Wise ELI faculty... give me your advice. It's time to plan our new faculty orientation for folks who will teach for ELI for the first time this summer. (If any of you new folks are already reading--welcome!) There are policies, procedures, and special ELI terminology I will go over; we'll introduce some key staff and overview who does what and where to go for help on different sorts of problems. We'll do some Blackboard training targeted to supplement the existing competencies of the individuals coming for training. This all needs to be covered one way or another. And we'll of course feed them. This is ELI, after all!
But--here's where I'd like your thoughts and suggestions. What did you really like about your ELI orientation, or another orientation you've been through, that you think I should give our new folks? Or, what have you particularly DISLIKED about past orientations you've participated in (ELI or otherwise) that I should avoid? And most importantly, what is there about teaching at ELI, and/or teaching a distance learning course in general, that you wish you had known when you started out? I want to start our new colleagues on their ELI experiences with as many pieces of wisdom as possible.