The Rothwell Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence – September 2017

September represents an end to summer. It also represents change and a chance to renew, inspire, and create. This month, get ready to challenge yourself to new pedagogical heights. 

We have many opportunities for you to engage with your peers around the world, ask questions about ERAU-W policies, and hone your own teaching practice. Please join us for the live events, participate in the online discussions, and/or call us to set up an individual consultation. 

Coming Soon to a Virtual World Near You!

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Our 2017-2018 Virtual Community of Practice (VCoP) will begin this month. Be on the lookout for our Call for Participants next week. All faculty are welcome to participate in this faculty collaborative experience. If you have questions, please contact Cristina Cottom at

September EV-Anar: Facilitating Discussion Forums

The discussion board is a versatile tool to probe student knowledge, explore new ideas and resources, and to build class community. Strong instructor engagement with the discussion board serves as a model for students.

Join Emily Faulconer, Assistant Professor for ERAU-W in the Department of Mathematics, Physical, and Life Sciences, as she discusses some strategies for discussion board facilitation.

You can join this live event by selecting EagleVision from our Resource Site. The session will be offered at the following times:

  • Tuesday, September 19 @ 10 AM ET
  • Tuesday, September 19 @ 8 PM ET  
  • Thursday, September 21 @ 2 PM ET

Discussion Forums

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Check-in on the discussions happening right now on the RCTLE eUnion. This month’s question (How do you model engagement for your students in the discussion boards?) is located in September 2017: Modeling Engagement in Discussion Boards.

Emily Faulconer, the RCTLE team, and your colleagues will engage in this important topic. You can reply to your peers and ask questions. Who knows, maybe your question will be featured during the EV-Anar.

Tune in to find out!

The APA tutorials have a new home

Did you know that your RCTLE has created a self-paced offering regarding the basics of APA formatting for faculty? There’s also a version you can share with your students in your courses. 


Asking good questions is a great way to get your students engaged in class discussions. Here are some “power questions” for meaningful discussions.

Teaching Tip: Asking Questions. Provide Evidence, Encourage Reflection, Question Motivation, and Compare, contrast

Paul, R. & Elder, L. (2008). The analysis and assessment of thinking: Foundations for critical thinking. Retrieved from

Come Chat With Us!

Join us for Office Hours

Wednesday, September 27th @ 10 AM ET

via the RCTLE EagleVision Room


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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