September - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please note that all faculty and students are invited to stop by the area near the UCF Reflection Pond from 8 to 10 a.m. and/or 1:30 to 5 p.m. to be part of the filming of a video to promote the concepts of diversity and inclusion on our campus and the UCF Rally for Respect event, which will take place on Tuesday, October 7. Contact the Office of Diversity and Inclusion for more information. 
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 and we will attempt to accommodate your request. 

Monday, September 14th
Workshop: Motivating Students to Learn 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Tuesday, September 15th
Workshop: Surprising Reasons Why Students Commit Academic Misconduct 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below.

Wednesday, September 16th
Workshop: Narrated PowerPoint Presentations 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
Webinar: Netflix and the ADA: How a Landmark Case Changed the Legal Landscape of Closed Captioning. 2 p.m. To 3:30 p.m, in Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below. 

Thursday, September 17th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How to Use 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below.

Friday, September 18th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
How to Use 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., in Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below.

Presenter: Jennifer Wright, Director, Office of Integrity and Ethical Development, Student Rights and Responsibilities
Attend face-to-face or via Adobe Connect at

Surprising Reasons Why Students Commit Academic Misconduct
We usually think students commit acts of academic misconduct because they are lazy, they don’t care, they want an easy way out of doing work, they won’t get caught, etc. We believe students who cheat and plagiarize are on academic probation, they are just trying to increase their GPA, etc. This could not be further from the truth. The Office of Integrity and Ethical Development have worked closely with all students found in violation of academic misconduct for the past three years. Learn the real reasons why students commit academic misconduct and what we can do as a UCF teaching community to educate students on how to demonstrate academic integrity throughout their UCF career.

How to Use
This workshop will provide an opportunity for faculty to learn how to use effectively. Learn how to set up an account, how to check authenticity of students’ written work, and most importantly how to properly interpret results. Co-Facilitated by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning.

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:

Upcoming Seminar: Defining Priorities: Rethinking Faculty Workload to Enhance Undergraduate Research.
Dr. Julio Rivera, Professor at Carthage College and Past-President of the Council on Undergraduate Research.

Friday, October 2, 1:30- 3:00, Pegasus Ballroom, Student Union

(This seminar is part of the 8th annual Florida Statewide Symposium: Engagement in Undergraduate Research, The keynote seminar is open to the UCF community.)

The College of Arts and Humanities Texts and Technologies program is a sponsor of the upcoming November 13-14 Flickering Landscapes conference to be held at the UCF Center for Emerging Media.  The conference is hosted by the UCF Center for Humanities & Digital Research. The conference aims to  examine three key components most often represented in films and television programs made in Florida, set in Florida, or both: Florida’s unique landscape, Florida’s filmmaking history, and Florida’s cultural identity on film.More information, including the call for individual papers, panels or workshops, may be found on their website, here.

The Faculty Center, the Center for Distributed Learning, and Student Accessibility Services will co-host the following accessibility webinars this semester:

Wednesday, September 16, 2PM ET Netflix and the ADA: How a Landmark Case Changed the Legal Landscape of Closed Captioning
This webinar will be presented by Arlene B. Mayerson, who led the legal team in the case that secured a historic settlement that ensures 100% closed captions in Netflix's streaming video content. Ms. Mayerson will discuss the application of the ADA, as well as how the ruling impacts online education and other industries using streaming video.  LOCATION: CB1 Room 202 (Faculty Multimedia Center)

Thursday, October 1, 2PM ET - 11 1/2 Free Tools for Testing Website Accessibility
In this webinar, David Berman, the #1 rated speaker on the topic of web accessibility standards as well as an international expert in the field, will share with you the best tools his team uses when auditing and testing websites and documents. Having an excellent test regimen is a crucial part of online accessibility, and David has found the best tools to fit your workflow, platforms, and competencies… so you don’t have to!  LOCATION: CB1 Room 202 (Faculty Multimedia Center)

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)

Monday, Sept 14, 2015, Noon – 1:00pm, Student Union Cedar Key Room 223, Yoga and Storytelling Class
“Family Stories:  Using Yoga to Connect Stories and Folklore to our Lives.”  Instructor: Deirdre Englehart, Associate Lecturer, Early Childhood Development and Education, College of Education and Human Performance.  No RSVP needed.

Wednesday, Sept 16, 2015
, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Student Union Cedar Key Room 223, CPR Training
FREE Red Cross Adult CPR class for UCF women faculty. Red Cross certification now is good for 2 years. To reserve your spot please contact Fran Ragsdale

Friday, Sept 18, 2015, 3:30pm – 5:30pm, UCF Arboretum Herb Planting, Eating and Harvesting.  UCF Arboretum ( Tour Guide:  Jen Elliott, Coordinator Arboretum Programs, UCF Arboretum. No RSVP needed.

Monday, Sept 21, 2015, 3:00 – 5:00pm, Live Oak Room. President Hitt’s New Women Faculty Reception.  

Thursday, Sept 24, 2015, Noon – 12:30pm, Atrium of the Psychology Building, (Building 99), (Please arrive at 11:45, tour starts promptly at noon), Private Tour of PTSD Clinic. Tour Guide:  Dr. Deborah Beidel, Pegasus Professor of Psychology, Director, UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic/PTSD Clinic (RESTORES).  No RSVP needed.

On behalf of LGBTQ+ Services and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, please consider and save the date for an opportunity to bring your evening classes to hear Lou Anne Smoot, author of A Christian Coming Out: A Journal of the Darkest Period In My Life, address the UCF community on September 22, 2015. Lou Ann will be speaking about how she reconciled being a part of an organized religion and identifying as LGBTQ+. She will focus on her personal journey and struggle, and ultimately, how she found peace with being Christian and LGBT. 
If you are interested in bringing your classes to this event, please contact Justin Andrade, LGBTQ+ Services Coordinator,

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:
You may wish to review the entries selected from the previous call for submissions:  
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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