Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Applications for the Faculty Summer Development Conference are due this Friday, February 21st at 5 p.m. If you are planning to apply for the FCTL track, please review the instructions now, as procedures have changed. For example: all applicants (including individual members of teams) must apply separately online to be considered; teams should be limited to four; projects that have received funding in previous conferences will be given low priority; and applications must indicate which of the four new cohorts the proposed project will fit into. As you know, budgets across campus are limited, so the selection process for this year will be highly competitive. Leave yourself plenty of time to submit your best work and feel free to touch base with us if you have questions. The application site for the Faculty Center track is available here: http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_d5p7WaQ9rvx6ta5 . Click here for info on all tracks: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/. Also, check out the attached flyers that contain information updates from the Office of Information Fluency.
Have a great week!
HAPPENINGS FOR THE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.)
Monday, February 17th
STEM Education Reading Group 12:00 p.m. to 1 p.m. Physical Sciences Room 445 (more info below)
Tuesday, February 18th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Wednesday, February 19th Workshop: Designing Successful Group Activities and Assignments 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Friday, February 21st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
STEM EDUCATION READING GROUP SPRING MEETINGS BEGIN ON FEBRUARY 17TH
The STEM Education Research Reading Group is starting back up for the spring semester! We will be meeting every other Monday from 12-1pm in Physical Sciences Room 445 starting Monday, February 17th. Our first article is “Self-Regulated Learning Study Strategies and Academic Performance in Undergraduate Organic Chemistry: An Investigation Examining Ethnically Diverse Students,” which can be accessed here: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/tea.21095/abstract. We invite you to read the article and meet with us on Monday to discuss the findings and its implication for STEM teaching and research. Everyone is welcome so bring a friend!
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ERIC MAZUR, DISTINGUISHED HARVARD OPTICAL SCIENTIST AND EDUCATIONAL INNOVATOR TO VISIT UCF ON MARCH 18TH
On March 18, 2014, CREOL, The College of Optics and Photonics, will be visited by Dr. Eric Mazur, a distinguished optical scientist and an internationally recognized educational innovator from Harvard University. Faculty across campus are invited to attend a session called “Confessions of a Converted Lecturer,” which will describe Dr. Mazur’s work on interactive teaching and peer instruction. After the talk, which will be held in the Harris Engineering Center (HEC) room 101 at 2:00 p.m., Dr. Mazur will address questions about his new book on this topic until 3:45 pm.
FACULTY WRITING CLUB SPRING 2014
Join a faculty writing club to 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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