October - Week 4

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
I want to call your attention to three especially important happenings.

  • This Wednesday, October 29, is the launch party for Foundations of Excellence, a broad-based campuswide effort initiated by Provost Whittaker and designed to promote the success of UCF’s transfer students.  The program follows a model that has been effective on campuses around the US, but faculty involvement is absolutely key to making it work at UCF.  Based on many conversations with colleagues in all colleges over the past several years, I know that the needs of transfer students are a significant concern for all of us.  Please consider attending the event on Wednesday at 2:00 in Cape Florida to learn more. If you can’t attend, reach out to Manoj Chopra for information about how to get involved.  See the attached flyer for more information. 
  • Remember to fill out the QEP survey before November 7.  You will receive a special issue of Faculty Focus this week featuring detailed information about the six final suggested topics.  Check it out and provide your input.  See more details below about the listening groups that will be held this week.  We need faculty voices in this conversation!
  • Applications for the Winter Conference are due by November 10.  We plan to include a forum on the meaning and function of the syllabus this year, which should promote lively debate.  Join us to exchange ideas with colleagues about what does and doesn’t work in undergraduate education.   You’ll find the application here:  http://ucf.qualtrics.com//SE/?SID=SV_cVkB7l2hWqk8u0d .
Also, It’s not too early to start thinking about how you want to implement a required academic engagement activity into the first week of  your spring classes.  Stop by and see our staff or talk with an Instructional Designer at CDL to explore strategies for using this requirement to kick-start your course through collecting valuable information about students’ existing knowledge, getting everyone on the same page about basic knowledge covered in one of the many available modules, or setting the tone for the semester in a graded discussion or quiz. 
Have a great week!
Melody

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 fctl@ucf.edu to make arrangements.

Monday, October 27th
QEP Electronic Town Hall 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Participate by Adobe Connect—see details below)
Flipped Classroom Fall Cohort 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, October 29th
Foundations of Excellence Kick-Off Event 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (Cape Florida)

Thursday, October 30th
Faculty QEP Listening Group: 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. (all are welcome and you don’t have to stay the entire time)
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Workshop: Designing Department-Specific and Program-Specific GTA Training 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Demonstration: Classroom Engagement with Top Hat 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Held in CB1 Room 202—see more info below)

Friday, October 31st
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

FACULTY INVOLVEMENT IN QEP SELECTION—SURVEY AND LISTENING GROUPS
Please help support this process in any or all of the three following ways:

CAMPUS- AND COMMUNITY-WIDE ONLINE SURVEY:
Available until November 7, 2014 at: http://undergrad.ucf.edu/qep/development/qualtrics-survey (You’ll find detailed info about all of the possible topics here.)

ELECTRONIC TOWN HALL MEETING: (Log on from the comfort of your home or office!)
October 27, 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Adobe Connect Login information will be on the QEP Web site at: http://undergrad.ucf.edu/qep/development/listening-groups
FACULTY LISTENING GROUP SESSION: (All are welcome—no reservation required!)
October 30, 9:30 a.m. -11:30 a.m., Classroom Building 1, Room 205

CLASSROOM ENGAGEMENT WITH TOP HAT October 30, 3-5 p.m. Faculty Multimedia Center-CB1-202
You are invited to attend a demonstration of Top Hat, a classroom engagement tool for mobile devices (www.tophat.com). The demo will be led by Top Hat representatives, Connor Jeffers and Patrick Forbes, and will feature Kathy Cook from UCF’s College of Health and Public Affairs, an experienced user of polling technologies. Please RSVP to patrick@tophatmonocle.com by 5:00 p.m. October 28th.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: TEACHING ONLINE PEDAGOGICAL REPOSITORY (TOPR)
We are pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until October 31, 2014. Selected entries will be announced in December 2014. This peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and keywords connecting to other practices. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/topr or contact TOPR@ucf.edu. Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at http://bit.ly/topr_submission.

UPCOMING WEBINARS TO PREVENT HAZING ON CAMPUS
Be Courageous! LEAD the Charge! UKNIGHTED against Hazing!: The UCF Hazing Prevention and Education Committee would like to invite you to a professional development series on prevention strategies for university and college campuses. Facilitated by experts in specific prevention strategies and processes, each session will include time for discussion and questions. Please RSVP for the webinar(s) that you would like to attend as soon as possible by contacting Adrianne Demetry at Ademetry@ucf.edu or 407-823-2223. There will be sweets and treats for all participants but space is limited! If you have any questions or concerns please contact Germayne Graham at germayne.graham@ucf.edu or 407-823-2223.
Is the Social Norms Approach Viable as a Hazing Prevention Strategy?
Date: Tuesday, November 4, 2014 Time: 12:30PM – 2:00PM EST Location: Fraternity and Sorority Life Conference Room
Featured Presenter: Alan Berkowitz, Social Norms Expert Consultant
Using Leadership Theory for Hazing Prevention
Date: Thursday, November 13, 2014 Time: 2:00PM – 3:30PM EST Location: Cedar Key, Room 223
Featured Presenter: Daniel Tillapaugh, Postdoctoral Fellow in Higher Education, University of Maine; Dr. Elizabeth Allan, Professor, Higher Education, University of Maine; Lauri Sidelko, Director, Wellness Resource Center, University of Maine.

STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES WORKSHOP: EXAMINING THE REAL DISABILITY BARRIERS
Led by Student Disability Services, this interactive workshop will explore some of the greatest disability barriers that exist in day-to-day activities. The discovery will lead to a paradigm shift in how disability is viewed. Everyone who attends will be able to identify at least one action-item take-away that they can use to contribute to a more accessible and inclusive environment for people with disabilities.
Dates/Times/Locations:

  • 10/16 from 1:00 – 3:30 in SU Cape Florida 316 D
  • 11/19 9:30 – 12:00 in SU Cape Florida 316
To Register:
Faculty and Staff ONLY, register online via your My UCF account at https://my.ucf.edu. The course is DIV223.

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS: TEACHING ONLINE PEDAGOGICAL REPOSITORY (TOPR)
We are pleased to announce a call for submissions for new TOPR entries from now until October 31, 2014. Selected entries will be announced in December 2014.
This peer-reviewed scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) resource is emerging as a go-to destination for faculty/designers in search of ideas for online and blended courses. Each entry is highly focused on one teaching practice with a solid description, concrete example(s), relevant professional practice or research literature, and keywords connecting to other practices.
For more information, visit http://bit.ly/topr or contact TOPR@ucf.edu. Please consider submitting an entry using the submission form at http://bit.ly/topr_submission.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB FALL 2014
Having trouble getting into a good writing rhythm? Need to get away from your office for a change of perspective and a little privacy? Forget the coffee shop--join your colleagues on Thursday 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!

 

 

 

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