February - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center. Summer Faculty Development Conference proposals are due tomorrow. Click here for general information about the event, and submit an application for the Faculty Center track here. Also, remember to register for our March 9 Teaching and Learning Day here.
Have a great week!
Melody

FACULTY CENTER HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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.

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

Friday, March 2nd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Virtual Learning Spaces Tour: Notre Dame—12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Classroom Building One, room 202. See details below.

VIRTUAL LEARNING SPACES TOUR: NOTRE DAME
Tour a renovated a wing of the Mendoza College of Business building. Participants will visit a 70-seat collaborative computer classroom with seats arranged in tables of 6-8 with dual displays at each table. The tour will also include two joinable dual-display classrooms with two team rooms with some spare space. One hallway was also built into four collaboration spaces with glass boards and wireless display devices.

MARCH 9 TEACHING AND LEARNING DAY
Thanks to all of you who attended our successful Teaching and Learning Day last week. Our next event will take place on March 9th. Workshops will be provided by Faculty Center staff and colleagues from partner units across campus and will address topics such as academic integrity, teaching with new technologies, motivating students to learn, high impact educational  practices, pillars of academic achievement in a diverse classroom, and textbook affordability and student success. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. Please visit our page at http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/TeachingAndLearningDays/ to see schedule and programming details. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0qCdj3eEwrMyOyh.

ICLICKER INFORMATION SESSION
Please join Robert Parker with iClicker on Monday, March 19th at either 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. for an information session on how to best use iClicker. Instructors can use it for class discussions, attendance, and to present prepared questions. Their mobile solution, iClicker Reef, now allows you to ask target questions and run an exit poll at the end of your lecture. If you aren't able to make it, please reach out to Robert Parker at 404-615-4537 or robert.parker@macmillan.com and he would be happy to meet with you one-on-one.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2018
Join a faculty writing club to start your spring 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!

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