Planning and Teaching Your Course

The Learning Technologies & Instructional Design (LTID) team supports all faculty teaching and developing courses. Below we have provided a few administrative details to help you get up and running, as well as key information relating to teaching your course.

Whether you are a new or returning faculty member or instructor, the information contained on these pages is meant to support you. You are an important partner in our success and we appreciate your willingness to share your knowledge and experience with our students. Please let us know if you can't find the information you are looking for. We hope that you find these resources useful. These pages contain the nuts and bolts of developing and teaching courses for Acadia. Should you have questions at any time, please do not hesitate to contact one of our staff.

 

Getting Started

Contracts

Faculty who are teaching or developing a course under contract through Open Acadia will have their contracts sent to them electronically, with the originals being sent by traditional mail. Signed contract acceptances should be returned to Brenda Harris (Coordinator, Exams and Contracts) at Open Acadia. Acceptance by email is expected within 15 days of the contract offer being sent. Please address any traditional mail Attn: Brenda Harris.

Access to important university resources is dependent upon your contract acceptance. Remuneration for teaching and development/redevelopment of courses is as per the current AUFA Collective Agreement.

Faculty teaching undergraduate courses during the Spring/Summer (Intersession) will have their contracts sent to them from the Registrar Office.

All other appointments are managed by the VPA's Office. Please contact Cathy MacDonald or your academic department.

HR Forms

To ensure your payroll can be processed the following payroll forms must be completed and returned to Kelli Mahoney (585-1633, kelli.mahoney@acadiau.ca) in Human Resources.

Network Account

Once your contract has been signed and returned, your network account will be set up and you will be notified. In order to set your password you will need to go to http://accounts.acadiau.ca/, click on the Login link, click on the Forgot Password link, and follow the instructions. The Course Information Portal gives you access to information about your courses and students. More information and instructions can be found here.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at ltid@acadiau.ca.

ACORN

The Acadia Courseware Online Resource Network (ACORN) is Acadia's courseware management system (cms), using the learning platform Moodle. Typically, you will receive access to your ACORN course shell at the beginning of your appointment. It is important that your network account has been set up. You will use the same username and password to access ACORN. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at acornhelp@acadiau.ca. You can also find some helpful instructions at acornhelp.acadiau.ca.

Academic Requirements

Academic responsibilities are outlined in Article 17 of the AUFA Collective Agreement.

Classrooms

Classroom assignments for Fall/Winter courses are assigned by the Registrar's Office. Please contact registrar@acadiau.ca if you require any assistance.

Classrooms for MED courses will be confirmed via email as soon as they have been booked. Any inquires related to your classroom assignment should be submitted to John Christopher  or Joy Cunningham.

Expenses

Additional expenses related to teaching Fall/Winter on-campus courses should be discussed with your department.

Additional expenses related to teaching undergraduate Spring/Summer (intersession) courses should be directed to registrar@acadiau.ca

Additional expenses related to teaching your MED or Online Open Entry courses must be pre-approved. Please contact John Christopher for further information.

New Faculty Orientation

If this is your first time teaching at Acadia University, you will be contacted by the Human Resources Department prior to your appointment date to arrange an on-campus orientation. This orientation will include the following visits:

  1. Human Resources for an overview of payroll and benefits.
  2. Safety and Security for key and ID pickup.
  3. Technology Services for network access.
  4. Learning Technologies & Instructional Design (LTID) for an orientation which includes:
    • setting up Microsoft Office and your email
    • a brief overview of some key administrative processes
    • an introduction to our Learning Management System (Moodle a.k.a ACORN)

Of course, you may contact us at any point to discuss your requirements and needs at oasupport@acadiau.ca.

Teaching Your Course

Textbook Ordering (Bookstore)

Acadia University's bookstore services are provided by Follett Canada. Please follow these instructions for online adoption of textbooks. If you would like to consider a textbook rental or digital option for your course visit www.rent-a-text.com for rentals and www.cafescribe.com for digital textbooks. Please contact Cathy Morine-Collins (0921txt@fheg.follett.com or 902.585.1483) for assistance with any of these options. Please order your textbooks as early as possible to ensure they are in stock prior to your course start date.

