August - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Welcome back!  Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  We will offer Faculty Learning Communities again this fall.  If you’re a returning faculty member,  register here by September 3: .  If you’re a new/ish faculty member (fewer than three years at UCF), register here by this Wednesday:

Here’s some info about a new campus resource for students:  In collaboration with other UCF units, the University Writing Center is a pilot site this fall for a new software package called "Read & Write Gold" that can assist students with reading and writing tasks. This technology will be available to ALL student readers and writers at UCF. As the semester unfolds and you get to know the reading and writing abilities of your students, please encourage them to visit the Writing Center to make use of this new technology. You’re even invited to try it out for yourself. Currently, it's installed on four desktops in the UWC. In the coming weeks, we'll be learning more about how tutors might use it together with writers during peer writing consultations.  Attached is an informational flyer about "Read & Write Gold," which you can share with your students. Attach it to an announcement or add it to a page in your fall Canvas Webcourses. This flyer directs users how to request a free download link to use "Read & Write Gold" on their own PCs and Macs.
Have a great 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 to make arrangements.

Monday, August 25th
Workshop: Teaching with Case Studies & Scenarios 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. (This session will introduce the concept of case-based & scenario teaching and discuss its benefits to students. We will explore cases from various disciplines and reflect on how case-based learning can be incorporated into individual courses.)

Tuesday, August 26th
Workshop: i>Clicker Presents i>clickerGO 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. CB1 Room 202 (more info below)

Thursday, August 28th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 29th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The flipped classroom teaching circle will be meeting four times throughout the fall semester to exchange ideas, share resources, and discuss topics related to flipping the classroom. Meetings will be in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building I room 207) from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the following Mondays: 9/8, 9/29, 10/27, and 11/17. Please email the Faculty Center at to sign up for the fall cohort.

On Monday, August 25, in Student Union 316CD, join the Office of Research & Commercialization from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. for the State of STEM Education Conference. In recognition of the importance of STEM education, this event will showcase STEM education developments at UCF. A keynote presentation will provide up-to-date information about National Science Foundation investments in STEM education.

August 26th and October 7th, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., in CB1 202 i>clicker, UCF’s most-used student response system, also has a little known secret: i>clickerGO. With i>clickerGO, students may use their devices (e.g., phone, tablet, laptop) instead of a physical clicker. This gives instructors the ability to offer more choices to students by allowing a mix of both devices and remotes in their i>clicker classroom. The i>clickerGO is a cheaper alternative to the physical remote, but does require sufficient wifi in the classroom. This interactive demonstration will show the features and functionality of i>clickerGO alongside physical, i>clicker remotes.

Mobile Essentials was developed by instructional designers from the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) to foster a better understanding of mobile technology at UCF, which includes mobile apps and devices. The course is primarily intended for faculty members who are interested in integrating mobile technologies in their instruction. The course is designed to support learners of varying mobile technology experience. It is self-paced and modular which allows learners to progress at their own pace. You can sign up for UCF Mobile Essentials at
The course will introduce the following topics:

  • Significance of mobile technologies in education
  • Basic information and common definitions of mobile devices and apps
  • Common barriers identified in mobile technology integration and strategies to overcome
  • Considerations/strategies when integrating mobile technology into your course
  • UCF-specific resources to support mobile integration

The Mobile/eTextbook Focus Group is a group made up of instructional designers, instructors, and librarians who are interested in mobile and eTextbook technologies. Their main purpose is to promote awareness of these technologies on campus, share best practices, foster research opportunities, learn how to integrate mobile technologies, and contribute to campus resources. They generally meet in person three times a semester, and offer online resources such as a blog ( and a digital magazine (, which are both accessible to the public. If you are interested in attending a session, please contact Aimee deNoyelles at

Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office for 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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