Who We Are
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.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION RELATED TO COVID-19 AND REMOTE INSTRUCTION
- 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/.
- For information related to copyright concerns while putting content online, Scholarly Communications Librarian Sarah Norris is offering daily virtual office hours. Contact her at https://library.ucf.edu/staff/norris-sarah/.
- Other Webcourses@UCF Support options (including live chat and phone options) are available at https://cdl.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/.
Zoom VideoconferencingThe following 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
Looking for creative ideas to make online teaching work in a pinch?Please refer to our Creative Pedagogy for Online Instruction page, which includes resources and strategies for engagement in an online environment.
Featured Content: Inclusive Teaching
In light of recent events in the United States and around the world, and with UCF’s ongoing mission of inclusive excellence, faculty may wonder how to work toward making their teaching more inclusive. The following video by Dr. Jennifer Sandoval, Associate Professor of Communication and Faculty Fellow for Inclusive Excellence, is a great primer. Also, check out our Teaching Resources page on inclusive teaching.
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
The First Independence Day and the True Challenge of Our Own Time
As challenging as today is in America, it is nothing like the nation’s turmoil of July 4, 1776.
National Asteroid Day: A Celebration of Mysterious Small Bodies
For June 30’s day of observance, here’s a special nod to the eight asteroids making waves in the solar system — just like their UCF…
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