Newsletter: December 2019

Wrapping Up 2019

Your Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence wants to take a moment to thank you for your engagement and commitment to student success throughout the year. We also wanted to wish you a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year. See you in 2020!


New Structure for RCTLE

The RCTLE team is excited to announce a new structure. Beginning January 2, 2020, there will be new teams for each of the colleges as well as team leads for each team. Below are the new team structures and team leads:

College of Aeronautics

  • Kelsy Thomas – Team Lead
  • Kaitlyn Pickus
  • Danielle Aming

College of Arts and Science

  • Heather Rozar-Bergmann – Team Lead
  • Jamie Sipe
  • Susan Cockerham

College of Business

  • Codie Seier – Team Lead
  • Linda Rowell
  • Rob Saum
Organizational Chart of the Rothwell RCTLE 2020

Holiday Break

ERAU-W will be closed for the holidays from Tuesday, December 24th until Wednesday, January 1st.

Please note that if you are teaching during the November and December terms there is a holiday break. During this break, there should be no assignments, activities, or discussions due.

November Term: Monday, December 23rd to Thursday, January 5th.


December Term: Thursday, December 19th to Wednesday, January 1st.


How To Give Your Students Better Feedback With Technology

Feedback is so important to student growth. Faculty play an integral role in student development by providing individualized, consistent, and timely feedback to students.

A recent article from the Chronicle of Higher Education defines feedback as “the various types of guidance and direction instructors provide” (Fiock & Garcia, 2019. p. 2). Thoughtfully and intentionally using the available technology can help bridge the digital divide to ensure students are hearing about their performance and how they can continuously improve, learn and grow as professionals.

Feedback tools:

  • Rubrics allow for faster and more objective grading. Encourage students to use these as tools to help guide their development.
  • Annotations allow for individual comments about specific areas of opportunity. Providing feedback directly on the assignment leaves less to review in the overall assignment comments.
  • Audio/Video goes a long way to creating a welcoming classroom culture, especially in online courses. Providing audio or video feedback is often faster than typing out your comments.

Strategies:

  • Provide quality feedback that includes specific, detailed directions for future improvement.
  • Use a tone that is constructive and encouraging.
  • Be aware of the difference between correcting and providing feedback. While correcting, tells students what is wrong with the submission, feedback provides the opportunity for further thinking about the topic and how adjustments can be made for future assignments.

Fiock, H. & Garcia, H. (2019). How to give your students feedback with technology. The Chronicle of Higher Education, 66(11), 1-11. Retrieved from https://www.chronicle.com/interactives/20191108-Advice-Feedback


Tip Clip

Tip Clip

Each ERAU-W faculty member is provided a sandbox. This is a great place to house your course content like announcements and course setup information. Learn about how using your sandbox can save you time.

This tip and many others are available in the Faculty Resources Site Discussions area in Canvas. Update: these are now in the RCTLE eUnion


OLC: Accelerate
(Image: Online Learning Consortium)

Did you miss out on the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Innovate Conference that was held from November 20th to November 22nd? No worries! RCTLE can help you access over 100 session recordings that were streamed live last month. Contact us at rctle@erau.edu for login information.


Add/Drop Policy Change

In January of 2020, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide will implement a revised add/drop policy. Students will have 4 business days from their course start date to drop a course without penalty. Advisor approval will be required to perform all drops. Students needing to drop a course should contact their academic advisor for assistance prior to the add/drop deadline.

Review the Wordlwide Add/Drop Schedule for more details.