November - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great (short) week!
Melody

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 fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.

Monday, November 24th
Improving Your Undergraduate Class: A Conversation 11:00 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. (see details below)

Tuesday, November 25th
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Wednesday, November 26th
Designing a Meaningful Early Assignment to Document Academic Activity 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

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).
11/24 1:00-2:00
11/25 10:00-11:00
11/26 1:00-2:00

ACCESSIBILITY TIP FROM STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES
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NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
Physics Today
The UCF Libraries subscribes to Physics Today, and featured in this week’s issue is mathematician, cryptanalyst, and computer scientist Alan Turing (1912-54). Turing’s life is the subject of the new movie, The Imitation Game. Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Turing, masterfully captures the man’s mathematical genius. More information can be found here: http://scitation.aip.org/content/aip/magazine/physicstoday/news/the-dayside/doing-the-things-that-no-one-can-imagine-a-dayside-post

SpringerMaterials: Landolt-Börnstein New Series
The new SpringerMaterials platform has officially launched. The updated platform supports interactive tables, 3D views on crystal structures, and thesaurus-based faceting for better discovery. The new responsive design makes SpringerMaterials available on tablets, mobile phones, laptops, and desktop computers. The new platform and more information can be found here: https://login.ezproxy.net.ucf.edu/login?auth=shibb&url=http://materials.springer.com.

THE INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE ON POVERTY, GLOBALIZATION AND SCHOOLING: A HOLISTIC APPROACH
University of Central Florida, Orlando
February 26-28, 2015

http://education.ucf.edu/form/PGS_reg.cfm

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!

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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