Hi Everyone-
Below is information about upcoming activities and opportunities sponsored by a variety of groups on campus. If you have questions about this information, you can follow up with those entities using the links below.

UCF Mobile: Faculty Experience Survey
In an effort to better serve faculty at UCF, the Division of Digital Learning, Faculty Excellence, and the Faculty Center are exploring the possibility of a faculty-specific experience in the UCF Mobile app. Your feedback in this survey will help design this experience: http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6SfExoWHPEi1dcN

UCF Marchioli Collective Impact Award Seminar Series on Scalable Instructional Technologies
How might online learning technology (finally) change teaching and learning?
The claim that a new technology will change the way we teach dates back to as early as the invention of “educational‐radio” in the 1920s. Yet most of the lecture halls today still look very much the same as those several hundred years ago. What are the evidences that the latest advance in online learning technology is different from all its predecessors, and holds the potential to finally change teaching and learning at scale? In this talk I will share my research in three different aspects of online and blended learning: Multimedia learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and Mastery‐based instructional design, and talk about how advances in each field is gradually moving us away from the traditional form of lecturing. I will argue that the key advantage of online learning technology may not be its ability to change the way we teach, but rather its ability to change the way students learn, and more importantly the way instructors learn about how their students learn. I will present an example of how a relatively small change in the instructional design of online courses could lead to significant improvement in our ability to observe and understand students’ complex learning behavior at scale.
Speaker: Dr. Zhongzhou Chen, UCF Dept. of Physics
Date: Wednesday, 18 April 2018
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: Barbara Ying Center Room 101 (BYC-101)

Special Event: Acculturation: Colonialism & Migration among Central Florida Puerto Ricans
On April 2nd, 2018, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. in UCF Global room 101AB, Dr. Cristalís Capielo of Arizona State University will provide a brief overview of the history of colonialism and cyclical migration between the island of Puerto Rico and the United States, while highlighting the unique acculturation experiences for Puerto Ricans. The psychological effects of colonialism, stress, and acculturation will also be discussed within a Puerto Rican socio-political context.

Register online at my.UCF.edu > Employee Self Service > Learning & Development > Request Training Enrollment Course Information - DIV380 Puerto Rican Acculturation

From Student Accessibility Services: Changes in Accommodations
Effective in May 2018 with the start of the summer semester and forward, Student Accessibility Services will use time-and-half (150%) extended time testing as the standard testing accommodation for ALL students. Double-time testing (200%) will only be considered in very select cases. Nearly every student taking classes at UCF prior to May 2018 who connected with SAS and who has an extended testing time accommodation currently has 200% testing as the standard accommodation. However, the extended time accommodation will automatically switch to 150% testing for everyone by May 2018 in time for Summer or Fall 2018 classes. For students previously assigned 200% extended time testing, we are giving them the opportunity to formally request to keep 200% testing instead of having the accommodation changed to 150% testing. Students are being invited to complete a Qualtrics link to start this process. Because this request is for very specific reasons, we are not posting the Qualtrics link to our public website. Students have received the link information in an email and may also contact us to learn more.  
Please note: Nothing will change for the current semester (January – April). Students who connect with SAS during this semester will be given the option of 200% for Spring before it is converted to 150% in following semesters or start with 150% in Spring.

The full change will go into effect in May 2018 for the summer semester and beyond. If you routinely refer students to SAS, please be aware of this change so that students are receiving accurate information of resources available. Moving forward and while this change cycles through our current students, we do anticipate that a number of classes will have a mix of 150% and 200% extended times with the majority using the former. On the faculty procedural side, this may be most noticeable with online exam accommodations. We are working with the Center for Distributed Learning to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Information From Faculty Excellence
April 4 | 6 p.m. | Student Union Atrium
CAH faculty member Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz brings her most recent performance-art project to UCF. The Pita Project, as performed at the Smithsonian, shifts focus from high art to accessible activism and engages communities that might otherwise be alienated from contemporary art.

April 9 | 10 a.m. | Cape Florida Ballroom, room 316AB inside the Student Union
Please join campus leaders from the UCF Police Department, Student Development and Enrollment Services, and Academic Affairs for an open discussion about campus safety. Campus safety and well-being partners will table before, during and after the discussion to share information about the services their areas provide, and the discussion will be live-streamed on UCF’s Facebook for those who cannot be present.

April 12 | 4 p.m. | Honors College Reading Room
Please join us as UCF faculty members Anastasia Salter (School of Visual Arts and Design), Blake Scott (Writing & Rhetoric), and Keri Watson (School of Visual Arts and Design) discuss their approaches to successful writing and publishing in an academic environment. The panelists will share their most recent publications and writing experiences, which will be followed by a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. RSVP through link above.

April 13 | 4 p.m. | Honors College Reading Room
Please join us as UCF faculty members Anna Jones (English), Michael Strawser (Philosophy), and Pavel Zemliansky (Writing & Rhetoric) discuss their experiences editing book collections. The panelists in this session will share their recent publications as well as the lessons they learned from their experiences with the editing process. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session. Light refreshments will be provided. Seating is limited. RSVP through link above.


The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each month. 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 the last Wednesday of the month 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 one month, with exceptions in special circumstances. Just send your announcements to fctl@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

Melody A. Bowdon, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, College of Undergraduate Studies
Executive Director, Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Professor of Writing and Rhetoric
University of Central Florida

P.O. Box 160066
Orlando, FL 32816-0066

Phone: 407-823-3544

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