October - Week 4

Hello Everyone-

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 at http://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!

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 28th
Lessons from the Science of Learning: Encouraging Mindful Learning 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 29th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
iPad Productivity 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Friday, October 30th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Faculty Center Fall Open House 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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/.

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.

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

The Faculty Senate Strategic Planning Council members would like to invite students to the strategic planning campus stakeholder forums, in addition to faculty and staff. The forums will be held on Oct. 26 and Nov. 12, from 9-11 am in Key West Ballroom, Student Union.

Faculty, staff and students are invited to contribute their ideas during an open discussion about UCF's vision and future impact in Central Florida and across our community.

In October, university and community leaders launched a strategic planning process to set UCF’s trajectory for the next 20 years. In doing so, we’ll help shape how we can have a greater impact on lives and livelihoods throughout the region. 

This forum, hosted by the UCF Faculty Senate, will be an open discussion about UCF's short- and long-term opportunities, challenges, and areas of unique strength. 

Together, we'll consider our purpose, the quality our university provides, and areas of excellence that distinguish UCF from other institutions on the national and international stage. We also will examine how UCF best fits into the education landscape in the state and across the country. 

Learn more about strategic planning at http://ucf.edu/strategic-planning

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.

All UCF faculty members using Webcourses@UCF are invited to register for the fall session of UCF’s Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching—Creating and Sustaining Effective Online Discussions: Strategies to Foster Critical Thinking and Student Voice. It will be held on Wednesday, November 4 from 1:00-1:30. You may participate face-to-face or online.

Online discussions are extensively used in online and mixed-mode courses. However, a common concern is that students will minimally participate in order to fulfill the grading requirements, and not truly engage with the content, instructor, or peers. In this session, we will share strategies to create and sustain online discussions that foster critical thinking and student voice. These strategies guide an instructor to effectively design the discussion before it commences, as well as to facilitate the discussion as it progresses, and assess the discussion when it concludes. Specifically, an instructor’s experience of using innovative discussion prompts within Webcourses@UCF will be showcased.

Register Now: http://online.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar12/

If you have any questions, contact Dr. Aimee deNoyelles at aimee@ucf.edu.

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.

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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