April - Week 4

Hello everyone-

This week FCTL will collaborate with the Offices of Diversity Initiatives, Experiential Learning, Information Fluency and International Studies as well as Student Development and Enrollment Services, the Women’s Research Center, the Writing Across the Curriculum Program and other organizations across campus to host the Summer Faculty Development Conference. The conference theme is Education and the 21st Century Student: Global, Cultural, and Professional Perspectives. Over 200 faculty members from across campus will join us to work on a wide range of projects to enhance their curricula, but all faculty and staff are welcome to attend sessions, connect with colleagues, and learn about critical issues related to teaching and learning. For more information, check out the online program at this URL: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/2012/summer_conference_2012_agenda.pdf.
Have a great week and join us if you can!

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.

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.

The writing club will not meet this week, but we’ll be back in full swing during the week of May 7. Join us to get a jumpstart on your productive summer! 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 Tuesday 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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