Teaching at UMSL

Teaching at a new institution, in an unfamiliar department, or even a new course can raise questions for new and experienced instructors alike. This page will succinctly address some of those questions with a short answer and a resource to consult or contact for further information. At the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) we see ourselves as a connection point. If you can’t find the answer you need on these pages or even if it does not seem like an issue pertaining to teaching and learning we are happy to point you to the right person/resource so do not hesitate to reach out (ctl@umsl.edu). 

Your Single Sign-On Identification (SSO ID) is an important component to accessing all the technology systems at UMSL. As its name denotes, it allows you to log in to nearly every networked system on campus--from printers to the Wifi. If you are unsure what your SSO ID is you can search for it on MyView. You can also reset your password in the same location if needed. If your paperwork is still working its way through HR, your SSO ID might still be in process.  

If you haven't received your SSO ID and password yet, ask the administrative professional of your department. Once the request has been submitted, you should have access to some systems like the wireless network and Canvas LMS but the request will still need to be processed through the Human Resources office to get access to all of UMSL's systems.


 

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The UMSL Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers syllabus templates and helpful language as options faculty can adopt, adapt, or use as you need. These documents do not suggest that you must adopt these formats; they are provided as time-saving options for new faculty and help communicate campus resources often found in UMSL syllabi. 

Explore the Syllabus templates here for in-person, blended, and online courses.

You should use the university's learning management system, Canvas, to communicate grades and assignment feedback to students. See the Canvas Guides for more information on using Canvas. However, our registration system, MyView, will be the final place to find your course enrollment rosters and post final grades. Access to MyView will only be granted once FERPA training is complete.

More information about using MyView.
MyView allows you to search for next semester’s courses semester and beyond. MyView is managed by the UMSL Registrar's Office who update these resources regularly for faculty and staff to use MyView. 
Check with an administrative assistant or the administrative officer in your department, college, or school about faculty who have taught the course in the past and the availability of previous syllabi.

Log in to MyView, click on “Self Service” and then “Faculty Center”. Then click on t”My Schedule” and the people icon and finally “notify all students.” You can either email students directly from that location or copy and paste the email addresses into your UMSL email account. 

You can also send a group email or select individual recipients via your course’s Canvas site.

The University Bulletin includes a description of undergraduate and graduate policies and programs at the University of Missouri-St. Louis for the current academic year.
The Faculty Manual is online. Some colleges and schools have specific manuals for their faculty, so  check with the appropriate dean of your college or school to find out if there is a manual specific to your school’s or college’s faculty.
The Center for Teaching Learning administers course evaluations through a system called CourseEval all information can be found on this website.

For advice on teaching decisions and on teaching UMSL students, you can consult with your department chair or the appropriate dean(s) in your college or school, all of whom will know about standard practices in your department, college, or school.


Also, the Center for Teaching and Learning offers confidential individual consultations with instructors. CTL staff can help you better understand your students’ learning and think through teaching choices. For instance, the CTL’s group instructional feedback technique (GIFT) service provides a useful way to gather and reflect on mid-semester student feedback.


The CTL also offers several syllabus templates (below) that provide useful boilerplate language and a general structure. Please do not feel as if you cannot be creative in your syllabus design. The CTL can consult and provide feedback on your syllabus.


Syllabus Template for Online Courses

Blended Syllabus Template for Courses Meeting 1x/Week

Blended Syllabus Template for Courses Meeting 2x/Month

Blended Syllabus Template for Courses Meeting 1x/Month

Syllabus Template for F2F Courses

 

How do I…


Canvas is UMSL’s course management system which provides a collection of tools for course materials and collaboration.


The Office of eLearning provides various opportunities for training with Canvas. Please consult their calendar for the most recent offerings and to register.

All instructors with courses assigned for the upcoming semester in PeopleSoft will be emailed a personalized link to access  the Verba Collect site.  Once you access the site, you will be prompted through the process of submitting adoptions for your assigned courses. Details about the Verba Collect site can be found here. 


Contact information for the Triton Store:

1 University Blvd #209

St. Louis, MO,  MO  63121

(314) 516-5763

umsltritonstore@umsl.edu

UMSL.edu



Many departmental administrative assistants and administrative assistants will order desk copies for you, so it may be helpful to check with them first. (Note that the Bookstore cannot order desk copies for you.) Textbook adoptions for fall semester courses are usually due the April prior to the fall semester.

You can find your room assignment by searching for your course in MyView.


