March - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Happy Spring Break! The Faculty Center staff will be available all of this week, so please feel free to stop by and/ or call us if you want to discuss how things are going at the mid-semester point or to explore some new tools or strategies for teaching and learning. Scroll down for info about lots of upcoming professional development opportunities. Reminders:

  • If you are planning to come to campus this week, remember that UCF will host a regional emergency exercise Thursday and Friday, which will result in unexpected sights and sounds as well as special rules about parking, etc. Here’s the link to that story:
  • There will be an open forum for faculty and staff about the UCF Downtown project on Tuesday, March 24, from 3 to 4 p.m. in the Garden Key room of the Student Union (221). Go here for more info on that, including details about the student forum on the 18th:
  • Don’t forget to complete the COACHE survey of faculty if you haven’t already. The results will help the university to assess where we are in terms of a number of critical and faculty-relevant issues.
  • SOTL binders are due next Tuesday, March 17, in the Faculty Center. Call or stop by if you have questions about that application process.
Have a great week!

Thursday, March 12th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, March 13th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

March 18th 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the John C. Hitt Library room 161B. Register at
Online exams are popular in college courses, offering a time-efficient and flexible way of assessing student learning. Students often prefer them because of the convenience factor, while instructors like that they do not expend valuable face-to-face class time. However, the concern about students cheating on online exams is pervasive throughout higher education. Instructors often worry that it is difficult for students to remain academically honest under such conditions. In this session, resources and strategies to encourage academic honesty in the online exam environment such as considerations for test construction and exam settings will be shared. Specifically, we will showcase an instructor’s use of ProctorHub, UCF’s newest online proctoring tool, which is designed to mitigate these concerns. While this series is designed with online faculty in mind as an on-going follow-up to IDL6543, all members of the UCF community with an interest in online teaching are invited to participate. You may participate face-to-face or online.

Academic Integrity and personal accountability are some of the most important values that members of the UCF Faculty aim to promote and educate our students on both inside and outside of the classroom. However, every now and then, students may deviate from the high academic standards that are put in place at this institution and find themselves in scenarios where they have either cheated on, plagiarized, or inappropriately assisted a fellow Knight on an assignment. This one-hour presentation is designed to provide information and resources to all members of the UCF Faculty on the process and procedures of reporting any incidents involving Academic Integrity that they may have become aware of, and their role in the Student Conduct process. The Office of Student Conduct, a division of the Office of Student Rights and Responsibilities, provides educational opportunities that foster individual growth, ethical development and personal accountability while promoting the core values of the university: integrity, scholarship, community, creativity, and excellence.
The sessions will be held in the Faculty Center, CB1-207, on the following dates and times:

  • March 18th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,
  • April 15th, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • April 22nd, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Speaker: Ms. Maria Beckman, Director, UCF Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in programs and activities that receive federal financial assistance-including university programs. Title IX used to be known primarily as the law that required universities to have equitable athletic opportunities for female and male students. More recently, the federal government has been highlighting Title IX as a way to combat sexual assault on university campuses because sexual harassment, including sexual assault, is sex discrimination. Title IX, and the interpretive guidance issued by the federal agency that enforces Title IX, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights (OCR), places significant requirements on universities to identify, investigate, address and prevent the occurrence of sexual assault and to support victims. At last count, OCR is investigating 90 colleges and universities (not UCF) that have been accused of failing to meet these requirements. It is important that we continue to meet and exceed Title IX’s requirements in order to ensure that UCF is a safe educational, working, and living environment. Every UCF community member has a responsibility to help.
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
12:00–1:00 p.m.
Teaching Academy 117
Please RSVP to by March 18, 2015

The UCF Office of Emergency Management is looking for volunteers who will act as “victims” in a disaster scenario that’s planned for Thursday, March 12, 2015 on UCF’s campus. This drill is a planned training event involving numerous agencies and responders, including UCF, area hospitals, fire rescue, law enforcement officials and public health providers. A flyer is attached with further information about the drill – and the role that volunteers would play. Lunch will be provided. If you would like to learn how to respond to a mass casualty incident and also help the community improve its emergency plans, please register as a volunteer today at: Additional questions about the exercise should be directed to Courtney Gilmartin at Further communications to faculty, staff and students regarding the schedule of events and any related closures for the exercise on March 12 will be communicated closer to the event date.

STEM READING GROUP The STEM Education Research Reading Group will meet on Thursday, March 19th in the Physical Sciences building room 445 from 12:30-1:30 to discuss chapter 4 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 ( or Jackie Chini ( for more information.
The rest of the dates and corresponding chapters are listed below:
Thursday, March 19th - 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 to learn more.

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.”
Friday, March 27, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Registration beginning at 8:30 a.m.)
Morgridge International Reading Center
Please visit the 2015 UCF Leadership Institute Website for a full schedule of events and speaker information. Reservations for the institute will be accepted beginning Monday, February 23, 2015, at the same Website:

Preparing for its 17th year, UCF’s annual Literacy Symposium offers a terrific opportunity for all educators (e.g., inservice and preservice, support staff, curriculum developers, researchers, district personnel, administrators, etc.) to stay up to date on the latest developments, requirements, and opportunities in literacy education.

MarketLine – The Company Report Generator
The Company Report Generator has been found to be a favorite with academics as this tool gives you more in-depth company reports. With this analytical tool you can generate fresh, custom and comprehensive "all-in-one" company reports featuring analytical text and charts on-demand. This tool is great for all courses where students are looking at company data. Management, Marketing, Business, Economics, Travel & Tourism, Media and Hairdressing/Beauty are just some of the courses who find the Company Report Generator useful in their day to day tasks.

Alexander Street Press
Every two weeks, Alexander Street offers a free music download from our popular online music collection. This download is freely available, regardless of whether or not your library subscribes to the collection. Erik Satie (1866–1925) is known as a visionary and eccentric French composer of the early modern era. His works parody the long-standing traditions of earlier composers. This suite of three pieces for piano, the instrument for which he composed most often, tells three short stories of sea creatures – holothurie (sea cucumber), and two types of crustaceans.
You can download his music here:


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