March - Week 2

Hello everyone-
Below is a summary of upcoming activities at FCTL and beyond. Remember that you do not need to RSVP for the sessions listed below—just come to the center and join us. If you see an FCTL sponsored event listed below and you would like to attend but would have a hard time getting to the center due to scheduling, location, etc., please send an email to us at to request that we make the session available via Adobe Connect webconferencing. We will do our best to accommodate your request. Please note the attached RFP for our summer 2012 Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks faculty development cohort. Also, the Office of Information Fluency is hosting a conference called Information Fluency and the Digital Divides on campus this Wednesday through Friday. The conference is free for all UCF faculty, students, and staff but you do need to register. For more information including all the program details, go to
Have a great week!

Monday, March 12th
Workshop: Tips for Increasing Student Engagement 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Workshop: Game Design in Your Teaching 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Workshop: Modeling Authentic Research Practices in Science Laboratories 4:00 p.m. to 4:50 p.m.

Tuesday, March 13th
Honors Teaching Circle 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. CL1-306
Consultations: Grant Writing 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (No appointment necessary)

Wednesday, March 14th
Honors Teaching Circle 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. CL1-306
Consultations: Grant Writing 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (No appointment necessary)

Thursday, March 15th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Meet i>clicker2 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CL1-202
Consultations: Grant Writing 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (No appointment necessary)

Friday, March 16th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 to 12:00
Workshop: Prezi: A New, Free Alternative to PowerPoint 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Workshop: Tips for Increasing Student Engagement 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Do you have trouble finding the time to work on your writing? Do you have an article that you would like to develop? If so, you are invited to apply for the summer 2012 FCTL Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to enable faculty to produce an article manuscript for submission to an academic journal. It is designed to help participants to make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations. It is also designed to help participants make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the summer C term to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication. The workshop will begin the first week of C term (May 14–18) and end the last week of the term (July 30­–August 3rd). Participants should be prepared to attend six face-to-face meeting (in weeks 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 11), to have occasional online “check ins” with the workshop group, and, most importantly, to talk about their work with colleagues. Each participant will receive a copy of the Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks book prior to the beginning of the workshop and a grant of $300 upon completion. If you are interested, please fill out the attached application form and return to workshop leader, Anna Maria Jones, by March 30, 2012.

Please visit the to find the latest updates about the WAC Program's activities, announcements about grants and other special programs, and other materials. Please also consider subscribing to the WAC mailing list, which you can do on the website.


The Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program announces the WAC Starter Grant Program. The purpose of the program is to foster the development of effective ways to teach writing in the disciplines, through the design of innovative instructional approaches, assignments, and classroom activities. Grants will be awarded to assist faculty in designing activities, assignments, outcomes, and even courses that will improve the teaching and learning of writing in their departments and programs. Individual faculty members and small faculty teams from all departments and academic units are eligible to apply. Part-time faculty may apply as a part of a team that includes full-time faculty. We particularly encourage applications from faculty members teaching GEP courses, courses that serve as a gateway to a major, online courses, and large lecture courses. A total of $5000 is available for up to ten awards. Awards will typically range from $200 to $500, with the exact amount depending on the scope of the proposed project. To read the full text of the call for proposals and to apply, go to the website of the WAC Program at

Over the next year, UCF will be migrating to a new course management system (CMS) for our Webcourses@UCF platform because the product we are currently using, a Blackboard system called WebCT Vista, will be discontinued by the company as of July 2013.

In order to select the best replacement possible, we will be evaluating other course management systems during the next few months. We have also scheduled demonstration sessions for each vendor to showcase their product, provide a roadmap for future development, and answer any questions you may have.

All faculty members are invited to attend these open sessions, even if you can’t attend all sessions or can only attend for a portion of the allotted time. All demonstrations will occur at the Morgridge International Reading Center as follows:
Monday, April 16, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Instructure Canvas
Tuesday, April 17, 2012, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.: Desire2Learn
Wednesday, April 18, 2012, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Blackboard Learn

Faculty input will be critical in the selection process. Please do all you can to attend and send us your feedback. For more information about our CMS review and migration, please refer to This website includes an online form that will allow you to conveniently submit your input about any and all of the above course management systems. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Center for Distributed Learning at

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!

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Melody Bowdon, Director
UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Phone: 407-823-3544



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