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The first three sets of results we have shared have dealt with standards dealing with building faith, developing relationships with students and helping inspiring love for learning within them. I think these are standards that a lot of our instructors feel comfortable in as they come naturally to those who love to teach.

However, Standard #4 deals with University Citizenship which may be a little more out of the comfort zone for some instructors. If nothing else, it may not seem quite as clear and straightforward as the others.

Thus, we have sought to collect ideas on what our amazing instructors are doing to meet this standard! We hope the results are helpful. Please share additional ideas you have!

Embrace University Citizenship

"Demonstrate citizenship by contributing to the mission of BYU-Idaho and Online Learning"

  • Invite students to share their testimony of the Honor Code.

  • Be an active participant in teaching group meetings and respond to monthly discussion posts or posts made by peers.

  • Share ideas and develop supporting relationships with other instructors - especially new instructors.

  • Adhere to university policies and encourage students to do the same.

  • Strive to provide the best knowledge and experience possible to students through sharing ideas for better curriculum.

  • Strive to be a good person in and out of the classroom.

  • Point students to resources available to them on campus.

  • Actively follow and participate in the Online Learning Community.

  • Embrace and practice the “Spirit of Ricks” in your role as a professor at BYU-Idaho.

  • Expect a certain level of communication and etiquette from and between students.

  • Maintain a good environment through uplifting and encouraging comments.

  • Urge students to reach out and help one another.

  • Build testimonies by listening to the spirit and sharing with your students accordingly.

  • Share university information, messages, devotionals, and other online university material with online students to make them feel more a part of the BYU-Idaho community.

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  • Thanks!  These are great suggestions!  These will be helpful for our group.

  • Thanks for posting the results in an easy-to-read format--very helpful! Thanks as well for tackling this. I appreciate reading what other instructors' thoughts are. Helps give me much needed perspective.

  • I love the ideas shared so far! I am going to take a minute to advocate for our TGLs and suggest everyone do at least these things: 

    • Submit your Weekly Reflections on time. Did you know your TGL has to conduct a course visit if you don't submit on time? Save him/her the time it would take to do that. 
    • Include plenty of details on your WR so your TGL will know how to best serve you.
    • Post your general questions in your group community spaces or in the main community so all can benefit from the answers and ensuing discussions.
    • If your course has an OCR space, post course specific questions there. Remember course questions are for the OCR space, and general questions are for your TG space or the main area of the community. 
    • Review and follow the links in the Weekly Update sent from the home office each Monday. 

    I also love to attend the President's Q&A when I can.  I hope everyone will attend our Winter Brown Bag on March 6 at 7 pm! These kind of "extra meetings" can really help you feel connected and informed of the campus happenings!

    • I'm going to second the suggestion to include plenty of details in your weekly report.  It helps your TGL a lot!  You may feel like your course is going well and you don't need any help, but those extra details really help a TGL know what areas are most helpful for you.  Also, if I notice an instructor strength in those reports, I can encourage them to share those strengths with other instructors in the group who might be struggling.

      If you want your group meetings or discussion boards to be on topics that are relevant and interesting to you, give your TGL some information to work with :)

    • President's Q&A is a great way to get involved, especially because we can access it online. Thanks for sharing that, Torri.

    • I like all these suggestions Torri a lot!  My favs to add from the original list are:

      • Be an active participant in teaching group meetings and respond to monthly discussion posts or posts made by peers.
      • Share ideas and develop supporting relationships with other instructors - especially new instructors.
      • Strive to be a good person in and out of the classroom.[represent BYU-Idaho well]
      • Embrace and practice the “Spirit of Ricks” in your role as a professor at BYU-Idaho.

    • Thanks for these additional ideas Torri. I especially like the idea of attending (virtually when necessary) the presidents Q&A when possible. It really helps you fill connected to the bigger picture of the university. Also, with Leah in attendance, you can ask questions to the president just as much as anyone in the room.

    • I was so excited to attend the Brown Bag event and then I realized it is on my Parent Teacher Conference night and I wouldn't be able to attend.  I hope to attend another one soon.

      • I'm sure they'll be a recording Tanya. If you have questions for the student panel, send them to someone you know is attending (like me or your TGL), and we'd be happy to ask for you...unless there is another process for submitting questions ahead of time. I asked about that, but I haven't heard back yet. My questions for the students are piling up!
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