RCTLE Offerings

OLC Accelerate 2020 Conference

The Online Learning Consortium (OLC) is hosting their annual fall conference, Accelerate. This year the conference will take place in a virtual format and your RCTLE team has secured a virtual pass for you. The conference focuses on the most innovative and impactful research and effective practices in the field of online, blended, and digital learning. RCTLE will suggest sessions for faculty to attend if interested. These updates will be available on the RCTLE Resource Website and the RCTLE eUnion site.

If you wish to attend sessions during this week, email rctle@erau.edu to receive the login information. As a reminder, registration allows you to view these sessions for up to a year. If you are unable to view the live sessions, you can still register and view these sessions later.

When: November 9 to November 18.

Register: email rctle@erau.edu.

Special Session – Enhancing Announcements

Register: email rctle@erau.edu.

Attend: Join via Zoom through the Faculty Resource Site in Canvas, which is accessed by selecting Zoom in the menu on the left side of the screen. From the Eaglevision Zoom link, select the Join button for the Special Session.

Meaningful and Timely Feedback Webinar

COB leadership and RCTLE will host a live webinar on the best way to provide feedback to take the student experience to the next level.

When: Wednesday, October 21st at 8 a.m. or at 6 p.m. ET.

Where: Join Zoom Meeting, Meeting ID: 995 4445 7515

Updates & Reminders

Enabling Zoom Waiting Rooms

Recently, Embry-Riddle IT sent out an email informing all faculty and staff about security updates. Zoom is improving security options and will require a waiting room or passcode on all meeting rooms.

Embry-Riddle will enable a passcode and waiting room for all meetings. Learn more about the Waiting Room in the Zoom Help Center.

Holiday Reminders

The following dates will be observed by ERAU-Worldwide:

  • Veterans Day – Wednesday, November 11
  • Thanksgiving – Thursday, November 26 through Sunday, November 29
  • Holiday Break – Tuesday, December 22 through Sunday, January 3

During these times, communication with the RCTLE staff may be limited.

If you are teaching during a term with a Holiday Break, the dates have already been adjusted in your course. No action is required on your behalf.

There should be no items due during these periods. You are encouraged to be flexible with due dates and late penalties during this time.

You are also encouraged to include an announcement in your course reminding students about the breaks.

For more information on holiday dates, please check the Module Dates by Term in your IFI. You can also review the Term Bulletin and Updates page on the RCTLE Resource Website.


ERAU-W Resources for Faculty

The Dean of Students Office – Worldwide provides resources to support students who may be struggling with non-academic issues that may impact their academic experiences. Faculty members should know what resources are available, so they can quickly connect students to these resources. This infographic on Student Support Services breaks down all the resources available for ERAU-W.

The Student Context Card provides course analytics and contact information about students. A simplified overview of the student’s progress and contact information enables you to quickly and easily email the student and the advisor. The Student Context Card is located within Canvas.

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VECTOR News

Under VECTOR’s teaching pillar, we invite you to attend our Fall 2020 Sound Bytes workshops. Sound Bytes are brief, 30-minute workshops aimed at providing sound pedagogical strategies that faculty across disciplines can use to improve teaching and learning in the area of communication. In October, RCTLE’s Heather Rozar-Bergmann presents best practices for communicating feedback to students. In November, Dr. John Paul Hill, Assistant Professor of the Practice, History and Government, presents how and why to scaffold student communication projects. View our Sound Bytes, calendar, and the Zoom meeting on the VECTOR website.

Under VECTOR’s research pillar, we invite you to attend “A Guide to Emerging Literature Review Tools,” our upcoming, interactive workshop in partnership with the COAS Office of Research. The workshop will be offered on two dates: Monday, October 5th at 1:00 p.m. ET and Tuesday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. ET. To ensure an interactive workshop setting, the session will be capped at 15 participants. Register here to secure your spot. Learn more about the research pillar, including future workshops on the VECTOR website.

Podcast: Alex Rister and Dr. Meghan Velez Talk Vector

October marks the one-year anniversary of the Virtual Environment for Communication: Teaching, Outreach, and Research (VECTOR). To commemorate this milestone, we speak with VECTOR’s Interim Director, Alex Rister, and Assistant Director, Dr. Meghan Velez. Alex and Meghan reflect on a successful first year and discuss the many resources VECTOR has available to students and instructors alike.

Listen to the interview on Podbean.

