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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule an appointment.
- For general questions, you can also contact the Faculty Multimedia Center at email@example.com.
Featured Content: 2021 Summer Faculty Development Conference
We are pleased to announce the call for proposals for the 2021 UCF Summer Faculty Development Conference to be held remotely on May 10–12, 2021. The theme for this year’s conference is “Renewing Our Commitment to Critical Thinking and Inquiry.”
There are two tracks available this year:
- the main FCTL track, and
- the High-Impact Course Designation Bootcamp sponsored by the Division of Student Learning and Academic Success: Adapt and prepare your course to apply for the Service-Learning (SL), Integrative-Learning Experience (IE), Research Intensive (RI), and the new Global Learning (GL) course designations.
In addition to the two tracks, our Knighted Faculty program is also open to applications. You may apply to any of these events, but can only be accepted into one since they occur concurrently.
- To see details and apply for the FCTL track, please visit our Summer Conference page.
- To see details and apply for the High-Impact Course Designation track, please visit https://academicsuccess.ucf.edu/hip/facultyconference/. For questions about this track, contact HIP@ucf.edu.
- To see details and apply for the Knighted Faculty cohort, please visit our Knighted Faculty page.
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
2021 Women’s History Month Honorees
Recognized by Faculty Excellence, the 2021 honorees have not wavered in their commitments as mentors, role models, friends, researchers and teachers.
Historic Recovery Ahead for U.S. Economy in 2021, Predicts UCF Economist
Sean Snaith maintains a positive outlook on the months ahead, but it could take until 2022 for unemployment to fall back to pre-pandemic levels.
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