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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]

Hello [Student Name], 

Did you know that we have a professional coach?  Nancy Morettis serves as our Academic Success Coordinator and Professional Coach and is here to support you with time management, communications with your faculty, organizational strategies, motivation, overcoming procrastination, or anything else that can assist you either in your studies or in your future career. If you wish for one-on-one coaching or answers to questions, please email Nancy at  professionalcoach@claremontlincoln.edu or schedule an appointment - https://calendly.com/nancy-c-moretti/professional-coach.

Best,  

[Instructor and Course Name]

Hello [Student Name], 

Did you know that we have a writing coach?  The CLU Writing Coach is Chad Collins.  Chad can assist you with APA, academic writing, preparing an outline, and more. If you wish for one-on-one coaching or answers to questions, please email her at writingcoach@claremontlincoln.edu or schedule an appointment at https://calendly.com/cluwritingcoach

Best,  

[Instructor and Course Name]

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]

Hello [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 library, I have great news for you! Now, you can get help using the library, finding sources, or generating your search terms at any time. Just log in, and you'll find our librarian's contact information at the bottom of the home page. If there’s anything I can do to help with this or anything else, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Best,  

[Instructor and Course Name]

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

1.jpgCLU'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: 

Prerequisites in Canvas

We have something called “pre-requisites” turned on in Canvas in your courses.

This is meant to guide students through the course as designed. They can’t just jump right to Assignment 1 or right to the discussion board without clicking through the course/resources module first.

Please see attached— if a student says something is locked, that message will usually give information about where they can go, and it isn’t really locked.

Also, if you look at the message they receive, there’s a hyperlink to the one thing they can/should click on— so it’s meant to be very intuitive and push them to where they need to go. Seeing this was so helpful to me— because when I have a student say “it’s locked” that sounds so harsh and strange! But the actual message is a prompt to go to the readings before they answer the question.