Faculty Development Cohorts Offered at the Faculty Center

The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning offers opportunities for faculty to examine important and new topics in teaching and learning with Faculty Development Cohorts (FDCs). FDCs are occasionally offered at regional campuses.

Faculty participate in multiple workshops, which include a series of hands-on experiences designed to help innovate or refine teaching techniques and learning activities. Participants may receive support from representatives of the Faculty Center, Office of Institutional Research, Research Initiative for Teaching Effectiveness (RITE), Research and Commercialization, Office of Instructional Resources, Center for Distributed Learning, Libraries, and other relevant units and individual faculty members. After completing the workshops, participants often produce a final project for inclusion in the Faculty Center Web site.

Faculty are requested to share data on the effectiveness of activities and environments on student learning for potential publication. Participants may also use any data collected in their classroom for their own publication. If you have questions, please contact the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning at 407-823-3544 or e-mail fctl@ucf.edu.

Spring 2017 Cohorts

Open Educational Resources (OERs) Course Innovation Project

The Faculty Center and Center for Distributed Learning are seeking 5-10 faculty members to participate in an Open Educational Resources (OERs) Course Innovation Project. In this cohort, faculty will learn strategies to find, reuse, remix, create, and share OERs within copyright and fair use guidelines, with an emphasis on student engagement and active learning. Participants will enhance at least one of their courses with OERs.

The most common definition for OER is provided by The William and Flora Hewlitt Foundation: "OER are … resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and re-purposing by others. Open educational resources include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge."

In order to receive the $500 grant, faculty must complete the following criteria:

  • attend an initial cohort meeting on either 1/31, 2:00-4:00 or 2/3, 10:00-12:00
  • participate in a self-paced online course about OER
  • attend at least three OER workshops (offered throughout the semester)
  • attend a final cohort meeting on either 4/11, 2:00-4:00 or 4/14, 10:00-12:00
  • design an OER deliverable and implement it during the fall semester
  • produce a final product or report

To apply for this opportunity, complete the form and address the following three criteria:

  1. Describe the course that you want to innovate with OER
  2. Describe the kind of OER you’re thinking about implementing
  3. Describe how the OER will enhance student engagement or active learning in your class

Engaging Pedagogies that Improve Student Performance

The Faculty Center will host a Course Innovation Project for up to 15 participants who will transform a course or a course module incorporating one or more engaging approaches to teaching and learning.  Engaging pedagogies include most inductive and student-focused approaches such as active learning, contemplative/reflective practice, universal design for learning, diversity and inclusion, assessment for learning, gaming or gamification, team-based or cooperative learning, and case- or scenario-based teaching.  While engagement does not guarantee student learning, we will focus on several evidence-based practices that correlate highly.

In your application, describe 1) the course you would like to innovate, 2) the current status of student engagement in the course, and 2) an approach that you would like to learn more about during the CIP.

Faculty members who meet the following criteria will receive a $500 grant:

  • Attend three cohort meetings on either Mondays/Wednesdays or Tuesdays/Thursdays. The Monday/Wednesday cohort will meet from 2:00-4:00 pm on 1/23, 2/20, and 4/19. The Tuesday/Thursday cohort will meet from 10:00-12:00 on 1/26, 2/21, and 4/18
  • Attend at least two spring workshops (there will be several from which to choose on various topics)
  • Share research with peers and provide formative feedback on their projects
  • Design a new learning module and/or course plan around an engaging pedagogy
  • Deliver a revised syllabus with assignment description and assessment instrument or a Faculty Focus article about the innovation.

Writing a Journal Article in 12 Weeks Faculty Development Cohort

Do you have trouble finding the time to work on your writing? Do you have the beginnings of an article that you would like to develop for publication? If so, you are invited to apply for the spring 2017 FCTL Writing Your Journal Article in Twelve Weeks workshop. The purpose of this workshop is to enable faculty to produce an article manuscript for submission to an academic journal. It is designed to help participants to make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations. It is also designed to help participants make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the spring term to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication. The workshops will be held on January 19, February 16, March 2, March 23, March 30, April 13 from 10:00 – 11:30. Participants should be prepared to attend all six face-to-face meetings, to have regular online “check ins” with the workshop group, and, most importantly, to talk about their work with colleagues. Each participant will receive a copy of the Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks book prior to the beginning of the workshop.


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