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Add your bio to the beginning of the Week 1 Discussion Board, introducing yourself, specifically how your professional and academic work/interests relate to the content of the course. Students like to see your interests and how they interact with the course they’re in.

Example:

“I’m Dr. Stephanie Varnon-Hughes and I’m so thrilled to be teaching this course! I have a background as a public school teacher and as an interfaith scholar. To me, “inquiry” means having a posture of openness about the world. About other people, their cultures and traditions, and about what activates them in the world. I think curiosity is a virtue, but we don’t often celebrate it as a leadership skill. In this course, we’re going to leverage mindfulness, self-awareness, situational awareness, and curiosity to help us become stronger researchers. Don’t be daunted if you feel like you’re not a researcher yet! Let’s practice looking together, and asking good questions-- together!”

Do you have students that tend to procrastinate? If so, here is a calendar that you can share to ensure that they meet and even exceed due dates.

MON

TUE

WED

THUR

FRI

SAT

SUN

Look over assignments due this week.

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Begin your readings, and watch videos.

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Begin composing your answer to the discussion prompt.

Continue your readings.

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Continue composing your discussion response, proofread it, and post (two days early).

Continue your readings.

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Read the post of several of your peers and your instructor.  Select a minimum of one post and begin engaging in a discussion.

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Answer questions asked of you and ask questions to keep the conversation flowing.

Review your upcoming assignments (if there are any).

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Continue to engage in the discussion.  Follow the schedule listed on Wednesday.

Continue to share with others on the discussion board.

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When applicable, begin composing your responses for your learning reflection or assignment.

Wrap up the discussion board.  Close any open discussions.

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Review what you have written for your learning reflection or assignment. Make updates, revisions.  Proofread and post.

If you completed the sample schedule as listed, you can enjoy a day off or begin next week's readings.

 

Sample Email Templates

Hello [Student Name], 

I am reaching out today to offer some support. While you have been participating regularly in class, your overall grade is probably not as high as you would like it to be. Is there anything I can do to help?

Best,  

[Instructor and Course Name]

Dear [Student Name],

I  know how challenging it can be to maintain your time management to ensure your discussions and written assignments are completed with quality and are submitted on time.

Did you know that we have the Associate Dean of Student Services also serving as CLU’s Professional Coach? Our professional coach works with new students to get them acclimated to our school and provide support. Our coach is not a tutor but is here to support you in developing time management skills, understanding academic resources, and most importantly, helping students gain confidence in their ability to be successful while juggling school, work, family, and more!

Check out the schedule of events website located within our student center  (https://libguides.claremontlincoln.edu/studentcenter), and if you have any questions, you can reach our coach by email at professionalcoach@claremontlincoln.edu. Please consider taking advantage of a Tuesday Tip Session, and do not hesitate to reach out to our coach if you need anything. 

Best,

 [Professor Name and Course]

Dear [Student Name], 

I wanted to make sure you knew that we have a Writing Center and a Writing Coach. Writing is not always easy, and submitting your subsequent assignment for review before turning it in is one of the best ways to ensure that you are submitting your best work!

Contacting our coach is easy, and feedback is returned within 48 hours! For more information on the Writing Center and to contact our Coach, visit https://libguides.claremontlincoln.edu/studentcenter/writing?preview=0704bee3328101c50a7a28d5c385e3d4 or email the writing coach at writingcoach@claremontlincoln.edu  

Best,

[Professor Name and Course]

Hello [Student Name], 

I couldn't help but notice that you're participating more than you were earlier in class. I just wanted to reach out to commend you for stepping up your commitment to your classwork and making this journey a priority! As always, let me know if there's anything I can do to assist this week. Keep up the great work!

Best,  

[Instructor and Course Name]

 

Hello [Student Name], 

I hope this message finds you well! I know you have missed some assignments in your current course. I wanted to check in with you to see if I can be of any assistance and to see if anything has come up. I would like to work out a plan with you to get you caught up with your missing assignments, so please contact me so we can discuss. I am here to help! I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,  

[Instructor and Course Name]

 

Hello [Student Name], 

I hope this message finds you well! I know you have missed some assignments in your current course. I wanted to check in with you to see if I can be of any assistance and to see if anything has come up. I would like to work out a plan with you to get you caught up with your missing assignments, so please contact me so we can discuss. I am here to help! I look forward to hearing from you.

