Welcome to 2019!

Your RCTLE Team has a lot of new offerings and exciting opportunities in store for 2019. This month, we are starting off with a bang with a new Faculty Developer, Heather Rozar-Bergmann. Read a little more about Heather below.

We are also changing up our monthly offering.  Instead of live-sessions, we will be including a short “Tip Clip” at the beginning of the month along with our monthly discussions on the RCTLE eUnion, so we encourage you to engage with us there.

If you missed the streamed OLC sessions in November, you are in luck.  Read below to find out how you can access the recordings. 

As always, your RCTLE team is available for you at any time.  Read on for some of the ways we can connect this month. 

Hello everyone! I am Heather Rozar-Bergmann, a Faculty Developer for the Rothwell RCTLE at Embry-Riddle Worldwide. I have a wide-ranging background as a K-12 educator of diverse student populations, an adjunct for higher education, and as an information systems analyst supporting teachers modeling best practices in their online environment. I consider myself a life-long learner and am always eager to take on new challenges. I believe that getting to know your students has important, positive and long-lasting implications by increasing course engagement and developing student confidence. As an educator, I value my involvement in professional learning communities and the teaching strategies shared by my colleagues. I look forward to learning from you about your best practices and sharing my own experiences. When I am not teaching, I enjoy spending time with my family and soaking up the Florida sunshine.

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(Image: Heather Rozar-Bergmann)

New Year! New Offering!

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We have had a great time working with all of you to bring monthly EV-Anars for the last few years. In 2019, we are changing things up a bit. Don’t worry though, there will still be plenty of live offerings available to attend later in 2019.

This year, your RCTLE will offer Tip Clips, short videos related to various teaching and learning topics and resources for instructors.  We encourage you to take a few (5-7) minutes throughout the month to view the video and come chat with your colleagues on the RCTLE Resource Site (note: became the RCTLE eUnion in 2020). 

This month, we are excited to bring you a glance at some of the resources available for you at the Hunt Library.  This month’s Tip Clip will highlight the “Ask a Librarian” feature, various research guides and databases, “Eagle Search” as well as specific library instruction sessions. The video and related discussion can be found on the RCTLE eUnion.

Did you miss the streamed OLC sessions?

In November, we offered a virtual conference registration for the Online Learning Consortium (OLC) Accelerate Conference.  Did you miss a session you really wanted to go to? Have no fear.  You have access to the recordings of these sessions for a whole year. We have created a categorized list that we hope will help you select recorded sessions you want to view. You can access this on the RCTLE eUnion.

If you have an OLC account, you can just click on the links for the sessions you want to view. If you haven’t registered for OLC yet, contact us at rctle@erau.edu and we will provide you with the steps you need to get access to these sessions. Enjoy!

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(Image: Online Learning Consortium)

We are here when you need us.

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In addition to our regularly scheduled offerings, we are always here to support you when you need us.  We are happy to talk through the course set-up process, discuss various teaching strategies and/or troubleshoot grading and feedback concerns.  If you would like to chat with us about your course, please complete the Consultation Form.  We will contact you to set up a time to answer your specific questions.

In addition, we will have open office hours on January 9th @ 11 AM ET in the RCTLE EagleVision Room. These office hours are a great time to talk about strategies to enhance your own office hours. To add this to your calendar visit our Events page. We look forward to working with you.

Teaching Tip: Making the most of your office hours

Office hours are a great way to engage your students in synchronous, often one-on-one conversations.  Here are a couple of things for you to think about when scheduling your office hours.

Select times that are convenient for your students.  In online courses, you may have students from all over the world enrolled in your course.  In addition, you have traditional and non-traditional students with varying schedules.  Consider offering various days of the week and times to accommodate these different schedules. 

Remind students of the importance of office hours and give reasons for why they should attend regularly. When students know what to expect, they are more likely to attend. When they see the value, they are more likely to engage. Use your weekly announcements to remind a student of your office hours.

For more information about hosting productive office hours, check out these Faculty Focus articles.


The mission of the Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence is to empower faculty members in their pursuit of professional growth through diverse offerings for the universal goal of student success.

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