February - Week 4

Hello Everyone-

Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please pay special attention to information about Leadership Week, which starts tomorrow. It will feature several evens that are designed especially for faculty. For more information, clcik here: http://lsa.sdes.ucf.edu/leadershipweek/.
Have a great week!


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.

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.

Monday, February 22nd
Workshop hosted by Interdisciplinary Studies: Teaching about Sustainability in Ways that Work 10:45 a.m. To 11:45 a.m. In Student Union 221 (Garden Key)  See details below. 

Tuesday, February 23rd
Active Learning Overview Workshop 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in CB1-205

Wednesday, February 24th
Workshop: Surprising Reasons Why Students Commit Academic Misconduct 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. in CB1-202 (Faculty Multimedia Center). See details below.
Book Club: Whistling Vivaldi 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 25th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, February 26th
Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks Faculty Development Cohort
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

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 has 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.

Presenter: Jennifer Wright, Director, Office of Integrity and Ethical Development, Student Rights and Responsibilities

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

How can we teach about the complex problems of Climate Change in meaningful and pedagogically effective ways? The scientist and musicians from The Crossroads Project have figured out one effective way of combining science and art to communicate the urgency of climate change (see www.ist.ucf.edu/crossroads for info on UCF-performance and to reserve tickets).
If you are interested in meeting the performers and would like to think through some of the pedagogical challenges and opportunities in teaching in interdisciplinary and integrative ways, please join us for this free workshop:

Monday Feb 22 - 10:45-11:45 am– Student Union 221 (Garden Key)  
For more information please contact Jonathan Beever (Jonathan.Beever@ucf.edu)
Please RSVP to Claudia.schippert@ucf.edu in order for us to have sufficient space and materials (and snacks!)

Please join us Monday 2/22 at 7:30pm in the Visual Arts Auditorium for the Crossroads Project, a breathtaking stage presentation where art meets environmental activism to create a truly interdisciplinary view of the critical issue of climate change. The performance examines one of the most important conversations of our time---a contemplation of the paths before us, and the power we hold within ourselves to set a new path. At the center of Crossroads is its music, performed live by a quartet of classical musicians. The Project combines musical performance and the spoken word with scientific visualizations and art as it presents an evocative and powerful perspective on climate science. For more information (and to reserve free tickets) please see www.ist.ucf.edu/crossroads.

Experience life from another perspective and take a walk in another person’s shoes: Student Care Services and Northland Church are co-hosting an interactive simulation regarding living a life in poverty on February 22nd, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., in Student Union room 316 (Cape Florida Ballroom). The event is open to all UCF students, faculty, staff, and faith-based organization staff. RSVP on Eventbrite required: https://goo.gl/STmJv1

The World Languages Education Student Association is hosting the free UCF World Languages Education International and Global Studies Colloquium on Monday, Feb. 29 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the Student Union’s Pegasus and Cape Florida Ballrooms.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Stephen Krashen (Professor Emeritus at the University of Southern California)
  • Kouider Mokhtari (Professor at The University of Texas at Tyler)
Conference Program (with all the updates) can be found on the conference website: https://wlesa.wordpress.com

Please contact Hilal Peker (Hilal.Peker@ucf.edu) with any questions.

The Center for Distributed Learning, Online Learning Consortium (OLC), and Instructure are teaming up to bring two professional development opportunities to learn more about online teaching and learning and Canvas. 

  • OLC Collaborate is coming to the UCF Campus on Thursday, 3/10/16.  OLC Collaborate is an intensive, interactive, and collaborative day with regional experts speaking on topics covering blended learning, learning analytics, and competency-based learning.  The one day event is only $115 for OLC members (UCF is an OLC member) and lunch is included in registration fee. The conference will be in the Classroom 1 building. Register today for OLC Collaborate - Orlando
  • Florida CanvasCon conference will be held on Friday, 3/11/16, in the UCF Student Union.  CanvasCon provides a unique opportunity to learn about Canvas from other Canvas users. You won't want to miss this unique opportunity to network with other institutions in the area, and see how Canvas is being used all over Florida. The cost is $25.  Breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee.  Register HERE! 

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/

Leadership Week is an initiative coordinated by the LEAD Scholars Academy within the Division of Student Development and Enrollment Services. It is supported by UCF's Student Government Association, LEAD Students Association and numerous offices and departments throughout the university. Leadership Week was created to identify, recognize, and develop leadership among students, faculty, and staff.

Leadership Week 2016 will take place from February 22rd through the 26th. This is a week full of exciting leadership workshops, guest speakers, and opportunities to become a leader at the University of Central Florida. Students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend all events.  See here for a full listing of Leadership Week events:http://lsa.sdes.ucf.edu/leadershipweek/

The UCF Libraries now offers Mango Languages, a leading language and culture learning resource available to all UCF students, faculty, and staff.

Mango Languages includes more than 70 courses for foreign language and English as a second language.  Each course is self-paced, interactive, and tracks learners’ progress from session to session. In addition to basic and advanced courses in modern languages, Mango provides unique culturally thematic specialty courses, such as:

  • Medical Spanish
  • Soccer Celebration
  • Endangered Languages
  • Pirate

Mango also features full-length international films with subtitles for education, enjoyment, and cultural enrichment. UCF Mango Languages is a Technology Fee Funded project. To learn more about Mango Languages at UCF, please visit: http://guides.ucf.edu/mango.

The 18th Annual UCF Literacy Symposium invites you to join us on Friday, April 1, 2016 for a day filled with professional learning. The 2016 event theme is Crossing Boundaries:  Literacy and STEAM Education. Keynote speakers include, Nell Duke from University of Michigan, June Maker form University of Arizona, Ms. Diane McKee, 2016 FL Teacher of the Year, and Carrie Morgridge from Colorado. 

If interested in presenting at this year’s UCF Literacy Symposium, proposal information is available at: http://education.ucf.edu/litsymposium/proposals.cfm?id=3&pg=prop  *Deadline for proposal submission: Friday, March 4, 2016 at 11:59 PM EST. Register today at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/18th-annual-literacy-symposium-crossing-boundaries-literacy-and-steam-education-registration-17654823051

 We hope to see you on April 1, 2016 at UCF, College of Education & Human Performance, Education Complex Building. For more information, please contact us at LitSymposium@ucf.edu. Event Organizer is Dr. Vicky Zygouris-Coe.

It’s a national election year, and the UCF Diversity Week will seek to engage our campus community on the impact of political debate and government structure on diverse individuals and groups. Our theme is  “Empowering Diverse Voices in Our Democracy.” We need the help of our awesome faculty! Please share the 2016 Diversity Week Student Poster Contest with your students. The winning poster will reflect a campus that values diversity and inclusion and successfully represents our theme through the power of visual art. Please visit our website to download the poster competition rules/application


The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is starting a faculty storytelling project and invites you to the first event featuring Carolyn Walker Hopp, Ph.D.; Lecturer College of Education and Human Performance.

Perspective Taking: Informed Decisions and Impactful Response.

This interactive session provides an overview of the time in history that created the most disequilibrium in our culture: the Civil Rights Movement, and HOW it Fundamentally changed race relations. Dr. Walker Hopp will discuss her place in that history, how it shaped her own perspective on the current state of relations in our country, and her reactions to it, and why perspective is important. Discussions with participants will include a reflective prompt about the topic: I used to think...but now I think...and WHY.

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Teaching Academy 130 // 12:00 Noon - 1:00 p.m.

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!


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