Academic Policies and Practices
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.
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Course Outline and Syllabus
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.
Final Exam Schedules
The Starfish Early Alert System
Reporting and Forms
Blackboard Online Instructor Permission Form
Adjunct Faculty Observation and Evaluation
Departmental Evaluation of Faculty
1st year Adjunct
Observed first semester by Chairperson, Peers, Lead Instructors or Coordinators
Years 2 and Thereafter
Observed once per year by Chairperson, Peers, Lead Instructors or Coordinators
The above timelines represent a minimum number of observations to be completed. Faculty or Chairpersons may increase these numbers as appropriate.
Student Evaluation of Faculty
Course evaluations are completed through the “evaluation toolkit” accessed through Blackboard.
Other Academic Support
The College Library has many services for faculty and students. See the faculty services page for a detailed listing. Services include:
- Library instruction sessions customized for a specific research assignment.
- How to link to online resources and remain compliant with copyright law
- Avoid fines for late materials owned by the Columbus State Library.
- Customized resources for courses.
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.
Now that courses are taught remotely, students are taking tests remotely as well. All tests should be converted using the Blackboard Test feature. The Faculty Assistance Center(FAC) can help convert your textual or paper and pencil tests to Blackboard. Faculty can choose to use a lockdown browser and/or remote test monitoring for these tests. Faculty can also proctor exams live by using Collaborate, Teams or WebEx, with the help of the Academic Testing staff. With the use of these tools, faculty are asked to keep access and equity issues in mind given the current environment and explore alternative assessment methods where applicable.
Faculty Assistance Center (FAC)
Digital Education & Instructional Services (DEIS) Division
The FAC is a valuable resource to all instructors who need help with any aspect of Blackboard. The FAC offers remote services: