April - Week 3

Hello everyone-

Below is a summary of upcoming activities at FCTL and beyond. 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 this week’s UCF State of STEM Conference. Later this week we’ll post the program for the Summer Faculty Development Conference, a collaborative event sponsored by a number of UCF offices. Everyone is welcome to attend; the conference will be held May 1-4. Please also note information below about an international teaching and learning conference to be held in January of 2013 here at UCF and hosted by FCTL. We hope many UCF faculty members will participate.

Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF APRIL 23rd
Tuesday, April 24th
Workshop: Top iPad Apps for Education 10:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, April 25th
Consultations: Grant Writing 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Workshop: Turnitin.com 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, April 26th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Turnitin.com 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Prezi: A New, Free Alternative to PowerPoint 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Workshop: Transitioning Verification Labs to Guided Inquiry Labs 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Consultations: Grant Writing 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, April 27th
Consultations: Grant Writing 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Lectures in a Can: Capturing Narrated PowerPoints 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

CALL FOR CONFERENCE PROPOSALS: HIGHER EDUCATION TEACHING AND LEARNING: EXPLORING SPACES FOR LEARNING UCF, JANUARY 2013
Please consider submitting a proposal to the Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association International Conference, which will be held here at UCF next January in cooperation with FCTL. The theme of this interdisciplinary conference, Exploring Spaces for Learning, will accommodate a wide range of teaching and learning concerns, including engagement with students in informal learning sites, virtual learning spaces, global classrooms, and sites for experiential learning. Proposals are due May 18. Please go to this URL to find more info about the event and to submit a proposal: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/hetl2013/ . We hope to see UCF represented well at this event! Please email melody@ucf.edu with questions.

UCF STATE OF STEM CONFERENCE APRIL 26TH
Please consider attending parts or the entire UCF-STEM conference of April 26th 2012 at the UCF Fairwinds Alumni Center. The UCF-STEM conference is sponsored by the NSF funded UCF ICubed project (http://icubed.ucf.edu) The conference will start with opening remarks from UCF Provost and Executive Vice-President Tony Waldrop and will feature two distinguished speakers, Professor Harry Kroto, a chemist from FSU and Nobel Laureate, and Professor Christos Papadimitriou, a computer scientist from Berkeley and a National Academy of Sciences and Engineering member. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES PRESENTS RUSSELL CARPENTER FROM EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY APRIL 30th
The College of Arts and Humanities and the Texts and Technology Ph.D. program invite all UCF faculty to attend a special guest lecture by Dr. Russell Carpenter. Carpenter is Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity at Eastern Kentucky University. His work explores questions such as “what role does creativity play in the ways we engage texts and technologies,” and “in what way does creativity inspire multimodal communication design”? Carpenter will take a look at these questions through examples developed in the innovative Noel Studio for Academic Creativity. Working through various projects developed in this new space, Carpenter will provide a philosophical discussion of the texts and technologies involved and then put these theories into practice by exploring a pedagogy of creativity. Using creativity as a lens, Carpenter will demonstrate how the theories of texts and technology inform nearly every aspect of innovative communication design. The presentation takes place on Monday, April 30, at 6pm in the Morgridge International Reading Center Global Communications Room. RSVPs to rudy@ucf.edu are appreciated. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, see http://tandt.cah.ucf.edu/events.php.

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.

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.

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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