Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Have a great week!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.
Monday, November 17th
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (see details below)
Flipped Teaching Circle—Fall Cohort 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 18th
STEM Education Research Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in Physical Sciences Building Room 445
Wednesday, November 19th
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Improving Your Undergraduate Class: A Conversation 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Russian Culture Night 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (see details below)
Thursday, November 20th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, November 21st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
FACULTY MULTIMEDIA WORKSHOP SERIES: SCREENCASTING
Date: Thursday, November 20th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm
Location: Faculty Multimedia Center, Classroom Building 1, Room 202
Screencasting is the process by which you capture and narrate the action on your computer screen. Instructional videos, such as demonstrations or tutorials, can be an effective way to save face-to-face time or to allow students to work at their own pace. In this session, we will cover the basics of creating a screencast, best practices, and educational uses. Discussion and demonstration will occur from 12:00-12:30pm and will focus on developing accessible materials that can be used over multiple semesters in various modalities. A hands-on session (optional) will follow from 12:30-1:00pm for any participants who would like to begin implementing the workshop information. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/WgAof
DESIGNING A MEANINGFUL EARLY ASSIGNMENT TO DOCUMENT ACADEMIC ACTIVITY
Come to this workshop to set up your Spring 2015 webcourse in order to have everything in place for the start of the new semester. We will review several options for recording academic activity, including ways to make it a meaningful part of your course design. You will need to have completed the Faculty Webcourse Manager step in the myUCF portal at least 24 hours before attending the workshop (see http://teach.ucf.edu/resources/semester-startup-checklist/#1 for instructions).
RUSSIAN CULTURE NIGHT
Dialog of Cultures, presented by Dr. Alla Kourova. Wednesday, November 19 at 5:00 pm at FCTL (CB1-207). Please come and enjoy Russian food and the friendly atmosphere of Faculty Center Culture Night.
STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES WORKSHOP: EXAMINING THE REAL DISABILITY BARRIERS
Led by Student Disability Services, this interactive workshop will explore some of the greatest disability barriers that exist in day-to-day activities. The discovery will lead to a paradigm shift in how disability is viewed. Everyone who attends will be able to identify at least one action-item take-away that they can use to contribute to a more accessible and inclusive environment for people with disabilities. 11/19 9:30 – 12:00 in SU Cape Florida 316
To Register: Faculty and Staff ONLY, register online via your My UCF account at https://my.ucf.edu. The course is DIV223.
ACCESSIBILITY TIP FROM STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES
Respect white space (between lines, between paragraphs).
Providing plenty of space between lines and blocks of text can help users who have difficulty tracking text horizontally. Adequate white space also contributes to a cleaner, more aesthetically pleasing interface for everyone.
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
UCF LIBRARIES JOIN HathiTrust DIGITAL LIBRARY CONSORTIUM
UCF Libraries have become an institutional member of the HathiTrust, a partnership of academic and research libraries collaborating in a digital archive initiative to dramatically increase access to research resources. Benefits include full-text and bibliographic search capabilities, full PDF downloading of all public domain books, and full-text access for users with print disabilities. In addition, users can search the full text of books they put into a collection using the Collection Builder feature.
NEW eHRAF ARCHAEOLOGY & WORLD CULTURES DATABASES
Two new online resources, eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures, have recently been added to the list of UCF Libraries’ databases. Both are the electronic, full-text versions of the Human Relations Area Files (better known as HRAF). Although HRAF is one of the most important research tools in the field of anthropology and archaeology, these databases also have pertinence for history, philosophy, religion, gender studies, and multicultural studies. eHRAF Archaeology and eHRAF World Cultures contain documents dating from 1949 to current, and the databases are continuously updated with new materials. The databases can be found listed alphabetically on the Libraries’ database page: http://library.ucf.edu/Databases.
THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POVERTY, GLOBALIZATION AND SCHOOLING: A HOLISTIC APPROACH
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 Elsie.Olan@ucf.edu and/or Jeff Kaplan Jeff Kaplan Jeffrey.Kaplan@ucf.edu
FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2014
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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Farrah M. Cato
College of Arts and Humanities My teaching has always focused on student-centered classrooms where critical thinking and active engagement are key. This foundation allows me to work on the primary goal of my pedagogy: to teach students how to use their education in the world around them. To this end, I employ a variety of strategies for differe...
John F. Weishampel
College of Sciences In the end, we conserve only what we love
We will love only what we understand
We will understand only what we are taught
- Baba Dioum, Senegalese ecologist As a biologist who focuses on conservation issues, I thumb-tacked this quote to the bulletin board above my office desk. It continua...
College of Engineering and Computer Science I believe that to be most effective as an instructor, one must create a welcoming environment that is interactive, collaborative, and promotes problem-solving. The environment should encourage students to present their ideas and opinions while respecting others’ points of view. I like to continuously explor...