We are glad you accepted a teaching position at the College. We are a college with tremendous diversity among our students, all on their own unique journeys and finding opportunity through Columbus State. When guided by caring faculty and staff, they are able to succeed in their academic and professional lives. By completing this orientation you are taking the first step to being a teacher, mentor and resource to our students. To get off to a solid start please complete this online orientation to the basic requirements and practices for teaching at Columbus State.
For new adjuncts (excluding current staff teaching COLS), completing this work by the current deadline earns you four hours at the current meeting pay rate. (See the contract fact sheet in the Getting Started section below for the current rate.) The deadline for completing this orientation cohort is 8am January 27th.
Full-time faculty (Annual Contract and Tenure Track) are encouraged to view this orientation. Doing so is considered a part of contracted work hours, thus, here is not additional compensation. If there is a cohort of new faculty full-time faculty, you will be invited to Faculty Launch!/Winter Warm-Up, professional development days preceding Autumn or Spring semesters. There is not one scheduled for the start of Spring 2017.
How to take the online orientation
1. Review the online orientation material and practice quizzes below. If you are an adjunct, and wish to have your score recorded for orientation compensation, read on.
2. All adjuncts will be enrolled in a Blackboard organization where you can take quizzes and have your score recorded. This will verify your participation. You will receive an email within two days of your account creation letting you know you have been added. (You can also register to be enrolled.) Complete the quizzes before the published deadline. (See the "Getting Started" section below for information on obtaining your password.)
If you have any questions about orientation, please contact Rich James, Program Coordinator for Faculty Development at email@example.com or 287-2175.
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+ Getting Started Includes: Adjunct Contract and Pay Dates; Employee ID, Computer Password, Parking Leave Form, Benefits and more.
Completing your hire forms All new hire forms must be turned in to Human Resources (Rhodes Hall 115) before you can receive your employee ("Cougar") ID and computer systems/email password. See the Pre-employment documents page for relevant documents. Questions? Contact Keith Kipp, 614-287-2174 or Trenton Edwards 614-287-2231.
Where is my ID and parking pass?
NOTE: A new Parking Office opened on January 3, located in Facilities Management at 407 North Grant Avenue. The office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. New employee permits, visitor parking permits and information, and temporary permits for students and employees will be processed and issued in this new office. For parking information, please view the web page at www.cscc.edu/parking. The Parking Office may be contacted via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling ext. 2323.
When you turn in your hire forms you will receive a form to turn in to obtain your ID card and parking sticker. IDs are now obtained in the same location students obtain IDs: Student Central in the lower level of Madison Hall (map). Your Cougar ID number and computer systems username will be emailed to you at the personal email address you listed on your hire forms. You may need to check your spam folder.
Do I need a key card to access classrooms and other areas?
Ask your department if you need key access to classrooms. Rooms that are labs are often locked to secure equipment. Key access forms must be approved and submitted to the College Police department to enable access. See: Facility Key & Card Access Requests.
"Discover" your password
Shortly after your hire paperwork has been processed you will be issued a Columbus State ID, username and password used to access all systems.You can "discover" or recover your username and password by going to www.password.cscc.edu. For help obtaining your password please call the IT Help Desk at 287-5050.
Where can I park? Here is map of parking locations for the Columbus Campus. During peak times finding a spot can take some time. Locations that are often overlooked are the Abbott Labs lot (28-S) on Mt. Vernon, about a quarter mile West of Cleveland Ave., and the Jefferson Ave. lot (32-S).
How do I sign my contract and when am I paid?
Note two updates to the slides below: The current pay rate is $49.37 per contact/load hour (see the SP17 Contract Facts link below).
An addition to the adjunct contract, beginning in SP17: "A contact/load hour, for the purposes of this Agreement, is defined as one (1) hour of instructional time, in the assigned mode of delivery, and one and one quarter (1.25) hours of outside classroom activity such as, grading, class preparation, responding to student needs and completing any college-mandated training."
Are there any benefits? Download this summary of benefits available to adjuncts (PDF). Benefits include sick leave. Adjuncts are responsible for finding substitutes if they will miss class and departments maintain a list of qualified substitutes. Likewise, you can serve as a substitute for others. Consult your department about taking sick leave, finding substitutes and serving as a sub.
