December - Week 3

Hello Everyone-
The Faculty Center will be open all of this week, so please call or stop by if you need assistance. We look forward to seeing you in the spring—see information below about our upcoming programs.
Have a wonderful break!

Friday Teaching and Learning Days
The Faculty Center will host Teaching and Learning Days on three Fridays next semester from 9:00 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. with lunch included for the first 30 registrants. Topics will vary and will include sessions by other faculty support offices at UCF. Look for details in upcoming Sunday listserv announcements; meanwhile, save the following Fridays in your calendar: February 9th, March 9th, and April 13th.

Course Innovation Project: Active Learning Classrooms
Melody Bowdon, Anna Turner, and Ann Miller
Many new classrooms on the main and downtown campuses are currently being designed as active learning spaces: flexible rooms with no “front” that better support active learning pedagogies. The purpose of this Course Innovation Project is to develop and share effective practices for teaching in these future spaces. Participants will have opportunities to experience learning and presenting in active classrooms, learn about the latest in instructional technology, read and discuss selected relevant literature, and discuss ways in which changing spaces impact assessment and instruction. As a deliverable, participants will be expected to design and share individual contributions to a collaboratively-developed faculty-facing guide for teaching in active learning classrooms. To receive the $500 grant, faculty must attend four cohort meetings and submit individual materials for the active learning guide. The cohort will meet on the following Wednesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.:  January 24, February 21, March 21 and April 11.
To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Virtual Reality and Education
Melody Bowdon
This Course Innovation Project will focus on using virtual reality in the classroom. In our four sessions we will address rudimentary technical aspects of this emerging tool, explore a variety of existing VR programs appropriate for use in a wide range of disciplines, experience VR modules created by Embodied Labs (a partner organization), consider questions about the possibilities of using VR for training and assessment, and discuss issues related to ethics and innovation through the VR lens. To receive the $500 grant, participants will be expected to attend the four sessions; put in some outside time experiencing VR programs; and produce a deliverable, which may include a) demonstrated modifications to a course through incorporation of VR or b) relevant faculty-facing materials such as instructions or an article for Faculty Focus. The cohort will meet on the following Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: January 18, February 15, March 8, and April 12.
To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Contemplative Practices in the Classroom
Eric Main and Amanda Wolcott
In this Course Innovation Project,  faculty members will develop a significant series of contemplative practices that are designed to be woven into learning activities throughout the semester. Deliverables will include: 1) development of a series of classroom activities and/or assignments, and 2) a Faculty Focus article for a special edition on contemplative pedagogy or a digital story on your experiences using contemplative practices in the classroom. In addition, there will be an opportunity to participate in research on the impact of your assignments on your students’ learning approaches, which will provide you with data you can use in your professional development. The cohort will be held from 1:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m. on the following Tuesdays:  January 16, February 13, March 6, and April 10. In this cohort, To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Faculty Development Cohort: An Asset-Based Approach to Coping with Secondary Trauma
Amanda Wolcott and Lynell Hodge
By popular demand, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning is expanding its asset-based approach to secondary trauma cohort into Spring 2018! The Faculty Development Community will focus on identifying assets that can be used to cope with secondary trauma that can result from exposure to student trauma. Without proper mapping of resources and tools, it may be difficult for faculty members to know how to assist students and where on campus to find the resources that their students need. In addition, if faculty do not have an awareness of the resources that can assist them in dealing with secondary trauma, they face a high risk of compassion fatigue and burnout, which can result in lowered outcomes for their classroom performance. The community will meet from 9:30–11:30 a.m. on the following Thursdays: January 25, February 22, March 22, and April 19.
To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

Course Innovation Project: Enhancing Active Learning Using Webcourses@UCF
Anna Turner and Aimee deNoyelles
The Faculty Center will collaborate with the Center for Distributed Learning to lead this CIP for faculty members interested in active learning and online environments. In this cohort, faculty will redesign part of an existing course, using tools in Webcourses@UCF to support student learning and improve an online, mixed mode, or web-enhanced face-to-face course. To receive the $500 grant, participants will attend four cohort meetings, produce one of three project deliverables (a new or updated major assignment/project; activities, online and face-to-face, if applicable, for one week’s worth of content; or course revisions, based on a course observation and/or formal review), attend the Spring session of the Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching (March 2018) or watch two Faculty Seminars in Online Teaching, design an assignment or weekly lesson plan to implement during the fall semester, and produce a final report. The cohort will meet on the following Wednesdays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.: January 24, February 28, March 28, and April 18.
To apply for this opportunity, complete the form at by January 12 at 5:00 p.m.

STEM Faculty Learning Community
In collaboration with the Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities, the Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning invites faculty members teaching large introductory gateway courses in STEM fields to participate in a faculty learning community that will focus on improving STEM education at UCF. Faculty members will meet three times during the semester, agree to have a trained undergraduate student observe their course to collect data, and provide a written reflective report at the end of the project. Faculty members interested in participating should send an email to

Open Virtual Reality Hours
This spring, the Faculty Center will offer regularly scheduled hours for you to experience the latest in virtual-reality technology and software. Come see what’s available and have a discussion about how to complement your teaching effectively. If you plan to use VR in any of your classes, this time could serve as an opportunity for you or your students to come in outside of class to use the equipment without taking away from class time. Starting February 2nd, join us on Fridays from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (with the exception of February 9th, March 9th, and April 13th).

Special Interest Group: Writing a Journal Article in 12 Weeks
The purpose of this workshop is to enable faculty to produce an article manuscript for submission to an academic journal. It is designed to help participants make time for research and writing in the midst of their other various professional and personal obligations. It can also help participants make and meet weekly goals. Faculty writers will work over twelve weeks during the semester to revise an existing piece of writing (conference paper, chapter, unpublished draft, etc.), to identify publishing venues, and to submit the finished product for publication. Each participant will receive a copy of the Writing Your Journal Article in 12 Weeks book prior to the beginning of the workshop.
If interested, please send an email to

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