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It’s hard to believe that we are over a year into the COVID-19 pandemic, but thankfully, we are slowly emerging and finding our new way of life. As we resume our routines and adapt to changing policies and guidelines, we are presented with a good opportunity to reflect on the past year.  Most likely, we all experienced teachable moments and memorable experiences.

As we move into the summer attempting to find our new normal, RCTLE thanks all of the faculty and staff at ERAU who took the time to invest in themselves and their students and as a result, continued to help ERAU shine as a leader in online education. Our instructors are at the heart of what we do; we are grateful for your partnership and collaboration!


Current Offerings

The RCTLE College of Business Support team would like to invite you to participate in the COB Series, a new format of professional development opportunities where we present topics, highlight trends, and explore issues impacting and influencing higher education in today’s climate.

Ethical and Equitable Decision Making

16 June 2021 – 2:00 PM ET

A presentation led by Dr. Kadie Mullins, Executive Director of Administrative Assessment for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. During this session, we will look at the fundamentals of decision-making and strategies that influence the outcome of the choices we make.

All sessions are open to all ERAU faculty and staff. Sessions will be held via Zoom and can be accessed on the ERAU Faculty Resources EagleVision page. Recordings of all sessions will be available on our website.

For more information, please email rctlecob@erau.edu.

RCTLE Escape Room

Test your skills this summer by attempting your very own Virtual Escape Room. This experience will allow you to attempt to complete different puzzles and combinations to unlock the final code. This experience will also provide tips on how you can add Escape Room features to your course. Are you up for the challenge? Look for future dates and deadlines in upcoming announcements in E-Union, in your College Resource Site, and on our Events page.

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Podcast: Dr. Debra Bourdeau & Dr. Beverly Wood Talk Humanistic STEM

Join us to talk about Humanistic STEM and the importance of elevating Humanities in the STEM field. They discuss what led them to collaborate across disciplines to develop HUMN 333 and how all of our faculty can take small steps to integrate Humanities into their own courses.

For more information on Humanistic STEM, you may access their research articles at the links below:

  • Bourdeau, D. T. and Wood, B. L. “What Is Humanistic STEM and Why Do We Need It?,” Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 9 Issue 1 (January 2019), pages 205-216. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.201901.11 . Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol9/iss1/11
  • Bourdeau, D. T. and Wood, B. L. “Humanistic STEM: From Concept to Course,” Journal of Humanistic Mathematics, Volume 11 Issue 1 (January 2021), pages 33-53. DOI: 10.5642/jhummath.202101.04 . Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/jhm/vol11/iss1/4

Tip Clip

Have you ever wondered how to support students with special needs within the virtual learning environment? The Disability and Student Support Services Coordinator is located in the Office of the Dean of Students and is a great resource. Not one situation is alike, and it is important to understand all services, limitations, and legal obligations. To learn more, check out this short presentation.


RCTLE Resource Site

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Engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is a valuable tool for faculty to research and assess the effectiveness of individual teaching strategies and practices in the classroom at any point during their academic career. Did you know your RCTLE team is here to support and assist you along the way? To learn more, visit our RCTLE website. For further assistance or to learn more, please email rctle@erau.edu.


Teaching Tip

This time last year, we were knee deep into an unexpected shift in our world as a result of the impact of COVID 19. Industries adjusted, expectations changed, and people adapted. At ERAU Worldwide, we were fortunate to already operate on a virtual platform. Consequently, we played a pivotal role in addressing the impact to our students based on unexpected factors as well as supporting our sister campuses in Daytona Beach & Prescott.

Adjuncts play a large part in the success of ERAU and were instrumental in supporting our traditional residential students as they increased their footprint in the online classroom. ERAU has been a leader in online education for the past several years, and we will continue to work diligently to ensure we maintain this status. As we continue to navigate a post-pandemic world, our students need the support of their instructors more than ever. To read more about the highlights and fundamentals of supporting students and the importance of providing a positive student experience, please view these articles:

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VECTOR

VECTOR’s Virtual Communication Lab will continue to offer one-on-one appointments and communication-focused workshops throughout Summer 2021. Please encourage students to view our hours and make an appointment by visiting the VECTOR website.


Summer Photo Challenge

Since we are beginning to navigate away from the restrictions imposed during the COVID Pandemic, we’d LOVE to see YOU in your ERAU attire.

Send us a photo this summer of where you are in the world in your ERAU gear! Post on the Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence eUnion page to be entered to win a prize in August.