Once you know where you will be teaching, use the interactive campus map to find the location of the building.
You can find the classroom technology, support, tours and contact information for training opportunities at the Instructional Support Services (ISS) website.
This handout provides information about the various systems and technologies available at UMSL. The Office of eLearning has a list of teaching tools and resources available to support those teaching tools.

Giving students advance notice of proctored exams is mandatory—it is required by the HLC and the Code of Federal Regulations in instances where there may be proctoring fees passed on to the student. If you plan to offer proctored exams for your classes, please work with your campus Registrar and course schedulers to ensure that your class attributes/notes are updated appropriately.


Online Proctoring Options can be found here
Smarter Proctoring Resources
The UMSL Testing Center provides proctored exams for fully or partially online courses, classroom makeup exams, accommodative exams for students registered at Disability Access Services, special institutional and departmental exams (placement, test-out, independent study, etc.), professional certification and licensure exams and paper to Canvas exam conversions. Contact information and a full list of services provided by the Campus Testing Center can be found here.

If you need to request a room change for a course on the schedule, and it is after the schedule has been publicized for students to see, you will need to have your departmental representative request the change using CourseLeaf Section Scheduler (CLSS). Please allow 24-48 hours after this change is submitted for the change to be processed (if available). 


If this request is before the schedule has gone live, please contact your department and they will submit the change. Please note, only those designated with access to make room changes will be allowed to submit the request.

Grades are due 48 hours (not counting Sunday) after the end of the semester.  ALL rosters must be submitted by 5:00 pm on the Tuesday following the end of the class.

MyView is the Official Faculty Web Grading site. All new instructors must complete FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) training prior to being given access to MyView. If you have not taken the FERPA course, please visit the "How do I take the FERPA course" page


Access to MyView is needed in order to submit grades. If you have not accessed MyView within the past six months it is possible that your MyView account could be “locked”. Please try logging into MyView to check your status as soon as possible. If you are not able to log in, please contact Kathy Miguel at miguelk@umsl.edu.


For a step-by-step walkthrough with screenshots of the process of submitting grades please consult the registrar’s webpage.

All required training can be accessed through  MyLearn.

  • FERPA training instructions are found on the Registrar’s website. Successful completion of this training course is a requirement for all UMSL Faculty and Staff. You must pass this course before you can access student rosters or enter grades at the end of the semester.)  For issues, please contact Kathy Miguel at miguelk@umsl.edu or Danielle Faucett at faucettd@umsl.edu
  • Discrimination Prevention and Title IX Training

One of the first things you'll want to do is register your vehicle for a parking permit. Faculty can park in any faculty or student lot on campus. After following the link below, you can log in with your SSO ID and password to register your vehicle. You will need to know the vehicle's license plate number. After registering, expect to receive your parking pass in the mail (campus or traditional) within 7  business days. If you don't receive it, reach out to the Parking and Transportation office for help. Parking and Transportation also offers free vehicular assist should you ever have a dead battery, flat tire, or some other issue.

Register Your Vehicle


Arriving via Metro? UMSL has two metro stops on the red line, UMSL-North Station and UMSL-South Station. Please consult the campus map to identify the station closest to the classroom you'll be teaching in if you will be taking the Metro to campus. UMSL also has free shuttles that drive between North and South Campus at regular intervals.

If you will be printing on campus, you will need an ID card to access any on campus printer. Some buildings also have card access points to gain access to the building and/or classroom. Check with your department to see if this applies in your area. You can have your Triton ID card made in the Millennium Student Center, Room 190. Before a card can be made for faculty or staff, they should be in Peoplesoft.   Once in Peoplesoft, faculty or staff need only bring a Driver’s License, State ID, Passport, or other government-issued photo identification to have their TritonCard made.

 

Where Can I Get More Information About…


Disability Access Services handles requests from students for reasonable accommodations for appropriately documented disabilities and will provide you with information about and assistance in providing accommodations as the need arises.

UMSL offers a variety of resources designed to meet the learning and academic needs of undergraduate students.

Counseling Services

(provides counseling services for all members of the university community)

University Tutoring Center 

(provides individualized, drop-in and group tutoring services)

Writing Center 

(provides consultation services for undergraduates seeking help with their writing assignments)

Math Center
(The Math Center offers free individual assistance on a walk-in basis to students needing help with mathematics courses from basic math through calculus.) 

Multicultural Student Services 

Student Enrichment and Achievement

This handout helps identify who to contact for different types of situations you may encounter with students.
The Start Safe Stay Safe website is UMSL’s centralized website for the most up to date information concerning COVID-19 policies and procedures.