September - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
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. 

Tuesday, September 22nd
Workshop: The Principles of Learning 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 23rd
Workshop: Promoting Productivity with the iPad 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Fall Adjunct Faculty Learning Community 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 24th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, September 25th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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/.

STEM EDUCATION READING GROUP FALL MEETINGS
Next Meeting Time: Thursday September 24th 12-1pm in PSB 146
The STEM Education Research Reading group is an informal group that meets bi-weekly to discuss selected readings from the discipline-based education research (DBER) and related fields. Our main purpose is to expand our understanding of STEM Education research methods and findings by reading and discussing articles that may be slightly outside our typical comfort zones. Please contact the group organizers Erin Saitta (Lecturer, Chemistry) and Jackie Chini (Assistant Professor, Physics) for more information and for the current readings. 

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

FLORIDA STATEWIDE SYMPOSIUM SEMINAR
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, researchsymposium.ucf.edu. The keynote seminar is open to the UCF community.)

FLICKERING LANDSCAPES CONFERENCE TO BE HELD AT UCF
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.

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

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)

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES IN THE CENTER FOR SUCCESS OF WOMEN FACULTY
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.

DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION NEWS
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, justin.andrade@ucf.edu.

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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