January - Week 3

Hello Everyone-

Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Applications for the spring 2016 Course Innovation Project are due Wednesday.
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 try to accommodate your request. 

Tuesday, January 19th

Book Club: Teach Students How to Learn 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. (see details below). We have a few spots left!

Wednesday, January 20th

SoTL Award Workshop 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in CB1-205 (see details below)

Science of Learning Workshop 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Thursday, January 21st

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. (see details below)

Friday, January 22nd

Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SPRING 2016 ACTIVE LEARNING INITIATIVE: APPLICATIONS FOR FUNDED PROGRAM DUE JANUARY 20TH

The Faculty Center will focus our spring 2016 programming on the general theme of active learning. We will be offering open workshops and individual consultations on active learning strategies, as well as a funded program for faculty members who wish to make significant revisions to a course and can commit to attending a series of sessions and submitting required deliverables.

Open Workshops

We will announce the workshops throughout the semester on our events calendar http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/site/Calendar/ and through our weekly listserv. Topics will include an overview of active learning, team-based learning, case-based learning, in-class writing and problem-solving, interactive lectures, debates, discussions, Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) strategies, flipping the classroom, gamification, role immersion, authentic assessment, rubric design, peer assessment, and more.  We will ask for RSVPs for attendance. 

Funded Course Innovation Project

We plan to recruit 15-20 faculty members from across the university to participate in a formal course innovation project. Interested faculty should develop and propose a course revision that relates to at least one of the following broad research/practice areas: 

•   Impacts of learning spaces (physical and/or virtual) on student learning and faculty agency

•   Inquiry-/problem-/team-based learning; connecting active learning and course content

•   Course mapping of learning objectives to activities and assessments; strategic balancing of deep and broad learning objectives; course scaffolding and pacing

•   Making connections between active learning and current topics in higher education such as diversity and inclusion, adaptive learning, role immersion, competency-based learning, and experiential learning.

In order to receive the $500 grant, faculty members must:

•   attend two required cohort meetings and at least three active-learning workshops (offered throughout the semester)

•   implement an active-learning strategy during the spring semester

•   produce a final report

Cohort meetings will be scheduled based on participant availability. Faculty members who complete the spring program will be invited to pilot innovations during the fall 2016 semester and will be eligible for an additional grant. To apply to the funded program, please complete the Qualtrics survey at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1MMgAKqNboaqd8N by January 20th.

WRITING A JOURNAL ARTICLE IN TWELVE WEEKS FACULTY DEVELOPMENT COHORT: APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 25
Do you have trouble finding the time to work on your writing? Do you have the beginnings of an article that you would like to develop for publication? If so, you are invited to apply for the spring 2016 FCTL Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to enable faculty to produce an article manuscript for submission to an academic journal. It is designed to help participants to make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations. It is also designed to help participants make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the spring term to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication. The workshops will be held on January 29, February 19 and 26, March 18 and 25, and April 8. Participants should be prepared to attend all six face-to-face meetings, to have regular online “check ins” with the workshop group, and, most importantly, to talk about their work with colleagues. Each participant will receive a copy of the Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks book prior to the beginning of the workshop. To apply, please fill out the Qualtrics survey at this URL http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_06DI229Ef7lHup7 by January 25th.

TUNNEL OF OPPRESSION EXPERIENCE JANUARY 29TH: PLEASE SHARE WITH STUDENTS AND COLLEAGUES
Social Justice and Advocacy invites all students, faculty, and staff to participate in the Tunnel of Oppression on January 29th, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., in the Pegasus Ballroom. This interactive event provides participants the opportunity to understand various types of oppression that occur daily. Tours begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. and run every 30 minutes until 4:30 p.m. Tours can be schedule for a group by completing the form found at http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_9M2vvURYEzdZYsB, individual and small group (3-5 people) walk-ins will also be accommodated. For more information or questions, please contact Mecia Lockwood at Mecia.Lockwood@ucf.edu or (407) 823-0401.

SOTL AWARD WORKSHOPS JANUARY 20 AND FEBRUARY 2

The Faculty Center will host workshops to help faculty members learn about and develop their applications for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award. The sessions will be held on Wednesday, January 20, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. and Tuesday, February 2, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Both sessions will be held in CB1 205.

FROM THE OFFICE OF UNDERGRADUATE RESEARCH: STUDENT RESEARCH DISSEMINATION OPPORTUNITIES

•   Application Open- Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). SURE will take place on April 7, 2016, and applications are due on February 12that 1:00pm. This poster showcase is a wonderful opportunity for students to share their work with the UCF community and practice communicating their research. www.showcase.ucf.edu.  Interested in judging this event on April 7? Please contact us!

•   Spring Decision Deadline- UCF Undergraduate Research Journal (UCF URJ). The UCF URJ is a multi-disciplinary, peer-reviewed journal open to undergraduates . The priority deadline for the Spring 2016 is February 5th; students who submit by this deadline will have a manuscript decision by the end of the semester. Applications are rolling, though, so the URJ is happy to accept submissions at any point during the year. Students can submit up to six months after graduation. www.urj.ucf.edu

•   Rolling Applications- Undergraduate Conference Travel Awards. Students accepted to conferences as primary presenters are eligible for OUR Student Travel Grants. These grants provide up to $500 in travel support. www.our.ucf.edu/opportunities/travel.php

Additionally, the Office of Undergraduate Research is available for class and club presentations (https://our.ucf.edu/opportunities/reservations/) . We offer drop-in hours and appointments with peer mentors to help students who are new to research, or those who are currently engaged in research but want to make the most of their experience. The schedule can be found at www.our.ucf.edu. As always, if you or your students have questions, please contact our office at our@ucf.edu or 407-823-3125.

