March - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. This is a long one, so be sure to read all the way through.  :) We have several great workshops coming up—join us if you can. Also, please encourage your students to take a few minutes to provide their input for the Unifying Theme survey available at
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 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, March 14th
Workshop: Gamification/Role-Immersion 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CB1-205. See details below.
Brown Bag Lunch-Integrating Open Educational Resources in Webcourses to Promote Active Learning 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.. CB1-205. CDL Event. See details below. 

Tuesday, March 15th
Workshop: Classroom Active Learning Techniques 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CB1-205. See details below.
Book Club: Teach Students How to Learn 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, March 16th
Workshop: Technologies for Active Learning 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in CB1-205. See details below.
Workshop: Student Responses to Being Caught – Do They Hate Us (Professors) for Turning Them in for Academic Misconduct? 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in CB1-202 (Faculty Multimedia Center). See details below.

Thursday, March 17th
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 18th
Writing a Journal Article in Twelve Weeks Faculty Development Cohort 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in CB1-205
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Keri Watson, Sandra Sousa, and Eric Main
For the past year, several UCF faculty members have been reading Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College by Mark Carnes and successfully innovating their courses with role playing games. In this session, you will hear some first-hand, instructor experiences, and you will gain ideas and strategies for addressing some of the student learning outcomes that relate to engagement, empathy, leadership skills, and learning in communities.

Classroom Active Learning Techniques
Eric Main
In this session you will learn about several learning and feedback activities to implement in the classroom. Some will be ideal for small and medium sized classes and others for large classes. Many can be integrated into lectures and others can function as stand-alone lessons. Participants are encouraged to share their favorite activities and learn from others.

Technologies for Active Learning
Anna Turner
This workshop will begin with an overview of useful frameworks for incorporating technology into the classroom. We will demonstrate several classroom technologies in person, and we will preview some future directions for technology on the UCF campuses.

Student Responses to Being Caught – Do They Hate Us (Professors) for Turning Them in for Academic Misconduct?
You might be surprised by student responses to that question.  No, they do not hate their professors for turning them in.  Learn more about the myths regarding how students feel about being caught and what they have learned from such an experience.  We will also provide context in regards to the educational sanctions students complete when found in-violation of academic misconduct. 

Presenter: Jennifer Wright, Director, Office of Integrity and Ethical Development, Student Rights and Responsibilities
Attend face-to-face or via Adobe Connect at

Wednesday, Mar 16, 2016, Noon – 1:00PM, Student Union, Sand Key Room 220
The challenges experienced by minority female faculty in higher education have been well noted. These challenges may include (a) invisibility; feelings of not being heard or listened to, (b) over-visibility; feelings of being hired as a contribution to the façade of organizational diversity, and (c) alienation and devaluation. These challenges have been found to correlate with increased feelings of anxiety, career dissatisfaction, and burnout which unfortunately have led to decisions to leave the profession. Holistic balance centered on a wellness framework promotes positive personal and professional experiences. The proposed workshop will provide UCF’s female faculty the arena to discuss wellness practices to counter work stressors and potential burnout. CSWF 2016 Faculty Fellow: M. Ann Shillingford-Butler, Associate Professor, Dept. of Child, Family & Community Sciences, College of Education and Human Performance.

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 (

Tuesday, March 15th at 3:30PM in John C. Hitt Library, room 223.

The UCF Libraries and Women's and Gender Studies Department are celebrating Women's History Month with a screening of the film "Wonder Women! The Untold Story of American Superheroines" followed by a panel discussion with several UCF faculty. Snacks and drinks will be provided.  This 55 minute, award-winning film races the fascinating birth, evolution and legacy of Wonder Woman and introduces audiences to a dynamic group of fictional and real-life superheroines fighting for positive role models for girls, both on screen and off. Watch the trailer here:

The rising cost of textbooks over the last decade is having a negative impact on student success in college.  A 2014 U.S. PIRG Education Fund report found that 65% of college students reported not purchasing a textbook due to cost, and 95% of those students said they suffered academically because of it.  In response to this crisis, the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) is on the rise as post-secondary institutions and individual faculty members attempt to decrease educational costs for students and improve student success.  The Hewlett Foundation defines OER as “teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others.  Open education resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.”

