August - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
Wednesday, August 5th
Course Design for Effective Learning 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Tips for Successfully Starting the Semester 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, August 6th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 7th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

ENHANCE YOUR ONLINE FALL COURSES WITH THE CENTER FOR DISTRIBUTED LEARNING
UCF's Center for Distributed Learning has developed an easy-to-use tool that looks through your online course and finds possible issues that could prevent a student from accessing the content due to a disability. It's called The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, "You Do It"), and this workshop will go over the history and give a demonstration of the tool. After the demonstration, you will have an opportunity to run UDOIT on your own course, and we can show you how to make the most of your results.

We are offering the workshop at the following dates and times.  Please note that you will need to bring your own laptop to participate in the hands-on portion of the 8/19 and 8/25 sessions.

REMINDER: CANVAS FINANCIAL AID REQUIREMENT
UCF must comply with a federal financial aid regulation that states that in order to receive federal aid, students must be actively academically engaged in each course in which they are enrolled. Without verification of this engagement, students will not receive their aid. Webcourses@UCF will analyze all student activity to determine which students have met the federal standard, and that information will be sent to the Office of Student Financial Aid for processing. Please see the Center for Distributed Learning's frequently asked questions about this requirement, as well as their overview page. The fall 2015 deadline for this requirement is Friday, August 28th, by 5:00 p.m.

FALL FOOTBALL THURSDAY GAME DAYS: REMINDER FOR YOUR SYLLABUS
UCF will host two Thursday evening football games this fall, on Sept. 3 against Florida International University and on Nov. 19 against East Carolina University. Please keep the following details in mind as you plan for fall classes. The Sept. 3 game will kick off at 6 p.m. on CBS Sports Network. Because of the early kickoff time, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF's regional campuses will conclude at noon. Offices at those locations also will close for normal operations at noon in order to allow adequate time for a smooth transition to game day activities, which will begin at 1 p.m. UCF will return to its usual weekday football game schedule for the Nov. 19 game, which will kick off at 7:30 p.m. on ESPN.

On Nov. 19, classes on the main campus, in the Central Florida Research Park, at the Rosen College of Hospitality Management and on UCF's regional campuses will be conducted through 3 p.m. University operations at those locations also will close at 3 p.m., and game day activities will begin at 4 p.m. Faculty members who have classes in progress at noon on Sept. 3 or at 3 p.m. on Nov. 19 may choose to conduct the portions of those sessions that come before the closing time.

DO YOU STUDY LEARNING SPACES?
The Faculty Center is bringing together a group of faculty members across campus who study learning spaces and their impacts on classroom outcomes. If you conduct this kind of research and/or are interested in doing so, please email melody@ucf.edu to learn more.

 

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