February - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond. Remember to complete the Foundations of Excellence survey that will help us assess how the campus is and should be serving transfer students. I completed it last week; it only took me about 15 minutes and found it to be a good opportunity for reflection. It might even spark your ideas a project for the 2015 Faculty Summer Development Conference. Click on this link for more info about that event, which will be here before we know it: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/.
Have a great week,

Thursday, February 5th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
STEM Education Research Reading Group (details below)

Friday, February 6th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Thursday, February 5th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12-1 to discuss chapter 2 of Reaching Students: What Research Says About Effective Instruction in Undergraduate Science and Engineering. A free PDF of the book can be downloaded from The National Academies Press website. Contact Erin Saitta (erin.saitta@ucf.edu) or Jackie Chini (jchini@ucf.edu) for more information.
The rest of the dates and corresponding chapters are listed below:
Thursday, February 19th - Using Insights about Learning to Inform Teaching (Chapter 3)
Thursday, March 5th- Designing Instruction (Chapter 4)
Thursday, March 26th- Assessing and Adapting (Chapter 5)
Thursday, April 9th- Overcoming Challenges (Chapter 6)
Thursday, April 23rd- Creating Broader Contexts (Chapter 7)

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.

ETEXTBOOK ESSENTIALS There is a new online professional development course available called eTextbook Essentials, developed by the Center for Distributed Learning. The overall aim of the course is to foster a better understanding of digital textbooks at UCF. It is intended for instructors who are interested in integrating eTextbooks in their instruction. The course is designed to support learners of varying experience and is self-paced. To enroll in the course, visit https://webcourses.ucf.edu/enroll/H4YK6W

The UCF Libraries is pleased to announce new resources provided by 2014 Technology Fee funds. These products are available online to all UCF affiliated users.

Gale Indigenous Peoples: North America Enabling exploration of the political, social, and cultural history of Native Peoples from the 16th century well into the 20th century, Indigenous Peoples: North America illustrates the fabric of the North American story with unprecedented depth and breadth. Comprehensive yet personal, the collection covers the history of American Indian tribes and supporting organizations meeting a need for historical researchers. Indigenous Peoples: North America will provide a robust, diverse, and appealing search experience and enable intelligent inquiry into the culture and heritage of indigenous people.

Four Readex Primary Source Databases Readex has published many of the most widely used collections of primary source research materials in academic libraries, the four major primary source databases UCF now has access to are as follows:

  • America’s Historical Imprints: American Pamphlets, Series 1, 1820-1922: From the New-York Historical Society (Pamphlets) The Pamphlets collection contains more than 25,000 rare pamphlets from every region of the United States and dating from 1820 to 1922 (chronologically complementing the Evans collection (1639-1800) that UCF already owns, and the Shaw-Shoemaker collection (1801-1819)
  • The American Slavery Collection, 1820-1922: From the American Antiquarian Society (Slavery) The Slavery collection contains more than 3,500 rare books, maps, and ephemera published between 1820 and 1922 and covering every aspect of slavery.
  • The American Civil War Collection, 1860-1922: From the American Antiquarian Society (Civil War) The Civil War collection contains more than 13,500 items dating from 1860 to 1922, and it is one of the largest existing collections of items about the American Civil War.
  • American Broadsides and Ephemera, Series 1 (1749-1900), (Broadsides) The Broadsides collection contains approximately 30,000 rare early American documents: 15,000 broadsides printed between 1820 and 1900 and 15,000 pieces of ephemera printed between 1749 and 1900.

CB1-202 (FMC)
February 19, 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Lynda.com offers web-based video training on animation, audio, business, design, computing, photography, video, web design, and many other subjects. It is a resource that has been fully funded by a 2015-2016 technology fee and is available for all students and faculty. This live web conference will be hosted by a Lynda.com representative who will provide an overview of lyndaCampus and show how the training videos work, how certificates are earned, and will answer your questions. For more information about Lynda.com, please visit www.lynda.com.

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.
Upcoming Dates/Times/Locations:
2/16 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU 316AB
3/31 from 9:00 – 11:30 in SU 218CD

On behalf of the UCF LEAD Scholars Academy we would like to invite you to participate in Leadership Week 2015, Monday, February 23, 2015 through Friday, February 27, 2015. Leadership Week is a campus-wide event, which provides a series of activities, workshops, and keynote speakers to engage the UCF community and inspire leadership development. The theme this year is “STEP UP-The Leadership Revolution.” It is our hope to engage all UCF students, faculty and staff in campus and community leadership opportunities. Please consider presenting a session during the week. You may submit a program proposal form at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_03exYw8YJ5ITAoZ.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE The Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Leadership Enhancement Program would like to invite you to mark your calendars for the 2015 UCF Leadership Institute’s “Inspiring Leadership through Diversity: A Mosaic of Opportunities.” The one-day conference is dedicated to the cultivation of leadership and diversity within higher education. Gain insight from renowned speakers while networking with individuals who share a commitment to diversity.
Friday, March 27, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Morgridge International Reading Center

The UCF campus community is invited to engage in a series of dialogues about Race, Law Enforcement and Social Justice. We intend to facilitate respectful and relevant debate and encourage responsible action that students, faculty and staff can take to advance inclusion and fair treatment of all members of our community.

Upcoming discussion:
Ferguson, Staten Island, Cleveland, and Brooklyn – How should we respond?
A Panel Presentation — Representatives from advocacy groups, the police...TBA
Monday, February 23, 2015 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
SU Cape Florida, room 316ABCD


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