April - Week 2

Hello everyone-

Below is a summary of upcoming activities at FCTL and beyond. Please pay special attention to the information below about this week’s 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. Attached you’ll find instructions you can share with your students regarding how to complete their Student Perception of Instruction forms, the RFP for the Summer 2012 Tech Camp, and a flyer for an Earth Day Workday at Canaveral National Seashore. Finally, keep an eye out for the Summer Faculty Development Conference Program, a collaborative event sponsored by a number of UCF offices. Everyone is welcome to attend; the conference will be held May 1-4.

Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 16th
Monday, April 16th
Information Session: Instructure Canvas 9:00 a.m. to noon (Morgridge International Reading Center)

Tuesday, April 17th
Information Session: Desire2Learn 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Morgridge International Reading Center)
Consultations: Grant Writing 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no appointment necessary)
Check out the Service-Learning Student Showcase 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Pegasus Ballroom)

Wednesday, April 18th
Information Session: Blackboard Learn 9:00 a.m. to noon (Morgridge International Reading Center)
Consultations: Grant Writing 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no appointment necessary)

Thursday, April 19th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Assessment in Service-Learning 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Consultations: Grant Writing 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (no appointment necessary)
Workshop: Turnitin.com 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Friday, April 20th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Turnitin.com 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

LEARNING MANAGEMENT SYSTEM DEMONSTRATIONS APRIL 16, 17, AND 18
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.

INSTRUCTIONS ATTACHED FOR STUDENT PERCEPTION OF INSTRUCTION
While most faculty want to encourage all students in their classes to complete their Student Perception of Instruction forms, having never completed them as students ourselves can make it hard for us to do so. Attached you’ll find detailed, student-centered (and student-authored) instructions for completing the forms. Feel free to share these directions with your students as you remind them how much their feedback matters.

NEW TOOL FOR TRANSCRIBING VIDEOS AVAILABLE IN FACULTY MULTIMEDIA CENTER (CLASSROOM 1, ROOM 202)
Are you preparing video lectures for a course and looking for a reasonably efficient way to transcribe them for students with vision or hearing impairments? Stop by the Faculty Multimedia Center to learn about a new feature of Camtasia 7. This version of the tool can transcribe audio at 80% fidelity or better and makes it relatively easy to edit the results. The program plants the captions right on the screen with the video, even changing every few seconds in a quite natural way. It even imports existing video lectures (even in SWF format!) for this purpose – so you don’t have to start from scratch to make use of this discovery. The feature is only included in Version 7 of Camtasia, but you can find that product on the FMC computers. Stop by the FMC to learn more.

SUMMER 2012 TECH CAMP MAY 11 AND MAY 18: RFP ATTACHED
Faculty are invited to submit a proposal for the Summer 2012 Tech Camp. Participants will view short “parlor” presentations about new and emerging technology tools on Friday, May 11, and return on Friday, May 18, to demonstrate activities and objects built using the new tools. Proposals are due by April 27.

PRIDE FACULTY & STAFF ASSOCIATION SOCIAL APRIL 25TH
The PRIDE Faculty & Staff Association at UCF will hold its inaugural kickoff social on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 in the Burnett Honors College Reading Room. The event will be from 5 to 7 pm and will include drinks and snacks. Come to the get together to learn more about the group, its mission and vision, and to see how you can get involved. This group is open to all UCF LGBT faculty and staff and allies. If interested in attending, please contact Boyd Lindsley at boyd@ucf.edu or 407-823-6751.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB
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…
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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