Teaching and Learning Days

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

September 28th, 2018: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Day

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Day will offer an opportunity for faculty to explore study-design, SoTL methodologies, and data management and treatment as these topics relate to their own SoTL projects. Representatives from FCTL, IKM, OEAS, RITE, as well as an experienced SoTL researcher will facilitate sessions throughout the day. A panel of faculty from various disciplines who engage in SoTL research will share their experience and expertise. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4fD6vpFGNVa3at by September 27th.


  • Publishing SoTL
    Facilitated by: Dr. Liz Grauerholz

    This presentation will discuss effective strategies for publishing SoTL work. Drawing on six years as an editor of a SoTL journal, Dr. Grauerholz will explore authors’ common mistakes and what makes a strong manuscript. These tips can help researchers with designing SoTL studies to ensure success down the road as well as considerations for preparing manuscripts for submission to a journal.
10:00–10:50—Breakout Sessions
  • Session A: Exploring Opportunities for SoTL Research: How can institutional data help?
    Facilitated by: Dr. Pat Lancey, Assistant Vice President Operational Excellence and Assessment Support and Pat Ramsey, Director, Institutional Knowledge Management

    This active session will provide an overview of the resources available through OEAS that can inform your SoTL research. Bring your research questions or project ideas to share with colleagues so we can explore the following questions: What resources are available through OEAS to assist with SoTL research? How can access to institutional data such as program assessment (https://assessment.ucf.edu/) and student responses to UCF survey studies (https://knowledgebase.ucf.edu/) help you frame or refine your research question? What should I consider when designing my study and choosing an appropriate analysis approach?
    Pat Ramsey will give an overview of some of the dynamic data IKM has made available to faculty. This will include a brief introduction to the IKM website https://ikm.ucf.edu/ where she will demonstrate Interactive Facts, Analytics Dashboards, Pegasus Mine Portal, and ways to submit a data request.
  • Session B: Framing the Research Question
    Framing the Research Question. Facilitated by: Researchers in the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning and Patsy Moskal, Associate Director of the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE)

    During this session, members of FCTL and RITE will discuss ways they support faculty SoTL projects and provide some ongoing examples. The remainder of the session will be used as interactive working time for participants to begin designing or developing their own projects. Bring your questions and ideas!
11:00–12:00—Faculty Panel
  • Several faculty on campus are engaged in successful SoTL or discipline-specific research programs. Five of these faculty from various disciplines will share their experiences and expertise in designing, carrying out, and disseminating their research. Your questions for the panel will be collected in advance and the most common and generalizable questions will be posed at the beginning of the session. Then, the floor will be open for spontaneous questions. The purpose of this panel is not only to learn from your colleagues’ experience, but to get an opportunity to network with them and other faculty engaged in SoTL.

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

Over the past couple of years active shooter incidents like Pulse Nightclub and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School tragedies have cost dozens of lives and affected the mental health of thousands more. Data breaches at Equifax and Facebook have compromised the security of personal data for tens of millions of Americans. In this teaching and learning day, we’ve put together faculty-specific resources to address safety and security issues at a range of levels. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezFRr47oL6S63Ln through Monday, October 8th.

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

  • 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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