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FAQ

Everyone has questions. We just pulled together a few of the frequently asked ones here for you to search. Let us know if you need any additional assistance. We'd be glad to help.

Assess Student Learning

It is fairly easy to give small quizzes to hold students accountable or do spot-checks on their learning, and this might be ideal to keep students on track during class disruptions. Providing high-stakes tests online can be challenging, however; they place extra stress on students, and test integrity is difficult to ensure. If you know there is a date for resuming on-campus classes, consider delaying exams until you return. Work with CETL, Instructional Design, your Dean, Department Chair, Program Director to determine alternative assessments that work for your course. IDS is investigating proctored online testing tools for fully online courses but this will take time and community conversations.


General tips for assessing student learning during class disruption:


  • Embrace short quizzes: Short quizzes can be a great way to keep students engaged with course concepts, particularly if they are interspersed with small chunks of video lectures. Consider using very-low-stakes quizzes to give students practice at applying concepts—just enough points to hold them accountable, but not so many that the activity becomes all about points.

  • Move beyond simple facts: It is good to reinforce concepts through practice on a quiz, but generally it is best to move beyond factual answers that students can quickly lookup. Instead, write questions that prompt students to apply concepts to new scenarios, or ask them to identify the best of multiple correct answers.

  • Check for publishers' test banks: Look to see if your textbook publisher has question banks that can be loaded into Canvas. Even if you don't use these questions for your exams, they can be useful for simple quizzes. Some textbooks also have their own online quizzing tools that can help keep students engaged with the material.

  • Update expectations for projects: Campus disruptions may limit students' access to resources they need to complete papers or other projects, and team projects may be harmed by a team's inability to meet. Be ready to change assignment expectations based on the limitations a crisis may impose. Possible options include allowing individual rather than group projects, having groups record presentations with Zoom, or adjusting the types of resources needed for research papers.

  • Consider alternate exams: Delivering a secure exam online can be difficult without a good deal of preparation and support, so consider giving open-book exams or other types of exams. They can be harder to grade, but you have fewer worries about test security.

Belief Statement for the Education Unit

Becoming a teacher and leader is emergent based upon the integration of theory and practice to develop knowledge, skill, and dispositions. 


We believe programs of quality: 


  • Promote learner-centered experiences and collaborative planning among the college teacher-educators, liberal arts faculty, K-12 practitioners and pre-service programs

  • Promote inquiry and reflectivity, and develop leadership to improve professional practice.

  • Provide a learning environment encouraging teachers to inquire into the context of learning and practice, act on beliefs, critique their own learning and teaching, and accept their research as an authentic and important means of improving practice. 

  • Facilitate curriculum and instruction honoring diversity in gender, ethnicity, culture, language, social class, and exceptionalities. 

  • Promote modeling as an essential aspect of effective teacher education. Faculty in teacher education will model excellent teaching as defined by current research, applied practice, and professional experience. 

  • Require engaging faculty in teaching authentic settings and utilize research for the direct purpose of enhancing educational practices. 

  • Offer opportunities for students to examine the moral purposes of education and put into practice a 0philosophy of learning and teaching that is inclusive, and based on a personal ethical platform. 

  • See change and innovation as an essential element in learning, teaching and leadership, and promote practices which value students, teachers and administrators as change agents in educational settings. 

  • Prepare teachers to work in, and contribute to society utilizing community resources and interacting with its constituency. 

  • Prepare teachers to advocate for students valuing self-determination and fairness, and believing in the right for all students to succeed. 

  • Promote the practice of leadership by providing opportunities for accepting different roles, becoming a leader in the school, community, and in engaging self-development. 

Benefits & When They Begin

Within your first three days of employment, your supervisor will inform you when and where you will meet with a member of the Human Resources team to go over your benefits package. 


You can check out an overview of Doane's employee benefits and benefit eligibility beforehand by visiting the Benefits page


If you are eligible for insurance benefits, the benefit will begin on the first of the month, following your first day of employment. Or, on the first day of the month, if you start work on the first. 

Benefits & When They Begin

Employee Benefits and Eligibility


For faculty contracts starting in August, your insurance benefits will begin on September 1st, with your first premium deducted from your August paycheck. 


For faculty contacts starting outside of August, your insurance benefits will begin on the 1st of the month, following your first contracted day of employment or on the first day of the month, if your contracted start of employment is on the first.


Visit the New Hire Checklist for more information on benefits enrollment.

