June - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Thanks to those of you who participated in our very successful 2015 Teaching and Learning Day.  We had a full house for both sessions and would be happy to talk with those who couldn’t attend about any of the topics we discussed. Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
Tuesday, June 16th
Webinar on Universal Design hosted by CDL 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in LIB-157 (see details below)

Thursday, June 18th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Getting the Most from Your Clicker Questions 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (see details below)

Friday, June 19th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
 
WORKSHOP DETAILS: GETTING THE MOST FROM YOUR CLICKER QUESTIONS
This workshop will address techniques that will take your clicker questions to the next level. Challenge students' thinking and engage students in active learning, no matter the class size! This is a great follow-up to the Teaching and Learning Day Click Off event held this summer at the Faculty Center.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR DISTRIBUTED LEARNING
CDL has registered for next week's ATIA June Webinar: “Let's Get Back to the Basics of UDL.” The Webinar will be shown in Lib-157.

Speaker: Jeff McCormick, Program Director, UDL Center at OCALI
Date: Tuesday, June 16, 2015 
Time: 3:30-4:30 PM (Note: All times are Eastern Time Zone)

Overview: In this webinar participants will be provided the fundamental concepts of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). Topics to be covered include what is UDL; how can it help with my instruction and how does it increase student engagement in my classroom. Patrons will also explore a growing collection of adjustable technology, software tools, digital content, internet based resources and district supports that will help foster Universal Design for Learning in classrooms.

STUDENT CARE SERVICES
As you prepare for Summer B and Fall 2015 classes, Student Care Services would like to remind you of resources and support options available for students in distress. We must all play a role in supporting students who display signs of distress. Some signs of distress visible in the classroom and beyond can include: changes in behavior or appearance, poor hygiene, decreased eye contact or communication skills, missing class, or attending class under the influence of alcohol or other substances. Student Care Services has also seen an increase in students with severe financial struggles that are impacting their ability to be successful personally or academically. If you notice any signs of distress, please reach out to the student or refer them to Student Care Services. Ways to refer include e-mailing us at caremanager@ucf.edu or visiting scs.sdes.ucf.edu and completing a Student of Concern form.

If you are unsure or feel uncomfortable referring a student, please contact Student Care Services to troubleshoot the situation. You can also share a helpful resource link with students through your syllabus: www.ucfcares.com. UCF Cares provides many campus and community resources in the areas of safety and wellbeing, mental health, sexual violence, and respect.

Student Care Services staff can also attend an upcoming staff meeting to provide additional training or answer any questions you may have about how to assist and support students.

Our faculty resource guide: http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/docs/faculty-resources.pdf
Additional FAQs are available on our website: http://scs.sdes.ucf.edu/faq#staff

Remember, if you have an immediate cause of concern  or a student is exhibiting aggressive behavior, please call the UCF Police Department at 4007-823-5555 or 911. Counseling and Psychological Services provides students with a free 24/7 hotline at: 407-823-2811.

Thank you for helping to keep our campus safe for everyone!

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
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.

DO YOU STUDY LEARNING SPACES?
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.

 

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Xin He
College of Business Administration Xin He Teaching is a critical aspect of my career. It is also a privilege to be part of students’ learning processes and contribute to their intellectual growth. My undergraduate teaching philosophy can be summarized in two perspectives: passion and diversity in learning experience.First, passion is the key to a ...

Tison Pugh
College of Arts & Humanities Tison   Pugh The common feature of all medieval literature, despite differences in authors, cultures, and genres, is that it is very, very old. When beginning my courses, I often face resistant students who have predetermined that, due to its age, the literature under examination is irrelevant and offers nothing of interest to...

Karin Chumbimuni-Torres
College of Sciences Karin  Chumbimuni-Torres My driving force in teaching is to foster the best undergraduate education for my students. To accomplish this, I make sure to be involved with my students in and out of the classroom. I have observed that by caring, supporting them and serving as role model, I can impart the necessary motivation students need...