October - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week!

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate virtually, please email us at fctl@ucf.edu and we will attempt to accommodate your request. 

Wednesday, October 7th
Digital Storytelling Interest Group, presentation by Tommi Barrett-Greenly 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in CB1-205
Workshop: Conducting a Midsemester Check-In with Your Students 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 8th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Webinar: 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Academic Integrity Workshop: Confronting a Student Suspected of Academic Misconduct 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below.
Digital Storytelling Interest Group, presentation by Tommi Barrett-Greenly 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CB1-205

Friday, October 9th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Presenter: Jennifer Wright, Director, Office of Integrity and Ethical Development, Student Rights and Responsibilities
Attend face-to-face or via Adobe Connect at http://ucf.adobeconnect.com/r1w42us8kjc/

Confronting a Student Suspected of Academic Misconduct
You witness a student cheating on an exam, you determine a student has plagiarized a paper, you receive a document from a student excusing them from class you believe to be forged, or you have evidence that two students have collaborated on a homework assignment.  So you have the evidence, now how do you present it to the student involved?  We will provide constructive, conversational style, non-confrontational approaches of how to communicate (verbally or via email) to students suspected of academic misconduct.

The Faculty Center’s digital storytelling interest group meets this week, featuring CDL guest speaker Tommi Barrett-Greenly, who will introduce several digital storytelling technologies, provide examples of digital storytelling assignments in Webcourses, and demonstrate some tools you can use to create your own.

Days and times (n.b., both presentations will cover the same content, so attend the session that best fits your schedule):
Wednesday, October 7th, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in CB1-205
Thursday, October 8th, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CB1-205

The Faculty Center will host a Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that meets on four Friday afternoons, 1:00-2:30 (Oct 2, 16, 30, and Nov 13). The FLC is based on, and will run concurrent with, a free, open, online course (MOOC) about effective teaching strategies and the research that supports them. The course will be held from September 28th until November 19th, 2015.
The course was designed by faculty from several institutions that participate with the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching and Learning (http://www.cirtl.net/). The course is an outcome of a National Science Foundation grant. Participants in the Faculty Learning Community will receive a $300 grant upon completion of the course and learning community meetings. To register, please send an email to eric.main@ucf.edu
To enroll in the MOOC, visit http://stemteachingcourse.org/.

Tuesday, Oct 6, 2015, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, UCF Police Department, Women’s Self Defense Class, 'S.A.F.E.' (Self-defense Awareness & Familiarization Exchange). CSWF will cover the cost of this training. Fifteen (15) seats are available, and are first come, first served. You can register by emailing Fran Ragsdale fran.ragsdale@ucf.edu. Class will be held at the UCF Public Safety Building (Police Department).

Wednesday, Oct. 7, 2015, 12:30 – 1:30pm, CB-1, Room 207. CSWF Book Club.  “Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia” Edited by Gabriella Gutierrez y Muhs; Yolanda Flores Neimann; Carment G. Gonzalez; Angela P. Harris. (Discussing Chapters: Chapter 15 and Chapter 20).  Books are available, please contact Fran Ragsdale fran.ragsdale@ucf.edu to pick up a copy of this book. No RSVP needed.

Are you interested in helping educate other students on their rights and responsibilities as University community members, facilitating an understanding of the balance between individual and community rights, and promoting a safe and inclusive atmosphere conducive to student success? Are you excited about encouraging students to embody the tenets of the UCF Creed: integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence?

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for UCF faculty/staff and student community members who are dedicated to upholding the above-mentioned principles to volunteer to serve on the 2015 - 2016 Student Conduct Review Board. The application will be available on our website from October 5th – October 23rd.

For additional information regarding the qualifications and training of Conduct Board Members, as well as a link to the application, please visit http://osc.sdes.ucf.edu/scb. If you need additional information, please feel free to contact Chanda Postell (Chanda.Postell@ucf.edu).

Wednesday, October 7 at 2:45 p.m. at the UCF Reflection Pond, faculty, staff and students are invited to the UCF Rally for Respect to celebrate diversity and commit to an inclusive culture on our campus. The event is sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and Student Development and Enrollment Services. Speakers include President Hitt, SGA representatives, the Chief Diversity Officer, and Dr. Carolyn Walker Hopp.  Click here -  https://youtu.be/FK4hPc_s8FY  Please join us for music and discussion of UCF as a leader for diversity and inclusion.

LGBTQ+ Services - LGBTQ+ Invisible Heroes will highlight important individuals who were vital in the LGBTQ+ rights movement, past and present, through a museum type set up.  As we move forward with several legislative victories within the LGBTQ+ movement, it’s important to remember the rich history. 

What: LGBTQ+ Invisible Heroes
When: October 6, 2015
Location: Student Union 316
Time: 2pm

Social Justice & Advocacy oversees the UCF Safe Zone Series, which includes a series of workshops aimed to provide education on LGBTQ+ topics. “Safe Zone Quick Chats” are hour-long brown bag lunch dialogues featuring several SDES speakers.

October 21st – Safe Zone Quick Chat: What is an Ally? SU 223, 12pm-1pm - Featuring Belinda Boston, SDES AVP, Community Support Services – Join the dialogue about what it means to be an ally and/or an advocate.  Are they the same?  Are they different?  Whether you identify as LGBT or an ally, this guest speaker will share some of the successes and challenges in learning to support LGBTQ+ communities in higher education.

November 18th – Safe Zone Quick Chat (lunch): What is the Q?  SU 225, 12pm-1pm - Featuring Stephanie Preston, LMHC, Counseling and Psychological Services, and President of Pride Faculty and Staff Association – Join the dialogue about the word “Queer.”  What does it mean?  Is it safe to use?  Learn about the historical context behind the word and if it’s appropriate to use.

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) wants to introduce a new and effective web-based treatment for mild to moderate anxiety. It is called TAO (therapist assisted online). It is a 7-week interactive program that has well researched strategies to reduce anxiety. Each week, participants will watch videos, complete exercises and meet with their assigned therapist via video conference for 10-15 minutes for consultation. Students need to make an appointment at CAPS first to see if they are eligible for this treatment. Please share this information with your students. To find out more, please click on this link: http://caps.sdes.ucf.edu/tao

October is Women’s Health month and the UCF Panhellenic Council is hosting a mobile mammogram screening. Please help to spread the word about the opportunity that UCF women have available to them from Florida Hospital Women’s Mobile Wellness and Florida Radiology Imaging. This event will be held all day on Sunday, October 18th from 10 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The location for the screening will be  Greek Park Drive.

The Faculty Center, the Center for Distributed Learning, and Student Accessibility Services will co-host the following accessibility webinar this semester:
Thursday, October 8, 2PM ET - 10 Tips for Creating Accessible Online Course Content
With recent lawsuits in higher education and updates to Section 508 on the horizon, it is more important than ever that online learning content be made accessible to students with disabilities. In this webinar, Janet Sylvia, Web Accessibility Group Leader and Web Accessibility Trainer, will provide you with 10 tips for making your online course material accessible. LOCATION: CB1 Room 205 (Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning)

The editorial board of the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) is pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until October 31, 2015. Selected entries will be announced in November 2015.

Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at:  http://bit.ly/topr_submission
You may wish to review the entries selected from the previous call for submissions: http://bit.ly/topr_sp2015  
As you may know, this peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and key words connecting to other practices.

Join a faculty writing club to focus on productivity and camaraderie. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop—join your colleagues on Thursday and Friday mornings from 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. in the Faculty Center for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use a Faculty Center computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!


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