December - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Stop by the office or give us a call if you need assistance with wrapping up your fall courses or getting your spring courses rolling.
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK 

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

Friday, December 11th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

UNIFYING THEME SURVEY
The Division of Teaching and Learning at UCF will be adopting a new unifying theme for 2016, and we are seeking your input on the selection. The unifying theme is an initiative that combines curricular and co-curricular activities to help undergraduate students experience connections across disciplines while building relationships within a scholarly community. A good unifying theme has the potential to develop students’ awareness of current global interests and engage several dimensions of inquiry: scientific, social, historical, philosophical, and ethical. The readings, research, and learning projects should help prepare students for their future professional and civic lives. This initiative may also include a common reader that will enable creative conversations across campus and give direction to UCF programming.

In the past, the unifying theme has explored the implications of Brown vs. Board of Education and more global issues of concern such as sustainability.

Please take a moment to consider possible topics that have the potential to engage a large number of diverse students, faculty members, and staff members in meaningful discussions about their interests and issues they may currently face.

Please offer your suggestions for the new UCF Unifying Theme and ideas for a common reader at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_e5xSdVlep0OzoMt. We need your input as soon as possible.

PHYSICS DEPARTMENT LEARNING ASSISTANT POSTER SESSION
The undergraduate Learning Assistants (LAs) in the Physics department work with small groups of students during and after class helping to make courses more student-centered and engaging. At the end of each semester, the LAs present posters on their experiences. Hope you can join us on Monday, December 7, from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Physical Sciences Building atrium.

SEEKING VOLUNTEER AND WORK POSITIONS FOR STUDENTS IN IES
Inclusive Education Services (IES), which is UCF’s new campus experience for students with intellectual disabilities (http://ies.sdes.ucf.edu/), is seeking work or volunteer placements for students in IES in different departments. We are open to different kinds of office and general work so long as the students stay relatively busy. Currently, we find that 2 – 3 hour shifts for 2 to 3 days per week is for the best. As needed, IES can facilitate necessary training and support. Students in IES are recognized as UCF Knights. They pay tuition and student fees and have access to all student resources. If your department is interested in offering a volunteer or work opportunity to one of the students, please contact Adam Meyer at adam.meyer@ucf.edu for more information.

NEW COURSE PREVIEW FEATURE
The Course Preview feature is available to advertise a tentative syllabus to potential students who are registering for classes. This information is not automatically available to all students. Faculty must opt-in to this feature. The tentative syllabus can only be seen by current UCF students and is not available via the public search for classes. For more information on how to construct a course preview, visit: http://fctl.ucf.edu/TeachingAndLearningResources/CourseDesign/Syllabus/coursepreview.php
For instructions on how to opt in to this feature, visit: http://online.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/other/course-preview/

FALL FACULTY WRITING CLUB
Join a faculty writing club to focus on productivity and camaraderie. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop—join your colleagues on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Faculty Center 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 a Faculty Center computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

 

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