October - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. The call for proposals for the Winter Faculty Development Conference is now available at this URL: http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_4TussFBtgN2cRDf. Applications are due on November 14. Also: soon many computers across campus will be upgrading to Windows 10 and Microsoft Office 2016. There’s information below about upcoming training opportunities for faculty and staff.
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.

Tuesday, October 25th
Workshop: Quantitative Methods in SoTL—2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205

Wednesday, October 26th
Library Open Access Session—11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
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.
Workshop: Qualitative Methods in SoTL—1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
Library SelectedWorks Session—3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 205
Academic Integrity Session: Contract Cheating – We Are All Paying for This—4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. in Faculty Multimedia Center (Classroom Building One, room 202). See details below.

Thursday, October 27th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 28th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 26 11am – 12noon in CB1-205. Open Access Session: What is Open Access (OA), and why is it important to faculty and students? This FCTL session will give you an introduction to Open Access and what is meant by OA in the academic environment. We will provide information about general Open Access movements, including incorporating Open Educational Resources into the classroom. We will also explore STARS, the UCF institutional repository, as a way to make your research Open Access and freely available.

Wednesday, October 26 3 – 4pm: in CB1-205. SelectedWorks Session: Are you thinking about creating a SelectedWorks profile to show off the full range of your scholarship, from teaching materials to streaming video and audio? We can help! Join us at FCTL on Wednesday, October 26 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm for a workshop on creating, customizing, and populating your profile. You will learn about the top 10 Ways to put SelectedWorks to work for you:

  • Build and Manage Your Profile
  • Showcase Research, Scholarship, and Creative Works
  • Share a Variety of File Formats
  • Import Works from STARS
  • Tailor the Presentation of Works
  • Build a Network of Followers
  • Optimize Discovery and Impact
  • Access Your Personal Author Dashboard
  • And – most importantly – get STARted!


More info about Open Access Week: http://library.ucf.edu/news/open-access-week-events/

Many of the colleges and divisions are in the process of upgrading the software in their computer labs and classroom consoles to Windows 10. Most of the classrooms and labs on campus will have Windows 10 and Office 2016 by the end of the spring 2017 semester. To help in this transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, Microsoft will provide training at no cost to faculty and staff in Technology Commons room 106. There are eight one-hour sessions being offered on the following dates and times.
November 7: 10:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm
November 8: 10:00am-11:00am, 11:30am-12:30pm, 2:00pm-3:00pm, 3:30pm-4:30pm
The session will include information on the basics of Windows 10 and new features of Office 2016. Each session has a capacity of 30 faculty or staff members.
For the November 7th and 8th on campus sessions, register at:  http://doodle.com/poll/vm5c48i6sdq6zki9

In addition to the on campus training at UCF on November 7 and 8, Microsoft offers two other ways to receive training at no cost.
1) On demand training - Simply go to https://education.microsoft.com/courses-and-resources/courses (for Windows 10, click on filter, click on products, click on Windows). You will find courses dedicated to Windows 10 along with a number of other trainings designed around the various O365 tools available to our Faculty and Staff.
2) Personalized Microsoft Store workshops - Microsoft has the ability to create and provide a series of workshops to be led by their in-house trainers within their two local Microsoft Stores (Mall of Millenia and Florida Mall) within a timeframe.

For more information, please contact Larry Jaffe (jaffe@ucf.edu).

Contract Cheating – We Are All Paying for This
Contract cheating occurs when a student and another person/corporation agree to have a person/corporation provide the student with an academic product when it ought to have been reasonably known it would be submitted for academic credit.  Many students are falling for these so called “self-help” websites promising students “A” caliber papers, completion of homework assignments, and insisting it “legal” to use their websites. Learn more about these websites and how we can work together to send a message to students that using such services is not in their best interest. 

The University Writing Across the Curriculum Program is forming 3-4 faculty teams for participation in the Spring 2017 WAC Fellows Faculty Development Program. The program enables participants to become more effective teachers of writing in their discipline through the design of better writing-related learning outcomes, writing assignments, and assessments. Teachers of classes of all sizes, levels, and modalities are encouraged to participate. We treat instruction in academic and professional writing as a highly-contextual process, governed by the conventions each discipline or profession. Each team will consist of 3-4 faculty members representing a specific academic department or program. Teams of faculty representing different departments within one college are also possible. The Fellows will meet in 4 Plenary sessions as well as 3 team sessions throughout the semester. Faculty of the UCF WAC Program will lead the program, providing ongoing support and consultations. Fellows who successfully complete the program will receive a $1000 stipend. For more information about the WAC Fellows Program, please visit https://wac.cah.ucf.edu/the-wac-fellows-program/. To read testimonials by past participants, visit https://wac.cah.ucf.edu/testimonials/. For more information about the WAC Program, please visit http://wac.cah.ucf.edu. If you are interested in participating in the program or have questions, contact UCF WAC Director Pavel Zemliansky at pzemliansky@ucf.edu, by November 20 or earlier.

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.

Virtual Interviews in the Classroom: Helping Students Prepare for What’s Next
Iryna Malendevych, College of Health and Public Affairs; Gian-Karlo Alvarez, Career Services

Translating one’s curricular and co-curricular experiences into thoughtful in­terview responses is an important component of students’ career development. The Department of Criminal Justice and UCF Career Services are collaborat­ing to infuse interview preparation into online, face-to-face, and mixed-mode courses. Students review preparatory modules, complete a customized virtual interview consisting of prerecorded questions, and post their recordings to Webcourses to receive feedback from students and the instructor. Workshop par­ticipants will learn how to integrate interview preparation into their courses using predeveloped modules and Optimal Interview, a virtual, customizable in­terview platform. This workshop will include hands-on activities where participants will be able to practice creating interview questions using the tools available through Optimal Interview.

This workshop will take place on November 16 from 12:30-2:00 p.m. in Classroom Building 1 Room 205. Lunch will be provided to participants. RSVP to Lindsay Rushworth at Lindsay.Rushworth@ucf.edu by November 7 to reserve a spot.

"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.

Tuesday, Oct 25, 2016, 9:00am – 1:00pm, Student Union Cedar Key Room 223, CPR Training
The Center for Success of Women Faculty is pleased to announce a FREE Red Cross Adult CPR class for UCF women faculty. Red Cross certification now is good for 2 years. There is still 5 seats available, and will be filled first come, first served. To reserve your spot please contact Fran Ragsdale fran.ragsdale@ucf.edu.

Faculty and Family Fun Sundays. Salute to our Oceans and Innovations!! Our second event is November 13th from 12:30 – 3 PM and will include: marine touch tanks, face painting, bionic arm demonstration, UCF Police Department Kids Fingerprinting, music by WUCF, tours of the arboretum, community garden, sea turtle biology, laughter yoga, fishing skills, bugs, Theatre workshop for children, and more.  It will be free, low key, and your participation is really important. Invitees include all faculty, not just women faculty, and your families and pets. Food will be available. This event will be held at the UCF Arboretum Park located behind CREOL Building between parking lots C2 and C3. Visit http://womenfaculty.afia.ucf.edu/ for more information.

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. The upcoming session occurs on November 9th at 3:30 p.m. Find more information and registration details at http://events.ucf.edu/event/292545/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/266442/video-captioning-accessibility-sdes89-ucf-faculty-and-staff/

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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