June - Week 4

Hello Everyone-

Below is a list this week’s FCTL activities. The FCTL staff is available to you all summer long to discuss issues related to teaching and learning, so drop by, attend one of the sessions on our calendar, or schedule an appointment. Remember that many of our workshops can be modified to incorporate videoconferencing, allowing you to participate from your home or office (or exotic locale!). Just be sure to give us a few hours to plan for that if you’re interested.
Have a great week!
Melody

HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK OF JUNE 25TH
Tuesday, June 26th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Thursday June 28th
Informal Consultations: Refining Course Objectives to Maximize Student Learning 2:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Friday, June 29th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Turnitin.com 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Faculty Book Club Summer 2012 – Imagine: How Creativity Works by John Lehrer
Monday, July 9 at noon in the Faculty Center (CL1 207)
Please join fellow faculty and staff to discuss the book Imagine: How Creativity Works, which looks at creativity from biological, psychological and sociological perspectives in an attempt to identify how creativity is developed and what factors connect creativity to success. Using neuroscience and examples from history, the author attempts to answer questions about the nature of creativity and how to foster it in ourselves and others.

The book club is an unstructured group that meets to freely interpret and process reactions from the book chosen and relate the ideas to academic and professional pursuits. The Faculty Book Club is facilitated by Dr. Andrew Luchner, psychologist in the UCF Counseling Center. The book club was established three years ago, and has included such books as The Art of Happiness, College of the Overwhelmed, Outliers, Mad at School and Mirroring People. The summer book club will meet every two weeks during the summer B semester on Mondays at 12 PM for one hour, beginning July 9. If you have any questions, please contact Andrew at Andrew.Luchner@ucf.edu or 407-823-2811.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2012
Join a faculty writing club to make the most of your summer. Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office to get a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop--join your colleagues on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. in FCTL for a loosely structured writing session. We'll take five or six minutes each week to go around the room and state a goal for the time block and then spend the rest of the time working on our individual projects. Bring your own laptop or use an FCTL computer. And of course there will be coffee. Everyone is welcome!

IF YOU TWEET…
If you tweet about teaching and learning issues, please follow me on Twitter @MelodyBowdon; I’ll follow you too!

Melody Bowdon, Director
UCF Karen L. Smith Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning
Phone: 407-823-3544

 

 

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