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Tip Clip: Identifying and Supporting Struggling Students in Online Courses

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At some point, you will encounter struggling students in your course. It is important to quickly identify these students and offer them support. This Tip Clip and related infographic provide some indicators to assist you in identifying struggling students, so you can offer them effective guidance and support.

Contact Us

The Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (RCTLE) provides support and training for all faculty. If you have any questions, you can email us at rctle@erau.edu. You may also reach your individual college team at:

For more information and resources, browse our website and the RCTLE eUnion site.

Teaching Tip: Back to Basics – Teaching Online Courses

With current events changing the landscape of online teaching every day, now more than ever, it is important to remember the best practices of online teaching. A recent article from Faculty Focus discusses online teaching from a pedagogical perspective. The article, Back to the Basics: Revisiting the ABCs of Teaching Online Courses, is a quick reference to 27 fundamentals of online teaching. Utilizing the alphabet, the article tackles a variety of ways to keep online teaching engaging, inclusive, and equitable.

Here are a few of the fundamentals to create an engaged learning environment.

  • Engage Intentionally
  • Repetition Sells
  • Accept Change
  • Understand Your Audience

Remember to sign up with Faculty Focus for weekly teaching tips and articles.

References

Shipp, E. J. (2020, August 19). Back to the basics: Revisiting the ABCs of teaching online courses. Faculty Focus. https://www.facultyfocus.com/articles/online-education/back-to-the-basics-revisiting-the-abcs-of-teaching-online-courses/

Faculty Spotlight

Faculty Spotlight


Brenda Miller (College of Aeronautics)

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(Photo: Brenda Miller)
  • Hometown: Samson, Alabama 
  • Current ERAU Position: Adjunct Faculty 
  • Current Worldwide location: Worldwide Online
  • Time at ERAU: Employed since 1991 
  • Favorite part about working at ERAU Worldwide: Teaching and interacting with students all over the world
  • Favorite teaching strategy/best practice: Inquiry-based learning, encouraging students to ask questions and taking an active role in the learning process   
  • Most interesting work experience: Traveling around the world to assist Army units with training safety and occupational health professionals 
  • Favorite quote: “The measure of who we are is what we do with what we have.” Vince Lombardi
  • Favorite hobby: Spending time with family and reading 
  • Fun fact about yourself: I own a wedding venue. 
  • Favorite music: Country Music Genre 
  • Favorite food: Mexican 
  • How are you coping with COVID-19?  I have spent my time working at home and spending time with family.    
  • Other information you would like to share: I have worked for the U.S. Army for the last 39 years.  My primary work has been as a senior advisor in safety and occupational health.

Maureen Stolte (College of Arts and Sciences)

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(Photo: Maureen Stolte)
  • Hometown: Virginia Beach, Virginia
  • Current ERAU position: Adjunct Faculty for the Department of Humanities and Communication
  • Current Worldwide location: Department of Online Instruction
  • Time at ERAU: 4 years
  • Favorite part about working at ERAU Worldwide: My favorite part of working at ERAU Worldwide is working with colleagues who support the use of innovative strategies to enhance the learning experience of online learners. In my online classroom, I can unleash my creativity to reach out of the screen to engage ERAU scholars. I enjoy building and facilitating a learning community that is informative, engaging, and fun. My responses to student discussions often contain images, photos, music, videos, and film clips that connect to the theme of the topic. Since ERAU Worldwide embraces the use of strategies to maximize student learning, I can create a positive, dynamic, high-impact, and meaningful learning experience in which newly acquired skills become part of life’s “toolbox.”
  • Favorite teaching strategy/best practice: Application of teaching strategies based on Dr. Richard Allen’s Impact Teaching
  • Most interesting work experience: Working at ERAU Worldwide – I get to know ERAU scholars from diverse backgrounds and can create vibrant learning communities that empower students to connect course objectives to real-world applications.
  • Favorite quote: “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I — I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference.” -Robert Frost, The Road Not Taken
  • Favorite hobby: Zumba – Latin Dancing
  • Fun fact about yourself: Our family is very involved in Boy Scouts of America, and I have served as a volunteer for over twenty-five years. My husband is an Eagle Scout, and our four sons attained the rank of Eagle Scout. Due to my family’s involvement in Scouting, I have experienced many outdoor adventures and camping trips as a “scout mom.”
  • Favorite music: Classical
  • Favorite food: Eggplant Parmigiana
  • Other information you would like to share: I am passionate about my career and enjoy using my highly specialized knowledge of literacy education, brain-based teaching strategies, technical writing, and business communication skills to empower ERAU scholars to excel in coursework and as leaders in their field.