5. CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT
On-campus registration for credit and non-credit courses should be completed prior to the first class meeting. If there are students in your class whose names do not appear on the class list received from the Records Office, they must complete the registration process. They must go to the Records Office in the Taylor Building before the next class period. Add these students' names and addresses to your roster for future contact. Check an updated class list received from the Records Office to see if they have registered by the next class.
Off-campus registration may be completed at the community's off-campus center during designated registration periods. Students enrolling in off-campus courses may also register at the Records Office in the Taylor Building at CSI. Registration in all courses is on a first come, first served basis.
For more information, contact your program coordinator or supervisor.
Most on-campus classrooms are opened prior to class. If for some reason your classroom is not, contact Security at Extension 2600 to open the room. Following class, straighten the room, turn off the lights, and close the door. Please secure the room during any breaks. Keys are not issued to part-time instructors unless unusual circumstances exist.
Off-campus instructional space typically requires keys for entry. In some cases, keys are issued to instructors prior to or on the first night of class; however, in other situations, arrangements will be made for the room to be opened. As a representative of the College, you are responsible for helping to maintain good relationships with those in the community who make instructional space available.
Semester-length credit courses are based on a seventeen-week semester with the last week set aside for finals and are usually set up on a fifty-minute instructional period per credit. A three-credit course would meet one hundred fifty minutes a week; a two-credit course, one hundred minutes; and a one-credit course, fifty minutes. Activity and lab courses require longer class sessions.
Classes that meet for more than one hundred minutes usually take a break during the middle of the class. Instructors should base their breaks on the needs and interests of the students.
Letter grades used at CSI for credit courses are "A, B, C, D, F, I, and NC" and should be assigned to the student based on achievement of course objectives. You should use an equitable and fair system of grading. It is generally felt that a composite score of several tests and/or projects is more desirable than a score on a single test and/or project.
You may assign an "I" grade for incomplete course work; however, this grade should be given only when the majority of the assigned work has been completed. When the instructor gives a grade of "I," he/she is required to record on the official grade sheet what class work is outstanding for the student.
If you are teaching a non-credit course, you should receive a class list by the first or second class meeting. Check the list against attendance to spot any errors and to identify non-registered students. Turn your final list in to the sponsoring department as soon as possible following the last class. Each student should receive a grade of "P" for complete or "NC" for drop or incomplete.
Prior to the end of the course, you may receive certificates of completion from the Community Education Office. The use of the certificates is optional. You may sign and distribute the certificates for those students who have completed the course. You should not sign the certificates of those students who did not satisfactorily complete the course but should write "did not complete" on the certificates and return them, along with the class list, to the sponsoring department.
Instructors of academic or technical credit and non-credit courses normally receive one class list at the beginning of each month for as long as the class is in session. You may request additional lists if the composition of the class changes to a great extent. Class lists with addresses are sent out at the end of the second week of the semester. Class lists for Community Education courses are not sent out by the Records Office. They may be requested from one of the outreach centers or the Community Education Office on campus.
You will receive the first class list on the first week of the semester for semester-long courses. You should check the list against the attendance of the students. If a student has been attending class, but his/her name is not on the list, you should inform the department supervisor's office or course developer and send the student to the Records Office to complete their registration.
For credit courses, you will receive a final grade sheet at the end of the course. After assigning a grade for each student, you should sign the grade sheet and return it to the Records Office.
Any registered student who wishes to add another course must obtain a "Course Add/Drop Form" from the Records Office or Community Education Office. The student must fill out the "add" or "drop" portion of the card, obtain the instructor's signature when appropriate, return the card to the Records Office, and pay any additional fees due to the Business Office to be registered in the class officially.
The College reserves the right to cancel courses that do not meet the minimum enrollment criteria. If the course is cancelled, a College representative will inform the students, and the Business Office will refund registration fees. An instructor of a cancelled course may receive partial compensation for the first class meeting upon the request of his/her department supervisor unless all funds were returned to the students who registered for the course.
Severe weather conditions may make it necessary to cancel or delay classes occasionally. Radio and television stations in the area will be notified as soon as a decision is made. Announcements will be made by 7 a.m. regarding day classes and by 4 p.m. regarding evening classes.
If you need to postpone a class, you should take the following steps:
1. Inform the department supervisor, course developer, or program coordinator.
2. Make a concerted effort to notify every student that the class will be postponed.
3. Contact your department supervisor again if you cannot reach all of your students so that an appropriate notice will be posted.
4. Make every effort to make up the class. To determine a meeting place for your make-up class, contact the program coordinator for on-campus classes, and the department supervisor or the course developer for off-campus classes. Under no circumstances should you independently select the make-up date without first checking with the program coordinator or your supervisor, as conflicts may occur.
If you know in advance that you will miss a class, arrangements can be made for an adequate substitute; however, you must notify your supervisor for approval. You must pay your own substitute instructor.
Contact your department supervisor for approval of field trips or other college-sponsored trips, and to make transportation arrangements. When possible, you should schedule such trips so that students will not be absent from other classes.
Please administer final exams according to the published schedule. In credit courses that do not conform to the regular semester schedule, use the final class period to administer the final exam. Final exams in credit courses are required unless a department head approves an exception. You do not need to give exams in non-credit courses.
Establish a positive learning environment by being flexible, having well-planned and integrated lessons, considering student problems and questions, being available to help students, and communicating clear expectations.
Consider ways to motivate each of your students. Examples of ways to motivate students might include the following: individualizing your instructional approach, allowing your students a choice of course projects, stressing growth and accomplishment, and varying your teaching methods.