April - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Attached you’ll find an update from the libraries as well as a flyer about Harvard Physicist Eric Mazur’s upcoming visit to campus.
Have a great week!
Melody

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 fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Tuesday, April 15th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Using Gradebook Tools to Prepare Final Grades 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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

STEM EDUCATION RESEARCH READING GROUP
The STEM Education Research Reaching Group will hold our final meeting for Spring 2014 to discuss an article about GTA self-image. This paper, written by a well-respected chemistry education researcher at USF, has implications for how we educate graduate students and work with them as partners in instruction. The article, which can be found at this link http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/ed200859e, could be of interest to anyone working with or training GTAs as well as other types of student assistants like Learning Assistants and Undergraduate Teaching Assistants. Please join us Monday, April 14th from 12-1 p.m. in Physical Sciences room 445 as we discuss the paper and its implications.

INFORMATION SESSION ABOUT UNDERGRADUATE LEARNING ASSISTANTS ON APRIL 21
You are invited to a poster session presented by the Physics Department Learning Assistants on Monday, April 21 from 4 – 5 PM in the atrium of the Physical Sciences Building. Learning Assistants are talented undergraduate students who work with faculty to facilitate student-centered instruction and group work. One novel aspect of the Learning Assistant model is that students take a one-credit pedagogy seminar. Come learn how Learning Assistants can help you transform your class! Coffee and light refreshments will be served. More details are available at: http://physics.cos.ucf.edu/phystec/la/. Contact Jackie Chini, Director of the Learning Assistant Program, at jchini@ucf.edu with any questions.

EUROPEAN HERITAGE WEEK SPEAKER
The Multicultural Student Center is proud to host European Heritage Week, April 14-18. This Week is designed to recognize and celebrate the contributions of European Americans. Mr. Tim Wise will serve as the keynote speaker for European Heritage Week on Monday, April 14th, at 7 p.m. in the Student Union Cape Florida Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public. Mr. Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Recently named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World” by Utne Reader, Wise has spoken in all 50 states, on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.

UCF’S S.A.F.E. (STUDENT-VETERAN ALLIED FACULTY EDUCATION) TRAINING
UCF’s (VARC) and the Orlando VA’s VITAL program are excited to continue the S.A.F.E. training program for UCF’s staff and faculty. As Veterans return from foreign conflicts and leave the military, they are returning to school and their transitions from the military to life at UCF can come with unique hurdles and challenges. S.A.F.E. training was created to help educate UCF faculty and staff about specific Student Veteran challenges. The next Spring 2014 training session will be held on April 18.

SPRINGER EBOOKS Springer is a major publisher of academic and professional books and series. Their eBooks are suitable for research, study, and course projects, and can be assigned as textbooks. The UCF Library has perpetual rights and online access to Springer books published in English between 2005 and 2014, comprising of over 16,000 volumes. In addition, UCF users have access from 1997 to 2014 to all of Springer’s major book series, including the well-known Lecture Notes Series. Springer eBooks are available to all UCF students, faculty and staff anywhere, anytime. Because Springer eBooks are in PDF format, students can print, e-mail, and download entire chapters and books to read off-line on a cell phone, eBook reader (such as Kindle), laptop, or any computer. Many of the titles are suitable as textbooks and faculty may choose to replace or supplement their main textbooks with Springer eBooks. There is no limit on the number of people who can open Springer eBooks at one time, and any fair use of the content for educational purposes is allowed, including embedding the content in Canvas. Students who are content to use the eBooks may not need to buy a copy of the text. Students that prefer print may order a rapid-print copy of any of the Springer titles which will be bound and shipped to their address for $25. This convenient resource is an excellent way for faculty and students to contribute to the teaching and research mission of UCF without purchasing textbooks. Any questions regarding Springer eBooks may be directed to Michael Arthur, Head of Acquisitions & Collection Services. Email: Michael.arthur@ucf.edu Phone: 407-882-0143

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2014
Join a faculty writing club to 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!

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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