Online Learning

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Faculty Resources

Acadia's Instructional Design and Technology Support Team collaborates with Acadia University faculty to develop and support online courses. Our team members possess different backgrounds in education and technology, and together they offer over 70 years of experience serving the Acadia University community.

As the instructor of an online course, you'll appreciate many of the same advantages that our students do, such as a more adaptable and flexible schedule:

  • Use the summer months to develop your online courses, or teach online to supplement your sabbatical or existing teaching load
  • Create a curriculum that students can follow step-by-step, and engage with students on a one-to-one basis when they need support
  • Explore new teaching methodologies, including hybrid/blended courses
  • Connect with different types of learners than you'd often have the chance to interact with in your classroom, such as mature students and students from other institutions

If you'd like to learn more about teaching online, please contact Shelly Vaughan, Instructional Design and Technology Support Team Manager.

Online Teaching Formats

As the instructor of an online course, you'll need to develop resources and lessons prior to the start of the course.  There are a several different types of delivery models you can use to teach online:

  • Continuous-Intake (Open-Entry): Our most common course model. Your students can start the online course at any time, and can apply to you for an extension, if needed.
  • Scheduled: Your online course has specific start and end dates, with the course delivered for a group of students at a time (minimum number required).
  • Term-Based: Your online course runs in a defined term as outlined by the academic calendar. 
  • Hybrid (Blended): You can combine face-to-face and online components in the same course to offer 'flipped' learning or more flexible scheduling. Current examples include the on-campus versions of Acadia's TESOL Certificate courses.


Additionally, your traditional Face-to-Face courses can take advantage of the Acadia University Learning Management System (Moodle, also called ACORN) for supportive or pre-course work.

 

Additional Information

Acadia Central
Acadia Central is the university's course information portal. The following page provides information on getting your username and password and logging in. If you are a part-time faculty member and you have not activated your network account please click here. You must set up your network account to access ACORN - the courseware management system.

Academic Requirements
Academic responsibilities are outlined in Article 17 of the AUFA Collective Agreement.

Academic Calendar
Current and previous academic calendars are found on the Registrar's website.

ACORN - Courseware Management System
ACORN stands for Acadia Courseware Online Resource Network and is Acadia University's courseware management system. It is important that your Acadia network access has been set up as you will require the same username and password to access your course. Help files in the form of a Wiki and some video tutorials for ACORN are available here. If you require assistance please do not hesitate to contact us.  There are many resources at http://acornhelp.acadiau.ca

Assignments
Assignments are typically submitted and returned using ACORN's assignment dropbox. You should respond to student inquiries (by mail, fax, phone, or email) and return assignments within 7 working days.

Communicating with Your Students
You may never meet your online students face to face, but communication is still critical. Not only are students physically isolated from you, they are often isolated from other students. You will be notified by email when a new student registers. We recommend that you send  an introductory email, welcoming the student, introducing yourself, and providing any information that is relevant but not contained in your course materials.

Course Materials
Your will work closely with our Course Development Unit to prepare your course materials. Once course development is complete and approved, students may be enrolled. 

Examinations
If your course has a final examination please note the following:

  • Students must apply to write examinations.
  • All examinations in continuous-intake online courses are written with an approved proctor.
  • Instructors will be contacted to grant approval for a student to write the examination.
  • Examinations will be delivered to you for marking.
  • Final exams are not to be returned to students and should be kept by you for at least a year.


Evaluations

Students are encouraged to complete the course evaluation at the end of their online course. The results are accumulated and delivered to your department head.

Grading and Submitting Marks
Please email final grades to openacadiagrades@acadiau.ca. Marks must be submitted as whole numbers.

Acadia's Grading Scale

Letter Grade GPA Value Range Rating
A+ 4.00 94-100  
A 4.00 87-93 Excellent
A- 3.67 80-86  
B+ 3.33 77-79  
B 3.00 73-76 Good
B- 2.67 70-72  
C+ 2.33 67-69  
C 2.00 63-66 Average
C- 1.67 60-62  
D+ 1.33 57-59  
D 1.00 53-56 Pass
D- .67 50-52  
F 0.00 0-49 Failure
W     Withdrew

Remuneration
Remuneration rates are established in the AUFA Collective Agreement.

Vacation and Sabbatical Leaves
We understand there may be periods during your contract that you will be away. It is important that you advise us when you will be unavailable to your students for more than 7 days.

Vaughan Memorial Library
More information about setting up your library access can be found here. Library services are available to online students. Should your students require library assistance please direct them to the library services for online students.

Faculty and staff members converse in a library setting

Contact

Undergraduate Students:
1.902.585.1222 
Current Students (Hub)
Prospective Students (Email)

University Hall, Basement
15 University Ave
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

Graduate Students:
1.902.585.1466 
gradinfo@acadiau.ca

Horton Hall, Room 121
18 University Ave
Acadia University
Wolfville, NS
B4P 2R6

Technical Assistance:
1.902.585.1427
open.acadia.support@acadiau.ca

Hours:
Monday – Friday
8:30am – 4:30pm AST