The information gathered by this survey about current efforts to reduce the costs of textbooks to students through the use of OER and other means will assist the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC)* in establishing a statewide infrastructure to support these activities.  The goal is to reach as many librarians, instructional technology/design staff, and teaching faculty as possible. 

The potential benefits of this study include lowered educational costs for students, increased support for the use of OER and other resources in the classroom, and professional development opportunities.  The potential risks of participating in the survey are minimal.  It will take about ten minutes to complete the survey.  Your responses will be automatically compiled in a spreadsheet and cannot be linked to you unless you choose to identify yourself. 

By clicking on the link below you acknowledge that you agree to participate in this survey:

Please complete the survey by Friday, March 25, 2016. Thank you for your participation!
*FLVC is legislatively mandated to “promote and provide recommendations concerning the use and distribution of open-access textbooks and education resources as a method of reducing cost.” (FLVC is an organization designated in Florida Statute to serve Florida’s public universities and colleges.)

Nine-month faculty can enroll in the twelve-month payment option plan during open enrollment, from April 1 to June 30, 2016. During the academic year (Fall 2016 - Spring 2017), 9-month faculty may choose to have designated amounts deducted from their paychecks in order to receive pay over summer 2017. UCF will hold the money until the summer, when the money will be repaid to the employee in 5 equal payments. The calculator, required form, and FAQ are available on the HR Website under Twelve Month Payment Option (right-hand column): All 9-month faculty are encouraged to update and periodically monitor their email accounts; information is also distributed directly to relevant employees via email.  Questions should be directed to

Applications open: March 10, 2016
Applications due: May 10, 2016
Apply at:

Are you interested in helping educate students on their rights and responsibilities as University community members, facilitating an understanding of the balance between individual and community rights, and promoting a safe and inclusive atmosphere conducive to student success? Are you excited about encouraging students to embody the tenets of the UCF Creed, integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence?

The Office of Student Conduct is looking for UCF faculty/staff and student community members who are dedicated to upholding the above-mentioned principles to apply to serve on the 2016-2017 Student Conduct Review Board.

Any undergraduate/graduate student, faculty or staff member in good standing with the University is eligible to apply. Students must maintain at least a 2.5 GPA and full-time status. Applicants must uphold all University policies. Other requirements include the ability to work well with others; sensitivity and respect for others, openness to differences, and the ability to maintain strict confidentiality of all student conduct information.

Newly selected conduct board members will receive extensive training on the Rules of Conduct policies and procedures, as well as improving skills in listening, questioning and decision-making. There will also be an opportunity to practice these skills prior to hearing actual cases through involvement in a mock hearing and various shadowing opportunities. Additional training and information sessions will be held during the year to continue to develop and improve skills and knowledge to help in effectively serving on a conduct review board.  New Conduct Board members will be trained in two days in between the Summer Fall 2016 academic terms, with sessions taking place on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 and Wednesday, August 17, 2016.

Time Commitment
Conduct Board members serve as often as their schedules permit. Each year we average around 300 formal hearings, so there will be plenty to choose from! Most hearings take between 2 and 3 hours and are conducted during 8am-5pm, Monday-Friday. Conduct board members serve on 1-2 hearings a month (with an opportunity for more) as either a member of a panel, or a solo administrative hearing officer.

How to Apply
You can find an application at
Please fill out the application in its entirety online. Incomplete applications will not be considered. If you have any questions about the application, please contact Rosemarie Timothy at Applications will open on March 10, 2016 and are due by 5:00 p.m. on May 10, 2016.

Following the submission of the application, selected applicants will move on to our group interviewing phase will be contacted in early to mid-June.  Selected candidates will be notified late June.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at (407) 823-4638 or email us

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: For instructions on how to opt-in to this feature, visit:

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: 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.

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

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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