Do I get office space? Check with your department. Most departments have shared space for adjuncts to work in and meet with students. Several adjunct areas include:
NH 325 - English and Sciences NH 408 - Humanities DE 216 - open to all
DH 431- Math TL 335 or 337 Pysch and Soc FR 308A - Justice and Safet
How do I know what room I am teaching in and what equipment it has? Look up your room assignment via Cougarweb or on the course schedule for the current semester (some rooms are assigned just before the semester). You can preview most of the Columbus, Delaware and regional center classrooms through a preview site maintained by media services.
How do I make copies of materials for class? Contact the office associate in your department for support making copies.
+ Academic Policies and Practices (Includes student characteristics; syllabus; Cougarweb, reporting and forms; exams, grades and feedback; and success tips.)
This video will orient you to teaching at the college. It reviews some strategies for successful teaching and covers basic academic policies, practices, reporting systems and requirements. View the reference links below the video too. Your first resource for answering questions should be your academic departments. They have lots of experience supporting new adjuncts entering their programs.
Columbus State Students
Course Outline and Syllabus
As noted in the video, several required sections in the syllabus have been placed online to reduce the size of the syllabus shared with students. Place the text below in your syllabus to direct students to this information. You should also go over this information with your students at the start of class.See the college's Procedures 5-10 (B) for the full details.
Feedback and Finals
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)
The policy and practices video summarizes the importance of providing frequent formative assessment to give students feedback on their learning and to help faculty adjust their teaching accordingly. This resource page explores this topic in more depth.
Final Exam Schedules
Refer to the academic calender for the semester in which you are teaching to identify your final exam time. Classes are required to meet during final exams at the scheduled time and location only.
The Starfish Early Alert System
Starfish is found inside Blackboard. It is a monitoring tool that lets you send kudos and warnings to students who are not attending or doing poorly. Warnings are copied to relevant retention and intervention specialists. Some departments have arranged to have the Blackboard grade book trigger alert notices through the Starfish system. Check with your department to see if this is enabled. Here is a printable overview of Starfish. Contact Ryan Fissel (614-287-2550) for Early Alert training.
Cougarweb is the system where you report attendance for federal financial aid, mid-term progress reports and final grades. It is also where you view your official roster. This is also where you go to accept your teaching contract. To access CougarWeb go to https://cougarweb.cscc.edu or click on the link to Cougarweb in the upper right corner of the College home page. Click the log-in link at the bottom and enter your college username and password. Then select "Cougarweb For Faculty." Here isa manual describing Cougarweb processes.
Other Academic Support
Teaching at a Regional Learning Center?
Delivering instruction at a Regional Learning Center is designed to mimic what an instructor would encounter on the Columbus or Delaware Campus. SMART Classroom technology is available in all classrooms. Site Specialist are assigned to a location to ensure that the facilities are clean and prepped and that the equipment is functioning properly. Most locations have academic and financial aid advisors, testing center resources, tutoring resources, computer labs, and other student services. For site specific information, visit cscc.edu/rlc or speak with a site specialist directly.
The Library is located in Columbus Hall, on the Columbus Campus, and Moeller Hall on the Delaware Campus. A librarian is available at the Columbus Campus Center for Technology and Learning (TL) computer commons and at the Delaware Campus Learning Center to provide reference assistance.Explore the online Library Guide to learn how the Library can support both you and your students. For instance:
The Testing Center can proctor exams for online classes or any exam that cannot take place during class time. Exams are proctored to the instructor's specifications. Exams can be on Blackboard-only computers, on lock-down browsers, or paper and pencil tests. There are Testing Centers on the Columbus campus, Delaware campus, and sites in Dublin, Westerville and Reynoldsburg. The Testing Center can arrange for a proctored site, or an at-home test through ProctorU, for students outside central Ohio. In some departments, the lead faculty submits test information for all classes to the Testing Center, so please consult your Distance Learning Lead Faculty member or lead faculty member. Read more about Testing Center information and forms.
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+ Creating An Environment for Learning (Includes: student names and serving the first generation student)
Learn and correctly pronounce every student’s name. Failing to remember or mis-stating a name can leave a student feeling unwelcome, particularly if the student is an international student or feels part of a cultural minority. Develop a strategy for learning and remembering names. This brief article from Faculty Focus underscores the importance of knowing names and strategies for avoiding both student and faculty embarrassment.
Use the students' preferred name. Both Title IX and FERPA regulation protect transgender students’ right to “privacy related to their transgender status, including their birth name or sex assigned at birth.” College rosters contain student’s legal names and not all transgender students have gone through the legal name change process. The College’s Gender Identity Task Force recommends the following strategies to ascertain student names in a manner that protects their privacy:
Ask students to introduce themselves using the name they use. (Many non-transgender students may appreciate this also). If concerned about verifying student identity, speak with them privately.
