December - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Remember, you must document students’ academic activity in all classes in WebCourses@UCF during the first week of each semester. Please include an initial deadline of Friday, January 16, for that activity in your spring 2015 classes. If you have questions about how to implement this process in your course, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or the Center for Distributed Learning for assistance. For detailed instructions, a helpful timeline, and other important information, please refer to:
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.

Thursday, December 4th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Adjunct Faculty Learning Community 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Friday, December 5th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Center for Distributed Learning ensures the core of WebCourses is accessible. It is up to you, the professor, to ensure your content is accessible. If you have questions, contact your Instructional designer (ID):

Test web pages with a keyboard.
Try navigating the web page and controlling all its features using the tab key on a keyboard; don't touch the mouse. This simple test is typically a good indicator of accessibility.

Test pages with high contrast color schemes.
All major operating systems have high contrast color schemes available. When it is enabled, make sure that all important page content is still visible.

Test pages with assistive technologies.
There are free screen readers and other AT available that can be used for testing. You don't have to become an expert user, but simple tests with AT can provide valuable insights into whether certain features in a document might present accessibility problems.

Test pages on mobile devices.
Growing numbers of users, including users with disabilities, are accessing the web using phones, tablets, and other mobile devices. Test your website using several mobile devices.

Faculty-Librarian Collaboration
The UCF Libraries is pleased to learn that in spring 2015 a UCF course, ENL 4262: Nineteenth-Century British Prose will rely heavily on a new library resource. This class was designed around British Periodicals I & II, a Proquest database rich in primary resource content that was purchased with funds from a successful 2013 technology fee proposal. The proposal was developed by Dr. Anna Jones (English Department), Dr. Peter Larson (History Department) and Michael Arthur, Head of Acquisitions & Collection Services in the UCF Libraries. The collaboration on this successful 2013 proposal was followed in 2014 with five technology fee proposals that involved faculty-library collaboration. The UCF Libraries is pleased to be involved in the process of support the teaching and research mission of UCF and continues to work with faculty in selection of new materials that will have an immediate impact in the classroom. Faculty with ideas for new library resources are encouraged to contact Mr. Arthur at

Journal Guide
Journal Guide is a free tool that helps researchers to evaluate scholarly journals. In addition to searching by journal name, category or publisher, authors can use the title and abstract of a paper to discover journals that have already published articles on similar topics. By matching journals to a paper’s content, researchers can see which journals would be most likely to have interest in their writing. More information can be found here: Journal Guide

The UCF Libraries recently added both print and electronic versions of the DSM-5. The DSM-5 is used by health professionals, social workers, and forensic and legal specialists to diagnose and classify mental disorders. The criteria are concise and explicit, intended to facilitate an objective assessment of symptom presentations in a variety of clinical settings- inpatient, outpatient, partial hospital, consultation-liaison, clinical, private practice, and primary care/ The electronic resource can be found here:^u

University of Central Florida, Orlando
February 26-28, 2015

Conference participants are invited to submit proposals - teaching ideas, personal perspectives and/or empirical research - that focus on the issues of social inequality and in particular, how educators deal with notions of teaching, poverty and social justice within the context of their own disciplines and their own lives. Please note that you may participate in real time and/or virtually. Virtual participants may be submit pre-recorded presentations and/or present in real time. A peer-reviewed conference proceedings will be published to accompany the presentations. For details, please see website and/or contact Elsie Olan and/or Jeff Kaplan Jeff Kaplan

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!

If you tweet about teaching and learning issues, please follow me on Twitter @MelodyBowdon; I’ll follow you too!




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