Faculty Development Cohorts Offered at the Faculty Center

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning offers opportunities for faculty to examine important and new topics in teaching and learning with Faculty Development Cohorts (FDCs). FDCs are occasionally offered at regional campuses.

Faculty participate in multiple workshops, which include a series of hands-on experiences designed to help innovate or refine teaching techniques and learning activities. Participants may receive support from representatives of the Faculty Center, Office of Institutional Research, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE), Research and Commercialization, Office of Instructional Resources, Center for Distributed Learning, Libraries, and other relevant units and individual faculty members. After completing the workshops, participants often produce a final project for inclusion in the Faculty Center Web site.

Faculty are requested to share data on the effectiveness of activities and environments on student learning for potential publication. Participants may also use any data collected in their classroom for their own publication. If you have questions, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at 407-823-3544 or e-mail fctl@ucf.edu.

Fall 2017 Cohorts

New Faculty Learning Community

Melody Bowdon & Susan Chase

If you are interested in meeting once a month or so with fellow new colleagues for a conversation about teaching, researching, balancing faculty roles, and anything else you’d like to discuss, please consider applying to be part of a Faculty Learning Community (FLC). Topics to be covered in meetings will be finalized by faculty participants. The community will meet from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: September 12, October 10, and November 7. To apply, please send an email to fctl@ucf.edu.

Improving Student Learning Approaches Course Innovation Projection

Eric Main & Amanda Wolcott

Faculty members often remark that their students do not study enough or only perform work in exchange for significant extrinsic rewards. The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is seeking 15-20 faculty members to participate in a Course Innovation Project that will focus on interventions using metacognition and study strategies to encourage students to study more effectively. The cohort will meet from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: September 13, September 27, October 11, and November 8.

To register, please apply at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6KijHgc41s2P2u1.

An Asset-Based Approach to Coping with Secondary Trauma Faculty Development Cohort

Amanda Wolcott & Lynell Hodge

Due to popular demand, the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is now offering programming designed specifically for instructors and lecturers! We are seeking 15-20 instructor and lecturer faculty members to participate in a Faculty Development Community that will focus on identifying assets that can be used to cope with secondary trauma that can result from exposure to student trauma. Without proper mapping of resources and tools, it may be difficult for faculty members to know how to assist students and where on campus the resources are that their students need. In addition, if instructors do not have an awareness of the resources that can assist them in dealing with secondary trauma, they place themselves at high risk of compassion fatigue and burnout, which will likely result in lowered outcomes for their classroom performance. The community will meet from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the following Wednesdays: September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, and November 5.

To register, please apply at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0dIIoStHUptmxaB.

Contemplative Practices in the Classroom Special Interest Group (Mondays)

Eric Main & Amanda Wolcott

“What if we were to take seriously the possibility that our students have a rich and authoritative inner life and tried to nourish it rather than negate it?” – Mary Rose O’Reilley

Are you interested in learning about applying contemplative practices in your classroom, looking to deepen your practice, or want to be a part of a community of scholars who understand the benefits of contemplative pedagogy for both the students and instructors? The Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is hosting a special interest group in Fall 2017 and we would like you to join. Dates and times are flexible based on participants’ schedules and availability. If you are interested in participating, email Eric.Main@ucf.edu.

Minds Online Book Club (Thursdays)

Anna Turner

The Faculty Center and Center for Distributed Learning will cohost Minds Online: Teaching Effectively with Technology by Michelle D. Miller, who was our keynote speaker at the 2017 Summer Faculty Development Conference. Faculty members who teach in web-enhanced, mixed-mode, or online modalities are invited to join us for a discussion on cognition and technology-aided approaches to teaching. Meetings will be held on September 14, September 28, October 12, October 26, and November 9 at noon in the Faculty Center. If you are interested in participating, email anna.turner@ucf.edu. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.

Presentation Zen Book Club

Anna Turner

In his second edition of Presentation Zen: Simple Ideas on Presentation Design and Delivery, Garr Reynolds has included a new chapter focusing on technical and educational topics, in addition to his original approach on creating meaningful presentations. We will use our meetings to discuss Reynolds’s approach in terms of teaching and learning. If you’re looking to improve your presentations, revamp some of your lectures, or learn more about design, please join our discussion. Our meetings will take place on September 6, September 20, October 4, October 18, and November 1 at noon in the Faculty Center. If you are interested in participating, email anna.turner@ucf.edu. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book.

 

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