April - Week 2

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. This semester, we’re experimenting with workshop RSVPs. If you would like to attend one of this week’s workshops, please email fctl@ucf.edu with the title and date of the workshop to reserve your spot. If you would like to participate virtually, please include that in your response and we will try to accommodate your request.

Tuesday, April 12th
Book Club: Teach Students How to Learn 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Workshop: Authentic Assessment 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in CB1-205

Wednesday, April 13th
Workshop: Authentic Assessment 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CB1-205

Thursday, April 14th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Book Club and Brown Bag for Honors Faculty: Minds On Fire 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
Workshop: Authentic Assessment 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CB1-205
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 CB1-202 (Faculty Media Center). See details below.

Friday, April 15th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Authentic Assessment 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in CB1-205

Authentic Assessment
Melody Bowdon
April 12th, 1:00-2:00, CB1-205
One of the greatest challenges faculty members face is coming up with meaningful and valid ways to measure students' mastery of material and their learning gains over the course of a class or a program. In this workshop we will discuss strategies for closely aligning learning activities with assessment techniques to address this issue. 

Authentic Assessment
Anna Turner
April 13th, 10:00-11:00, CB1-205
See above

Authentic Assessment
Melody Bowdon
April 15th, 3:00-4:00, CB1-205
See above

Assessment Planning for Active Learning
Eric Main
April 14th, 3:00-4:00, CB1-205
A good assessment plan communicates the academic structure of a course in a way that promotes learning for students while managing workload for faculty.  In this session you will learn tips for designing an assessment plan as well as strategies for diagnostic instruments, rubrics, exams, formative feedback, and peer assessment.

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
Attend face-to-face or via Adobe Connect at https://ucf.adobeconnect.com/_a826512158/r1w42us8kjc/

You are invited to participate in a research study entitled ‘Faculty Knowledge and Readiness in Reporting Student Victimization Disclosure and Title IX Compliance’ being conducted by Abigail Malick, a UCF doctoral student in sociology. The purpose of this research is to gather information regarding faculty members’ experience with student disclosure, as well as attitudes related to victimization reporting guidelines. This includes faculty, adjuncts, and graduate students with teaching experience. Interviews will be conducted face-to-face or over the telephone. The interview will be scheduled at your convenience and will take 30-45 minutes to complete.

The study may provide valuable information regarding the help-seeking behavior of college student victims and the current strategies used to respond to disclosures of student victimization. If you are interested or need more information, please respond to Abigail Malick at Abigail.Malick@knights.ucf.edu.

The Power of Symbols: When Hate Visits Our Community
Symbols convey considerable meaning in an immediately recognizable form, and the power they can have is tremendous. Some symbols are meant to evoke feelings of hate or anger, or to spark fear and insecurity. Hosted by the UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion, this event will explore how symbols affect our campus and ways in which we respond and feature a panel of members from the Anti-Defamation League, UCF Police Department and Central Florida Hillel. For more information, please view the event flyer.
Monday, April 18, 2016
Student Union 218 CD Key West Ballroom // 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Courageous Conversations: Racism and Reality
Join us as highly trained facilitators guide university community members, public safety officials, and local community members through civil discussion to address current issues on race and the prevailing social and political climate in the nation as it affects people of color, focusing on areas that need continued relief, such as employment, wealth and health disparities, housing issues, and the achievement gap in education. This event is sponsored by the U.S. Attorney’s Office Middle District of FloridaUCF Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Programs OfficeUCF Police DepartmentUCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and UCF Student Development and Enrollment Services Office. For more information, please see the event flyer.
Wednesday, April 13, 2016
Classroom Building 1 Room 121 // 7 to 8:50 p.m.

The Course Preview tool is available to advertise a tentative syllabus to potential students who are registering for classes. This information is not automatically available to all students. Faculty must opt-in to this feature. The tentative syllabus can only be seen by current UCF students and is not available via the public search for classes. For more information on how to construct a course preview, visit: http://fctl.ucf.edu/TeachingAndLearningResources/CourseDesign/Syllabus/coursepreview.php. For instructions on how to opt-in to this feature, visit: http://online.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/other/course-preview/

Join a faculty writing club to start your spring semester off with a 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 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL 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 an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each week. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me  a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on Wednesday for inclusion on the following Sunday. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.


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