Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Networking Event - International Education Week

Global Engagement Faculty Network
Monday, November 17th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
International Center, Building 58E, Room 2300
RSVP to ofe@unf.edu

The International Center and the Office of Faculty Enhancement would like to invite faculty from around the campus to come and share ideas on study-abroad courses and international research over some wine and cheese. This event is part of International Education Week. Faculty will share advice and experiences from past study-abroad and international activities. Faculty interested in study-abroad or who would like to know more are welcome to attend. Bring a friend, mingle and enjoy a happy-hour and a half.
Monday, November 17th, 3:30-5:00 p.m.
International Center, Building 58E, Room 2300
RSVP to ofe@unf.edu

Friday, November 7, 2014

Collaborative and Project-Based Learning Workshop

Making Connections: Collaborative and Project-based Learning Workshop 
Monday, November 17th, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Building 2, Room 2002RSVP to ofe@unf.edu
Have you ever been disappointed in the amount or level of student learning in your course? Have you been frustrated by the apparent lack of motivation and engagement among your students?
Active and collaborative learning strategies have been shown to increase student learning (as compared to lecture formats) and to increase student enjoyment and persistence. Implementing such strategies, however, especially in large classes, can be challenging. Join faculty from across the campus in sharing ideas about implementing collaborative and project-based learning strategies in this interactive session. Bring your best ideas and biggest challenges with collaborative learning and gain insights into addressing these challenges and finding opportunities for success in the classroom. Lunch will be provided to those who RSVP to ofe@unf.edu.
Monday, November 17th, 12:00-1:30 p.m.
Building 2, Room 2002

Engagement Scholarship Program - Call for Proposals

The Center for Community-Based Learning and the Office of Faculty Enhancement have announced a new program for community engagement research. See the announcement below.

The Engagement Scholarship Program is a multidisciplinary, professional community of practice focusing on the scholarship of engagement and concentrating on two specific categories of the scholarship of engagement: community-based research and the scholarship of teaching/learning relating to community-based pedagogy. For more information, including eligibility and the application, visit the website. The application deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21.
Contact: Heather Burk at hburk@unf.edu or (904) 620-3549

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Community Partnership Conference

Community-engaged research and community-based learning require robust partnerships to support the shared work in the community. Campus Community Partnerships for Health is co-sponsoring an upcoming conference, the C2UExpo, that will highlight campus-community partnerships. Please see the announcement and call for proposals below.

Proposals due Nov 28 for C2UExpo! C2UExpo (Community, College, University-Exposition), is a bi-annual 3-day conference, showcasing the best practices in community-campus partnerships worldwide. C2UExpo 2015 will take place May 26-29, 2015 in Ottawa, Ontario. Click here for information on submitting a proposal. The theme for this conference is Citizen Solutions for a Better World, with a specific focus on community-campus partnerships as key drivers for policy change. As we did in 2013, CCPH is supporting C2UExpo in lieu of our own conference next year. CCPH members will receive a 15% discount on registration fees. If you're planning to attend C2UExpo and aren't a CCPH member, join today.

Frankly Friday - Your Best Students

Are the best students in your classroom?
Friday, November 14th, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

The University of North Florida has been ranked as one of the best colleges in the South by US News and World Report. The report identifies UNF as relatively selective, admitting only 53% of applicants. Despite the desirability of UNF and the recognition it receives nationally, students often see UNF as a second choice. For first-time-in-college students at UNF, according to institutional data, less than 50% graduate from UNF in 6 years. According to a report by the UNF Retention and Graduation Committee, 20% of Freshmen who leave UNF transfer to another state university. These student transfers tend to have high GPAs. This high-performing students might be leaving UNF to have a different experience at another university. The student experience at UNF might be a factor as well. A recent MIT survey asked students why they did not attend class. The students reported not attending class mostly because of unclear or low engagement lectures. Other factors included students pursuing other class-related deadlines and having poor sleep.

Come  and discuss what factors might prevent the best students from being in your classroom. Should students be required to attend class? How would this affect the student experience and student retention of top students? Dr. Albert Colom, Associate Vice President of Enrollment Services, and Dr. Jeff Coker, Dean of Undergraduate Studies, will discuss enrollment trends and student engagement at UNF. OFE will provide the coffee and pastries. 
Friday, November 14th, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

ISQ Online: Response Rates and Instructor Ratings

ISQ Online: Response Rates and Instructor Ratings
Wednesday, November 19th, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, Building 16, Room 4201
RSVP to ofe@unf.edu

UNF moved to a fully online Instructional Satisfaction Questionnaire (ISQ) process in the Fall of 2013. Response rates through the online ISQ administration were lower than response rates using the face-to-face administration of the ISQ in previous years. Response rates for the face-to-face administration of the ISQ tended to range around 70%. The online ISQ in the Fall of 2013 and Spring 2014 had response rates in the 50-60% range. Faculty expressed concerns that lower response rates might affect the overall scores and subsequent interpretation of ISQ results. In this session, results and recommendations from the Provosts' ISQ Task Force will be presented. Faculty are encouraged to come and discuss the results and implications for instructional satisfaction ratings in their departments and colleges.

ISQ Online: Response Rates and Instructor Ratings
Wednesday, November 19th, 1:30 - 2:45 p.m.
Faculty Lounge, Building 16, Room 4201
RSVP to ofe@unf.edu

Monday, October 13, 2014

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Conference - Call for Proposals

Nautilus - a symbol of continuous growth
Faculty can be as scholarly about their teaching practices as they are scholarly about their disciplinary research. An upcoming conference supports the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL). Please see the call for proposals below. 

From Dr. Diana Sturges Conference Chair sotlcommons@georgiasouthern.edu

I invite you to submit a proposal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference (SoTL Commons) hosted by the Center for Teaching at Technology at Georgia Southern University. The conference brings together people engaging in SoTL and anyone wanting to improve student learning outcomes in higher education today. The conference epitomizes that college teaching is intellectual work that is enhanced both by disciplinary scholarship and the scholarship on teaching the disciplines(SoTL).

The 8th SoTL Commons Conference will be held in Savannah, Georgia, United States, March 25 - 27, 2015. 

Proposal submission opened September 8, 2014 and will close November 15, 2014 and is available at http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/sotlcommons/

The conference will include several tracks: teaching with technology; online learning; assessment of student learning; academic and professional development; learning theories and pedagogy and student led SoTL research.

You can find more information about the conference on a. the conference website http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ce/conferences/sotlcommons/

To register for the conference, go to

Keynote speakers include:

T. Dary Erwin
Professor of Leadership and Psychology, School of Strategic Leadership Studies James Madison University

James Rhem
Executive Editor
The National Teaching and Learning FORUM

Delena Bell Gatch
Associate Professor of Physics and Interim Director of Assessment Georgia Southern University

The conference’s venue, Coastal Georgia Center, is located within walking distance to the historic downtown, the City Market and River Street. Come enjoy Savannah when it is most beautiful - in the spring, as azaleas and dogwoods bloom and the temperatures stay comfortable in the low 70s. The city offers activities for everyone to enjoy: shopping, dining, boat cruises and horse carriage tours and was voted the second friendliest city in US by Conde Nast Traveler's Annual Readers' Choice Survey.
You can find more information about the conference on a. the conference website http://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ce/conferences/sotlcommons/  


If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Diana Sturges Conference Chair sotlcommons@georgiasouthern.edu