October - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
I hope you and yours are getting back to normal after the storm last week. You’ll find information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. I want to especially draw your attention to a special presentation on mobile pedagogy by John Landis on October 17. RSVP by emailing fctl@ucf.edu by October 12. We hope to see you there.
Have a good 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 fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Monday, October 10th
Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Metacognition—10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Tuesday, October 11th
"New" Faculty Reading Group: How Learning Works by Ambrose, et al.—12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 12th
Brown Bag Lunch and Book Club: The Heart of Higher Education: A Call to Renewal by Parker J. Palmer and Arthur Zajonc—12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, October 13th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Human Subjects Regulations and SoTL Research—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
Workshop: Active Learning—3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
Workshop: How to Use Turnitin.com—3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Faculty Multimedia Center (Classroom Building One, room 202). See details below.

Friday, October 14th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Dr. Jon Landis, US Development Executive with Apple Inc.
Monday, October 17, 11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in CB1-205
RSVP at fctl@ucf.edu by October 12
Mobile pedagogy represents a fundamental shift in content access and in the role of the traditional classroom. This presentation isn't about trendy technology fads or the latest gadgets... this is about facing the challenges and maximizing the possibilities of a connected world. In addition to exploring the dynamics of this new educational paradigm, we will examine the practical implementation strategies, hardware, and support necessary to improve learning opportunity. This session has three parts:

The Why - Do mobile devices have a place in the learning experience?
The How - How does a mobility-rich environment work?
The What - What are current colleges and universities doing as a part of the mobility revolution?

How to Use Turnitin.com, presented by Jennifer Wright and Eric Main
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. Co-Facilitated by the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

UCF is moving towards an electronic system for faculty reporting (either developed in-house or licensed through a third-party vendor). The first step in this process is to brainstorm what that system would be and what it would ‘look like’ (i.e., the business processes it would support and functionality for multiple users including faculty and administrators). These meetings, facilitated by the Office of Faculty Excellence, are simply brainstorming sessions to sketch out ideas for the system. Please come prepared to discuss would be valuable for this system (e.g., reporting, scheduled activities, ad hoc functions) from your perspective as a faculty, administrator, or other. To best accommodate schedules, two further sessions are scheduled. RSVP is not required.

  1. Tuesday, Oct. 11, 12:00-1:00, Classroom Building I, room 205
  2. Wednesday, Oct. 12, 10:00-11:00, Classroom Building I, room 205

Implications of So-Called Religious Freedom Laws. Tuesday, October 18, SU Key West Ballroom, 1:30-3 p.m.  In recent years, the meaning of “religious liberty” has changed from protecting religious minorities from majorities, to enabling majorities to abridge the rights of minorities. In the context of LGBT equality and reproductive justice and minority religious perspectives, legal and legislative debates across the country are impacting governmental processes, elections, and community interactions. Our speaker, Dr. Jay Michaelson, is a columnist for The Daily Beast and an affiliated assistant professor at Chicago Theological Seminary. He is a leading authority on the U.S. “religious exemptions” movement and has appeared on NPR and MSNBC, and presented on the issue at Yale Law School, Brooklyn Law School, and similar venues across the country. Dr. Michaelson is the author of six books and many articles on the intersections of religion, sexuality, and law. He is also an ordained rabbi, and has been named to the Forward 50 list of influential American Jews. Jay holds a J.D. from Yale Law School, a Ph.D. in Jewish Thought from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a B.A. from Columbia, and has held teaching positions at Boston University Law School, Yale, and Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Michaelson’s book God vs. Gay? The Religious Case for Equality was a Lambda Literary Award finalist and Amazon.com bestseller.

Digital Media Accessibility
This interactive workshop explains the basics of accessibility. This discussion begins with addressing the reason behind creating accessible materials (not just the boring legal issues). The workshop will examine the key components of different material formats. Participant will learn about the needs of those who benefit from accessible materials. A demonstration will be given to explore the assistive technology tools used by individuals. Finally, UCF employees will be provided with resources and a list of tips on what can be done to make sure materials are accessible. Upcoming sessions occur on October 18th at 3:30 p.m. and November 9th at 3:30 p.m. Find more information and registration details at http://events.ucf.edu/event/242446/digital-media-accessibility-ucf-faculty-staff-only-the-why-what-and-how-accessible-communication-is-needed-by-all-in-an-ever-changing-digital-world/

Video Captioning Accessibility
This hands-on workshop will teach individuals how to add captions to their video content. The workshop will examine the following areas: 1) Best practice for displaying captions (Accuracy, Placement, Fonts, Length, Auto Captioning); 2) Most popular used programs in digital content creation (Adobe After Effects, Adobe Premiere, Apple Final Cut and Camtasia); and 3) How to add captions to existing uploaded videos on popular video platforms (YouTube and Vimeo). Upcoming sessions occur on October 11th at 3:00 p.m. and November 10th at 1:00 p.m. Find more information and registration details at http://events.ucf.edu/event/266441/video-captioning-accessibility-sdes89-ucf-faculty-and-staff/

Seminar: Transformative Learning Through Community-Based Research  (October 21st at 1:30-3:00pm, Pegasus Ballroom, SU)
Please join us for a seminar provided by Trisha Thorme, of Princeton University, on Transformative Learning Through Community-Based Research. This keynote address for the annual Florida Statewide Symposium on Engagement in Undergraduate Research is open to the UCF community. The talk will cater to faculty and staff who are interested in Community-Based Research, and particularly to those who are new to the collaborative process. Questions? Contact OUR@ucf.edu or 823-3125.

Funding for Students: Undergraduate Research Travel Awards
Students accepted as primary presenters to conferences or workshops (in-state, national, or international) are eligible for OUR Student Travel Grants. These grants will provide up to $400 for domestic travel and $500 for international travel. Please review our website for more details: https://our.ucf.edu/opportunities/travel.php.

Dr. Ilenia Colon Mendoza, Associate Professor of Art History, School of Visual Arts and Design, is conducting a pilot program for faculty of color as part of her Leadership Empowerment Program. The objectives of project M.O.S.A.I.C. are to provide as the acronym states: Mentorship. Opportunity. Support. Achievement. Initiatives. Community for minority faculty. If you would like to participate in this mentoring program please contact her at Ilenia.ColonMendoza@ucf.edu. The initial phase of the project includes health and wellness workshops, as well as an online mentoring community available on Facebook under UCF Minority Mentorship Community.

Volunteer UCF is looking for engaged faculty or staff members to serve as advisors for the Alternative Break Program. The Alternative Break Faculty Advisor plays a crucial role in helping students increase their awareness of social and intellectual issues throughout the trip in a safe and effective manner. We are looking for faculty members and A&P staff to participate. If are interested in learning more and/or applying to become an advisor for a future Alternative Break Program trip, please fill out our online interest form at https://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/vucfabp. Once you log in, you will find the application under forms. Trip dates are December 13-19, 2016, January 12-15 and March 13-18, 2017For more information, visit http://osi.ucf.edu/abp/ or contact Miguel Ortiz, Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Break Program (miguel.ortizburgos@ucf.edu).

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/

Join a faculty writing club to start your fall 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!

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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