October - Week 1

Hello Everyone-
Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center.
Have a great 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.

Thursday, October 4th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Friday, October 5th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Over the past couple of years active shooter incidents like Pulse Nightclub and Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School tragedies have cost dozens of lives and affected the mental health of thousands more. Data breaches at Equifax and Facebook have compromised the security of personal data for tens of millions of Americans. In this teaching and learning day, we’ve put together faculty-specific resources to address safety and security issues at a range of levels. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. The deadline for submission is Monday, October 8th.

Please visit our page at http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/TeachingAndLearningDays/ to see schedule and programming details. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_ezFRr47oL6S63Ln.

The 2019 Sunshine State Teaching and Learning Conference will be held Jan. 30–Feb. 1, 2019 at The Shores Resort & Spa in Daytona Beach. This event is cohosted by the University of South Florida and the University of Central Florida. The conference will bring together higher-education scholars, practitioners, and policy-makers in and beyond the state of Florida to share research, to discuss critical issues, and to promote opportunities for collaboration. The three-day event will feature a variety of session formats designed to encourage interaction and engagement. Sessions will raise awareness of emerging challenges, offer overviews of best practices, highlight research findings, and promote strategies for improving student and faculty success.

The call for papers is open. Visit https://sunshineteaching.org/ for more details, and submit a proposal at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eWozmivLIjcCZgN.

This semester FCTL is excited to have two faculty "coaches" who are available to provide one-on-one consultations for other faculty members about their areas of pedagogical expertise.

Tammy Muhs, Faculty Coach for Adaptive Learning. Tammy Muhs has extensive experience in developing and testing adaptive learning for math courses. Her work has received national attention, including from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. If you want get more of a sense of what adaptive learning and the adaptive learning software RealizeIT are all about, contact Tammy at tammy.muhs@ucf.edu

Jessica Waesche, Faculty Coach for Active Learning in Online Environments. Having taught all her undergraduate psychology courses in an online format for over five years now, Jessica has developed a wide range of approaches for engaging students in active learning. For practical guidance on ways to make learning more active in your online courses, contact Jessica at jessica.waesche@ucf.edu.

If you are credentialed to create online courses and are considering adjustments to your online (“W”) or mixed-mode (“M”) course, the professional instructional designers at the Center for Distributed Learning (CDL) are available for consultation on research-based practices for online design and pedagogy. If you are unsure of your instructional designer, please visit the ID Lookup Tool: https://cdl.ucf.edu/teach/resources/id-lookup-tool/

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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