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Basics

Everything that you need to know to get started as a faculty member.

Welcome to the Basics

In the basics track, we will address some of the things that you will encounter as an LTCC faculty member, regardless of the modality in which you teach—DE, F2F, or ISP. All of us, whether we teach Math, English, Political Science, or any other discipline, share in common aspects of the faculty profession. We share teaching approaches, faculty values, professional obligations, and instructional goals that unite us as faculty. This track will emphasize many of the contexts, issues, and ideas that may be useful to your initial (or long term) experiences as an LTCC faculty member. Feel free to browse the topics as you see fit. After you experience the Basics, please head over to the appropriate track (F2F, DE, ISP) that relates to your more specific teaching assignments at LTCC. Good luck in your journey!

Basics Track Introduction

Hello and welcome to the Basics Track in the LTCC Onboarding Experience. Please watch this brief video to get started in the track.

Content Videos

Book Orders

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Book Orders are a key aspect of your class organization. This video introduces you to the basics of book orders. 

The Three Tracks

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As you complete the LTCC Teaching and Learning Onboarding Experience, you may focus on one or more tracks: DE, or Distance Education, ISP, or Incarcerated Student Program, and F2F, or Face-to-Face Teaching. Once you move on from the Basics, feel free to explore these additional tracks so as to inform your teaching trajectories at LTCC. This video explains the three tracks.

Handouts

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Handouts represent an effective way in which you can convey additional course information or disciplinary context to your students. This video describes what handouts are and how they work in a class.

Evaluations

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Faculty members are evaluated many times in their careers. Student evaluations represent an opportunity to improve our teaching. At the same time, we recognize that student evaluations can sometimes be a source of frustration for faculty. This video discusses these dynamics of evaluations.

Student Emotions

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As Paulo Freire has said, student emotions (as well as instructor emotions) are a vital foundation for transformative learning and pedagogy. At the same time, student emotions, if of a negative sort, can have a detrimental effect on the learning environment. In this video, we look at the different sorts of student emotions.

Course Rosters

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Course rosters are the electronic documents that offer faculty an overview of who is in their classes. This video discusses the course roster and how it is used at LTCC.

Class Organization

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Having an organized class is core to being a successful faculty member. This video addresses some approaches to having a successful course in terms of its organization. Have a listen!

The Syllabus

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The syllabus is the core or foundation of your successful class, whether you are teaching DE, F2F, or ISP. This video will address some of the cores that should be a part of a class syllabus.

The Faculty Life

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Being a faculty member carries with it many possibilities for professional and personal enrichment. At the same time, it presents challenges and hurdles that have to be considered. This video offers an honest assessment of the faculty life in terms of experiences, values, and other contexts.

Office Hours

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Office hours are an important, yet underused, aspect of the faculty life. This video addresses why office hours are important and suggests some initial ideas about how to encourage students to take advantage of them.

Class Techniques

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Being a successful faculty member involves learning, developing, and applying specific teaching techniques or pedagogical approaches that can benefit your students. Have a listen to this video focusing on developing successful pedagogy.

Class Issues

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Teaching is rewarding, yet it can also be challenging. This video addresses some challenges that you may experience in your class. As an example, you may have to deal with two or more students arguing in a class. Have a listen!

Student Success

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As a faculty member, you may be familiar with the term student success. But what does student success mean? This video focuses on this topic and ruminates on the challenges of not being nurturing enough and being too nurturing.

Grades

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Grades are a component of every class that you will teach at LTCC. This video addresses the basics of grades and includes some reflections on some challenges you may experience with grades in terms of student emotions.

Assignments

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Successful assignments offer an opportunity for you to create a successful class, regardless of its modality. This video offers a broad overview of assignments and how they might be used in a class.

Faculty Contract

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The faculty contract defines all aspects of faculty professional life in terms of working conditions. Salary, office hours, the academic calendar, evaluations, and many other areas are all aspects covered in the faculty contract. Have a listen to this overview video to learn more about the faculty contract.

Census Rosters

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There are specific census roster procedures that faculty members should understand. This is the first of two videos on the topic. Here is the second video. 

The Wait List (Coming Soon)

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The wait list is the way in which students sign up for your class once it has researched its defined cap. LTCC has specific processes in terms of the wait list, so be sure to watch this video to get a heads-up on wait lists.

Faculty Tips

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One of the great things about being a faculty member is the opportunity to connect with other faculty who have ideas about teaching, counseling, and other aspects of faculty professional life. Have a listen to your fellow faculty members giving their tips to you.

OER/ZTC

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Open Educational Resources and Zero Textbook Cost opportunities are a growing facet of the LTCC teaching and learning environment. In this video, we will take a balanced approach to OER and ZTC and how they might transform your learning environment.

Scheduling of Classes

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After you are hired at LTCC, you might wonder how you are assigned a class to teach for us. This video offers an overview of the process of scheduling classes and assigning them to faculty at the college.

Meta Majors

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In 2018, the College begin a process of developing Guided Pathways. A process by which students may sign up for classes, complete an educational pathway, and move on to the next step of professional life. This video presents meta majors, which are the large groupings of majors at the College.

On the Example

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An example that we might use in our class seems innocent enough, but is it? Watch this video to reflect on the need to think carefully about the examples we use to express or explain our discipline content.

DE Patterns, Assist, Plans

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In this informative video with Cristi Ellingford, we learn about our students’ educational journeys in terms of GE (General Education), Assist (transfer), and educational plans.

Disability Resource Center (soon)

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LTCC’s successful DRC or Disability Resource Center is the one-stop shop for all things related to student learning in the context of disability. 

Disciplines & Departments (soon)

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While we share many things in common as faculty members in a general sense, we all experience the teaching and learning worlds of our professions through different disciplines. Whether teaching Math, English, or Psychology, we gain from the immersion in our disciplinary contexts that are provided by fellow faculty, our academic research, professional conferences, readings, and many other contexts.

Diverse Faculty Experiences

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Throughout this LTCC Teaching and Learning Onboarding Experience, we will emphasize the many ways in which are all connected as fellow faculty members. At the same time, we do need to acknowledge some differences in our experiences, especially as these may relate to our onboarding efforts here at LTCC.

Full-time v. Part-time

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In this video, we consider some notable differences between full- and part-time faculty work. 

Politics

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While politics are not a substantial aspect of being a faculty member, it is a good idea to have politics on our professional radar. 

Foundations

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Let’s have a conversation about some of the necessary foundations for being an LTCC faculty member that could make your life a lot easier. 

Committees

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LTCC has a diverse and participatory governance structure. In this video, I discuss the many committees on campus, their charges, and related areas. 

Academic Senate

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Coming Soon

Students - Some Background

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In this video, we reflect on the uniqueness of the California Community College student. 

Academic Freedom

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Let's review the relationships of Academic Freedom and Suggestions for Improvement in this video. 

Resources for You

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In this video and set of resources, we offer you some opportunities to share some of the excellent resources that include syllabi policies and other core LTCC documents. 

Research Introduction

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In this video, we hear from Melanie Chu who offers a very comprehensive overview of the student research process at LTCC.

Click here for Melanie's Video.