June - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
Below you'll find information about activities coming up this week at FCTL and beyond. Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s successful SOTL Day. Remember to register for the July 12 Teaching and Learning Day. See details below. Also, if you’re interested in learning more about MOOCs and in coming up with ways to add gaming elements to your courses, check out the announcement below about an opportunity this summer.
Have a good week!

(All events will be held in CB1 207 unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate in a workshop via webconferencing, please email fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.)

Tuesday, June 18th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Wednesday, June 19th
Workshop: Effectively Communicating Expectations to Students 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.
STEM Education Research Reading Group 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - PSB-146

Thursday, June 20th
Workshop: Dealing with Communication Anxiety 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Friday, June 21st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Gamification is the integration of game elements into a non-game setting — such as building online communities, education and outreach, or building educational apps. When used meaningfully, game elements can enhance the learner’s experience in an online course. In this professional development MOOC, you will learn how to utilize common game elements like collecting points or resources, quests, avatars, levels, social graphs to engage online students. The course covers the following topics: Introduction to Gamifying Your Course, Game Thinking and Dynamics, Game Elements, and Applying Gamification to your Course. Enrollment is free. Go to this URL for more info: https://www.canvas.net/courses/game-elements-for-learning.

Friday, July 12 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. FCTL (CB1 207) and Faculty Multimedia Center (CB1 202) Join us for this event celebrating excellence and innovation in instruction. Activities will include sessions on topics such as mapping a plan for your professional development, workshops on specific pedagogical approaches like flipping the classroom, think tank sessions on trends in higher education, and a showcase of award-winning teachers’ favorite pedagogical practices. Lunch included for first 30 registrants. Please email fctl@ucf.edu to register.

Join a faculty writing club to start your summer off with a focus on productivity and camaraderie. 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!

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