What To Look For In 2020

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Your Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence welcomes you to 2020! As part of our efforts to ensure that we are providing you with meaningful and timely information, the release of our newsletter has changed. You will now see editions in January, March, May, August, and October. We look forward to providing you with many opportunities to participate in professional development offerings throughout this upcoming year. Here’s what to look for in 2020:

  • Self-Paced Workshops
  • Virtual Faculty Learning Community
  • Special Sessions
  • Tip Clips
  • Virtual Community Engagement
  • Podcasts
  • Virtual Conferences

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Virtual Environment for Communication: Teaching, Outreach, and Research
VECTOR’s Communication Across the Curriculum
Did you know that VECTOR provides Worldwide faculty with teaching support in all areas of communication? Join VECTOR’s monthly teaching workshops: Communication Across the Curriculum! Their January and February sessions are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 23 at 2 PM – Overview of Worldwide’s new institutional membership with GSOLE, the Global Society of Online Literacy Educators, as well as benefits for you as a faculty member.
  • Tuesday, February 11 at 2 PM – Debrief of GSOLE’s annual conference, important sessions take-aways, and how Worldwide faculty can get more involved by attending or presenting at future conferences.

Join them in the EHC Resource Center EagleVision meeting room.

Email VECTOR Interim Director Alex Rister for more information at ristera@erau.edu.

Request a Communication Tutor for your EagleVision Class!
If you are teaching an EagleVision course, you can request a class visit from one of VECTOR’s Virtual Communication Lab tutors at any point during the term. Tutors are ERAU faculty with backgrounds in fields like communication, English, and linguistics. Traveling tutors can provide a variety of services, including:

  • A brief introduction to the Virtual Communication Lab (10-15 minutes).
  • In-class workshops on topics like organizing academic essays, delivering effective presentations, or using APA format (30-60 minutes).
  • Feedback sessions for your students’ works-in-progress (60+ minutes depending on class size).

Email VECTOR Assistant Director Meghan Velez for more information at dykemam@erau.edu.


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In addition to our other offerings, your RCTLE will now offer podcasts. In the first podcast, our very own Kaitlyn Pickus sits down with Emily Ackerman, the Virtual Community Production Manager, to discuss the new Virtual Community and Embry-Riddle Worldwide’s commitment to ensure students feel a sense of community, regardless of location.
Listen to the podcast here: Emily Ackerman Talks Virtual Community

Virtual Community

Embry-Riddle Worldwide Campus’ new Virtual Community is online! This resource allows Worldwide students, faculty, and staff to access the university’s online virtual environment on any electronic device by logging in with your ERAU credentials. This new online community will help you connect and engage with others. Your RCTLE team’s page will have weekly contributions and engagement opportunities. We encourage you to visit our RCTLE eUnion page to collaborate with us and others across the community.

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Tip Clip

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How long has it been since you have reflected on your own personal teaching philosophy? Have your personal beliefs in teaching and learning changed at all as you have gained experience and knowledge in your field? Your teaching philosophy is a self-reflective statement of your personal beliefs of teaching and learning. Start out the new year by learning about what a teaching philosophy is and how you can develop your own in this short Teaching Philosophy Tip Clip available on the RCTLE eUnion.

Spring 2020 Virtual Faculty Learning Community

The RCTLE team would like to thank all those who participated in the Fall 2019 Virtual Faculty Learning Community: “What is a Teaching Philosophy?”. This experience was all about discovering and sharing your personal teaching philosophy.

If you missed out on this opportunity to collaborate with your peers we have great news! This V-FLC will be running again during the Spring of 2020. Keep your eyes open for the March RCTLE Newsletter for information on how you can participate in the Spring V-FLC.

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Add/Drop Policy Change Reminder

In January of 2020, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University – Worldwide implemented a revised add/drop policy. Students will now 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. Students should always work directly with their advisor to discuss options for withdrawing from a course after the add/drop deadline has passed.

Review the Wordlwide Add/Drop Schedule for more details.

Transforming The Teaching & Learning Environment

The 2020 Virtual Conference-Presented by Northeastern State University

Your RCTLE has purchased an institutional registration for the upcoming Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment Virtual Conference. This conference offers 60 one-hour live and interactive sessions you can attend for free from the comfort of your own home! The sessions begin at 9 AM PST on Monday, February 3rd and will run each weekday until Friday, February 14th. Please review Transforming the Teaching & Learning Environment Conference Schedule to see the topics that will be covered.

To attend a session, simply click on the link to the right of the session title under the “Links” column at its scheduled date and time. All session times are based on the Pacific time zone, so you may need to adjust the time as necessary to meet your specific time zone. When asked to type your name, please include your first name, last name, and institution (ERAU) for attendance tracking purposes. Enjoy!!


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