January - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities this week at FCTL and beyond. Please stop by or call us if you have questions about getting started for the spring semester. See attached flyers from partner organizations across campus, which will provide you with information about the 7th Annual UCF Public Administration Research Conference, the International Online Learning Colloquium, and a health-focused workshop for faculty.
Have a good first week back!!

(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, January 7th
Workshop: First Day of Class 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (CNH-146)

Tuesday, January 8th
Workshop: First Day of Class 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (CNH-146)

Wednesday, January 9th
International Online Learning Colloquium 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (Teaching Academy) See flyer and info below.
Workshop: Speaking Credibly in the Classroom 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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

Friday, January 11th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Dear Faculty: YOU are invited to join us for an event on January 9th, 2013 at the UCF Teaching Academy! We will be hosting The INTERNATIONAL ONLINE LEARNING COLLOQUIUM, including an INTERNATIONAL EXPERTS PANEL PRESENTATION on "The Current and Future Status of International Online Learning" in the morning, interactive Sessions in the afternoon, and concluding with networking and refreshments. See attached flyers for more information.

As you may have heard, the new Webcourses@UCF Canvas platform will impact myUCF Grades. However, just to clarify, this will have no impact on how faculty input final course grades within the myUCF portal. That process remains unchanged. If you are unfamiliar with myUCF Grades, it has existed under the Online Course Tools tab within myUCF. Every semester, limited gradebook sections of all courses have been automatically created within this area. Faculty have had the choice to use or ignore these online gradebooks. Starting in Spring 2013, myUCF Grades will be replaced by the ability to use the full, unlimited Webcourses@UCF platform to web-enhance face-to-face courses without any training requirement. However, faculty will need to create their online sections through the regular Faculty Webcourse Manager process that has always been used to web-enhance courses. Be assured that this is a simple process that only takes a minute to complete. Instructions can be found at: http://teach.ucf.edu/files/2012/11/Canvas-Semester-Checklist.pdf.
For a quick faculty tour of Canvas: http://onlinesupport.cdl.ucf.edu/webcourses/faculty-tour
To access training materials: http://teach.ucf.edu/resources/webcourses-migration/resources/
To search a database of help topics: http://onlinesupport.cdl.ucf.edu/docs/instructors/
For questions or assistance, do not hesitate to contact Online@UCF Support at: http://teach.ucf.edu/support/

2. NATIONAL SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPATION OPPORTUNITY New Models of Instructional Delivery and Credentialing: Broadening the Opportunities for Florida Students
The Florida Virtual Campus, in conjunction with its Distance Learning and Student Services Members Council, are hosting the New Models of Instructional Delivery and Credentialing Symposium on February 7, 2013, in Orlando, Florida. This national symposium will bring together postsecondary education leaders from across the country into one location to explore the significant opportunities and challenges facing competency-based education and credit-for-prior-learning models. These models are being embraced for their potential to transform higher education by increasing educational effectiveness, reduce time required to earn a degree, and grow a competitive workforce. The symposium will feature a host of speakers and topic experts, and provide participants with an increased awareness and understanding of prevailing models, program alignment with SACS accreditation, and related state legislation. A key component of the event will be the opportunity for participants to engage in panel discussions with other educational leaders on these topics—valuable input that is sure to help shape and refine such initiatives nationwide. Seating is limited so we encourage you to register now!

The Symposium will be held at the Hilton Orlando-Altamonte Spring. Due to space limitations, attendance will be available on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum number is reached. Please make sure that you register early if you would like to join us in Orlando for this strategic meeting.

UCF CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY EVENTS FOR JANUARY Please visit www.womens.research.ucf.edu for the complete schedule for Spring 2013 Semester A Conversation to Encourage Women to Apply for the UCF Excellence Awards (Teaching, Advising, Professional Service and Research).
Wednesday, January 9, 2013, 10:45am – Noon, CNH 401 Conference Room
In collaboration with UCF Women’s Studies Dept. "Informal conversations with Excellence Awards past faculty winners." Faculty will have their winning portfolios available for display and discussion. Come and learn how to become the next winner.

Book Club: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot Wednesday, January 23, 2013, Noon – 1:00 pm, FCTL CL1 ‐207 Conference Room In collaboration with FCTL

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

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