March - Week 4

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

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF MARCH 18TH
(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, March 25th
Workshop: Motivating Students to Reach Course Objectives 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 27th
Workshop: MOOC Workshop 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, March 28th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CL1-205

Friday, March 29th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. CL1-205

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.

WRITER’S WORKSHOP WITH AUTHOR STEVE BERRY APRIL 12
A writer’s workshop and reception with New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author Steve Berry will take place on campus on Friday, April 12. The event consists of a three-hour writing workshop titled “Lessons from a Bestseller” which includes personal instruction on both fundamentals and advanced techniques applicable to everything from fiction to non-fiction, including suspense, memoir, romance, literary fiction, history and so much more. Faculty and student discounts are available. See attached flyer for details.

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

Sessions are scheduled for the following Wednesdays from 12:15pm-12:45pm in CL1-205:
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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