Below is a list this of this week’s FCTL activities. If you’re starting to plan your fall courses and need ideas about incorporating new technologies, experimenting with assessment strategies, or conducting research on student learning outcomes, please contact our office for support. The FCTL staff is available to you all summer long to discuss all of these subjects and more. Remember that many of our workshops can be modified to incorporate videoconferencing, allowing you to participate from your home or office (or exotic locale!). Just be sure to give us a few hours to plan for that if you’re interested.
Have a great week!
HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF AUGUST 6TH
Tuesday, August 7th
Workshop: New Semester Countdown 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Academic Integrity and Turnitin.com 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Workshop: Engaging Students on the First Day of Class 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, August 9th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: New Semester Countdown 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Friday, August 10th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
JOIN THE FCTL GREATER ORLANDO HEART WALK TEAM!
UCF has supported the Greater Orlando Heart Walk for the past ten years. Provost Tony Waldrop has invited everyone on campus to get involved with this year's walk, which will take place on Saturday, September 15, at Loch Haven Park. Like many groups on campus, FCTL will have a team. Please consider joining our team as a walker or a donor.
To join our team, please go to this URL: http://tinyurl.com/facultycenter-heartwalk and select "join our team".
For more information about the walk, go to http://greaterorlandoheartwalk.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=1008015.
COME WALK WITH US!
To prepare for the September event, we are leading walking sessions Monday – Thursday at 1:00, and we will walk around campus between 30 and 60 minutes. Feel free to join in when you can. We will meet at the Classroom Building Patio (the south side of the building facing the pond and cypress dome) and leave by 1:05. The sessions will start on Monday, August 6, 2012 and will run right up until the week before the walk. Route map attached. So put your walking shoes on and come join us! RSVP: Eileen.Ryan@ucf.edu
2012 FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION NOW OPEN
Submission Deadline is Dec. 1, 2012
Awards categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language Book, and General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both an original publication date between Jan. 1, 2012, and Dec. 31, 2012, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). 2012 winners will be announced in February 2013. For general information, entry form, requirements, and detailed instructions for the 2012 Florida Book Awards, visit http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu/index.php.
BACK TO SCHOOL PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES
Strategies for Teaching: The Basics and Beyond
Wednesday, Aug 15 1pm-5pm CL1-207
Join us for a discussion of best practices in teaching on topics such as syllabus design, lecturing effectively, classroom management / student interactions, lesson planning, creating and grading assignments, interactive techniques, and teaching with technology. This event will be especially valuable for faculty members who are relatively new to the classroom and would like some foundational information.
To register, please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
Fall 2012 Adjunct Retreat
Wednesday, August 15, 6pm-9pm (Nuts-and-Bolts)
Thursday, August 16, 2pm-5pm (Nuts-and-Bolts)
Saturday, August 18, 9am-4pm (Nuts-and-Bolts and Pedagogy)
Classroom Building-1, Room 207
We hold training sessions for adjunct faculty once per semester, covering both nuts-and-bolts (rosters, legal matters, syllabi) and more general pedagogy (how to hold effective and interesting lectures, increase student engagement, and build courses that are balanced and aligned between goals, objectives, assignments, and teaching practice). The retreat is either a three hour (nuts-and-bolts) or seven hour event (including more in-depth pedagogical topics) with an hour set aside for lunch on your own.
Some of the topics discussed will include:
We will confirm registration the program a few weeks before the semester begins. Call (823-3544) or email the Faculty Center (email@example.com) if you have questions.
FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2012
Join a faculty writing club to make the most of your 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…
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
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