Read last names from the roster and ask students to supply their first names. Avoid using Mr. Mrs. and Ms.
Provide students with large index cards folded in half. Ask students to write their preferred name on the outside and their legal name on the inside. Collect at end of class to take attendance and learn names. (Note: Some faculty use cards to invite students to discreetly disclose any concerns or needs they may have.)
For online courses, adjust Blackboard discussion post settings so students’ names appear as anonymous. Then require students to post their preferred name at the beginning of each post.
When making introductions, ask all students to identify their preferred gender pronoun and model this when introducing yourself. Eg. “My name is ____ and I use the pronouns she, her and hers.” Note not all students identify with binary gender categories. Some may use plural pronouns --They/them/theirs -- or alternatives such as ze/hir/hirs. If students question this practice of pronoun identification the ensuing discussion can be about creating a classroom environment where ideas can be discussed and debated while preserving mutual respect.
To learn more about these recommendations and communicating effectively with all students contact Brett Welsh, Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion (614-287-2426) or Phyllis Gorman, Assistant Director of Professional Development and Retention (614-287-3860).
Don’t assume “college knowledge.” Many community college students are “First Generation College Students,” students who are the first in their family to attend college. These students may lack understanding about “how college works”: the language of college, college schedules and curriculum, how to interact with professors and peers; and how to find and utilize support resources. Moreover, they may feel too intimidated to ask for clarification and help. Some steps you can take help First Generation students succeed: Communicate proper college expectations
Foster Self-efficacy by creating "Mastery Experiences" (progressive challenges that are attainable).
Social learning activities that help students realize that all students working to learn content and college processes
Explain college vocabulary: "syllabus," credit hour," GPA, etc.
Teach students how to “read” a lecture, take notes and study (Eg. Not understand bullet point hierarchy)
Columbus State CARES Links students to campus and community support services for students in financial, food or other economic crisis. Consider putting this in your syllabus.
Counseling Services Columbus: NH 010, 614.287.2818 Delaware: 614.287.2570 Help with Crisis intervention, Mental health counseling and Alcohol & drug counseling. Suicide Prevention Guide (pptx). Use and share with students. Victim Advocacy (crime, sexual harassment, stalking, sexual assault, and intimate partner violence)
Global Diversity and Inclusion: Programs include cultural celebrations, student and employee development and support/membership groups.Programs for employees and students include Safe Zone, Pono Learning Community and the Diversity and Cultural Inclusion Council.
GOT Network (Generation One Trailblazers) Support and mentoring network for first generation college students. Students without family experience with higher education may have difficulty adjusting to the expectations of college or lack social support for pursuing education. Consider putting this resource in your syllabus.
Speech Lab: The tutors in the Communication Center can assist you with the speech preparation process. Staffed by Communication instructors, the lab is open to faculty, staff, and students at convenient times.
Student Engagement and Leadership (SEaL): SEaL coordinates programs and leadership opportunities for students to grow and become involved during their time at CSCC. In addition, a representative from Franklin County Department of Job and Family Services (FCDJFS) works on campus three days a month in the SEaL office to support students participating in the Ohio Works First (OWF) program; students with housing questions also may visit SEaL in Nestor Hall Room 116 to learn about community resources.
Writing Center: Tutors work with writers on a variety of projects such as essay assignments, research papers, résumés, business letters, lab reports, and scholarship applications. Tutors can help with any stage of the writing process, from generating ideas to revising and polishing.
+ Student Conduct (Includes student cheating, misbehavior and the Behavioral Intervention Team)
The students and faculty at Columbus State have positive and respectful relationships. There are, however, some students who still need to learn how to be students and can behave in ways that are disruptive to their, and their fellow students, learning. The videos below review how to respond to academic and behavioral misconduct and how to take advantage of college resources that can support you in stopping and correcting this behavior so you can focus on teaching.
Food for Thought Columbus State hosted, in 2014 conversations with professor and author James Lang. Lang is the author of Cheating Lessons,a book exploring the relationship between the design of the learning environment and students' inclination to cheat.
You can learn more about campus police at their web site. Calls to 911 will alert College police. The direct number to the College Police Department is 287-2525 (Columbus) and 740-203-8585 (Delaware). You can sign up for text message alerts for weather and other emergencies. Learn more about RAVE. Campus police can also provide escort service to your vehicle if you are working late in the evening.
