Information for Graduate Faculty
MLC's New Credit Hour Policy
MLC has adopted a credit hour policy that has implications for every course – including online graduate courses. Newly adopted federal regulations and Higher Learning Commission policies necessitate MLC specifying common practices and documenting them in course syllabi. This policy affects every MLC course instructor. Pleaseto see how if affects you.
Continuing Education for Faculty
A high-quality program requires high-quality instruction. Several graduate faculty members have communicated with me recently about things they are doing to improve themselves as instructors.
Opportunities to Publish
At its May 2012 conference, the graduate faculty discussed the need to provide opportunities for our faculty and students to write for a larger audience. Dr. Abrego mentioned that Cabell’s Directories can be useful for finding publications that may match our or our students' work. Some new MLC-sponsored outlets for publishing will soon be available. Graduate faculty members are encouraged to lead the way, both as authors and in urging students and advisees, both past and present, to contribute. Here is one way you can write for the broader WELS educational and intellectual community.
Advisor Tip: The Comprehensive Exam
Advisees will seek guidance if they desire to complete their program with the Comprehensive Exam. Advisors often have questions about the purpose and procedures of the exam themselves. Guidelines have been developed to help the advisor understand the exam and respond to students.
Advisor Tip: Capstone Project & Committee
Before selecting committee members the student and advisor will have discussed a tentative capstone project proposal. The advisor will want to consult the appropriate section of the Graduate Faculty Handbook for additional information.
Advisor Tip: Double Emphasis
I recently spoke with a student who is interested in completing a double emphasis. If your advisee asks you this question, refer them to page 12 of the graduate studies bulletin.
Advisor Tip: Committee Members
Advisors are asked to play a more active role in a student’s selection of committee members. The goals are to increase student responsibility and to ensure reflective selections of committee members. The additional work for advisors will be minimal.
Tips for Online Advising
Martin Luther College faculty members and adjunct faculty members serve as graduate advisors. Advising responsibilities include the following.
Help Your Advisees Apply for a Capstone
For a graduate student, the capstone project is new and unfamiliar territory. Faculty members should expect and even encourage questions, especially from their advisees. Three things are important in your role: 1) procedural guidance, 2) academic advice, and 3) encouragement.
Help Your Advisees Understand the IRB
Every student who wishes to complete a capstone project MUST submit an IRB application along with his or her capstone proposal to the Director of Graduate Studies. The detail to which the IRB application is completed is determined by whether human subjects are involved in the research.
Improve Collaboration with the Big Blue Button
What is the Big Blue Button? It is a tool that MLC supplies to faculty members to facilitate face-to-face, real-time collaboration and contact in their classes.
Entering Course Grades
Course grades need to be entered into the MLC Portal prior to a specific date each term. You don't need to enter all grades for your course at the same time. If you wish to change a grade after it has been entered, you will need to contact the Records Office. To enter grades...