Part-time Faculty Orientation Program

Program Description

The Part-Time Faculty Orientation Program is designed for new part-time faculty teaching in a face-to-face, hybrid or online learning environment. Participants will be introduced to best teaching practices from the teaching competencies of the ‘Professor of the 21st Century Framework.‘ Participants will learn about: classroom management guidelines, techniques and strategies for learning, using Universal Design for Instruction, integrating technology to support learning, alignment of course learning requirements and selecting appropriate and valid evaluation tools.

Program of Study

The Part-Time Faculty Orientation Program is designed for new part-time faculty at Algonquin College and returning part-time faculty who have not taught at the College in the past two years. The five sessions in the program are offered three times a year, prior to the start of each semester (Fall, Winter & Spring) and participants are remunerated at $25.00/hr. for the completion of each session regardless of whether or not all 5 sessions are completed. Participants will be paid within a few weeks after the last session is offered for the series.

Requirements of  Successful Completion

Successful completion of the program requires the completion of five (5) sessions: one online module and four face-to-face sessions. These are, Finding Your Way at Algonquin College (online), The Nuts & Bolts of Evaluation, Getting Started with Blackboard, Teaching is More Than Talking and Creating Positive Learning Environments. These sessions are facilitated by full-time and part-time faculty at the College and each participant is given a resource manual for each of the sessions she/he attends.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of the Part-Time Faculty Orientation Program, participants will have been given the opportunity to:

  • Use both print and online sources of information to identify and access key resources that support both faculty and their students;
  • Situate themselves within the larger, connected college community;
  • Establish and maintain a positive and engaging learning environment for students in face-to-face and online environments;
  • Use basic features of the Blackboard Learning Management System to communicate and support student learning as per directive AA 42;
  • Develop a content valid evaluation plan that is consistent with college guidelines and principles of evaluation and assessment in a variety of modalities;
  • Select and use a variety of teaching techniques that promote active learning.

To register for any of the workshops, please visit the event schedule.