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Welcome to Columbus State! 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. We welcome you as a member of our team. By completing this orientation you are taking the first step to being a teacher, mentor and resource to your students.
To get off to 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 earns you four hours at the current meeting pay rate ($23.73/hr). See directions below. (Note that COLS 1100/1101 courses have their own orientation. Contact Advising Services about this class.)
For full-time faculty (Annual Contract and Tenure Track), orientation is part of the five paid work days preceding each term. You will also receive other information about learning and networking opportunities for full-time faculty.
How to take the online orientation
1. Below you will find the online orientation material and review quizzes. We encourage you to review this material as often as you need. We highly recommended you view the Policies and Practices material before you begin teaching. If you are an adjunct and wish to have your score recorded for orientation compensation, read on.
2. When you (adjuncts) feel confident you know the material, register to be enrolled in a Blackboard community for New Faculty Orientation. Shortly thereafter you will receive emailed directions for accessing quizzes in Blackboard.
If you have any questions about orientation, please contact Rich James, Program Coordinator for Faculty Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or 287-2175.
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. Questions? Call Sarah Skeen (287-2416) if you are in Career and Technical programs and Keith Kipp (287-2174) if you are in Arts and Sciences. See Tip Sheet for completing new hire forms.
Where is my ID, computer password and parking pass?
When you turn in your hire forms to HR (Rhodes Hall 115) you will receive a form to turn in to the Police Department (Delaware Hall, Room 047). Your computer systems information will be emailed to you at your personal email address. You may need to check your spam folder.
What is Blackboard, Outlook 365, Cougarweb and Focus?
These are the four main systems you will interact with to support your teaching. Blackboard is home to online and blended classes and supplementary online space for traditional classes. The college uses Microsoft Outlook 365 for our email. When you receive your credentials you can log in to mail.cscc.edu to use college email. There is an online guide learning Outlook 365 and downloading Office 365 for home use. Cougarweb is where you report student grades and attendance and access contract and pay information. Focus is a student alert and retention system that is inside Blackboard. These systems will be explained in the material to follow. You will use the same username and password to access all.
Where can I park?
Here is map of parking locations for the Columbus Campus. During peak times at the Columbus Campus 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).
Do I get office space?
Check with your department. Most departments have shared space for adjuncts to work and meet with students.
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.
This video will orient you to teaching at the college. It reviews some strategies for successful teaching and covers basic academic policies, practices and reporting systems and requirements. Your first resource for answering questions should be your academic department. They have lots of experience supporting new adjuncts entering their programs. You can also email Rich James, Program Coordinator for Faculty Development.
Use this review quiz to test your recall of the video material. (Show larger)
This section provides links to additional resources mentioned through the various presentations.
Use your Columbus State email!
The FOCUS Early Alert System
Adding students via Blackboard
Getting technical help and learning Blackboard and instructional technology
IT Help Desk 287-5050
Help with Log-in/Access, Computer Issues, Office Software and phone system
Distance Education and Instructional Services (DEIS)
287-5991 or teaching.cscc.edu
Provides support for using Blackboard, use of instructional technology, instructional design, web and multimedia development.
Remote storage and network drives
Campus Police and RAVE
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). Campus police will respond to classroom disruptions as described in the Student Conduct section of orientation.
Student Conduct Office and Reporting Incidents
Resources for your students
Quick Reference Guide to many student support services.
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.
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.
Columbus: NH 010, 614.287.2818
Help with Crisis intervention, Mental health counseling and Alcohol & drug counseling.
Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs)
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.
Faculty Observation Form and Student Evaluation Form
Faculty are periodically observed by their chairperson, program coordinator or lead faculty member. This developmental opportunity is described in the Policies and Practices video. Faculty are also periodically evaluated by students. Here are copies of the Faculty Observation Form and Student Evaluation Form.
Other useful resources
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.
Use this review quiz to test your recall of the video material. (Show Larger)
Two days of orientation activity will be scheduled for new tenure track and annual contract faculty on August 18th and 19th.
Register to attend this orientation. An updated schedule will be sent to you as the event approaches.