January - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond. Please consider attending Wednesday’s workshop on creating a culturally sensitive classroom, which will be facilitated by Yanqun (Teresa) He, a visiting scholar from China (more info below). FCTL will host a workshop on applying for the SOTL award on Tuesday, February 11, at 10 a.m. in CB1 207. Email fctl@ucf.edu to RSVP if you plan to attend. Applications for the Faculty Summer Development Conference are due on February 21st. Click here for info on all tracks: http://www.fctl.ucf.edu/Events/SummerConference/. The application site for the Faculty Center track is available here: http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_d5p7WaQ9rvx6ta5.
Have a great 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.)

Monday, January 27th
Workshop: Setting Expectations for Grad Students 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Tuesday, January 28th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Peer Observation and Professional Development 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29th
Workshop: How to Create a Culturally Sensitive Learning Environment 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
(In this session, we will talk about the importance of being culturally sensitive in the context of an increasing number of international students. We will focus on the linguistic, academic and social and cultural challenges that the international students may experience in UCF and the strategies to improve teaching and learning in a multicultural classroom. The session will be offered again on February 25th and April 7th.)

Thursday, January 30th
Workshop: The Interactive Lecture 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Friday, January 31st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Turnitin.com 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m

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.

Message from Dr. Joel L. Hartman, Vice Provost, Information Technologies and Resources
In recognition of the increasing role of online learning at UCF, I am pleased to announce that the 2014 Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching is open for submissions. This peer-selected award acknowledges the outstanding work being done by UCF's faculty members who teach online. All full-time faculty are eligible, including both tenure-earning and non-tenure-earning. The award’s goal is to recognize our most innovative and effective online faculty. The winner will receive an iPad and registration to the annual Sloan-C conference on online learning. Details about the award and submission instructions can be found at http://award.online.ucf.edu/. Specific questions should be directed to the Center for Distributed Learning at distrib@ucf.edu. The deadline for nominations is February 14, 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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