Bookstore

Summer Hours: Monday-Friday: 10am-2pm


School Year Hours: Monday-Friday: 8:30am-4:30pm


Store Number: 402-826-8688


Your one stop place for school and office supplies, school spirit merchandise and gifts! You can chosse your books in a number of affordable and competitve options, from New, Used, Digital, or Rented with a price-match guarantee. You can use your Financial Aid vouchers awarded by the Financial Aid Office, this will be emailed to you by late July. 


In-Store and Online Bookstore

Break Rooms & Tiger Bucks

If you would like to bring your meal or snack from home, there are break areas provided for employees, typically including a refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and table space. Ask your supervisor for details about the break room closest to you. 


If you work on the Crete campus, you can join in the student dining experience (during the academic year) visit the dining hall, or click here to sign up for the Tiger Bucks Program. This program provides 10% off OBC Grill and Lakeside Coffeehouse and in the dining hall, allows you to buy nine meals at a discount, and receive your tenth meal for free. 


There are snack and beverage vending machines available in some areas; check with your supervisor for the nearest location. There are also dining options available in the communities of each of our campus locations if you would like to leave campus for your meal break. 

Campus Advocacy, Prevention, and Education (CAPE)

At Doane University we pride ourselves on providing a creative, inclusive and collaborative educational community, which demands a safe and healthy student environment. To that end, our Campus Advocacy, Prevention, and Education (CAPE) Project provides several opportunities for you to learn how to be a responsible Doane community member.


Not Anymore is an online program that provides education necessary education about interpersonal violence, policies, protocols, response, and resources. Doane University is committed to 100% of our incoming students completing this education as a way to ensure our community is safe, healthy, free from violence, and we are living our Doane University Mission and Values.


While the training provides content warnings and the ability to hide visuals and sound during those moments, we do recognize that it may be difficult for some to complete this training. If you are unable to complete this training, please reach out to capeproject@doane.edu to schedule a meeting.

Campus Life

Welcome Incoming Students!


Campus Life invites you to check out all the exciting ways to get involved on campus at Doane! Below we have a special video for you, telling you all about Tiger Life, and some resources to get involved.


  • Interested in checking out all our awesome student organizations?
    Check out huge list of student organizations here.

  • Be sure to fill out the involvement interest form to indicate what you are interested in so we can indicate your interests to those student organizations and leadership opportunities.

  • Don't see anything that you are interested in but want to start your own organization? Let us know and we can help make that happen!

Can a family's income be too high to be eligible for financial aid?

No. There is no automatic income cutoff. As stated previously, a number of factors are taken into account in determining financial need.

Can I access internet while on campus?

Wireless internet access is available campus wide.

Can I bring fewer than three students?

Yes.  If your school sends only one or two students, they will be added to a team on the day of the event.

Can I bring more than three students or additional sponsors?

Unfortunately, no.  Last year, the workshop filled very quickly (within hours of registration opening).  In order to include as many schools as possible, we have to limit participation to three students and one sponsor per school.

Can I complete all work for the Curriculum & Instruction degree online?

Yes, students are able to complete 100% of their coursework as online courses.

Can I designate my gift?

Some faculty and staff may choose to give their gift to a specific fund or area of giving such as the Doane Scholarship Fund, other need based scholarships, academic programs, athletics, fine arts or to support the Perkins Library.

Can I eat on campus?
  • You are welcome to eat in the cafeteria, at Tiger Inn, or go through the Grab-N-Go station located within the cafeteria.

  • Either pay as you go, or purchase a meal plan through the business office.

  • If you want to bring your own food, refrigerators and microwaves are available in the Student Leadership Office with additional microwaves for your use in the cafeteria.

Can I eat on campus?

You are welcome to eat in the cafeteria, at Tiger Inn, or go through the Grab-N-Go station located within the cafeteria. Either pay as you go, or purchase a meal plan through the business office. If you want to bring your own food, refrigerators and microwaves are available in the Student Leadership Office with additional microwaves for your use in the cafeteria.

Can I give my gift to more than one area?

Yes!  You can designate your gift to as many areas as you would like.

Can I have a private room?

Private rooms are double rooms that are purchased at a higher price for one person to reside in. Private rooms are rare and are only permitted if space permits. First-year and new students are typically unable to have private rooms.

Can I reserve my current room and live in it again next year? Do I get special preference for squatting in my current room?

You're welcome to reserve your room again for next year.  Unfortunately, you do not receive special preference in the selection process for staying in the same room year to year.

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