WRITING ACROSS THE CURRICULUM WEBSITE REDESIGN

The UCF Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Program is pleased to announce the release of its redesigned website. The new design will allow UCF faculty and other users to find WAC-related teaching resources, learn about the services offered by the program, and get in touch with its staff more easily. The website also contains testimonials by UCF faculty members who have completed WAC projects in the past, articles on writing instruction in the disciplines, written by UCF faculty, and other useful materials. Please go tohttp://wac.cah.ucf.edu to visit the new site.

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND HUMANITIES “BIG READ” PROGRAM

UCF’s College of Arts & Humanities has been awarded one of 75 grants from the National Endowment for the Arts to participate in “The Big Read,” a nationwide program created to revitalize the role of literature in American culture and encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment.

Grant recipients around the country pick their own books to feature. To celebrate the 125th anniversary of author Zora Neale Hurston’s birth, beginning in January the college will partner with the Seminole County Public Library and the Public History Center to host six weeks of events focusing on her book Their Eyes Were Watching God. Events will include an art exhibit, lectures, film screenings, theatrical performances and other programs. For a full schedule of programs visit http://bigread.cah.ucf.edu/

SPRING 2016 BOOK CLUB: WHISTLING VIVALDI

Claude M. Steele’s Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do (2010) remains a seminal work in the area of stereotype threat. Join us for a discussion on how identity and stereotype threat affect students’ college experiences. The book club will run for six consecutive Wednesdays, beginning January 27 and ending March 2, the week before Spring Break. We will meet in the Faculty Center conference room (CB1-207) from 1:00 – 2:00. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book. To register, please email anna.turner@ucf.edu.

SPRING 2016 BOOK CLUB: TEACH STUDENTS HOW TO LEARN

Saundra McGuire is a nationally-recognized advocate for student success in higher education and will be the keynote speaker at this year’s Summer Faculty Development Conference. Her 2015 book offers a range of strategies and methods for teaching students about metacognition and for promoting their development as effective learners. The book club will meet four times during the semester, from noon to 1:00 p.m. January 19th, February 16th, March 15th, and April 12th  in the Faculty Center and will discuss three chapters of the book in each session. The author has offered to participate in at least one of our discussion sessions during the semester. The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book. To register, please email melody@ucf.edu.

SPRING BOOK CLUB AND BROWN BAG FOR HONORS FACULTY: MINDS ON FIRE

During the spring 2016 semester, the Burnett Honors College will collaborate with the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning to host a book club.  We will be reading Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College by Mark C. Carnes (2014).  This study is based on interviews with students and faculty who participated in the pedagogical innovation “Reacting to the Past,” which began at Barnard College (https://reacting.barnard.edu/).  Our meetings will be held in the Faculty Center (CB1-207) from 12:00-1:00 every other Thursday beginning January 21 and ending April 28.  The first ten respondents will receive a free copy of the book. To register, please email eric.main@ucf.edu.

PREDICTIVE ANALYTICS WEBINAR FOR FACULTY FEBRUARY 9

On Tuesday, February 9, from 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m., there will be a webinar for faculty related to Educational Advisory Board’s Student Success Collaborative, a predictive analytics system that will be launching at UCF in the coming months. The session will include information, discussion, and collaborative exploration. 

SAVE THE DATES FOR SUMMER FACULTY DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE

The 2016 Summer Faculty Development Conference will be held May 9-12. The theme will be aligned with our new Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP), which is “What's Next: Integrative Learning for Professional and Civic Preparation”. The keynote speaker will be Saundra McGuire from Louisiana State University. The RFP will be released soon. For more information on the event and all tracks, go to: http://sites01.lsu.edu/faculty/smcgui1/ . 

STUDENT CONSULTANTS ON TEACHING (SCOT) – CALL FOR FACULTY

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning will be piloting a new program in Spring 2016. The Student Consultants on Teaching (SCoT) program will employ carefully selected undergraduate and graduate students who are trained to objectively observe class sessions and provide feedback from a student perspective. When the pilot is launched in March, instructors will have the opportunity to invite a student consultant into their class to observe activities and provide targeted feedback. More information about the program will be available in March.

In order to train the new student consultants, we’re asking for faculty volunteers to invite a consultant-in-training to observe your class and then provide feedback on the observation. Faculty volunteers will also receive objective feedback regarding their class. Our goal is to have at least one large class and several midsize or small classes for training purposes. The training observations will take place in February, after the student consultants have completed initial training sessions. All observations will be conducted at the convenience of the faculty member.

If you are interested in volunteering for a training observation or if you would like more information about the SCoT program, please email fctl@ucf.edu.

ADJUNCT FACULTY LEARNING COMMUNITY

This semester, the Faculty Center will host a learning community for adjuncts on four Tuesday evenings (1/19, 2/16, 3/15, 4/12) from 6:00-7:30 in CB1-207 (Orlando campus).  There is a $100 grant for full attendance to help offset costs of attendance.  The meetings are informal discussions about teaching and learning issues, and you will have the chance to meet part-time faculty from other disciplines.  If you would like to attend, please email eric.main@ucf.edu. Please share this information with colleagues as appropriate.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB 2016 

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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