October - Week 3

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. If you would like to participate virtually, please email fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Monday, October 17th
Special Presentation to Faculty: Mobile Pedagogy—11:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205. See details below.

Tuesday, October 18th
Workshop: Qualitative Methods in SoTL—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Thursday, October 20th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Harnessing the Power of Metacognition—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Friday, October 21st
Workshop: Quantitative Methods in SoTL—10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
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
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?

Free Speech vs. Hate Speech. Thursday, October 20, SU Key West Ballroom, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Free speech is a cherished right in our democracy. Hateful and discriminatory speech can oppress. How do we reconcile the right to free speech with “hate speech,” particularly on a college campus? U.S. courts have consistently ruled: the answer to offensive or hateful speech is more speech rather than a restriction of first amendment rights. But the right is not without its limits. Join a discussion of these complex issues with two first amendment experts…come prepared to share your opinion. Without freedom of thought, there can be no such thing as wisdom - and no such thing as public liberty without freedom of speech – Benjamin Franklin. Panelists: Dr. Kimberly Voss, UCF Journalism and Natishia June, Florida ACLU.

Implications of So-Called Religious Freedom Laws. Tuesday, October 18, SU Key West Ballroom, 1:30-3 p.m.

Immigrants Among Us: Fair Treatment and Policy Debates. Wednesday, October 19, SU Key West Ballroom, 12:30- 2 p.m.

Advocacy for Social Justice: Turning Your Cause into Action for Change. Wednesday, October 19, SU Cape Ballroom, 6:30-8 p.m.

Applications are now being accepted for a QEP funded proposal to integrate academic research into undergraduate courses using the support of peer mentor research coaches. Faculty who apply can request scholarships to fund undergraduate or graduate research coaches in your undergraduate courses. Several faculty from a variety of disciplines have used this model successfully to strengthen courses, and we looking to expand this model. Visit http://our.ucf.edu/QEPcoach for more information and a short application due by November 1.

"Curating across the Curriculum" Call for Proposals
Application Deadline: Friday, November 4, 2016

Dr. Barry Mauer (English/Texts & technology) and John Venecek (John C. Hitt Library) are accepting applications for “Curating across the Curriculum,” a “What’s Next?” QEP-sponsored program that will take place during spring 2017. We are seeking participation from faculty and instructors who are interested in incorporating curation into their normal curricular activities. Curating can take place in physical spaces or online. Curating is a High-Impact Integrative Learning Experience. When students curate exhibits as part of their coursework, they enhance their discovery, learning, and engagement with their disciplines. The program will consist of four workshops scheduled throughout the spring 2017 semester that will lead to the development of class projects. Workshop dates and times are still TBD, but the two-hour workshops likely will take place Friday mornings at the Faculty Center. Upon completion of the program, participants will receive a stipend of $300 to be used for activities related to your class or to the workshop. Participants will be asked to write a brief report of their activities within a year following the completion of the workshop. To apply, please contact Barry Mauer (bmauer@ucf.edu) for an application form.

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). The upcoming session occurs on 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/

The Veterans Academic Resource Center (VARC) in cooperation with the Orlando VA Medical Center will be offering the Student Veteran Allied Faculty Education Training (S.A.F.E.) on Friday, October 21, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Global UCF Building, Room 101. With over 1500 student veterans attending UCF, there is a strong possibly of interacting and assisting them in various situations. This session will cover military culture, challenges, and provide resources to assist our student veterans. At the end of the training participants will receive a Veteran SAFE Zone placard to display on your door or in your office so our veterans know you have attended our training.

Limited spots are available. To reserve a seat, or if you have any questions, please contact Dr. Bryan Batien at Bryan.Batien@va.gov or Joshua “JJ” Johnson at Joshua.Johnson@ucf.edu.

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. Announcements will run for two weeks, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.


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