July - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Check out the information below about activities at the Faculty Center and beyond.
Have a great week!
Melody 

FACULTY CENTER HOSTED HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK 
The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted.

Thursday, July 7th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, July 8th
Faculty Writing Club 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

SIGN UP NOW FOR JULY 15TH TEACHING AND LEARNING DAY
On July 15th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Faculty Center will host our next Teaching and Learning Day. This event will feature Dr. Mary Ann Winkelmes from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, who will offer a workshop called “The Unwritten Rules of College: Transparency and Its Impact on Learning.” This event will provide a follow-up to our Winter Conference transparency theme. Send an email to fctl@ucf.edu to save your spot for the event. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants.

REGISTER FOR FACULTY SEMINARS IN ONLINE TEACHING: PROMOTING FLEXIBLE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES IN ONLINE COURSES
Please visit the Center for Distributed Learning on Wednesday, July 13 at 1:00 (Library-161b) to learn how to address the needs of individual learners in online courses using principles from the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework. Specifically, an instructor’s experience of integrating UDL principles into online courses will be presented, and an online tool called Universal Design Online Inspection Tool (UDOIT) will be showcased. 

Register now to attend face-to-face OR online via Adobe Connect: https://online.ucf.edu/faculty-seminar14/
For any questions, please contact Aimee deNoyelles at aimee@ucf.edu

PRIDE FACULTY & STAFF ASSOCIATION (PFSA)
The UCF Pride Faculty & Staff Association is an organization representative of the University of Central Florida’s goal to be more inclusive and diverse. PFSA’s mission is to promote an environment which fosters cultural sensibility and enrichment by providing quality programming, networking opportunities, and guidance to UCF’s LGBTQ+ students, faculty, and staff on all UCF campuses. We have an active board and are busy preparing for exciting activities and events throughout summer and into the new school year! The vision for PFSA includes being a resource to the UCF administration and we divide our interests into three areas:  education, advocacy, and outreach. We invite you to join us in being a more inclusive campus at UCF by participating in PFSA activities and programs! For more information or to join our mailing list, contact President Carrie Moran or Outreach Coordinator Jeremy Foskitt at PFSA@ucf.edu and don’t forget to ‘Like’ us on Facebook to keep up with all of PFSA’s happenings!

ALTERNATIVE BREAK PROGRAM ADVISOR INTEREST FORM NOW AVAILABLE
Volunteer UCF is looking for engaged faculty or staff members to serve as advisors for the Alternative Break Program. The Alternative Break Faculty Advisor plays a crucial role in helping students increase their awareness of social and intellectual issues throughout the trip in a safe and effective manner. We are looking for faculty members and A&P staff to participate. If are interested in learning more and/or applying to become an advisor for a future Alternative Break Program trip, please fill out our online interest form at https://ucf.collegiatelink.net/organization/vucfabp. Once you log in, you will find the application under forms. Trip Dates are Winter: December 13-19, 2016, MLK Weekend: January 12-15, and Spring: March 13 – 18, 2017For more information, visit http://osi.ucf.edu/abp/ or contact Miguel Ortiz, Graduate Assistant for the Alternative Break Program (miguel.ortizburgos@ucf.edu).

WEBCOURSES QUIZ EXTENSIONS
CDL has developed a Webcourses@UCF integration called Quiz Extensions. This integration provides one place to give students extra time to all existing quizzes/exams. Quiz Extensions is available in all Webcourses@UCF courses; however, it has to be added to the course menu. For directions on how to enable and use Quiz Extensions, please visit https://online.ucf.edu/support/webcourses/integrations/quiz-extensions/

2016 DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IMPACT AWARDS
The UCF Office of Diversity and Inclusion (ODI) presents an award to one student, faculty/staff and community member each year at the Diversity Breakfast. The deserving party may be nominated by a UCF community member and will be selected by a campus awards committee. Overall contributions to enhancing diversity and inclusion at UCF will be considered. Nominations are due Friday, August 12, 2016. Please see the following links for submission instructions: Student | Faculty/Staff | Community Partner 

FACULTY WRITING CLUB SUMMER 2016 
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 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!

NOTE ABOUT LISTSERV ANNOUNCEMENT SUBMISSIONS
The Faculty Center is happy to share information about events or activities that are relevant to faculty in the listserv each week. If you would like to request that we include an announcement, please email me  a paragraph (three to four sentences) including a link to additional information if appropriate, by close of business on Wednesday for inclusion on the following Sunday. Due to technological constraints we cannot include attachments or HTML formatted text. Remember to include critical details like the place and time for the event and feel free to suggest a headline. Just send your announcements to me at melody@ucf.edu and we will help to spread the word.

 

Faculty Spotlight View Other Award Winners

Drew Lanier
College of Sciences Drew    Lanier Students retain more of course material when they are active learners. Employing a mixture of lecture and the Socratic Method allows me to both communicate the course's basic concepts and ideas and assess students' comprehension of the material. Students will retain more of the course material if it is relev...

Peter Telep
College of Arts and Sciences Peter  Telep During my time at UCF I have made some observations that strongly inform my teaching. Fact: Students who enroll in my classes do not, for the most part, enter the classroom without my enthusiasm for writing. Some are fairly determined; others want to learn enough to get by. Most do not actively seek feedback ...

Alice Noblin
College of Health and Public Affairs Alice Noblin I often utilize project-based learning so Health Informatics and Information Management (HIIM) students are able to apply concepts to “real world” scenarios. This type of application allows me to ascertain the student‘s true understanding of important HIIM concepts. This type of experience also ...