October - Week 3

Hello Everyone-

Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.  This Wednesday, the Orlando chapter of the National Stuttering Association will hold an awareness event on campus-please see the information below and consider attending and encourage your interested students to do so as well.

Applications are now being accepted for the 2015 Winter Faculty Development Conference. This year's theme is Transparency in Teaching and Learning: Critical Questions for Higher Education. Proposals are due November 13 by 5:00 p.m. and can be submitted athttp://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_byJxv3g2FxHf5wV. Remember that for this event, each participant is expected to make a short presentation. This year the presentation will focus on an assignment or learning activity on which you'd like some feedback from colleagues. If you have questions, please contact the Faculty Center staff.

Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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. 

Monday, October 19th
Integrating Teamwork into Your Class 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Tuesday, October 20th
Academic Integrity Workshop: “Student Responses to Being Caught – Do They Hate Us (Professors) For Turning Them in for Academic Misconduct?” 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Faculty Media Center ( B1-202). See details below.

Wednesday, October 21st
Digital Storytelling Interest Group, presentation by Tommi Barrett-Greenly 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in CB1-205
Using Technology to Deliver Content 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Fall Adjunct Faculty Learning Community 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 22nd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Academic Integrity Workshop: “Contract Cheating – We Are All Paying for This” 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.

Friday, October 23rd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

THE ORLANDO CHAPTER OF THE NATIONAL STUTTERING ASSOCIATION PRESENTS:
STUTTERING: PEOPLE WHO STUTTER SHARE THEIR STORIES

A “Night of spoken word & storytelling” to share the trials and tribulations of people who stutter. This event brings together family, friends, members of the community, and speech therapists to listen, learn, laugh, and cry with the realities faced by people who stutter.
 Wednesday October 21st, 2015 at 6:30 PM  University of Central Florida Student Union Cape Florida Ballroom
All are welcome to attend!

ACADEMIC INTEGRITY WORKSHOPS
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/

Student Responses to Being Caught – Do They Hate Us (Professors) Turning Them in for Academic Misconduct?
You might be surprised by student responses to that question.  No, they do not hate their professor’s for turning them in. Learn more about the myths regarding how students feel about being caught and what they have learned from such an experience. We will also provide context in regards to the educational sanctions students complete when found in-violation of academic misconduct. 

Contract Cheating – We Are All Paying for This
Contract cheating occurs when a student and another person/corporation agree to have a person/corporation provide the student with an academic product when it ought to have been reasonably known it would be submitted for academic credit. Many students are falling for these so called “self-help” websites promising students “A” caliber papers, completion of homework assignments, and insisting it “legal” to use their websites. Learn more about these websites and how we can work together to send a message to students that using such services is not in their best interest.

DIGITAL STORYTELLING INTEREST GROUP
The Faculty Center’s digital storytelling interest group meets this week, featuring CDL guest speaker Tommi Barrett-Greenly, who will provide support for the use of tools to create digital stories. If you have an idea for the creation of a digital story or its implementation in a Webcourse, she will be able to provide assistance at this session.

Days and times (n.b., both presentations will cover the same content, so attend the session that best fits your schedule):
Wednesday, October 21st, 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. in CB1-205
Thursday, October 22nd, 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CB1-207 conference room

FALL 2015 FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY:
AN INTRODUCTION TO EVIDENCE-BASED UNDERGRADUATE STEM TEACHING
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/.

STUDENT CONDUCT REVIEW BOARD
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).

LGBTQ+ SAFE ZONE SERIES
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.

NEWS FROM THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
Monday, Oct 19, 2015, Noon – 1:00pm, Student Union Garden Key Room 221, Yoga and Storytelling Class
“Family Stories:  Using Yoga to Connect Stories and Folklore to our Lives.”  Our fall Yoga and Storytelling classes will be based on Vinyasa or flow yoga. Instructor: Deirdre Englehart, Associate Lecturer, Early Childhood Development and Education, College of Education and Human Performance. No RSVP needed.

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015, 3:00 – 4:00pm, CB-1 FCTL Room 205.  UCF Women Pegasus Professor Panel. Panel discussion by UCF women Pegasus Professors that includes topics ranging from academia success and career-life balance. UCF Women Pegasus Professor Panel:  Linda Walters, Biology; Kerstin Hamann, Political Science; Deborah Beidel, Psychology; Lisa Dieker, Exceptional Education; Diane Chase, Provost Office. No RSVP needed.

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015, Noon – 12:30pm, Visual Arts Building, Art Gallery Room 140A. Private Tour - UCF Faculty Art Exhibit.  A 30 minute guided tour of the UCF Faculty Art Exhibit.  New exhibit of artworks by 40 UCF Faculty members.  These professional artists have received both national and international recognition for their engaging and thought-provoking creations.  The exhibit showcases a wide range of traditional and time-based media including painting, sculpture, book arts, drawing, photography and experimental digital media.  Tour Guide:  Yulia Tikhonova, UCF Art Gallery Director. No RSVP needed.

FROM COUNSELING AND PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES: TOOL TO HELP STUDENTS WITH ANXIETY
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

ENHANCE YOUR ONLINE FALL COURSES WITH THE CENTER FOR DISTRIBUTED LEARNING
UCF's Center for Distributed Learning has developed an easy-to-use tool that looks through your online course and finds possible issues that could prevent a student from accessing the content due to a disability. It's called The Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool, or UDOIT (pronounced, "You Do It"), and this workshop will go over the history and give a demonstration of the tool. After the demonstration, you will have an opportunity to run UDOIT on your own course, and CDL can show you how to make the most of your results.

CDL will offer the workshop at the following dates and times (use the hyperlinks to register for your preferred session):
·         Monday, November 9th, 1-2pm (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/udoit-techtime-workshop-november-9th-2015-tickets-18908795717)
·         Monday, November 16th, 10-11am (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/udoit-techtime-workshop-november-16th-2015-tickets-18908968233)

Both sessions will be in the Faculty Multimedia Center (CB1-202), and computers will be provided.

CDL: HANDS ON WITH “CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE"
As part of September's update to the Choose Your Own Adventure widget for the Materia platform, the Center for Distributed Learning is hosting a number of “Tech Times” to demo the widget to attendees. The developers of Materia and Choose Your Own Adventure will be on-hand to provide tips and solicit feedback and comments. Any interested faculty and staff are welcome to attend. It’s recommended that you bring your own laptop to participate.

As promised, the second Tech Time is scheduled for Monday, October 19th at 1:30pm, and will be hosted at the Faculty Multimedia Center training room in Classroom Building 1. If you’d like to attend, please RSVP at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adventure-techtime-workshop-october-19-2015-tickets-18638862339

The Choose Your Own Adventure widget, along with the entire catalog of Materia games and study tools, is available at https://materia.ucf.edu.

NEWS FROM THE OFFICE OF DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION
The Office of Diversity and Inclusion has launched a campaign to encourage students, faculty and staff to treat each other respectfully, explore diversity topics, and advance UCF's goal of becoming more inclusive and diverse. Please sign on to the Commit to Respect and encourage students and colleagues to do the same at RespectUCF.com. See our inspirational video at https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VVvJGUdcgg8.

TOPR: SHARE YOUR ONLINE/BLENDED TEACHING PRACTICES WITH THE WORLD!
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.

FALL FACULTY WRITING CLUB
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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