Department Connections with Online Instructors

This article outlines a few principles of relationships and connections between on-campus departments and online instructors. See Online Handbook section 2.4: Department Chairs for more information regarding department chair roles.

Online Instructors

Teaching online at BYU-Idaho is an immensely rewarding experience for many online instructors, and BYU-Idaho benefits from a well-prepared body of remote adjunct instructors who are highly trained and often employed full time in the field in which they teach. They demonstrate a love for BYU-Idaho students and are committed to the mission of the University. See Online Handbook 4.1 for more information about online instructors and their role.

Interacting with Online Instructors

Department chair interactions with online adjuncts are different than with campus faculty. Where dept. chairs regularly interact with faculty through department meetings and visits, they primarily interact with online instructors through an orientation video, occasional live meetings, course leads, and the BYU-Idaho Online Instruction community. 

Departments can interact with online instructors in the following ways:

  • Department welcome video (more info)
  • Program/Course orientation video (more info)
  • Candidate interviews (see Online Handbook 2.4 under Responsibilty #6)
  • Live department meetings/webinars (in coordination with Online Instruction)
  • Online Learning and Teaching (OLT) conference department meeting
  • Regular content-related feedback reviews
  • Instructor recommendations for convocation speakers
  • List distribution of graduates to instructors

Efforts should be coordinated with the Online Instruction team, who are also available to help facilitate any of these interactions.


About this article

Responsible: Joel Galbraith

Accountable: Alan Young

Consulted: ODC

Informed: Department chairs, ODC

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