Food for Thought
Tips for responding to common non-threatening behaviors:
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+ Supporting Students With Disabilities (Includes classroom accommodations, testing, and universal design)
Chances are you will encounter a student with a documented disability who will seek accommodations. This slideshow will review some of the requirements for supporting students with disabilities and how you can partner with the Disability Services Department to help students receive appropriate support. (This slide show does NOT have sound.)
+ FERPA, TITLE IX and Additional Training (Includes student cheating, misbehavior and the Behavioral Intervention Team)
FERPA and Title IX
All employees are required to complete training in student privacy law (FERPA) and sexual harassment (Title IX). This is different and more extensive than the brief overview presented above. These trainings are managed by the College's Office of Equity and Compliance. That office will contact you to provide you links to access that online training
FERPA Basics to Know:
You are considered a “school official.” You may not disclose an Education Record to anyone other than a student and other officials on a “need-to-know” basis.
At Columbus State, the following is considered Directory Information and can be shared with individuals who request the information, unless there is a privacy restriction on a student’s record.
Telephone Number (home)
Program of study/technology
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Enrollment status (less than half-time, half-time, part-time, full-time, over full-time, inclusive dates and quarters of enrollment)
Degrees, certificates, transfer module and awards received (including Dean’s List)
Most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
The following may not be released:
Social Security Number
Student Identification Number
Grade Point Average
Country of Citizenship
If you only teach online (no face-to-face courses on campus) you do not need to complete any safety modules.
If you teach on campus and are not exposed to blood borne pathogens, hazardous chemicals, or electrical equipment, then you must complete the Fire Extinguisher and Emergency Preparedness modules.
If you work with students in clinical settings only (not on CSCC campus), you must complete the Bloodborne Pathogens, Hazard Communications I & II and Personal Protective Equipment modules.
If you work on campus in labs with the potential for bloodborne pathogens and/or hazardous materials, complete Fire Extinguisher, Emergency Preparedness, Hazard Communication I & II, Personal Protective Equipment and/or Blood borne Pathogens modules.
Safety Training for employees is available online through Blackboard. Log in to Blackboard and click on the “My Organizations” tab. Select “Health & Safety Training 2016.” The modules are listed in the left column. Contact the IT Help Desk (287-5050) about accessing the modules. Contact Tim Butcher (614-287-3860) about the module content and requirements.
Blackboard and FOCUS
Blackboard is the College's online course management system. See the module below for more information on using Blackboard and receiving technical help. FOCUS is a student early alert system found inside Blackboard. It is used to generate notices to students and support staff when their attendance or academic performance shows they are at risk of not passing. For training contact Ryan Fissel at 614-287-2550. Here is a printable overview of FOCUS.
College Knowledge sessions highlight a different College Executive Office every month and are an opportunity for anyone, but particularly new-to-the-college employees, to come and listen, learn, ask questions and talk about how we can collaboratively support that division’s work to ensure student success. Each college division will host a session twice a year. Each session will provide updates on organizational changes and new initiatives. Register for College Knowledge here.
Some faculty may need use the Colleague system to access student records to support student advising. If you need access to Colleague, your chairperson must submit a request to the IT Help Desk (287-5050) requesting your access and stating which Colleague modules you need to use. Successful completion of either online or in-person training for each module is required before access is granted. For more information contact Barbara Allen, 614-287-5297.
+ Computer Systems, Technical Support and Information Security (eMail, IT Help Desk, Network Drives, Phishing and Security)
Use your Columbus State email!
You will receive information about your computer systems username and password with your employment offer letter. A copy of your account information is also sent to your chairperson. All College email communication -- with students and colleagues -- should be conducted through your college email. Many important course management and college event announcements are sent via employee email. Your computer log-in information provides access to college email and online systems. If you have trouble logging in to any system call the IT Help Desk at 614-287-5050.
To learn about using, and home set-up for, Outlook 365 email and One Drive cloud storage, see the Project 365 resource site or call the IT Help Desk at 614-287-5050.
Technical help: IT Support Center and Faculty Assistance Center
The IT Support Center (IT Help Desk) provides technical support for the entire campus community and is the place to go for assistance with student or employee email accounts, CSCC Wifi, Cougarweb and other computer-related issues. Students may use the IT Support Center for Blackboard questions. The IT Support Center is open seven days a week with business hours into the evening. Call them at 614-287-5050 or email email@example.com.
