August - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please stop by or call us if you have questions about getting ready for the fall semester. Also, as you prepare your course materials, please remember that the deadline for textbook adoptions (including instructional materials, coursepacks, technologies like clickers, etc.) has passed. At this point, no new adoptions should be made unless a course has been recently added. If you need help with these issues or if you have questions about messages you receive from vendors, please contact us.
Have a great week!

Monday, August 10th
Tips for Successfully Starting the Semester 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Tuesday, August 11th
The Principles of Learning 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, August 13th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tips for Successfully Starting the Semester 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, August 14th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning offers opportunities for faculty to examine important and new topics in teaching and learning with Faculty Development Cohorts (FDCs).

Faculty participate in multiple workshops, which include a series of hands-on experiences designed to help innovate or refine teaching techniques and learning activities. Participants may receive support from representatives of the Faculty Center, Office of Institutional Research, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE), Research and Commercialization, Office of Instructional Resources, Center for Distributed Learning, Libraries, and other relevant units and individual faculty members. After completing the workshops, participants often produce a final project for inclusion in the Faculty Center Web site.

Registration is open until September 10th at 5:00 p.m. for Fall 2015 FDCs; topics for the semester are “Bring Your Own Device” and “Role-Immersion Activities for Student Engagement.” For further details, including dates, times, and the registration link, please visit

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.

3 virtual demonstration and training sessions on i>clicker and REEF Polling will take place next week. They will focus on either the new i>clicker version 7 software or the cloud-based REEF Polling software (the demo will show both). The presenter will demonstrate how to set up your settings, run a polling session, and access the gradebook. Each training will last 1 hour, but will also be recorded (see below on how to receive the recording).

i>clicker & REEF demonstrations:
Mon 8/10, 11:00 a.m. CDT/12:00 p.m. EDT
i>clicker Training:
Mon 8/10, 1:00 p.m. CDT/2:00 p.m. EDT
Tue 8/11, 9:00 a.m. CDT/10:00 a.m. EDT
REEF Training:
Thurs 8/13, 9:00 a.m. CDT/10:00 a.m. EDT
RSVP: To receive a recording of the session, go ahead and RSVP, OR, our live webex trainings will start again on August 10th. You can see dates offered and sign up here:
1. To login to the webinar, go to the following website:
2. Then, call in using your phone:
Conference call line: (844) 912-1708
Conference Access Code: 1969-7172

The Alliance Mentoring Program is a program out of LGBTQ+ Services that aims to match LGBTQ+ staff and faculty mentors with LGBTQ+ student mentees. Mentors will serve as a personal role model for the mentee(s) and will provide support and encouragement for mentees.

The mission of the Alliance Mentoring Program is to assist in the successful personal journey of LGBTQ+ student mentees by providing support and guidance that will facilitate the mentee’s journey toward self-acceptance, empowerment, and comfort, while also contributing to a positive overall experience at UCF. The mentorship process will include goal-setting in areas such as personal, educational, academic and professional.

Deadline to apply as a mentor is August 21, 2015.  Please contact LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator, Justin Andrade, for more information.

All new and returning faculty members are invited to attend a welcome reception on Friday, August 21, 2015, in the Pegasus Ballroom of the Student Union.

Doors open at 3 p.m. and the program will begin at 3:30 p.m. Refreshments include hors d'oeuvres and an open bar.

Join President Hitt and colleagues to celebrate the beginning of a new school year.

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.

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.

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 to learn more.


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