To become an instructor and part of Columtreal Faculty, you must first read and understand the guidelines below, then apply for membership. If your application is approved, you will receive an invite to the Columtreal University Roleplay with instructions to on how to join the CU Faculty group.
Students and Faculty of CU who are approved will enjoy the following:
- Invitation to the exclusive Columtreal University Roleplay and CD Citizens groups
- Access to instant-invite using For Hire signs to business groups in Black Bottom and Hathian
- Personal Character Evolution profile which tracks police, medical, employment, and course transcript records
- Access to all Alterscape community websites: forums, events, groups, personal Character Evolution dashboard, and member-only information
- Ability to join and propose student organizations, greek fraternity/sorority, or campus businesses
Character Evolution System
Columtreal University is an ALTERSCAPE community which features the Character Evolution System. It’s a role-play system with features designed for text-based role-play, doesn’t require a HUD to use, and rewards members with exclusive group titles while tracking their role-play history / character development via different groups who submit content like police reports, medical reports, and advising reports. Additionally, the time spent on sim, in different business venues, and participation on forums help you earn new roles quicker. Members can access their history by logging onto this website.
Basically, the more you interact with the police (get cited, arrested, etc.), hospital (get treatment, recover, etc.), work (RP at one of the many official businesses as an employee), spend time on the streets of Hathian or campus, and teach or attend courses, your character will evolve and you will earn special titles indicating your experience and status in the community.
Part-Time Lecturer to Dean
New faculty members will begin as CU Lecturer or the entry-level staff role (Clerk / Registrar) and will earn new ranks by being present on campus, hosting classes, advising students, and participating on forums to accrue the necessary reputation, as detailed in the section above, to advance in the following order:
- Lecturer (one-time or part-time)
- Tenured Professor
The first-level CU Lecturer role is a popular role used by players who are interested in either teaching occasional workshops or seminars while primarily playing in Hathian to those who wish to grow a long-standing career on campus.
Classroom Features & Systems
Every working class room has an overhead projector (themed with CU colors) in the front. These projectors can be clicked on to interact with the Class Registration System to create and track classes.
Instructors will first need to click on the projector and START a class (note: instructors must appear on the faculty roster in order to have access to start classes). The option will load a short web form to fill in the class title, what major it applies to, and a brief description. Upon submitting, the classroom would now be booked for the next 90 minutes. If another faculty member clicks on the projector, it will inform them that the class is currently booked and how much time left until it becomes available (we have 3 classrooms, so try another!).
The recommended flow for anyone interested in running a class on campus is to use the events calendar on the site to post the date and time of your class/workshop. On the day of the event, when you’re ready to start, just follow the instructions above. Posting on the calendar is not a requirement to start classes; it’s just highly recommended to get the maximum students. The more students attend, the more credit a faculty member will earn towards advancing their rank on staff. We also didn’t make it a requirement in case there are enough students on campus and someone wants to hold an ad hoc workshop/class.
Students at this point can click on the same projector to immediately enroll into the class. If an instructor has not started the class, it will indicate so. At this point, students can just RP in the classroom. Depending on when they enroll and how long they RP in the classroom, they will up to anywhere between 1-3 credits for the class and it will appear on their transcript. If a faculty member wants to attend a class as a student, clicking on the projector will give them an additional option to enroll.
Class/Course Ideas and Best Practices
Read this thread for ideas on what kind of classes and how to best run them…