Teaching and Learning Days

Below are the details for upcoming Teaching and Learning days at the Faculty Center.

September 7th, 2018: Interactive Teaching Strategies

Please join us for our next Teaching and Learning Day on September 7th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2498GsbDWdUD7Vz by September 6th.

9:00-9:15—Coffee and Introductions
9:15–9:45—Activity that Explores the Range of Teaching Methods
10:00-10:30—Interactive Lectures (Alisha Janowsky)

  • No matter how interactive your classroom, there is still a time and place where content may need to be introduced and explained in a more traditional lecture format. This session will discuss strategies to increase student focus and participation during these lecture in both the face-to-face and online environments.
10:30–11:00—Using Discussion Assignments to Elicit Deeper Engagement (Richard Biehl)
  • Discussion topics can enhance student learning by flexibly engaging learners in deeper thinking about course readings and materials. Discussions can encourage more active reading, reflection on applications, and metacognition. This session covers the different types of discussion topics that work well for different types of course content and the mechanics of how to introduce and operate them (particularly in larger classes). It also shares a grading rubric that can work across all topics, and some working tips on how to encourage better writing from resistant learners.
11:10–12:00—“Yes, PBL and TBL are Right for You!” (Kersten Schroeder)
  • Problem-based and Team-based Learning are deep-learning approaches that integrate students’ prior knowledge and experiences with problem-solving and communication skills to engage open-ended questions and deepen their understanding of course material.


October 12th, 2018: Safety and Security Issues for Faculty

Registration link forthcoming

9:00–9:15—Coffee and Introductions
9:15–9:45—Campus Security and Safety
10:00–12:00—Optional Sessions (choose one)

  • Session A: Classroom Medical Emergencies
    • 10:00–10:45 Classroom Medical Emergencies
      Facilitated by Environmental Health & Safety
      There are several types of medical emergencies that may occur in the classroom. From severe events such as, cardiac arrest, seizures, and allergic reactions to injuries such as cuts, bruises or falls. This session will introduce faculty to broad knowledge required to be prepared to handle those situations should they arise.
    • 10:45–12:00 CPR/AED Training
      Facilitated by Environmental Health and Safety
      In this session you will learn basic steps to respond to these types of medical emergencies, including how to perform “Hands-Only CPR” and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)
  • Session B: Cyber Security and At-Risk Students
    • 10:00–10:45 Cyber Security Issues for Faculty
      Faciliitated by the Office of Information Security
      In this presentation, we’ll share resources for protection against identity theft and discuss steps to take in the event of a data breach involving your personal information. We’ll give special emphasis to phishing, displaying actual phishing emails that have been received by UCF employees, and learn ways to spot and report these threats.
    • 10:45–12:00 QPR Suicide-Prevention Training
      Facilitated by Counseling and Psychological Services
      Suicide is among the most prevalent causes of death among college and university students, but it is also one of the most preventable. QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) is a suicide prevention program designed to train faculty, staff, students, administrators, and parents in how to effectively recognize and refer persons in distress to campus and community resources.

November 9th, 2018: Reacting to the Past and Inquiry-Based Teaching

Registration link forthcoming

9:00–9:15—Coffee and Introductions
9:15–12:00—Optional Sessions (choose one)

  • Session A: Reacting to the Past: An Immersive Pedagogy
    Join your colleagues and immerse yourself in this "highest" of high-impact pedagogies. This session offers an introduction to the Reacting pedagogy, an intensive workshop during which you will play a Reacting game, and a chance to hear from UCF students who have experienced the pedagogy.
  • Session B: Inquiry-Based Teaching
    Inquiry-based instruction can be a great way to promote deep learning in an engaged and active environment. This session will simulate the inquiry experience to inspire participants to think of their course in the context of researchable questions. Background on inquiry based lessons will be presented as well as techniques to develop inquiry-based activities regardless of class size or content level.


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College of Arts and Humanities Martha    Garcia I consider teaching a vital part of my persona. I am a firm believer in applying teacher-student collaboration through instruction, research, and service. My teaching practice incorporates concepts and premises that I help learners apply pragmatically. I also believe my teaching functions in conjunction with the...

Lisa Smith
College of Health & Public Affairs Lisa  Smith My philosophy of teaching and learning is multifaceted. My teaching environment is complex due to the fact that I teach in classroom and clinical environments. Throughout the classroom and clinical experiences I teach the information and critical thinking processes that the students will lea...

Taylar Wenzel
College of Education & Human Performance Taylar Wenzel Creating the most impactful learning experiences for my students is my primary responsibility and has long been my goal. I bring my experience, research, knowledge from the field, and passion to each and every class meeting and course experience. As educators, we talk a lot about best practice in our field. In the...