The Faculty Assistance Center (FAC) supports faculty with Blackboard and other online learning issues through phone calls, emails, online faculty requests and walk-in consulting. Call 287-5991. The FAC is part of the Distance Education and Instructional Services division that assists faculty in the instructional design of Blackboard courses, works with faculty in the production of multimedia , provides support for faculty using Blackboard, and performs other media services for the college. See Blackboard Faculty Assistance below. (See below for more details on the FAC and Blackboard).
Remote storage and network drives
There are two ways you can store files online. One is by using Microsoft OneDrive. OneDrive allows you to store and share files in the "cloud." You can access One Drive by logging in to web mail at mail.cscc.edu and opening the options menu in the upper left corner. See IT help resources for OneDrive, tutorials in Blackboard,or call the IT Help Desk (287-5050) for assistance in getting started.
The College also has a network storage system that allows you to save files on the Columbus State network and access them anywhere via the web. Each employee has personal storage space. Faculty may have access to shared space with their academic department. This may be used for sharing instructional resources and other departmental information. Check with your chairperson, lead instructor or program coordinator about use of the shared drive. Your chairperson may have to submit a request to IT to have this created. To access network storage go to http://files.cscc.edu. Log in with your credentials. Your personal space will be in the "Home" folder.
What is Blackboard? Blackboard is Columbus State Community College’s online course management system. Every CSCC course is automatically given its own space in Blackboard called a “shell.” There are two types of Blackboard shells: a “live” shell that will house the actual active course for students; and a “developmental” shell that is available only to the instructor or team of instructors for the purpose of creating or re-visioning a course.
How do I access Blackboard? Go to: courses.cscc.edu or to the Blackboard link at the top of the CSCC website homepage. Log in using your CSCC username and password and you will see the Blackboard portal. If you are assigned to teach a CSCC course, you will automatically be assigned as a “User” in your course shell and the name of the course will appear in your Blackboard portal. Select the course name and you will enter your Blackboard course shell.
How do students access Blackboard? Students go to: courses.cscc.edu or to the Blackboard link at the top of the CSCC website homepage. They will log in using their CSCC username and password and if they are enrolled in a CSCC course, they will automatically be assigned as a “User” in the course, and the name of the course will appear on their Blackboard portal. When they select the course name they will enter the Blackboard course.
Do I have to use Blackboard? I am only teaching classroom-based (traditional) courses. Faculty who teach classroom-based (traditional) courses are required to use the Blackboard Grade Center. This is important because during the semester, students can see their individual grades and their progress in the course. The Blackboard Grade Center is convenient and easy for faculty to use and adds up all your totals for you at the end of the semester. Some CSCC academic departments require all faculty to upload the syllabus to Blackboard as well. Adjuncts, consult with your department chair or lead instructor regarding expectations for using Blackboard.
Blackboard can be useful in other ways to enhance the teaching and learning process. In addition to housing the syllabus and grades, some instructors teaching traditional courses often use Blackboard as a repository for course information such as: textbook information, course calendar, faculty contact information, homework assignments, useful web links and other supplemental files and course materials. Other uses include making announcements to the entire class or sending individual emails to students; offering a place for students to upload assignments, take online tests or quizzes, and to participate in online discussion boards or journals; and tracking and encouraging student progress and attendance.
What is the Blackboard Online Registration Instructor Permission Form (BORIPF)? You can add students to your course by completing and submitting this form located in Blackboard during the first weeks of the semester. See the form for directions.
How do I download my Grade Center at the end of the semester to turn in to my department? Academic departments require that all Grade Centers are archived at the end of each semester. You can download your online Blackboard Grade Center and print it out or email it for archival purposes. Find out more here. The Faculty Assistance Center can also help you download your Grade Center.
What if I want to change the content in my Blackboard course? Every new semester you will need to update your course with your updated syllabus, course calendar, faculty information if your office hours change, and other semester-specific dates. There are tutorials provided by the FAC and Blackboard that can help you, or you can consult the Faculty Assistance Center to learn how to update course content.
In regards to changing any of the actual course materials like presentations, assessments, etc. -- it is best to find out your department’s policies by talking to your Distance Learning Lead Faculty member or other discipline-specific lead faculty member. Some departments do not permit the academic content of the online courses to change.
The Faculty Assistance Center (FAC)
The FAC supports faculty with Blackboard and other online learning issues through phone calls, emails, online faculty requests and walk-in consulting. The FAC is located in the Center for Teaching and Learning Innovation (CT building).
Faculty Assistant Center (FAC) Digital Education & Instructional Services (DEIS) Division (614) 287-5991 firstname.lastname@example.org
Or by appointment
One-on-one training and small group training available by appointment in the FAC.