November - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please note that we’ve included information about spring programming—we hope you’ll join us for one or more of those opportunities.
Have a great week,

The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. 

Thursday, November 30th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, December 1st
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Registration will open on December 4th
Friday Teaching and Learning Days
The Faculty Center will host Teaching and Learning Days on three Fridays next semester from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with lunch included for the first 30 registrants. Topics will vary and will include sessions by other faculty support offices at UCF. Look for details in upcoming Sunday listserv announcements; meanwhile, save the following Fridays in your calendar: February 9th, March 9th, and April 13th.

Course Innovation Project: Active Learning Classrooms
This Course Innovation Project will focus on designing and teaching in classrooms specially created to support active learning. The cohort will meet four times during the semester, and participants will collaborate to create relevant faculty-facing materials as a deliverable. The cohort will meet on the following Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: January 24, February 21, March 21, and April 11.

Course Innovation Project: Virtual Reality and Education
This Course Innovation Project will focus on using virtual reality in the classroom. The cohort will meet four times during the semester, and participants will collaborate to create relevant faculty-facing materials as a deliverable. The cohort will meet on the following Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: January 18, February 15, March 8, April 12.

Course Innovation Project: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom
In the course innovation project for contemplative classroom practices faculty members will develop a significant series of contemplative practices designed to be woven into learning activities throughout the semester. Deliverables will include: 1) development of a series of classroom activities and/or assignments, and 2) a Faculty Focus article for a special edition on contemplative pedagogy or a digital story on your experiences using contemplative practices in the classroom. In addition, there will be an opportunity to participate in research on the impact of your assignments on your students’ learning approaches, which will provide you with data you can use in your professional development. The cohort will meet on the following Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.: January 16, February 13, March 6, and April 10.

Faculty Development Cohort: An Asset-Based Approach to Coping with Secondary Trauma
Due to popular demand, the Faculty Center for Teaching & Learning is expanding its asset-based approach to secondary trauma cohort into Spring 2018! This Faculty Development Community that will focus on identifying assets that can be used to cope with secondary trauma that can result from exposure to student trauma. Without proper mapping of resources and tools, it may be difficult for faculty members to know how to assist students and where on campus to find the resources their students need. In addition, if faculty do not have an awareness of the resources that can assist them in dealing with secondary trauma, they place themselves at high risk of compassion fatigue and burnout, which can result in lowered outcomes for their classroom performance. The community will meet on the following Thursdays from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.: January 25, February 22, March 22, and April 19.

Course Innovation Project: Enhancing Active Learning Using Webcourses@UCF
The Faculty Center will collaborate with the Center for Distributed Learning will lead this CIP for faculty members interested in active learning and online environments. In this cohort, faculty will redesign part of an existing course, using tools in Webcourses@UCF to support student learning and improve an online, mixed mode, or web-enhanced face-to-face course. Participants will attend four cohort meetings, produce one of two project deliverables (a new or updated major assignment/project, or activities, online and face-to-face, if applicable, for one week’s worth of content), attend or watch two Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching, design an assignment or weekly lesson plan to implement during the fall semester, and produce a final report. The cohort will meet on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: January 24, February 28, March 28, and April 18.

STEM Faculty Learning Community
In collaboration with the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty members teaching large introductory gateway courses in STEM fields to participate in a faculty learning community that will focus on improving STEM education at UCF. Faculty members will meet three times during the semester, agree to have a trained undergraduate student observe their course to collect data, and provide a written reflective report at the end of the project.

Open Virtual Reality Hours
This spring, the Faculty Center will offer regularly scheduled hours for you to experience the latest in virtual-reality technology and software. Come see what’s available and have a discussion about how to complement your teaching effectively. If you plan to use VR in any of your classes, this time could serve as an opportunity for you or your students to come in outside of class to use the equipment without taking away from class time. Starting February 2nd, join us on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (with the exception of February 9th, March 9th, and April 13th).

Special Interest Group: Writing a Journal Article in 12 Weeks
The purpose of this group is to enable faculty members to produce an article manuscript for submission to an academic journal. It is designed to help participants make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations and to make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the semester to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication. 

Over the next several months, the Faculty Center’s website will be transitioning to a WordPress site administered by the Division of Teaching and Learning. To help us with this move, we welcome input on what you like, dislike, or would like to see changed about the current site, The new site will not have the same navigational depth, so we look forward to hearing what your most frequently visited pages are, and if we can help you get to them any more easily. Please send comments or suggestions to

The Center for Distributed Learning will be hosting a Tech Time for UDOIT (Universal Design Online content Inspection Tool). This tool is available in your course navigation menu, and allows you to scan your course content for possible accessibility issues. The first half of the session will show you how to use the tool, and the second half will be a hands-on workshop.  Computers will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own.

When: Wednesday, November 29th from 3-4pm
Where: Faculty Multimedia Center (Classroom Building 1, Room 202)
What to bring: A course you are ready to scan

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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. Please verify that all links are correct before submitting. 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 and we will help to spread the word.

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