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The mission of the Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is to support excellence in teaching and learning at UCF. We are dedicated to promoting the success of our stakeholders—the UCF full-time, part-time, and graduate student faculty—and, indirectly, the students they serve and the staff and administrators with whom they work.
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IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATED TO COVID-19 AND REMOTE INSTRUCTION
Resources for Implementing BlendFlex
- Please visit https://digitallearning.ucf.edu/newsroom/keepteaching/blendflex-model/ for information about this instructional model.
- You may also self-enroll in an online, self-paced Webcourse at https://webcourses.ucf.edu/enroll/P4DJP3.
- Please also see an article by Derek Bruff about ideas for making BlendFlex work.
- See "6 Models for Blended Synchronous and Asynchronous Online Course Delivery" for some ideas on activities to use in courses with mixed in-person and online attendance.
- An Inside Higher Ed article details the experiences of several faculty members at Siena College who implemented some BlendFlex measures in a sandbox environment over the summer semester.
- Take a look at our BlendFlex Course Mapping Template to help you organize your course.
General COVID-19 Resources
- Get online tips and resources at the Division of Digital Learning's Keep Teaching initiative website at https://digitallearning.ucf.edu/newsroom/keepteaching/.
- Students should refer to the Keep Learning site at https://digitallearning.ucf.edu/newsroom/keeplearning/.
- Other Webcourses@UCF Support options (including live chat and phone options) are available at https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/.
- Pertinent answers from SAS and support for faculty about course access and disability accommodations during this unique semester are available at https://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/faculty/ and https://sas.sdes.ucf.edu/faculty-remote-guidance/.
Zoom VideoconferencingThe following online resources are available to provide help with using Zoom (https://ucf.zoom.us) in your Webcourses:
- The Center for Distributed Learning has created a resource hub for Zoom support. Among other topics, this page includes instructions to enable Zoom in your online course and answers frequently asked questions about Zoom. CDL has also provided a UCF Zoom Quick Tips reference sheet and a PowerPoint "housekeeping" slide you can adapt and use as a screen-shared introduction to a remote class meeting.
- CDL has also crafted a sample syllabus statement to use in your course syllabus if you will be using Zoom. See it on our Syllabus Statements page.
- For individualized support using Zoom with your courses, please reach out to email@example.com to schedule an appointment.
- For general questions, you can also contact the Faculty Multimedia Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Featured Content: 2020 Winter Faculty Development Conference
Due to the remote situation necessitated by COVID restrictions, the 2020 Winter Faculty Development Conference was facilitated entirely online over 1½ days in a Webcourse, with sessions happening virtually via Zoom.
See our page dedicated to the conference with galleries of participant-submitted strategies and presenters’ materials.
The latest issue of the Faculty Focus is now available! Inside you will find articles written by fellow faculty members on a variety of topics, including what it means to be a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), coping with the stresses and challenges of remote teaching, and more.
You can see past issues on our Faculty Focus page.
Faculty Support Offices
Click here for a “where to find what” list of places to go when you’ve got a question or a problem as a teacher at UCF.
Whether you’re new or returning faculty, you may be feeling daunted by all the things you need to do before the first day of class. Visit this page for answers to basic questions about how to get started at UCF.
Being an adjunct faculty member can make it challenging to get the information you need. Visit this page for quick information about getting started at UCF and information about our adjunct programming.
Whether you’re a grader, graduate teaching assistant, or graduate teaching associate, we’re here to help you with teaching. Visit this page for resources and GTA programming.
Guide to Teaching at UCF
The Guide to Teaching at UCF is a one-stop source for most of your information needs as teaching faculty. It is a living document and is updated regularly; a print version is also available for new full-time faculty members at the beginning of each fall semester. View or download the book for everything from parking to pedagogy!
Faculty in the News
UCF Faculty Collaborate to Provide Students Free Course Materials
By using open educational resources, UCF faculty helped students save more than $750,000 during the Fall 2020 semester.
I Turned My Love for Hip-hop into My Dream Job
Hip-hop brings people together, something that America desperately needs at this time.
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