November - Week 4

Hello Everyone-

I hope you had an excellent Thanksgiving break. As you know, it’s Student Perception of Instruction time again. Attached you’ll find detailed instructions for completing these evaluations from the student perspective. Please share this information with your students and remind them of the importance of their participation in this process. Attached you’ll also find the flyer for an event called Virtual Classroom Spaces that will be held this Wednesday at 11 a.m. in CL1 205. See more details below. Please read on for information about upcoming activities and opportunities at FCTL.
Have a good week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF NOVEMBER 26TH
26TH (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.)

Monday, November 26th
Workshop: Managing Grades Using MS Excel 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, November 28th
Workshop: Academic Integrity and Turnitin.com 1:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, November 29th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m

Friday, November 30th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

INVITATION FROM PEARSON EDUCATION: VIRTUAL CLASSROOM SPACES TALK NOVEMBER 28
Faculty members are invited to a lunch/talk on virtual classroom spaces with Bill Prensky, a developer of Virtual Reality environments for CNDG and “Second Life” who provides applications and solutions for teaching and learning through 3D immersive experiences. Learn how these fully immersive learning environments provide live or self-directed instructional spaces; facilitated and instructor-based education; and interactive role play for complex simulations in lecture or lab settings. The event will be held from 11am-12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, November 28th in Classroom Building 1 Room 205. See the attached flyer for more information about the speaker. Please RSVP to Susan Coughlin, Pearson Higher Education Arts and Sciences Publisher’s Representative, at Susan.coughlin@pearson.com by Monday, November 26th.

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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