January - Week 5

Hello Everyone-

Applications are now being accepted  for the Summer Faculty Development Conference. As usual, several entities on campus are offering tracks, and you will find information on the website about whom to contact for more information about each one. The Faculty Center track will focus on revising specific courses on the general education, upper division, and graduate levels.  Submit your application for our track at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_dhGDQqXXVY8XQ3P.

This coming week, most of our senior staff will be out of town at the Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference in St. Pete Beach, where many UCF faculty members will be making presentations. If you need someone from our office Wednesday-Friday, it may be best to contact us via email rather than calling or stopping by. We will get back to you as soon as possible.

On Tuesday, January 30, the Faculty Center will be hosting a workshop on active learning in the STEM disciplines. We have a small number of spots left for that event. If you would like to get more information, email us at fctl@ucf.edu.

Finally, don’t forget to register for the February 9 Teaching and Learning Day. More information is available below.

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

Friday, February 2nd
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FEBRUARY 9 TEACHING AND LEARNING DAY
Workshops will be provided by Faculty Center staff and colleagues from partner units across campus. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. Workshop topics will include: team-based learning, adaptive learning, open educational resources, planning career advancement, FERPA, student consultants on teaching, applying for a QEP grant, and scholarship of teaching and learning.

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_6ePM7CAZxw0bKzb.

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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