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New Faculty

Faculty new to Royal Roads University might wonder where to start.  Here is a handy list to get you going.

Orientation to Teaching & Course Design

As a new Core or Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University, important information and resources have been gathered for you in the Orientation to Teaching & Course Design. The orientation is hosted in the same Moodle platform you will use for your teaching at Royal Roads. If you don't have access yet please contact your program staff or the Centre for Teaching and Educational Technology (CTET) Studio (250 391-2600 ext. 4465).

Royal Roads Campus 

Directions, parking, campus map, cafe, etc.  See the Orientation page on the HR site and About the Campus for details.

Staff Directory

Search for staff by department or browse by faculty member.  

Associate Faculty Contracts 

Here are a few resources to help you with Part Two of the associate faculty contracts.  

For more information, please contact Associate Faculty Contracts.  

Royal Roads Learning and Teaching Model

This is the model upon which all RRU courses are built.  Your CTET Instructional Designer will help you to incorporate these guiding principles into your course.

Team Approach

RRU takes a team approach towards course design.  Rely on your Program Head and Program Assistant for details about the course and how it fits into the program, the Library and Copyright Office for anything to do with resourcing, CTET for instructional design advice and assistance, Media Services (part of CTET) for media production and support, and Computer Services for immediate IT help for both you and your students.

Ongoing support through STUDIO

STUDIO is the external face of CTET, providing a range of services to support faculty in their use of learning technologies. STUDIO offers a service point where all faculty can get on-the-spot assistance with learning technologies such as  Moodle, WebSpace, Collaborate, and other Web 2.0 tools. Faculty can access this service by dropping in (LIC 004), phoning, or emailing us. In addition to this help-desk function, STUDIO is also a space where faculty can work collaboratively with CTET staff to design great learning experiences, access training and resources about educational technologies, and suggest ideas for new tools. We invite all new faculty to visit STUDIO to meet our friendly staff and follow our Twitter feed for updates on what’s happening in STUDIO. 

Teaching Advice

The Teaching Excellence section of this site will answer many of your questions about teaching online or face-to-face, techniques for engaging students, and approaches to assessing their work and giving effective feedback. 

Professional Development

Take advantage of CTET's excellent line-up of free courses for faculty.  Visit the Workshops and Events page on this site for information.  Additional workshops and events are listed in the Crossroads events calendar. 

How-to Resources

For everything from how to use Moodle (RRU's Learning Management System) to creating your profile, to making video mash-up's, please visit the RRU Knowledge Base. Faculty new to Moodle will find The Launchpad of special interest.

Quick Access to Moodle and Webmail

New faculty find this tip a great timesaver.  On most RRU website pages you will see this symbol in the top right corner.  Click to access your Moodle courses, Royal Roads University email, and any groups to which you belong.

 symbol at top right

Remote Access

You can access your on-campus desktop from home.  For instructions, go to the Computer Services site, login (top right corner), then enter 'Remote Access' in the search box.  


To promote your own research, learn about upcoming conferences, and browse research grants, visit the Office of Research site.

RRU Community

RRU has a lively community.  The best way to stay updated is to visit Crossroads for weekly updates to news and events.  Login to access additional information available only to RRU staff and faculty.