December - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Good luck with wrapping up the semester! Let us know how we can help. Remember, you must document students’ academic activity in all classes in WebCourses@UCF during the first week of each semester. Please include an initial deadline of Friday, January 15, for that activity in your spring 2016 classes. If you have questions about how to implement this process in your course, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning or the Center for Distributed Learning for assistance. For detailed instructions, a helpful timeline, and other important information, please refer to:

The Winter Conference is happening this week! The theme is  transparency in teaching and learning and critical questions for higher education, and you will find the agenda here: Whether you're an official participant or not, you are welcome to join us for sessions of interest, including plenaries about handling classroom emergencies (Wednesday afternoon from  2:45 to 4 in CB1 104) and on diversity in general education (Thursday morning from 9-10:15 in CB1 104). 

Have a great week!

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 We need your input as soon as possible.

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