February - Week 5

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.

Monday, February 29th
Workshop: How to Use Turnitin.com 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in CB1-202 (Faculty Multimedia Center). See details below.
Workshop: Reporting Academic Misconduct within an Online Course 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in CB1-202 (Faculty Multimedia Center). See details below.

Tuesday, March 1st
Active Learning Overview Workshop 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. See details below.

Wednesday, March 2nd
Book Club: Whistling Vivaldi 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Thursday, March 3rd
Science of Learning Workshop 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. See details below.
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.

Friday, March 4th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

How to Use Turnitin.com
This workshop will provide an opportunity for faculty to learn how to use Turnitin.com effectively.  Learn how to set up an account, how to check authenticity of student’s written work, and most importantly how to properly interpret Turnitin.com results.

Reporting Academic 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.

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/

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016 from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m.
In this workshop we will explore the concept of active learning in higher education. Through this theoretical exploration of active learning, we will discuss practical questions such as: How should we implement active learning? What does active learning look like across disciplines? When does active learning work? When doesn't active learning work?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
In this interactive session we will examine recent findings about how people learn and how we can apply those findings to improve teaching and learning.

Monday, March 14 – 12 p.m.-1 p.m. – CB1-205
The continually rising costs of college textbooks, along with the proliferation of online learning, has prompted the creation and use of digital open educational resources (OER). Attend this brown bag lunch discussion and discover how to search for OERs, as well as how to use the content to promote active learning techniques such as flipping the classroom. Find out how faculty at UCF are already accessing and using OER in their classes. A director from OpenStax, a grant-funded initiative that produces high-quality open online textbooks in 20 subjects, will describe the opportunities for those interested in authoring and reviewing OER materials.

For more information, please contact Aimee DeNoyelles (Aimee.DeNoyelles@ucf.edu)

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.

On behalf of LGBTQ+ Services from Student Development and Enrollment Services, please consider attending the Safe Zone two-part training on March 4, 2016 from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.  for faculty in the FCTL classroom in Classroom Building 1.  The two-part training will provide awareness and knowledge on language within the LGBTQ+ community and some ways to advocate for these communities here at UCF.  Please email Justin Andrade, justin.andrade@ucf.edu, to RSVP.

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/

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.

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 April 30, 2016. Selected entries will be announced in May 2016.

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_fa2015  

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.

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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Tison Pugh
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Amy Donley
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