit.

  • Introduce yourself to Payroll staff in Castorena Hall and see if they need anything from you. (It’s good to know them.)

  • Print the Campus Directory.

  • Go to the bookstore and make sure the books are in for your classes and meet Zach Serowik, the manager.

  • Go meet the folks in the Media Technology Services (northeast corner of Miller Library). Bring your faculty ID and get added to their system and you will be allowed to check out overhead projectors, video and still cameras, televisions, DVD players, laptops, iPads, tablets, easels, and an array of other equipment. After you are in the system, you can reserve anything online.
  • In the first week of class, if students don’t show up or log in, do a drop form (this is on the Steel Drive: Instructor Drop for Non-Attendance). Take or send  to registrar.

  • If students are taking a Canvas course for the first time, have them enroll themselves in the Canvas Orientation course.

    • Students can go into Mustang Express, go to the Student tab, and register for the free class.

  • Remind your students that if they need accommodations because of disabilities, they must be referred to Student Disability Services, which will process documentation and get any modifications back to instructors.
  • You go to Mustang Express to enter midterm and final grades (Faculty tab, Grades on left). Midterm grades due October 14 and final grades due December 16.

  • Call IT Helpdesk  575.574.4357 about technical problems.

  • Talk to your department chair about being put on the list for the Exchange Server.

  • Explore campus! Learn the landmarks and buildings.

  • Find and print the WNMU calendar for easy reference.

  • Send a photo and a short bio to Dabareh Vowell for the website.

  • Find and get set up with the Post Office.

  • Look through the Faculty Handbook for committees on which you might serve and familiarize yourself with institutional operation and expectation (Remember that the latest handbook will be on the Steel drive).

  • Learn to use the Class Schedule.

  • Bookmark the e-mail link on home computers. (Log in is wnmu-net/username).

  • Use the syllabus templates (and your department and program guidelines) to format your syllabi: the online course syllabus template and the face-to-face template (located on the Steel drive).

  • Make sure that your online courses are on the way to being accessible. Check this page for information.

  • Visit the WNMU Museum and preview the upcoming theater season of Theater Group New Mexico.

  • Become more familiar with the Silver City area.

  • Contact Steve Liebhart to get your own blog site set up (personal or professional).

line What should you know if you are teaching online?

  • There are Canvas Guides and information on this page.

    • The Approved Syllabus template there must be used for online courses. (Be careful and remove all “Instructor Inserts” tips, especially in the Academic Honesty section.)

    • The Canvas Tutorial Videos were done last semester, but Canvas changes the look of the interface quite often, so items in videos may look a bit different than what you see in Canvas.

    • The Web Accessibility page outlines what instructors need to watch for and work on to make the content more accessible. If you get paid for building a new course (never taught online before), these accessibility criteria are required.

    • The Preview Page Submission Form is filled in and submitted online. It is required of all online courses, the sooner the better!

  • On the Exploration Modules page, there are some SoftChalk modules and a Prezi you are welcome to explore, as well as two open courses about online courses and Canvas. They will walk you through steps in creating a course and best practices in organization and navigation.

  • Your home page should include:

    • Course title, CRN, and semester
    • Course introduction
    • A short bio of you as instructor
    • Contact information (always give students at least two ways to contact you and include the area code in phone numbers)

  • Use html (content pages) whenever possible, instead of linking documents and PDF’s which may not be accessible. Everything you get into a content page means easier editing if you need to change something, better accessibility, and less software students need to navigate the course.

  • Just a heads-up about the legal requirements of online courses:

    • Learners MUST be engaged in learning activities. A course cannot be comprised of reading the text, looking at publisher Powerpoints, and taking publisher quizzes. This is not classified as an online course, but a correspondence course (which means we would be promoting false advertising, which incurs penalties). Try to include surveys, outside resources, videos (try to find captioned and/or transcripted videos), audio, discussion, peer review, etc.

    • The instructor MUST initiate over 50% of the interaction in the course by offering discussion topics, emailing students, creating announcements, offering lectures/and or lecture notes, and providing feedback on assignments and discussions. Online instruction actually involves more time than traditional instruction, so plan on being online at least a couple of times a week to keep up with grading, discussions, and questions.

    • The course MUST be equivalent to a face-to-face course for the same credit. Usually, a three-credit face-to-face course involves about three hours of interaction per week, plus reading and studying time outside that. Your course needs to engage the learner for about that same time.

  • We have a Center for Excellence in Teaching And Learning (CETAL) lab in the southeast corner of the library with a dozen or so computers open to anyone teaching a course (if you are around Silver City). My office is right down the wall behind the public computers. Drop in and I can walk you through Canvas. The most effective way to learn it is to jump in with both feet (and all ten fingers) and try things out.

If you need any assistance or just a check of what you are building and teaching, let me know!

line Handy Links

Faculty/Staff calendar: You may add and edit events if you are on the Exchange Server.

Campus Map

Miller Library

Student Writing Center

Writing Across the Curriculum

Resources for Online Instructors

Canvas Open Course - How to Build Online Courses

line Professional Development

Any time you need help, contact me! I will arrange a customized session for you, a small group, or a department.

Look at the Events page to get an idea of what has been offered (2013-2014 Events)