December - Week 2

Hello Everyone-
I hope the semester has ended well for you and your students, and you are already embarking on a restful and joyous holiday season! Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center. From Monday to Wednesday this week is our annual Winter Faculty Development Conference—the full agenda is available on our website.

Have a great week,
Ann

FACULTY CENTER AND PARTNER UNIT HAPPENINGS FOR THE WEEK
The activities below will take place in the Faculty Center (Classroom Building One, Room 207) unless otherwise noted. If you would like to participate virtually, please email fctl@ucf.edu for information and assistance.

Monday, December 10th–Wednesday, December 12th
Winter Faculty Development Conference. If you didn’t register for the full conference, you’re still welcome to attend individual sessions of interest.

INVITATION TO SHARE SOTL WORK
Part of our upcoming website redesign includes a “Sharing Your SoTL Work” page which will feature UCF faculty SoTL work presented or published in recent years. If you have published a paper or presented your SoTL work at a conference in the past 2–3 years, please share the information with us so that we can feature it on this page. You may send references of your work to Julie.donnelly@ucf.edu .

STUDENT CONSULTANTS ON TEACHING
The Faculty Center for Teaching and Learning’s Student Consultants on Teaching (SCOTs) are currently available for the Fall 2018 semester. The SCOT program connects faculty with highly-trained undergraduate and graduate consultants who can conduct focus groups with students or observe face-to-face, online, or mediated classes and provide student-centered, objective feedback to support faculty as they think about and practice their pedagogy. Requests can be made using via Qualtrics at https://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_e500SvNyCOU2OwZ, and inquiries can be sent to Landon Berry, SCOT Coordinator, at landon.berry@ucf.edu.

FACULTY WRITING CLUB
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!

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Rani Vajravelu
College of Sciences Rani   Vajravelu My goal in teaching is to promote student success without compromising quality education. I use an interactive teaching style in all my courses, which range from large non-major to small-enrollment Honors and upper division classes. I create a learning environment that is mutually enjoyable for the teacher a...

Aubrey Jewett
College of Arts and Sciences Aubrey   Jewett Active learning fosters academic success. When students take part in the learning process they learn more and retain more than when operating in the passive mode. Thus whether attending a local council meeting, performing statistical analysis on data to investigate a research question or using t...

Karen Verkler
College of Education Karen  Verkler I have been an educator in several disciplines. However, it is my opinion that content area instruction is of secondary importance. Of utmost importance is the establishment of a caring, positive learning environment in which students are encouraged to believe in themselves and to demonstrate self-respect and re...