December - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities this week at FCTL and beyond. Attached you’ll find detailed instructions for completing student evaluations from the student perspective. Please share this information with your students and remind them of the importance of their participation in this process. Students may complete the forms until the first day of finals (Wednesday). See additional information about student and faculty perception of instruction forms and procedures below. Please stop by or call FCTL if you have questions about wrapping up this semester or getting started for the spring.
Have a good week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 3RD
(All events will be held in CL1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Tuesday, December 4th
Workshop: Academic Integrity and Turnitin.com 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 6th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Using Clickers in the Classroom 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, December 7th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

STRATEGIES FOR MAXIMIZING RESPONSE RATES FOR STUDENT PERCEPTION OF INSTRUCTION (from Teaching at UCF p. 75)

  • Remind students when the evaluations are available and share the instructions referenced above with them to ensure that they understand how to access and complete the forms
  • Include a reference to the evaluations in your course schedule to help students focus on the goal of completing them at the end of the term
  • Explain to students why evaluations are administered, and how you and others on campus will use the information provided in them
  • Create an atmosphere of mutual respect and engagement in which students will believe that their feedback will be considered and valued
  • Consider sharing examples of changes you’ve made in your course as a result of student suggestions to motivate students to respond productively
  • Consider putting a date on your syllabus when students can bring in their laptops or tablet devices and complete their evaluations at the beginning or end of class while you are out of the room
  • Check with your department about the option of adding supplemental questions to the evaluation form.

FACULTY PERCEPTION OF INSTRUCTION
One useful way to evaluate your own teaching is to use the Faculty Perception of Instruction form. The UCF Faculty Senate developed this instrument to allow faculty members to reflect on their teaching experience. The form provides an opportunity to document and contextualize instructional experiences each semester before receiving the Student Perception of Instruction (SPoI) results. Faculty can complete the form for each of the classes taught in the semester and can store the files for their own future reference and planning purposes. Faculty responses can be compared with student responses to assist with interpretation of SPoI results. Faculty members have the option to share their Faculty Perception of Instruction (FPoI) with their chair or others. Participation is completely voluntary. Download the FPoI at the FCTL website: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/FacultySuccess/SemesterEssentials/studentperceptions.php.

RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO HELP PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE MIGRATION TO CANVAS
Please share information with your students about these two new tutorials that will help them to get ready to use our new learning management system. Canvas Student Tour: http://onlinesupport.cdl.ucf.edu/webcourses/instructure-canvas-student-tour/
Canvas Login Demo: http://onlinesupport.cdl.ucf.edu/webcourses/log-in-to-webcourses2ucfcanvas-instructors/

FACULTY CANVAS MIGRATION TRAINING INFORMATION
As the time for the campus migration to a new Learning Management System draws near, the Center for Distributed Learning is offering a number of faculty development workshops. You can check out the schedule at this URL: http://teach.ucf.edu/resources/webcourses-migration/canvas-training/.

MEET AND GREET SESSIONS: VETERANS AFFAIRS AND UCF PARTNER TO HELP STUDENT VETERANS
Student veterans are a unique group on the UCF campus. Along with an array of positive characteristics, student veteran face a number of unique challenges. To better serve the student veterans on campus, the Orlando Veterans Affairs Medical Center and UCF have partnered to host the VA’s VITAL Initiative. This program places VA mental health staff on the UCF campus to conduct outreach to student veterans, provide mental health services to the student veterans, and provide education about veterans’ needs to the staff and faculty. Dr. Bryan Batien is joining the UCF team as the VITAL coordinator. He earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and has been with the VA for almost two years. He is also an Iraq combat veteran and brings a combination of professional and real life experience to this position. FCTL will be hosting a series of meet and greet sessions with Dr. Batien over the next few weeks. Please stop by and find out how this partnership can help you in your work with student veterans.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB 2012
Join a faculty writing club to start your fall semester off with a focus on productivity and camaraderie. 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!

 

 

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