May - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
The annual Summer Faculty Development Conference, a campuswide collaboration that will involve over 200 faculty and staff members, will take place this Monday through Thursday. The theme is “Educating Students for the World beyond the Classroom.” Whether you’re already registered to participate or not, you are welcome to attend any and all sessions listed in the program, which you will find here: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/2014/2014_Summer_Conference.pdf. The planning team has put together excellent plenary and concurrent sessions that address a wide range of important and interesting topics. We hope to see you there! Also, due to a printing problem, the final spring edition of the Faculty Focus arrived in your mailbox late last week. If you’re not on campus over the summer, you can access the online version at http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Publications/FacultyFocus/content/2014/2014_april.pdf.
Have a great week!
Melody

AN UPDATE FROM UCF LIBRARIES
In addition to traditional library tools, the library provides faculty and students with resources to assist in teaching and research. A few of these resources include Sage Research Methods, Web of Science, and Journal Citation Reports (JCR). These can be found in the Articles & Databases section of the UCF Libraries website.

Sage Research Methods – Selected full text of books, journal and reference content relevant to the exploration of research methods and concepts.
Web of Science – Citation Indexes for finding articles that cite a given author or citation.
JCR: Journal Citation Reports – Provides citation data for evaluating and comparing scholarly journals.

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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