As Core or Associate Faculty at Royal Roads University you are an important part of the learning experience of our students.
Hay’sxw’qa si’em! Royal Roads University members acknowledge that we learn, work, and live on the ancestral lands of the Xwsepsum (Esquimalt) and Lkwungen (Songhees) ancestors and families. We also acknowledge the traditional lands and the history, and knowledge sharing with the neighboring Nations, Scia’new (Beecher Bay) and T’Sou-ke (Sooke).
This brief guide will not teach you everything that you might learn in a teacher education or teaching certificate program but it offers you a solid foundation that you can build on. You'll begin to learn 'who's who in the zoo" and you'll become familiar with resources that you can return to as you need a deeper knowledge in specific areas. Begin with Preparing to Teach at Royal Roads and then move through the other sections.
Each program or school has a culture and a way of approaching things that may, in some cases, be different from what other programs and schools do so it is important that you develop a good working relationship and comfortable communication channels with them. While this orientation provides sound advice and information you'll see many instances where is reminds you to check with your program.
All instructors have a role in updating courses to reflect assignment due dates, instructor contact information, a few new resources, etc. and many instructors are also hired to design a new course or make major revisions to an existing course. To learn about these responsibilities review the Quick Guide for Developing Courses.
This is often an exciting and invigorating process - lots of room for creativity! It is also a bit of a problem-solving or engineering process - there are standards and protocols in place. How do we design a highly and engaging course that will offer students an outstanding learning experience, and reflects the Royal Roads Learning and Teaching Model?
You will have the support of faculty and staff in your program as well as that of CTET staff. Who will work with you and how much support they provide depends, in part, on the Service Level (SL) that has been assigned to the course. In general:
CTET instructional designer* and/or learning technologist* work with you on course design and development, Program Heads/Intellectual Leads* often take an active role in this process or at least provide high-level guidance.
Each course site contains a page called Development Notes. This page contains information and direction on several important things for you to consider. It includes a list of tasks and due dates.
If your course requires the use of supplementary web tools, discuss this with your Program Head and with CTET staff. You may need to check the Social Media Consent information.
Ask your program what Service Level (SL) your course has been assigned and talk to them about their expectations for the course and your role in development. They may discuss the student feedback from the last time the course ran and provide you with a "Course Compile" so that you can familiarize yourself with the course material.
Course design requires a basic understanding of teaching and learning. You should at least skim parts of the Quick Guide for Teaching as you work to design or revise a course.
Service Level 3: These are typically new courses, with the longest development cycle (~6 - 16 months). An instructional designer is assigned to support learning design and the whole development timeline, beginning with Curriculum Committee support through to final reviews.
Royal Roads faculty are a generous bunch. Seek them out and ask them what they do to ensure a great first week of a course. Ask them about how they establish and maintain instructor presence. Find out what didn't work for them and how they changed it.
Below are several short videos contributed by online instructors several years ago - they are still good AND most of what they say is extremely relevant to face-to-face teaching, as well. Grab a snack or something to sip on and watch a few. Come back later and watch a few more.