April - Week 1

Hello everyone-

Below is a summary of upcoming activities at FCTL and beyond. Remember that you do not need to RSVP for the sessions listed below—just come to the center and join us. If you see an FCTL sponsored event listed and you would like to attend but would have a hard time getting to the center due to scheduling, location, etc., please send an email to us at FCTL@ucf.edu to request that we make the session available via Adobe Connect webconferencing. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

Please pay special attention to the information below about upcoming information sessions regarding learning management systems under consideration for use here at UCF when the current Blackboard product becomes unavailable next fall. Please make every effort to attend as many of these sessions as you can and share your feedback with the staff at the Center for Distributed Learning. Watch for the Faculty Focus that will be in your mailbox soon and will include an article about the evaluation and selection process currently underway.

Have a great week!

Tuesday, April 10th
Workshop: Assessment in Service-Learning 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Lectures in a Can: Capturing Narrated PowerPoints 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Honors Teaching Circle 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CL1-306
Consultations: Grant Writing 2:00 to 5:00 (no appointment necessary)

Wednesday, April 11th
Honors Teaching Circle 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CL1-306
Consultations: Grant Writing 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (no appointment necessary)

Thursday, April 12th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Consultations: Grant Writing 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (no appointment necessary)

Friday, April 13th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Top iPad Apps for Education 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
WRC/FCTL Spring Book Club Meeting 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

All faculty members are invited to attend demonstrations of three learning management systems under consideration for adoption at UCF. The sessions are scheduled in the Morgridge International Reading Center at the following dates and times:
    Instructure Canvas: Monday, April 16, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
    Desire2Learn: Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Blackboard Learn: Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Faculty input will be critical in the selection process. Please do all you can to attend and send CDL your feedback. Please also review the detailed charts comparing these products to our current LMS at this URL: http://teach.ucf.edu/migration/comparison-charts/ . If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the Center for Distributed Learning at distrib@ucf.edu.

The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program announces the WAC Starter Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to foster the development of effective ways to teach writing in the disciplines, through the design of innovative instructional approaches, assignments, and classroom activities. Grants will be awarded to assist faculty in designing activities, assignments, outcomes, and even courses that will improve the teaching and learning of writing in their departments and programs. Individual faculty members and small faculty teams from all departments and academic units are eligible to apply. Part-time faculty may apply as a part of a team that includes full-time faculty. We particularly encourage applications from faculty members teaching GEP courses, courses that serve as a gateway to a major, online courses, and large lecture courses. A total of $5000 is available for up to ten awards. Awards will typically range from $200 to $500, with the exact amount depending on the scope of the proposed project. To read the full text of the call for proposals and to apply, go to the website of the WAC Program at http://wac.cah.ucf.edu

Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop--join your colleagues on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

If you tweet about teaching and learning issues, please follow me on Twitter @MelodyBowdon; I’ll follow you too!

Melody Bowdon, Director
UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Phone: 407-823-3544



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