December - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. Please stop by and see us if you have questions about end-of-semester issues or about ideas for a spring course. If you are a STEM faculty member interested in participating in a faculty development cohort called Writing Your STEM Journal Article in Twelve Weeks, please apply here http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_bavE5EuKUnci13n by December 10. See flyer attached for more info.
Happy grading,
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
(All events will be held in CB1 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 3
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Technology Tour of Classroom Building II hosted by Office of Instructional Resources (see more info below) 1:00 p.m.to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 5
Workshop: Final Grade Management 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Friday, December 6
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

TECHNOLOGY OPEN HOUSE FOR CLASSROOM BUILDING II
Faculty and other members of the UCF community are cordially invited to attend an Instructional Technology Open House for Classroom Building 2 (CB2) on Tuesday, December 3rd from 1:00-3:00 p.m. Please join the Office of Instructional Resources (OIR) for tours of the seven classrooms in CB2 to view the new accommodations and the latest classroom technology. CB2 embodies new classroom multimedia standards for UCF, featuring high-definition document cameras and projectors, and touchscreen monitors. (Classroom Building 2 is located between Classroom Building 1 and Parking Garage H, on the Memory Mall. Please come to the Memory Mall entrance, to the right of the ROTC entrance, where the tour will begin.)

2013 FLORIDA BOOK AWARDS COMPETITION NOW OPEN; DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS DEC. 2, 2013
Established in 2006 and now the most comprehensive state book awards program in the nation, the contest recognizes and celebrates the year’s best books penned by full-time residents of the Sunshine State, with the exception of submissions to the Florida Nonfiction and Visual Arts categories, whose authors may live elsewhere. The contest categories include General Fiction, Young Adult Literature, Children’s Literature, Florida Nonfiction, Poetry, Popular Fiction, Visual Arts, Spanish Language, and the recently added category for General Nonfiction. Entries, which can be submitted by anyone (e.g. publisher, author or literary agent), must have both an original copyright date between Jan. 1, 2013, and Dec. 31, 2013, and an International Standard Book Number (ISBN). Applicants are encouraged to submit their books into competition any time after the competition is launched, and as soon as possible after books are officially published. All entries must be received no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 2, 2013 (this is not a postmark deadline). For general information and the entry form, requirements, and more detailed instructions for the 2013 Florida Book Awards, visit http://floridabookawards.lib.fsu.edu.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2013
Join a faculty writing club to start your 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 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!

 

 

 

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William Russell
College of Education and Human Performance William       Russell I became a teacher because I wanted to have a positive impact on students’ lives. To ensure that I positively impact students, I follow three basic beliefs: I believe students have different learning styles which require various instructional strategies, methods, and techniques. I believe that the in...

Amr Oloufa
College of Engineering and Computer Science Amr        Oloufa My teaching philosophy relies on the following key foundations: Teach only what students are not likely to learn on their own. Foster collaborative learning while maintaining initiative and personal responsibility. And finally, create a life-long quest for learning and knowledge. I am a ...

Claudia Schippert
College of Arts and Humanities Claudia  Schippert At the center of my teaching philosophy is my commitment to challenge students to examine “common sense” knowledge and to think creatively from different perspectives in order to grapple with complex negotiations of religious, political, and cultural identities in different times and places. I ask ...