May - Week 5

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. 
Have a great week!
Melody 

FACULTY CENTER HOSTED HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK 
The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, June 2nd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, June 3rd
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

COACHE SURVEY FOLLOW UP EFFORTS
During spring of 2015, UCF faculty were asked to complete the COACHE survey, a faculty job satisfaction survey.  In the fall 2015 semester, the COACHE Priority Setting Committee reviewed the UCF COACHE data/results and determined five priority areas for improvement: Appreciation and Recognition, Departmental Leadership, Nature of Work, Personal and Family Policies, and Promotion.  During spring 2016, faculty were recruited to participate on subcommittees for each of the five areas and charged with proposing strategies that will strengthen the respective area.  We need your help!  Please take about 60 seconds and vote on and/or suggest the strategies YOU believe will have the greatest impact on UCF faculty:  http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_1MJltfsccsmPyvz  

SIGN UP NOW FOR SUMMER FACULTY DEVELOPMENT ACTIVITIES
This summer the Faculty Center will host two special events to support teaching and learning and to promote scholarship of teaching and learning. The dates are June 10th and July 15th and times are 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. Plans for June 10th include a student panel on diversity in the classroom, a workshop on designing active learning space, and an introductory SoTL workshop. The July 15th event will feature Dr. Mary Ann Winkelmes from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who will offer a workshop called “The Unwritten Rules of College: Transparency and Its Impact on Learning.” This event will provide a follow-up to our Winter Conference transparency theme. Send an email to fctl@ucf.edu to save your spot for one or both events.

WEBCOURSES@UCF SUPPORT
Online@UCF Support has a new name and email address! We are now Webcourses@UCF Support, and our new email is webcourses@ucf.edu. Our old email address will continue to forward to the new one, but please update your address book and any contact information you provide to your students. This change is to prevent confusion with the UCF Online initiative and services.

WEBCOURSES QUIZ EXTENSIONS
CDL has developed a Webcourses@UCF integration called Quiz Extensions. This integration provides one place to give students extra time to all existing quizzes/exams. Quiz Extensions is available in all Webcourses@UCF courses; however, it has to be added to the course menu. For directions on how to enable and use Quiz Extensions, please visit https://online.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/integrations/quiz-extensions/

2016 DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IMPACT AWARDS
The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) presents an award to one student, faculty/staff and community member each year at the Diversity Breakfast. The deserving party may be nominated by a UCF community member and will be selected by a campus awards committee. Overall contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion at UCF will be considered. Nominations are due Friday, August 12, 2016. Please see the following links for submission instructions: Student | Faculty/Staff | Community Partner
 
FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2016 
Join a faculty writing club to start your summer 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!

REMINDER FOR SUMMER COURSE DEVELOPMENT: COURSE PREVIEW TOOL
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/

NOTE ABOUT LISTSERV ANNOUNCEMENT SUBMISSIONS
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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Dima Nazzal
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Kenyatta Rivers
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