December - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Good luck with wrapping up the semester! The Winter Conference is happening this week. Even if you’re not an official participant, you are welcome to join us for sessions of interest, including a forum with the provost on Wednesday at 4 in CB1 Room 104. The discussion will focus on the role and function of the syllabus in undergraduate education. Check out the program here: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/WinterConference/2014/winter_conference_2014_agenda.pdf . 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: http://teach.ucf.edu/financialaid. Have a great week!
Melody

ACCESSIBILITY TIP FROM STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES
Screen sharing for the Visually impaired

Students with visual impairment can’t see your presentation from the projector. Consider providing a screen sharing program with the student. ScreenLeap allows you, the professor, to share your computer screen during lectures with students with visual impairments.
http://www.screenleap.com

NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
Morgan & Claypool Publishers The publishers Morgan & Claypool have recently added new lectures to their Synthesis Collection Five. Synthesis Digital Library of Engineering and Computer Science offers series organized content. Each series is managed by an expert series editor. The new lectures can be found here: https://login.ezproxy.net.ucf.edu/login?auth=shibb&url=http://www.morganclaypool.com/page/coll_five

OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH EDITING POSITION
The Office of Undergraduate Research is looking for a UCF faculty member for the position of Editor, UCF Undergraduate Research Journal (www.URJ.ucf.edu). Faculty interested should have experience in editing, publishing, and academic research/scholarship. All ranks of faculty are encouraged to apply. Several compensation packages may be available, including, but not limited to, a course release and/or summer salary. Faculty interested should contact Kim Schneider (KRS@ucf.edu) for more details about the position and application. Applications are due on January 23, 2015.

 

 

 

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Christopher Parkinson
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Matthew Bryan
College of Arts & Humanities Matthew    Bryan Students often tell me--openly, and sometimes proudly--that they hate writing. I like these students a lot. They talk about writing as though it's something they just cannot do, as if writing were a talent like being able to wiggle your ears or lick your elbow. Sometimes they tell quieter, sadder stories, too, sto...

Lisa Mills
College of Arts and Humanities Lisa Mills When I arrived at UCF eleven years ago I believed my primary role as an educator was to prepare students for a profession. My teaching philosophy has greatly changed since then, and my classroom activities and assessments reflect a new and evolving belief that I should learn from my students and that I have a res...