April - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up at FCTL and beyond.
Have a great week!

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, April 15th
Workshop: iPads in the Classroom 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Workshop: Motivating Students to Reach Course Objectives 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16th
Honors Teaching Circle 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Workshop: Assessing Learning Outcomes 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, April 17th
Honors Teaching Circle 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Workshop: MOOC Session 5 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. CL1-205

Thursday, April 18th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CL1-205

Friday, April 19th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CL1-205

UCF State of STEM Conference THURSDAY, 8:30 A.M. TO 3 P.M.
The UCF STEM conference will feature an interview with Brian Greene, professor of Physics and Mathematics of Columbia University, national best-selling author, frequent NOVA presenter and world-renowned popularizer of string theory. The interview will be hosted by Brian Shields, Central Florida WFTV Channel 9 Meteorologist.  The conference will also feature a presentation by Richard Taylor, Professor of Physics, Psychology and Art of University of Oregon, on The Nature of Fractal Patterns Across the Arts and Sciences.  Conference attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the featured speakers at 1 p.m.  No RSVP is required, but seating is limited. Closed-circuit streaming will be provided in the Key West room.  See this URL for more information:  http://ww2.graduate.ucf.edu/Calendar/index.cfm?eventID=2407 .

UCF's Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (FCTL) and Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) are co-sponsoring a series of informal, 30-minute information/discussion sessions related to MOOCs (Massively Open Online Courses). To register for *any* session in the series, please visit: http://bit.ly/mooc_lunch.  The final session, called Offering a MOOC, is scheduled for Wednesday from 12:15pm-12:45pm in CL1-207.  To register or make inquiries please visit: http://bit.ly/mooc_lunch

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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