January - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
I hope your semester is off to a good start. Below you’ll find information about happenings at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Please note:

  • Proposals and applications for our spring multi-session programs (faculty development cohorts) are due this week. See information and the link to the Qualtrics form below. Also, check out the attached Word document for a message from the Office of International Studies.
  • 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.
  • See below for great info about new student support services that are accessible through Canvas.
  • The attached Word document contains information about the Office of International Studies that will be of interest to faculty members.
Have a great week,

Wednesday, January 21st
Bring Your Own Device 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (see workshop details below).

Thursday, January 22nd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, January 23rd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Case Studies in the STEM Classroom (see workshop details below)

Bring Your Own Device(BYOD)
The ubiquity of mobile wireless devices has made the BYOD concept a viable option for education. Students use their current mobile devices to participate in class activities. In this workshop, we will discuss how to integrate BYOD activities into your course. We’ll cover best practices, ideas for activities, and university policies to consider.
Wednesday, January 21, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Case Studies in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Classroom
Case studies can be a powerful tool to add relevance and rigor to   and  way  This session will introduce the concept of case-based teaching and discuss its benefits to students.  We will explore cases from various STEM disciplines and discuss logistics related to participants’ individual courses.  
Friday, January 23, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

How Learning Works
This workshop is based on the book How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose, et al.  Participants will learn about the seven principles and apply them to their own teaching.  The principles address students’ prior learning and motivation, course organization and climate, mastery learning, providing feedback, and encouraging self-directed learning.
Monday, January 26, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Assessing Service-Learning
Service-learning is a teaching method that teaches course content through civic engagement.  Once a service-learning project is implemented, however, how do you know if your students are really learning?  Also,  can you give a student a grade for doing service?  Come to this session and discuss how to assess student learning as a result of service-learning.
Friday, January 30, 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Faculty Center is pleased to offer faculty development cohorts for the spring semester. You can register for any of the below cohorts at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_eQjKK35nGAAi4VT. Please see http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/FacultyDevelopmentCohorts/ for full details, including dates and times of each session.

STEM Peer Observation
Please consider participating if you are:

  • A faculty member in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math) department or program
  • Teaching at least one undergraduate class in spring 2015
  • Interested in talking about innovative teaching methods and theories with other STEM faculty
  • Willing to observe two of your peers’ classes
  • Open to having others observe you teach

Discussions will focus on strategies for STEM teaching and learning, specifically the challenges, realities, and successes of innovative approaches. Peer observation of teaching will be used for the reciprocal benefit of participants, enabling them to exchange ideas and receive feedback in a supportive environment.
Proposals due January 21st, 5:00 p.m.

Inclusive Course Design and Teaching Strategies
This series of workshops is a collaboration among the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning, Student Disability Services, and the Center for Distributed Learning and is intended to further the conversation at UCF on accessible and inclusive course design and teaching strategies. Participants will identify components of their course structure and teaching that can be modified to improve accessibility and learning for all students. In addition to revising course elements, each participant will create a short video for other faculty members that encourages and promotes this thinking in some way. FCTL, CDL, and SDS will incorporate the videos into their outreach initiatives to faculty.
Proposals due January 21st, 5:00 p.m.

This semester we will be reading Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College by Mark C. Carnes (2014). This study is based on interviews with students and faculty who participated in the pedagogical innovation “Reacting to the Past,” which began at Barnard College (https://reacting.barnard.edu/). Our meetings will be held in the Faculty Center (CB1-207) from 10:30-11:30 on 1/29, 2/26, 3/19, 4/9. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book. To register, please email eric.main@ucf.edu.

The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Tuesday January 20th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12-1 to discuss chapter 1 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:
January 20th - Thinking about Learning and Teaching as a Researcher Would (Chapter 1)
February 3rd- Getting Started (Chapter 2)
February 17th - Using Insights about Learning to Inform Teaching (Chapter 3)
March 3rd- Designing Instruction (Chapter 4)
March 24th- Assessing and Adapting (Chapter 5)
April 7th- Overcoming Challenges (Chapter 6)
April 21st- Creating Broader Contexts (Chapter 7)

NEW TO WEBCOURSES: SUCCESS RESOURCES As you begin your new classes, notice when you open your Webcourses a new button in the left-hand navigation column labeled "Success Resources." This new button, which comes online for the first time this semester, directs students to both SARC and online writing resources and information about the University Writing Center. Among other things, the new "Success Resources" directs students to a brief video, which you can now show in your classes, to explain what students can expect when they visit the Writing Center for help. This button also includes a link to the Writing Center's online writing resources, including a trove of downloadable PDFs, which you may also use in your classes or link to in your responses to students' writing. These handouts address a range of writing concerns across the disciplines, from citation styles to grammar, punctuation, and mechanics. Please let your students know about the new "Success Resources" button in Canvas. This is just one more way for them to access the University Writing Center.

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.

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.
1/28 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU 221
2/16 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU 316AB
3/31 from 9:00 – 11:30 in SU 218CD

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 Office of Undergraduate Research is looking for a UCF faculty member for the position of Editor, UCF Undergraduate Research Journal (www.URJ.ucf.edu). Faculty interested should have experience in editing, publishing, and academic research/scholarship. All ranks of faculty are encouraged to apply. Several compensation packages may be available, including, but not limited to, a course release and/or summer salary. Faculty interested should contact Kim Schneider (KRS@ucf.edu) for more details about the position and application. Applications are due on January 23, 2015.

The UCF Libraries now has access to Optics Infobase Premium. This includes access to all previous content and adds OSA’s Image Bank, and OSA’s Major Meetings Series.

The UCF Libraries now has access to the DARE: Dictionary of American Regional English. DARE is different from other dictionaries in that it does not include words that are commonly used throughout the United States, but rather focuses on the regional aspects of our language, documenting words, phrases, and pronunciations that vary from one place to another. This resource was funded through a UCF Technology Fee grant. More information can be found here: http://library.ucf.edu/Web/purl.asp?pid=1508


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