September - Week 4

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 and we will attempt to accommodate your request. 

Monday, September 28th
Workshop: Designing Effective Learning Activities 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Academic Integrity Workshop: Why Should I and How Do I Submit an Academic Misconduct Report? 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below.

Wednesday, September 30th
Getting the Most from Your Clicker Questions 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Thursday, October 1st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Conducting a Mid-Semester Check-In with Your Students 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Webinar: Tools for Testing Website Accessibility 2:00 p.m. To 3:00 p.m. in the Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below.

Friday, October 2nd
Academic Integrity Workshop: Reporting Academic Misconduct Within an Online Course 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in the Faculty Media Center (CB1-202). See details below.
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Faculty Learning Community: An Introduction to Evidence-Based Undergraduate STEM Teaching 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 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

Why Should I and How Do I Submit an Academic Misconduct Report?
To report or not to report a student for academic misconduct is not always as easy an answer as it seems. Sometimes we have personal and professional conflicts regarding what is the right thing to do. Join in the discussion of why we should report acts of academic misconduct, how to report academic misconduct, and what happens after a report is submitted. Co-Facilitated by the Office of Student Conduct.

Reporting Misconduct Within An Online Course
Academic misconduct does not just occur in face-to-face lecture style courses.  It can and has occurred in online courses as well. Learn how we support faculty who teach online in promoting academic integrity and how to report academic misconduct within an online course. Co-Facilitated by the Office of Student Conduct.

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 ( 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 enroll in the MOOC, visit

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 -  Please join us for music and discussion of UCF as a leader for diversity and inclusion.

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.

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 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:

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)

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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