March - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up at FCTL and beyond. Please note that starting this week CDL and FCTL will host a series of workshops about MOOCs (massively open online courses), a hot topic in higher education today. The first session, called “What are MOOCs and What Can I Do with Them in My Teaching?” happens this Wednesday from 12:15-12:45 at FCTL. See additional info below. Everyone is welcome to participate. Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 11TH
(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.)

Wednesday, March 13th
Workshop: MOOC Workshop 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. CL1-205

Thursday, March 14th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CL1-205
Workshop: Incorporating Service-Learning into the STEM Classroom 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m

Friday, March 15th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CL1-205
Workshop: Professional Communication 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CNH-146

WEBINAR: WOMEN VETERANS RETURNING TO CAMPUS MARCH 28
In honor of Women’s History Month, the Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) will be hosting a webinar called “Women Veterans Returning to Campus: Exploring the Military and Gender Transition Issues.” The event is Thursday, March 28 at 2:00 in ENG2 Room 0205. We look forward to a great discussion following the webinar led by one of our very own female student veterans. We hope you are able to join us as we honor our heroes and explore these issues further! For more information contact Stacie.McLeod@ucf.edu.

MOOC DISCUSSIONS SESSION SERIES
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

3/13 Session 1: “What are MOOCs and What Can I Do with Them in My Teaching?”
Massive Open, Online Courses/Communities/Content (MOOCs) are one of the most talked about educational phenomena in recent years with the New York Times declaring 2012 “the year of the MOOC.” In this first in a series of brief, informal lunch gatherings (bring your food) come find out more about MOOCs and the range of ways in which teaching faculty might find them of use.

Sessions are scheduled for the following Wednesdays from 12:15pm-12:45pm in CL1-205:
3/13- Session 1: “What are MOOCs and What Can I Do with Them in My Teaching?”
3/20- Session 2: Linking MOOC learning activities to supplement academic courses
3/27- Session 3: Repurposing MOOC Content for to academic courses
4/10- Session 4: Participating in a MOOC as professional development
4/17- Session 5: Offering a MOOC
(Please note that no session is scheduled for April 3.)
To register or make inquiries please visit: http://bit.ly/mooc_lunch

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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