June - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Teaching and Learning Day 2015 is this Thursday at the Faculty Center.  It's all about engaging students! We have about five lunch spots left.  Register here:  https://ucf.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_50aVk3mp3EwDLvf and email me if you have questions.  
Have a great week!

Monday, June 8th
Workshop: Designing Deparment-Specific and Course-Specific GTA Training 10:00 a.m. To 11:00 a.m.
Workshop:  Principles of Learning 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (see more info below)

Thursday, June 11th
Teaching and Learning Day 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (see more info below)
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, June 12th
Workshop:  Principles of Learning 10:00 a.m. To 11:00 a.m. (see more info below)
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Teaching and Learning Day 2015
You’re invited to attend this year’s Teaching and Learning Day, which will occur on Thursday, June 11, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning (Classroom Building 1, Room 207). The Faculty Center is excited to offer a variety of sessions that will help you to think about ways to increase student engagement in your classes. We will begin with a keynote presentation by Brooke Hessler of Oklahoma City University, who will discuss “Story-Worthy Learning Experiences: Using Digital Storytelling to Foster Scholarly Engagement.” The morning session will also include roundtable activities. Following lunch, we will host a “Click Off” that will allow you to compare a variety of classroom response devices  (see full description below).

To register for Teaching and Learning Day, complete the survey at: https://ucf.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_50aVk3mp3EwDLvf
Please note: Lunch will be provided for the first thirty-five participants who register and attend both the morning and afternoon sessions.

Click Off! (1:00 to 3:00) (Please register even if you intend to attend only this event)
In response to increased interest in classroom response systems, the afternoon session of Teaching and Learning Day will host six popular clicker companies as they demonstrate their products in a situation that replicates classroom-like conditions. This two-hour session will consist of an introduction, demonstration from all companies, and information regarding implementation. Representatives from all companies will remain on-site after the demonstrations to answer questions and meet with interested faculty. The focus for this event is on Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) clickers, where students would use a phone, tablet, or laptop as their clicker, but there will also be physical options available. Follow up programming will be offered to assist in implementation.

Keynote Speaker Bio:
Dr. H. Brooke Hessler is Professor and Eleanor Lou Carrithers Chair of Writing and Composition at Oklahoma City University, where she teaches courses in interdisciplinary research and writing, visual rhetoric, and new media textuality, and is a multi-year recipient of the student-elected Distinguished Honors Professor award. A Fellow of the DaVinci Institute, Dr. Hessler specializes in arts-integrated, community-engaged, experiential teaching and learning. In 2002 she founded the Virtual Archives Project, a partnership with the Oklahoma City National Memorial through which college students conduct oral history interviews, handle artifacts, and help develop interactive museum exhibits. An active member of the international digital storytelling community, Dr. Hessler has worked with students and faculty throughout North America, as well as in Europe and Singapore. Closer to home, she serves as a co-facilitator in the Weather Recovery Project, a digital storytelling program for survivors of tornadoes and other natural disasters in the Great Plains. She co-edited A Guide to Composition Pedagogies (Oxford UP, 2013).

This workshop is based on three books: 1) How Learning Works: Seven Research-based Principles for Smart Teaching by Susan Ambrose, et al.  2) Teaching at Its Best: A Research-Based Resource for College Instructors by Linda Nilson, and 3) Why Don’t Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions About How the Mind Works and What It Means for the Classroom by Daniel Willingham.  Participants will learn about several learning principles and how to apply them to teaching.  The principles address students’ prior learning and motivation, course organization and climate, mastery learning, providing feedback, and encouraging self-directed learning. The workshop will be offered June 2 from 11 a.m. to  noon,  June 8 from 1 to 2 p.m., June 12 from 10 to 11 a.m. and June 24 from 1 to 2 p.m. 

The UCF Libraries now has access to JSTOR Arts & Sciences XIV Collection. JSTOR (jstor.org) is a digital library of academic journals, books, and primary sources. JSTOR helps people discover, use, and build upon a wide range of content through a powerful research and teaching platform, and preserves this content for future generations. A full title list of what is available in this collection can be found at:  http://www.jstor.org/action/collectionInfoPage?selectCollection=asxiv-backfile-collection

We are pleased to announce that all UCF students and faculty members now have unlimited access to www.lyndaCampus.aa.ucf.edu, an online library of high-quality instructional videos on the latest software suites and products.  Powered by Lynda.com, www.lyndaCampus.aa.ucf.edu offers more than 3,500 videos, presented by industry experts, designed for all levels of users, and available whenever you’re ready to explore.  Please feel free to share this information with your students and colleagues. To gain access with your UCF NID, visit the www.lyndaCampus.aa.ucf.edu portal and click the “lyndaCampus Login” banner. We also recommend you watch the “How to use lynda.com” video. - http://www.lynda.com/Business-tutorials/How-use-lyndacom/77683-2.html . Feel free to contact UCFlyndaCampus@ucf.edu with any questions.
Areas of interest include:
- Audio and Music
- Business and Professional
- Design and Creative
- Developer
- Photography
- Programming and IT
- Video
- Web
And more!

Award Opportunities
This year, at the Diversity Breakfast, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion will be reinstating our longstanding practice of presenting awards to organizations and individuals who have shown commitment and dedication to advancing the university's fourth strategic goal of "becoming more inclusive and diverse." Applications for the three Diversity & Inclusion Impact Awards may be downloaded from our website at www.diversity.ucf.edu. The deadline to submit an application is 12:00 Noon on Friday, August 14, 2015. The awards will be presented at the Diversity Breakfast on October 12, 2015. 

Diversity Week Student Poster Contest
This year, our Knights are once again invited to participate in the Diversity Week Student Poster Contest and to share their creative sides with the UCF and Central Florida communities.  To enter and for complete rules, participants may visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion's website at www.diversity.ucf.edu. The first place winner will be the poster that best represents the 2015 Diversity Week theme: RESPECT UCF: Engaging, Exploring and Advancing an Inclusive Culture.  Entries should be submitted to dayanara.hudson@ucf.edu by 12:00 Noon on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 2015.

The editors of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) are happy to direct your attention to the press release linked below in which they have announced the results of the Spring 2015 TOPR Call for Submissions. Feel free to distribute this information through your personal networks.
 Press Release: https://topr.online.ucf.edu/index.php/Press_Release_Spring_2015
 You may wish to view below the list of TOPR’s “Frequently Contributing Authors.” Might you consider contributions of your own so that you can see your name on this list? :-)
 If you have any questions about TOPR, please contact topr@ucf.edu.

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.


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