Newsletter: March 2020

As we approach the end of the first quarter of 2020, you may be wondering where the time has gone. Before you go into overdrive, support is a call or email away. The Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence (RCTLE) offers multiple levels of support. Our college-specific RCTLE teams provide resources, guidance, and support before, during and after teaching. The RCTLE Team is your first point of contact as you prepare to teach. Faculty Quality Managers and Faculty Developers work in concert with you so expect to hear from us throughout the term. We will walk with you through challenges and celebrate successes as you teach. We will serve as your go-to for training and professional development in the realm of teaching and technology.

To improve access to our services and offerings, the RCTLE team is proud to announce the launch of the new RCTLE Resource Website. Here you will find a robust FAQ section, professional development opportunities, and other resources. Learn about your RCTLE College Team. Reach out to us anytime via email (RCTLE@erau.edu) or completing the Consultation Request Form. Remember, TEAM work makes the DREAM work!


Virtual Faculty Learning Community

Taking advantage of professional development opportunities is an excellent strategy for education professionals to develop valuable connections, exchange innovative ideas, share best practices, and learn new skills. Faculty are cordially invited to participate in the Spring 2020 Virtual Faculty Learning Community – “What Is My Teaching Philosophy.” This virtual experience is open to ALL Faculty and will run for 6 weeks: Monday, April 6, 2020- Sunday, May 18, 2020.

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Faculty will learn:

  • What a teaching philosophy entails
  • How to develop your own teaching philosophy and articulate it
  • The importance of your teaching philosophy and sharing it with your colleagues
  • New ideas from interesting weekly discussion topics
  • How to create and submit your personal teaching philosophy

Interested? Let us know by sending an email to rctle@erau.edu. Registration closes Friday, April 3rd.


March Special Session: Communicating with Students

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Communication is an essential element in establishing a strong connection with your online students. Effective communication should be a priority for instructors because it not only motivates students to participate and improves retention, but it also instills a sense of community.

Join us for this Special Session on April 1st, at 8 AM and 2 PM ET, where you will interact with your colleagues and leave with enhanced methods for communicating effectively with your students.

To join the session, please follow this link to our RCTLE EagleVision Room.


In Other Podcast News

Catch up on new happenings at the Worldwide Campus by tuning into The RCTLE’s Podcast Series. Our podcasts are designed with you in mind and will provide information, talks, and outreach from an array of ERAU faculty as well as experts from outside the ERAU Community. Recently, our very own Kaitlyn Pickus had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Ken Witcher, Dean of the College of Aeronautics here at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. This podcast is a two-part chat focusing on the positive benefits of instructor field experience on student learning. For your listening pleasure, you will find part one and two of Dr. Ken Witcher on Field Experience and the Student Experience under Podcasts.

Photograph of Ken Witcher, Dean of the College of Aeronautics
Photograph of Ken Witcher, Dean of the College of Aeronautics

Tip Clip: Improving End Of Course Faculty Evaluations Through Student Feedback

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Consider this scenario. It is the last week of your Online Course. You feel fantastic. Your grade book is current with one last assessment to administer. You feel a sense of accomplishment about the fast approaching completion of your course. You post the final Announcement to encourage students to participate in the End of Course Evaluation timeline and form. You have 20+ years of experience and when you review the results you experience a sense of shock and disbelief. You wonder why students are so negative about your teaching. Collecting student feedback during your course is a prime opportunity to gain insight on where students stand with learning the material. It also gives faculty data on adjustments to make prior to the term ending. In this Tip Clip, RCTLE provides tips on strategies to improve the outcome of your End of Course Evaluation. This Tip Clip is a 3-part series, so be sure to visit the eUnion over the next few months to view subsequent clips.


Avoiding Burnout

Carving time out to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health has become a priority. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), employee burnout has recently been recognized as an official medical diagnosis (Haden, 2020). Self-care is vital to the prevention of burnout, particularly for people in health and education professions. Long periods of neglect of mental, emotional, and physical well-being may result in high levels of stress. In a recent article, “Battling burnout: cultivating an atmosphere of self-care in education,” job burnout is described as work-related stress that may involve a sense of reduced accomplishment and loss of personal identity (Moore 2019). Have you ever considered where you fall on the burnout spectrum? Head over to the RCTLE eUnion page to discuss with colleagues by sharing dialogue, resources, and strategies that may be helpful to others. Let’s put self-care at the top of our To Do List by taking action on our overall well-being.


References

Haden, J. ( 2020, March 5). Employee burnout is real. Here are the signs, causes, and cures [Blog post]. Retrieved from https://gusto.com/blog/people-management/employee-burnout

Moore, M. (2019, July 9). Battling burnout: cultivating an atmosphere of self-care in education. HigherEdJobs. Retrieved from https://www.higheredjobs.com/Articles/articleDisplay.cfm?ID=1994