Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. This week we’d like to ask your help with something. As part of our ongoing efforts to understand faculty needs and improve program effectiveness, we are conducting a faculty survey. Please take a few minutes to provide us with feedback. You can access the Qualtrics survey at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1FTUdil6okZpLgx. It will be available until October 10. Thanks for your support.
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 email@example.com to make arrangements.
Monday, September 29th
Flipped Teaching Circle—Fall Cohort 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1st
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Thursday, October 2nd
Workshop: Strategies for Organizing Course Content to Increase Learning 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, October 3rd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
FLIPPED TEACHING CIRCLE- FALL COHORT
The flipped classroom teaching circle will be meeting four times throughout the fall semester to exchange ideas, share resources, and discuss topics related to flipping the classroom. Meetings will be in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building I room 207) from 1-2pm on the following Mondays: 9/29, 10/27, and 11/17. Please email the Faculty Center at firstname.lastname@example.org if you plan to attend.
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.
CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: TEACHING ONLINE PEDAGOGICAL REPOSITORY (TOPR)
We are pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until October 31, 2014. Selected entries will be announced in December 2014.
This peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and keywords connecting to other practices.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/topr or contact TOPR@ucf.edu. Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at http://bit.ly/topr_submission.
NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
Wednesday, Oct 1, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., UCF Police Department, Women’s Self Defense Class, 'S.A.F.E.'(an acronym for Self‐defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange) The UCF Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to offer UCF women faculty a Women's Self Defense Class. The instructors will be UCF Police Officers who have been trained by the National Self‐Defense Institute (http://www.nsdi.org). This course is designed to provide attendees with information, tactics, and options which may be useful for various types of crimes perpetrated against women. CSWF will cover the cost of this training. Fifteen (15) seats are available, and are first come, first served. You can register by calling Fran Ragsdale at 407‐823‐4240, or email email@example.com. Class will be held at the UCF Public Safety Building (Police Department).
Friday, Oct 3, 2014, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., UCF Emergency Operations Center. Location: 3504 Perseus Loop, Building 49 on the UCF Main Campus. (EOC). A 30‐minute guided tour of EOC, which is the central command and control area of the university during disasters and emergencies. Various departments and agencies come together in times of crisis to coordinate the university’s response to and recovery from the event at the EOC. The building consists of the Operations Center, an Emergency Call Center, a Media Briefing Room, an Executive Conference Room and the daily operations of the UCF Office of Emergency Management staff. The UCF EOC is the only dedicated facility of its kind at a Florida Institution of Higher Education. Tour Guide: Jennifer Fleischman, Emergency Plans and Programs Coordinator, Office of Emergency Management.
NEWS FROM THE LIBRARY
UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN
The University of Central Florida United Way Campaign is pleased to announce a special panel presentation that will take place in the Morgridge International Reading Center on Wednesday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The distinguished panel will discuss the topic of homelessness in university communities. Additional information can be found at http://liveunited.ucf.edu/wp-content/uploads/sites/3/Expert-Panel-Flyer1.pdf
FLORIDA STATEWIDE SYMPOSIUM ON UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH OCTOBER 10-11
The 7th annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research has been scheduled for October 10–11, 2014 at the University of Central Florida, Orlando. Faculty, administrators, and staff from Florida universities, state colleges, and community colleges are invited to participate. Presentation submission and participant registration is open until September 12, 2014. Last year 94 participants from 24 institutions attended.
We are excited to announce that Dr. Linda Blockus will be the keynote speaker this year. Dr. Blockus is the Director of Undergraduate Research at the University of Missouri-Columbia. The title of her talk is Characteristics of Excellence in Undergraduate Research: Nurturing an Environment for Success.
Please visit www.researchsymposium.ucf.edu for event updates, symposium details, and registration information. Contact the UCF Office of Undergraduate Research for more questions, www.our.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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