What is required to meet the Instructor Standard of Embrace University Citizenship? This question comes to the Home Office on a regular basis. It is important, then, for us to clarify what is Required and what is Optional in Embracing Citizenship so instructors can meet the standard without feeling overburdened by it.
Embrace University Citizenship: Demonstrate citizenship by contributing to the mission of BYU-Idaho and Online Learning.
When you accept a contract to teach online for BYU-I each semester you are agreeing to the following citizenship requirements (as outlined in the section 7.4 Online Instructor Handbook):
Active participation in teaching group meetings held both synchronously (three per semester, one of which is an all-online-instructor event—Fall Forum, Winter Webinar, Live Q&A,etc.) and asynchronously (three per semester) in the Online Instruction Community. Every effort should be made to attend live meetings; if a meeting must be missed, the recording of the synchronous session should be reviewed with any follow-up questions or comments sent to the TGL.
Participation in an instructor review each semester, which includes completing a self-assessment and discussing your performance with your TGL.
- Responding to administrative inquires within 24 business hours. You will receive communications from the Home Office, your Teaching Group Leader , and other administrators as needed. Such communication should be responded to promptly so as not to delay any pending processes.
These are required citizenship activities for every online instructor, without exception. Failing to meet this part of your contract may result in loss of future contracts.
Those who serve in additional capacities (TGL, AIM, OCR, Pilot instructor, etc) are contracted to attend some additional meetings to fulfill their responsibilities.
You have the opportunity to participate in additional citizenship activities that are designed to help support you as an online instructor. Some of these include:
Participating in general Online Community discussions, blogs, course groups, and forums.
Viewing campus broadcasts such as devotionals, firesides, university forums, and all-employee meetings.
Viewing or participating in department-specific meetings and trainings held by campus colleagues.
The university and Online Learning Department desire to provide valuable opportunities for instructors to further embrace university citizenship. We encourage you to participate in them whenever possible, but you should not feel obligated to do so as part of your employment.
TGLs can inform and invite instructors to attend optional meetings, but should never make instructors feel like they are required.