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Welcome 2015 Instructors

Instructor Task List and Timeline

  • Attend Training
  • April 9 or 13 for New Instructors
  • April 15, 16, or 21 for New and Returning Instructors
  • Sign Electronic ESC Form
  • Read Instructor Manual
  • Meet with Peer Mentor
  • Complete Initial Schedule and Begin Canvas Checklist
May - July
  • Attend Optional Brown Bags August 6 and 17
  • Attend Training: August 18
  • Email Class an Introduction by August 18
  • Publish Syllabus/Schedule to Canvas by August 18 (Aug 10 for new instructors)
  • Teach Connections August 26-29
  • Teach Follow-Up Sessions
  • Grade Assignments
  • Submit Receipts
  • Remind Students of Due Dates
  • Submit Grades to Banner by October 5
  • Hold follow-up meeting with students week of October 5
  • Submit Receipt from October Follow-Up
  • Complete Instructor Course Evaluation

Brush Up on Connections Training Resources

  • Instructor Responsibilities—this is essentially the syllabus for teaching Connections. The last page is especially helpful for listing responsibilities and deadlines.
  • Instructor Manual—this was pretty painstakingly curated to try and answer most questions about teaching Connections.  It contains some gems like suggested due dates, explanations of follow-ups, and more information on peer mentors.
  • Checklists—these will help you know you got everything done that needs to be done.
  • SALSA Training Video—even if you’ve used SALSA in the past, we added some new features, so take a look at this training video to make sure you correctly modify each of the six tabs before submitting.
  • Previous Emails—here are the two last emails I sent with updates, including instructions for submitting finished schedules/syllabi.


Instructor Resource Page

Instructor Scheduling Page



First-time instructors attend three training meetings for a total of 4 hours. Returning instructors attend two training meetings for a total of 3 hours.

  • First-time instructor training: (choose one)
    • Thursday, April 9 from 3:00-4:00 p.m., TSC 246
    • Monday, April 13 from 8:00-9:00 a.m., TSC 246
  • Spring Training for new and returning instructors: (choose one)
    • Wednesday, April 15 from 11:30-1:00 p.m., AGRS 135
    • Thursday, April 16 from 3:00-4:30 p.m., AGRS 135
    • Tuesday, April 21 from 8:00-9:30 a.m., AGRS 135
  • Fall training for new and returning instructors: August 18 12:30-2:30 p.m. in ESLC 046 (lunch provided)
  • Optional brown-bag discussions for new and returning instructors:
    • Thursday, August 6, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in ESLC 053, Tips and suggestions for scheduling your class, Q&A with other instructors
    • Monday, August 17, 12:00-1:30 p.m. in ESLC 053, Teaching the big ideas of Connections, suggestions for incorporating literature selection, Q&A with other instructors

Connections Overview

Connections is an early-semester course taught August 26-29, with two or three additional follow up sessions in the first weeks of fall semester, and one class follow-up during the week of October 5. It has a standard curriculum across all 75 sections, and allows instructors the opportunity to add additional insights. Instructor responsibilities can be found here.

Course Objectives and Outcomes

The course objectives and outcomes are central to all activities and instruction during the course. They can be found here.

Sample Schedule and Syllabus

Sample 2014 Connections Schedule

2015 Syllabus

Instructor Resources

Connections instructors can refer to a collection of lesson plans, icebreakers, ideas, and short videos that can be used in class.