Special Announcements

Outstanding Faculty

Congratulations to Dr. Linda Pittenger, who was recently selected as the Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Award Recipient for Region 3 of the ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award. Additionally, several other ERAU faculty members were nominated and represented ERAU on a national platform. RCTLE is proud of you all!

EagleVision

Are you scheduled to teach in EagleVision modality in May, August, or October? Don’t forget you should be recording your class meeting sessions in Zoom each week to comply with university compliance and policy. If you need any assistance related to your EagleVision session, please email rctle@erau.edu.


Faculty Spotlight

Christopher Grosenick (College of Aeronautics)

Christopher Grosenick
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  • Hometown: Minneapolis, MN
  • Current Worldwide location: Online/Langley, VA
  • Length of time working at ERAU: 16 years!
  • Courses taught: AMNT series (240, 260, 270, 271, 280, 281), AMNT 490, ASCI 419, ASCI 424, & ASCI 429
  • Favorite part about working at ERAU Worldwide: The student body is very diverse, both in experience and cultural background. I learn a great deal from my students while relating course content and interacting with them during the term.
  • Favorite teaching strategy/best practice: With online courses, it’s asking the students questions about their content with regard to the assignments. I also try to weave current events into each class, as they pertain to the content that term.
  • Favorite place to travel: Being ex-military I’ve been to a number of places around the globe, and still want to see many more. I would like to go back to Asia, the southeast countries this time.
  • Favorite quote: “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.” -Albert Einstein
  • Favorite family tradition: Outdoor activities – hiking, camping, etc.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I’ve lived and worked in both Asia and the Middle East for a number of years.
  • If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Too many places to see!
  • How are you coping with COVID-19? As well as can be expected

Kristine Ziola-Pardell (College of Arts & Sciences)

Kristine Ziola-Pardell
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  • Hometown: Fenton, Michigan
  • Current Worldwide location: WW – Dept of STEM Education
  • Length of time working at ERAU: 7 years!
  • Courses taught: CSCI 109 – Introduction to Computers & Applications
  • Favorite part about working at ERAU Worldwide: All the wonderful students and colleagues I meet and the enthusiasm they bring!
  • Favorite teaching strategy/best practice: To be very participative and encouraging.
  • Favorite place to travel: Harbor Springs, Michigan
  • Favorite quote: ‘Nothing is impossible, the word itself says, ‘I’m possible!’” – Audrey Hepburn
  • Favorite family tradition: Annual family camping trip with siblings, nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews.
  • Fun fact about yourself: I love to take a recipe and make it vegan and gluten-free.
  • If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Greece, because of its rich history.
  • How are you coping with COVID-19? I have been very fortunate to be an online instructor and that aspect of my life has not changed. I also have many hobbies: needlepoint, knitting, crocheting, reading, and gardening. I also keep in contact with family and friends and enjoy phone conversations with them.

Dr. Kabena Owusu Banahene (College of Business)

Dr. Kabena Owusu Banahene
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  • Hometown: Atlanta, Georgia (Ghana – country of origin)
  • Current Worldwide location: Atlanta, Georgia
  • Length of time working at ERAU: 4 years
  • Courses taught: MBAA 517
  • Favorite part about working at ERAU Worldwide: I joined ERAU because it provides excellent teaching and learning environment for students to acquire knowledge, skill, and experience needed to thrive in the ever-increasing competitive world. I am excited to be a member of the team that assists students to achieve their academic and career goals.
  • Favorite teaching strategy/best practice: I use inquiry-based teaching strategy to engage my students. This strategy provokes students to read, think, analyze, and write about topical issues.
  • Favorite place to travel: Swiss Alps in the Alpine region of Switzerland
  • Favorite quote: “If you think education is expensive, try ignorant.” – Derek Bok
  • Favorite family tradition: Visiting family members every Thanksgiving
  • Fun fact about yourself: I used to love giving piggyback rides to my twin children. Age has caught up with us all now, and the twins hate it, but the grandkids love it! I have no strength to do that now.
  • If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Swiss Alps
  • How are you coping with COVID-19? COVID-19 has changed the way we do things. From individual lifestyles to instructional delivery methodology, every system under the “sun” has been impacted. My family coped by mostly staying at home, using Zoom for family, funeral, and church meetings. History tells us that every generation had their own challenges and ours is no different. Surely, we are seeing the “light at the end of the tunnel”. We are coming out of this pandemic strong and better prepared to use “yesterday’s experience to solve today’s problems and anticipate tomorrow’s challenges”.

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