Welcome new BYU-Idaho instructors. We are thankful that you are here and are preparing to start teaching in the coming weeks and days. This experience will be a blessing in your lives, and will be a blessing to many students as well.
As you explore your online instruction community and your course before the semester starts, I invite you to pay special attention to our instructor standards...not only because these are the criteria by which we are all evaluated, but because I feel these standards can guide your efforts in becoming a fabulous, BYU-Idaho-style online instructor.
I read recently with my family the story of Moses and the Israelites when the Lord sends them manna and quail to sustain them (Exodus 16). I was impressed that the Israelites were commanded to not take any more than they could consume in a day. Anything more would just spoil. Hoarding was not an effective strategy. Daily reliance on, and faith in the Lord was how they survived.
The spiritual analogy there is clear. We can't rely solely on spiritual lessons stored-up from seminary, EFY or missions. We need to seek the Lord out every day. In a similar fashion, you have just experienced a smorgasbord in certification and bridge training. That may carry you for a little, but you'll want to establish a regular habit of coming to this community to teach and learn with your teaching group. Don't consume more than you can implement (or run faster than you have strength). But DO plan on visiting regularly to share your lessons learned and gather wisdom from others.
Might I recommend you start by perusing some great ongoing discussions on our instructor standards. Feel free to add your own comments and questions:
Thank you again, and welcome (back) to BYU-Idaho.
~Joel Galbraith, Online Instruction Director