January - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about this week’s activities. FCTL is hosting the International Higher Education Teaching and Learning Association conference today through Tuesday, so our office presence will be a bit lighter than usual at the beginning of the week. You may run into some of the over 400 scholars from nearly 40 countries who will be participating in the event on campus—please take a moment to say hello and welcome them if you can. For questions about Canvas, please contact CDL. We’ll do our best to answer emails about other matters during the conference, but activities will be back in full swing on Wednesday. See attached flyers from partner organizations across campus, which will provide you with information about the 7th Annual UCF Public Administration Research Conference and a health-focused workshop for faculty.
Have a good week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 14TH
(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, January 15th
Honors Teaching Circle 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 16th
Honors Teaching Circle 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 17th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, January 18th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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

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)

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!

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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