Online instructors are expected to get to know their students, prepare before each class session, guide students through at least three interactive online learning sessions per week (usually asynchronous), and otherwise conduct the course as outlined by the authoring faculty. They should support and convey the ideals of the LDS Church, the mission of BYU-Idaho, and the BYU-Idaho Learning Model as they guide students to become faithful disciples and capable leaders. All new instructors must participate in an online training course prior to the start date of their first contract.
BYU-Idaho online instructor standards are as follows:
Personal Honor: Instructors embrace and exemplify the standards of the gospel of Jesus Christ and uphold the University's Mission, Principles, and Honor Code.
Instructor Engagement: Instructors engage their courses at least five days a week (Monday-Saturday), establish a strong presence in the classroom, effectively facilitate class discussions, and demonstrate Learning Model processes.
Student Contact: Instructors respond clearly and respectfully to students within 24 hours and ensure regular, proactive contact with each student.
Timely Feedback: Instructors post grades within seven days of the assignment submission and provide appropriate, substantive feedback to individuals, classes, and administrators.
Instructional Development: Instructors participate in teaching groups, share insights, improve course facilitation and time management skills, submit weekly reports, and regularly reflect on and submit suggestions for courses.