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I love the start of a new term. It allows for a fresh start and for new ideas to be brought forward. As I have reflected over our process for this post, I really love the way we assist our faculty with getting ready as it seems to be very personal and allows for a lot of collaboration. Here are some of the ways we like to P.A.R.T.Y. as we begin a new term.

 

  1. Personal contact - We start personally contacting each Course Manager either by email, phone or stopping by their office to reach out and ask if the is anything we can do to assist them in getting their course ready for the start of the term.
  2. Attention to details - In those meetings we emphasis the need for tight consistency of directions, terminology, and structure of the learning materials. This means that all of the dates are accurate, links are not broken and that there is a unified look and feel to all pages.
  3. Readily available - While we are not a 24/7 help desk, we work hard to be available when needed to answer questions during business hours, with a willingness to eagerly assist when asked. We also have a knack for showing up at the office door just as a faculty member is getting ready to call/email us. Which happens because we go…
  4. Trouble hunting - We go looking for trouble. A couple of times a day members of our office will “make rounds” to each faculty office to see if they need any help or to check-in on any issues we have been working through with them. This is where we most often get accused of have telepathic super powers. We just know when and where to find trouble.
  5. Yelling allowed - We tell our faculty to not hesitate in contacting us. Actually we tell them if it takes them longer than 5 minutes, they need to call us, email us or hunt us down.

 

So the next time you are getting ready for a new term, make it a PARTY and keep being awesome!

 

Matthew Jennings, M.Ed.

Instructor and Instructional Design Specialist, Sr.

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Our team of instructional designers always looks forward to a new term, and we do so with a S.M.I.L.E.

 

Suggest faculty review our helpful resources. - We have extensive resources available to faculty (including ourselves), and the beginning of a term is a great time to suggest that they review what we have to offer.

Make ourselves available. -  We adjust our schedules at the beginning of a term so that we have greater availability to our faculty.

Invite faculty to come see us. - A friendly reminder never hurts.

Love our faculty. - We have the best faculty in the world and we let them know how much we love working with them.

Explore new methods. - Everyday we read, discuss, and explore new ways that faculty can help students. We also explore how we can make using new methods easier for our faculty (like Canvas for instance).

 

We are always smiling, because we love our jobs. And I have to say, it's easy to love your job when you work with awesome instructional designers like Sylvia Amito'elau and Meg Yanalunas .

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