Best,  

[Instructor and Course Name]

Hello [Student Name], 

I hope you are well! I wanted to reach out as I noticed you have not participated in class as much as you would probably like to. How are things going? Please know I am here to help if you have any questions need any assistance. I hope to hear from you soon!

Best,  

[Instructor and Course Name]

Dear [Student Name], 

One thing some students find challenging is finding the scholarly sources required to be successful in assignments. If you are struggling with navigating the CLU Library, I have great news! You can get help using the library, finding sources, or generating your search terms by visiting https://libguides.claremontlincoln.edu/researchguide. If you cannot find what you are looking for, please contact our librarian at  eaguilar@claremontlincoln.edu

If there is anything I can do to help with this or anything else, please do not hesitate to reach out.

Best,

[Professor Name and Course]

[Student Name]

I hope this message finds you well! I am reaching out today about your progress in our course as it is the final week. When I reviewed the grade book, I noticed you currently have missing work. I want to offer you the opportunity to submit missing assignments for credit to help you be successful in this course. If you are interested in submitting missing work, please reply to this message so we can work together on a plan for you to catch up. If you need time beyond when final grades are due to complete your assignments, options are also available. Please let me know if you have questions or if there is anything I can do to help!

Best,

[Professor Name and Course]

Dear [Student Name],

We are halfway through our course, and I am concerned about your success. While grading, I noticed that you have submitted late or missed several assignments. I am here to help you with whatever you need to be successful. However, it would help if you reached out so we can work together. Please respond via email so that we can develop a success plan for this course.

I look forward to hearing from you!

Best,

[Instructor Name and Course]

Dear [Student Name],

I hope you are doing well! I notice that you have not participated in this week's discussion forum yet, but there is still time to do so. Discussion participation is an essential part of the learning process because it is an opportunity to share your unique perspective on the learning concepts and learn from your peers. Please do not miss the chance to get engaged!

Be sure to post your initial response to the prompt and interact with at least two of your peers by the due dates listed in class.

I look forward to reading your posts!

Best, 

[Professor Name and Course]

Writing Resource Network (WRN)

The CLU Writing Resource Network (WRN) provides academic and professional writing help for students and faculty. It includes access to a Writing Coach, writing resources, and self-paced modules. The Writing Coach will provide personalized feedback on writing specifics, APA format, and individualized coaching. Students can self-refer, or faculty or staff can refer a student for additional assistance in writing.  The writing resources will be a database with research, writing, and formatting information. The self-paced modules with quizlets and badging will include various topics for students and faculty to complete when they seek additional support.

If you have a student needing one-on-one coaching or answers to academic writing and APA formatting questions, please email our Chad Collins awritingcoach@claremontlincoln.edu or schedule an appointment at https://calendly.com/cluwritingcoach.

Student Success Tips and Open Discussion Webinars

CLU's Academic Success Coordinator and Professional Coach will be hosting a series of success tips and open discussion webinars for all CLU students. Our professional coach is available to support students with time management questions, cope through challenging times, and achieve their educational and professional goals. Please see below to view all upcoming Success Tips and Open Discussion Webinar events. If a student is struggling to complete work on time, please invite them to register for a session - https://calendly.com/nancy-c-moretti/learn-more-about-clu.  

If you have a student needing one-on-one coaching on topics related to time management, organizational skills, college expectations, leadership, and all things student success, please have them email Nancy Moretti at professionalcoach@claremontlincoln.edu or schedule an appointment at https://calendly.com/nancy-c-moretti/professional-coach.

Capstone Mentors

As your students begin working in the Capstone lab, they must know who to contact and connect with their Capstone mentor. Their mentor will be their main contact for questions and support as they work through the lab. Mentors also grade and provide feedback on your submitted work.

Capstone mentors are assigned based on students' last names.  If they ask you who to contact, please refer them to our mentors:  

For general questions, they can email: capstonementor@claremontlincoln.edu 

VitalSource

Experiencing issues with viewing your course textbook through Bookshelf in Canvas? Need help downloading the textbook? Contact our VitalSource support team!  

Detailed Rubric Comments

Please continue to be diligent in providing feedback on exactly why points are deducted. AND— if the students are not incorporating your feedback in subsequent assignments, continue to be diligent in continuing to deduct points and let the student know why. I believe all of us in the Core do this well. We’re working to make sure that students across their university experience are getting this feedback in concert.

You may have to tell students where to find your feedback. Be explicit in your weekly Announcements, Discussion Board follow-up, and conversations with students. Here are three great resources for leveraging our rubrics to communicate your expectations with students: