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.

Spring 2018 Cohorts

Course Innovation Project: Active Learning Classrooms

Melody Bowdon, Anna Turner, and Ann Miller

Many new classrooms on the main and downtown campuses are currently being designed as active learning spaces: flexible rooms with no “front” that better support active learning pedagogies. The purpose of this Course Innovation Project is to develop and share effective practices for teaching in these future spaces. Participants will have opportunities to experience learning and presenting in active classrooms, learn about the latest in instructional technology, read and discuss selected relevant literature, and discuss ways in which changing spaces impact assessment and instruction. As a deliverable, participants will be expected to design and share individual contributions to a collaboratively-designed faculty-facing guide for teaching in active learning classrooms. To receive the $500 grant, faculty must attend four cohort meetings and submit individual materials for the active learning guide. The cohort will meet on the following Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: January 24, February 21, March 21 and April 11.

To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6m0BVXACZxqGps9 by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Virtual Reality and Education

Melody Bowdon

This Course Innovation Project will focus on using virtual reality in the classroom. In our four sessions we will address rudimentary technical aspects of this emerging tool, explore a variety of existing VR programs appropriate for use in a wide range of disciplines, experience VR modules created by Embodied Labs (a partner organization), consider questions about the possibilities of using VR for training and assessment, and discuss issues related to ethics and innovation through the VR lens. To receive the $500 grant, participants will be expected to attend the four sessions; put in some outside time experiencing VR programs; and produce a deliverable, which may include a) demonstrated modifications to a course through incorporation of VR or b) relevant faculty-facing materials such as instructions or an article for Faculty Focus. The cohort will meet on the following Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: January 18, February 15, March 8, and April 12.

To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6gjWKd8D6CvQMq9 by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom

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

In this Course Innovation Project, faculty members will develop a significant series of contemplative practices that are designed to be woven into learning activities throughout the semester. Deliverables will include: 1) development of a series of classroom activities and/or assignments, and 2) a Faculty Focus article for a special edition on contemplative pedagogy or a digital story on your experiences using contemplative practices in the classroom. In addition, there will be an opportunity to participate in research on the impact of your assignments on your students’ learning approaches, which will provide you with data you can use in your professional development. The cohort will be held from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: January 16, February 13, March 6, and April 10.

To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Sxq4TlDpXK1ZD7 by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

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 and Learning is expanding its asset-based approach to secondary trauma cohort into Spring 2018! The Faculty Development Community 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 to find the resources that their students need. In addition, if faculty do not have an awareness of the resources that can assist them in dealing with secondary trauma, they face a high risk of compassion fatigue and burnout, which can result in lowered outcomes for their classroom performance. The community will meet from 9:30–11:30 a.m. on the following Thursdays: January 25, February 22, March 22, and April 19.

To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6Sxq4TlDpXK1ZD7 by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Enhancing Active Learning Using Webcourses@UCF

Anna Turner, Aimee deNoyelles, Jim Paradiso, & Corrinne Stull

The Faculty Center will collaborate with the Center for Distributed Learning to lead this CIP for faculty members interested in active learning and online environments. In this cohort, faculty will redesign part of an existing course, using tools in Webcourses@UCF to support student learning and improve an online, mixed mode, or web-enhanced face-to-face course. We will focus on how to purposefully use Webcourses@UCF to enhance active learning and engage students. The cohort will meet on Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Participants will produce one of three project deliverables:

  • A new or updated major assignment/project
  • Activities, online and face-to-face (if applicable), for one week’s worth of content
  • Course revisions, based on a course observation and/or formal review

In order to receive the $500 grant, faculty must complete the following criteria:

  • attend four cohort meetings on 1/24, 2/28, 3/28 and 4/18.
  • attend the Spring session of the Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching (March 2018) and watch at least one recording of a previous session; or watch at least two recordings of previous sessions
  • implement their project deliverable by the fall semester
  • produce a final report

To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d3TsKyiS6y4tVd3 by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Special Interest Group: Writing a Journal Article in 12 Weeks

The purpose of this workshop is to enable faculty to produce an article manuscript for submission to an academic journal. It is designed to help participants make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations. It is also designed to help participants make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the semester to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication. Each participant will receive a copy of the Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks book prior to the beginning of the workshop.

If interested, please send an e-mail to fctl@ucf.edu.


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