Thanks to everyone who participated in the 2013 UCF Summer Faculty Development Conference last week. Over 200 faculty and staff members in eight tracks collaborated to develop, design, and assess curricula for programs across campus and worked on a variety of other projects. It was a great week! Pictures and info will be available soon on the FCTL website. Remember that the FCTL staff is available all summer to support your teaching and learning efforts. Feel free to call or stop by if you need assistance and be sure to keep reading listserv posts throughout the summer to be aware of upcoming workshops and events that might be of interest to you. Remember that you can participate in many of our events even if you’re away from campus. Just email us to see about setting up virtual participation. Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. Attached you’ll find a flyer describing summer faculty development activities and an information sheet about a new special issue of Journal of Political Science Education on simulations. This journal is edited by UCF’s own Kerstin Hamann, Hutch Pollock and Bruce Wilson. This is just one example of the great scholarship of teaching and learning activities happening on our campus.
Have a good week!
P.S. Don’t be confused by the changes in room numbers listed below. Classroom One Building, where FCTL is housed, is now identified as CB1 rather than CL1.
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 email@example.com to make arrangements.)
Tuesday, May 14th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CB1-207
Wednesday, May 15th
Workshop: Preparing a Plan for Professional Development 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Friday, May 17th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Workshop: Metacognition in STEM Laboratories 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
SCHOLARSHIP OF TEACHING AND LEARNING (SOTL) DAY
Friday, June 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. FCTL (CB1 207) and Faculty Multimedia Center (CB1 202) If you’re interested in learning about conducting research on effective teaching and learning practices, attend this event featuring a morning showcase of SOTL projects shared by faculty from across campus and an afternoon of workshops for participants ranging from beginning to advanced levels led by representatives of FCTL and the Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness. Lunch included for first 30 registrants. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
TEACHING AND LEARNING DAY
Friday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. FCTL (CB1 207) and Faculty Multimedia Center (CB1 202) Join us for this event celebrating excellence and innovation in instruction. Activities will include sessions on topics such as mapping a plan for your professional development, workshops on specific pedagogical approaches like flipping the classroom, think tank sessions on trends in higher education, and a showcase of award-winning teachers’ favorite pedagogical practices. Lunch included for first 30 registrants. Please email email@example.com to register.
FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2013
Join a faculty writing club to start your summer 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!
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