Classroom Time

Each 3 credit hour course consists of 36 instructional hours. These hours may be spread out during the available times as the instructor sees fit. If there is an option for more than 36 hours, the instructor may, for example, choose to meet with the class for fewer hours each day or insert a study day into the schedule. Students should be made aware of the schedule at the beginning of the course as part of the course outline.

Class Lists

Office Hours

For those teaching on-campus, office hour requirements are as described in the collective agreement:

Professors’ responsibilities extend beyond the classroom. Professors shall be available for consultation with students and to contribute to the administrative work of the Department and of the University for at least two hours per week for each three- (3) hour credit course to a maximum of six- (6) hours per week at stated times. At least one-half of these hours shall be offered in their office between 8:30 am and 6:30 pm Monday through Friday. The remainder of these hours may be offered live “online.”]

For those teaching online courses:

Assignments
Assignments are typically submitted and returned using ACORN's assignment dropbox. You should respond to student inquiries (by mail, email, or phone) and return assignments within 7 working days.

Communicating with Your Students
Although you may never meet your online students face-to-face, communication is still critical. Not only are students physically isolated from you, they are often isolated from other students. You will be notified by email when a new student registers. We recommend that you send  an introductory email welcoming the student, introducing yourself, and providing any information that is relevant to, but not contained in, your course materials.

Evaluations

A course evaluation must be conducted for your course. The appropriate evaluation form will be provided to you by your department, or Open Acadia in the case of online open-entry courses. For on-campus paper evaluations, a student should be designated to distribute the form to the class, and to collect and deliver the completed evaluations to the department. You must leave the room while the evaluations are being completed. If you are using the online course evaluation process, instructions can be found here.

Examinations

Exam schedules and locations for Fall/Winter courses are released by the Registrar's Office. Exams for Intersession (Spring/Summer) are typically held on the last day of classes. Questions should be directed to registrar@acadiau.ca. Exams for online open-entry courses are coordinated by Open Acadia. Questions should be directed to shelly.vaughan@acadiau.ca or openacadiaexams@acadiau.ca.

Grading and Submitting Marks

Scheduled Courses
Final Grades are due no later than 10 days after the last class. Grades should be entered at Acadia Central as rounded numeric values (no decimals) and will be released to students as letter grades. The ‘marks input’ link is on the left side of the page.

Online Open-entry Courses
New! (Effective November 2017)
Log in to the Hub using your Acadia username and password. Select Request Service on the right, fill in the Student Number, Student's FIRST and LAST Name, Course Discipline and Number, and Final Numeric Grade fields, and then click on the Request button. You will receive an email confirmation.

Acadia's Grading Scale

Letter

GPA

Range

Rating

 

A+

4.00

94-100

 

 

A

4.00

87-93

Excellent

 

A-

3.67

80-86

 

 

B+

3.33

77-79

 

 

B

3.00

73-76

Good

 

B-

2.67

70-72

 

 

C+

2.33

67-69

 

 

C

2.00

63-66

Average

 

C-

1.67

60-62

 

 

D+

1.33

57-59

 

 

D

1.00

53-56

Pass

 

D-

0.67

50-52

 

 

F

0.00

0-49

Failure

 

W

 

 

Withdrew

 

Academic Calendar

Current and previous academic calendars are found on the Registrar's website.

Copyright

Information about copyright at Acadia can be found here. It is important that you adhere to these policies. Questions about copyright should be directed to Erin Patterson (erin.patterson@acadiau.ca or 902.585.1193). When designing or editing online open-entry courses, the Learning Technologies and Instructional Design (LTID) team will assist you.

Vaughan Memorial Library (VML)

VML hours can be found here. Information about the VML, its resources, and librarians can be found here.

Online students and faculty should refer to http://library.acadiau.ca/DistEd for relevant information.

Other Resources