Preceptors are our version of teaching assistants. However, our preceptors are not mere “assistants,” but teachers in their own right and an integral part of the faculty of the Mythgard Institute. Preceptors at Signum and Mythgard will generally hold a Master’s Degree or PhD in literature, language, or the liberal arts. Preceptors should have teaching experience and be comfortable with technology. Preceptors are great communicators and dedicated teachers, who are comfortable working with a diverse group of students who come from a variety of backgrounds, educational environments, and cultures.
Preceptors work closely with the Lecturer and other preceptors to help students achieve course goals, often conferring with the lecturer about assignments and course policies, as well as assisting with various aspects of course administration. Preceptors are expected to lead the weekly live 60-minute small-group discussion sections or two live language practice sessions, answering questions, moderating discussion, and pursuing ideas raised by the primary lecture. Preceptors will also be working with their group of students on their essays, overseeing initial drafts and grading the papers of their students. Helping students with their writing or language comprehension is one of the central duties of Signum University preceptors. They are expected to engage and correspond with their group of students via email, audio or video conferencing, and on the course discussion forum to answer questions and help create a sense of community among students.
Preceptors are part of a faculty team that includes the main course Lecturer and the other course preceptors. They have experience with web technology, including social networking sites and audio/video conferencing software (like Skype). They can troubleshoot software issues independently, but are not expected to be IT professionals. They are open, willing to learn, and willing to be part of a team. Academic or commercial publication is a plus, as is a social media presence (on Facebook, Twitter, personal/professional blogs). All work performed as a preceptor is virtual – there will be no physical office or classroom, and no travel is necessary.