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The Faculty Center holds monthly events during the semester, typically on Tuesdays. These events offer two or more concurrent sessions in each of three time slots, much like a mini conference. By their very nature, they are held in-person only, with remote options only available when the entire event is held online.

Each Teaching and Learning Day is announced several weeks before the event, and participants sign up to reserve a spot (participation is capped at 75). This event is for full-time faculty only, and we provide lunch in the form of pizza, salad, and subs from Publix. Since participation is limited, we ask that faculty only sign up if they can attend at least two sessions.

We do not record these sessions, since we prioritize the networking and sharing elements of the face-to-face experience. You’re always welcome to contact presenters to see if they’d be willing to share materials with you separately.

Typical schedule:

9:00-10:00 = Session 1 (choice of topics)
10:10-11:10 = Session 3 (choice of topics)
11:20-12:20 = Session 3 (choice of topics)
12:20-1:00 = hosted lunch

The third event of fall and spring terms (November and April) is held virtually, and usually consists of only single online workshop. Summer events are also held virtually.

Register here for our October 11 event:

October 11, 2023, Schedule

9:00-10:00 – Session 1

Flipped Classroom Management: Tips & Hacks

Gordon Henry, Integrated Business

This workshop will provide participants with demonstrations and practice with flipped classroom management techniques including quickly assessing student preparedness, providing problem-solving resources, developing comfort with student discomfort, providing real-time verbal feedback that challenges rather than solves, and avoiding dreaded “lecture drift.”

EHS as a Resource for Medical or Safety Emergencies in the Classroom

Jacob Jackson, Environmental Health and Safety

Open discussion on EHS resources, guidance and provisions for the types of Emergencies that could occur in the classroom or academic environment. Items include: What EHS Offers; Points of Contacts; Accessibility and Locations of AEDs, First Aid Kits and Fire Extinguishers; Accident and Reporting Procedures; Reporting of Safety Concerns; time for Q & A.

10:00-10:10 – Coffee and Snacks

10:10-11:10 – Session 2

Integrating Meditation into the Higher Education Classroom

Steve Haberlin, Curriculum and Instruction

Interest in incorporating meditation practice in higher education settings has intensified in recent years, with promising results in the areas of cognition/academic performance, mental health, and whole-person education. In this workshop, Dr. Steve Haberlin will lead participants through a five-step process-a conceptual framework informed by empirical research and the extant literature- to effectively embed meditation into existing learning environments and curriculum. Specifically, participants will learn about developing their own practice as a foundation, tips to introduce meditation to students and handle common barriers, commonly used meditation techniques in the classroom, and facilitating and sustaining meditation practice in engaging ways. 

What Do Faculty Need to Know about Active Assailants

Sergeant Matthew Scott, UCF Police Department

Sgt. Scott from the UCF Police Department will speak on “Active Assailant”, what it is and what to do in such a situation. Fair warning! Some of the material discussed may be triggering to some…but will be presented in a way that brings levity to the conversation.” 

ChatGPT: Turning Chaos into Confidence

Laurie Uttich, Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning

While we rush to redesign assignments, develop new policies, and seek out ways to teach students how to use AI tools (or penalize them if they do), we often forget students are also struggling. Over half of college students say they’re anxious about the impact of AI tools on their future careers and many more worry their classmates will use ChatGPT to earn higher scores than those who don’t. In this workshop, we’ll talk about how students are using ChatGPT to complete coursework and how they could be… and we’ll share ideas on how to create assignments and activities that engage, encourage, and empower students to work with—and without—AI tools, resulting in higher levels of critical thinking, greater content retention, and more confidence in their own abilities to thrive in an AI world.

11:10-11:20 – Coffee and Snacks

11:20-12:20 – Session 3

Effective Teaching Practices When Livestreaming

Martha Brenckle, Patricia Farless, Katia Ferdowsi, Martha Hubertz, Florin Mihai, Evelin Pegoraro, Michael Strawser, and Florence Williams

Please join us for an interactive session on livestream pedagogy. In this session, our team will provide:

  • An understanding/definition of livestream pedagogy
  • Examples of faculty and student informative surveys to facilitate awareness of livestream best practices and to avoid common pitfalls
  • Syllabi statements to explain the modality and students’ responsibility that can be used by any discipline
  • Pertinent literature to jump start faculty research and teaching with livestreaming. 

In engaging in this workshop, faculty can use this attribute to promote higher levels of student engagement and to deepen student learning in a livestream modality.

Working with Distressed Students

Vanessa Stein, Counseling and Psychological Services

This presentation will help faculty learn to identify and refer students who are in psychological distress. The content will include academic, physical, emotional, and behavioral signs of distress and how to engage students who are in crisis. We will discuss limitations and responsibility to refer students as well as resources on campus.

12:20-1:00 – Hosted Lunch

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