Below you’ll find information about upcoming programming at the Faculty Center. I want to share with you a unique opportunity. The Florida Consortium of Metropolitan Research Universities is sponsoring an Active Learning Expo September 13-15 in Jensen Beach, Florida. We have a very small number of scholarships available for this event, which would cover lodging and registration. If you are interested in attending this event, which will feature a keynote by Susan Ambrose, lead author of How Learning Works, and will feature a large number of presentations on inclusive education and active learning from a variety of perspectives, please complete the form at this link. Email me with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will inform those who have been given scholarships by Wednesday, September 5.
Have a great week,
FACULTY CENTER 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 email@example.com for information and assistance.
Thursday, September 6th
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Friday, September 7th
Teaching and Learning Day—9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. See details below.
Faculty Writing Club—10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
FALL 2018 BOOK CLUBS
Minds on Fire by Mark Carnes
Mondays, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., 9/10, 9/24, 10/8, 10/22, and 11/5
Due to popular demand, we will reprise Minds on Fire: How Role-Immersion Games Transform College by Mark C. Carnes (2014). This study is based on interviews with students and faculty who participated in the pedagogical innovation “Reacting to the Past,” which began at Barnard College (https://reacting.barnard.edu/). The book addresses the problem of student disengagement and demonstrates how role-immersion games channel students’ competitive (and sometimes mischievous) impulses into transformative learning experiences. Several faculty members at UCF are already implementing these ideas in their courses and are reporting very high levels of student engagement. Participants will receive a copy of the book. We will meet five times during the semester on select Mondays at noon.
If interested, please send an e-mail to Eric.Main@ucf.edu.
Book Club: A Guide to Teaching in the Active Learning Classroom: History, Research, and Practice by Paul Baepler, J.D. Walker, D. Christopher Brooks, Kem Saichaie, and Christina I. Petersen
Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m., 9/11, 9/25, 10/9, 10/23, 11/6
As UCF moves forward with the design of more active-learning classrooms (ALCs) on the main and downtown campuses, it will be important to have a resource for effective teaching in these new spaces. This book offers a practical guide for optimizing the impact of these spaces on student learning. It includes everything from the learning theories and research that support the use of ALCs to assessing how effectively the spaces are used. Special emphasis is placed on instructional practices that best utilize the flexible spaces in ways that support student learning. Participants will receive a copy of the book. We will meet five times during the semester on select Tuesdays at noon.
If interested, please send an e-mail to Julie.Donnelly@ucf.edu.
UPCOMING TEACHING AND LEARNING DAYS AT THE FACULTY CENTER
For each of the following events, please visit our page at http://fctl.ucf.edu/Events/TeachingAndLearningDays/ to see schedule and programming details.
September 7th Teaching and Learning Day
Please join us for our next Teaching and Learning Day, which will take place on September 7th from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Workshops will be offered that will provide strategies for implementing interactive teaching strategies in your classes. Lunch will be provided for the first 30 registrants. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_2498GsbDWdUD7Vz before September 6th.
September 28th Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Day
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Day will offer an opportunity for faculty to explore study-design, SoTL methodologies, and data management and treatment as these topics relate to their own SoTL projects. Representatives from FCTL, IKM, OEAS, RITE, as well as an experienced SoTL researcher will facilitate sessions throughout the day. A panel of faculty from various disciplines who engage in SoTL research will share their experience and expertise. You can register at http://ucf.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4fD6vpFGNVa3at before September 27th.
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