New Faculty Orientation

Orientation and training is required for all new instructors at Wilmington University. The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE), Online Learning, and Educational Technology Department at Wilmington University offer training for instructors who wish to teach at Wilmington University.

All faculty candidates who apply to teach at WilmU will receive a Wilmington University email address and login account from CTE. This account allows candidates to register for New Faculty Orientation Part 1. Candidates will follow the information received in the email from CTE to register for their first training.

Once registered for New Faculty Orientation Part 1 event, candidates will then login to MyWilmU, our faculty portal, using your WilmU login credentials and click into Canvas, our Learning Management System. New Faculty Orientation Part 1 training is located on the user's Canvas Dashboard.

The instructor-led New Faculty Orientation Part 1 event is offered each block. The course is self-paced, and the average time to complete the training is 3-5 hours total. Modules include readings, completing activities in a Canvas course as a student, and completing activities in a Workspace course as an instructor.

After faculty candidates are assigned a course, they will register for New Faculty Orientation Part 2. Part 2 is the Onboarding course sharing policies, forms and information related to employment at Wilmington University.

Major Instructional Goals and Learning Objectives

Goal 1 

Demonstrate a broad knowledge of how to effectively navigate and use the Canvas learning management system (LMS) to facilitate learning in online, hybrid, and face-to-face modalities.  


  • Utilize the essential functions of the Canvas Global Menu: account and profile set-up, Dashboard, Courses list, email Inbox, and Calendar. 
  • Utilize the essential functions of the Canvas Course Menu: Home, Modules, Grades, Assignments and Discussions, My Media and Zoom. 

Goal 2 

Demonstrate the knowledge and technical skills required to effectively prepare an online course.  


  • Identify and access WilmU’s Student Accommodation Portal.
  • Explore and utilize the Instructor Resources module in Canvas. 
  • Check course links using the Link Validator.
  • Utilize the Course Readiness To-Do List to personalize the syllabus, add due dates to assignments, and post an announcement

Goal 3 

Demonstrate proficiency in the technical and teaching skills required to effectively facilitate a course.  


  • Understand how to take weekly attendance in Banner
  • Understand the Teaching Expectations To-Do requirements each week
  • Employ student-centered learning strategies that engage students as individuals and as a group
  • Apply resource-sharing strategies
  • Grade and provide students with effective feedback
  • Utilize the Speed Grader in Canvas
  • Understand the End-of-Course Surveys for students. 

Goal 4 

Attain the knowledge and understanding required to effectively conclude a course. 


  • Understand how to submit final grades
  • Understand how to accurately report attendance
  • Reflect on two elements of their own personal teaching philosophy

Hardware Requirement

Faculty members taking New Faculty Orientation training will need a headset microphone or internal laptop speakers to complete a week one activity. We recommend the Logitech H390 headset which can be purchased at Staples or Amazon.

New Faculty Orientation Training Schedule

New Faculty Orientation Part 1 is offered each block. Dates are listed below.

To Enroll in New Faculty Orientation Part 1

  1. Participants must have WilmU login credentials emailed to them from the Center for Teaching Excellence to register.
  2. Login to using WilmU credentials to the WilmU Learning Center to register.
  3. Register by the deadline date listed below for each course.
  4. Participants must complete the course by specified end date.

Registration deadlines and course dates for New Faculty Orientation.

Registration Deadline Course Dates
November 26, 2023 October 1, 2023-December 3, 2023
February 11, 2024 January 8, 2024-February 18, 2024
April 14, 2024 March 4, 2024-April 21, 2024
June 9, 2024 May 6, 2024-June 16, 2024
August 4, 2024 July 1, 2024-August 11, 2024
September 29, 2024 August 26, 2024-October 6, 2024
June 9, 2024 May 6, 2024-June 16, 2024
August 4, 2024 July 1, 2024-August 11, 2024
September 29, 2024 August 26, 2024-October 6, 2024
November 24, 2024 October 21, 2024–December 1, 2024