Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Teaching with Technology Conference

 Florida State University and Tallahassee Community College will be hosting the Spring 2011 Florida Faculty Development Conference, this year focusing on “Supporting Teaching and Learning with Technology.”
The conference will be held on Thursday, February 24, 2011, from 10:00a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Turnbull Conference Center on the campus of Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL.
For more information, visit the conference website at http://ffdc.fctl.ucf.edu/conferences.html.
To register for the conference, contact kevinyee@mail.ucf.edu
For more information, contact Annette Jones (hajones@campus.fsu.edu) or Karinda Barrett (barrettk@tcc.fl.edu). 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Community Scholars Program Application Announcement

From Campus Update:

The Community Scholars Program is a professional “community of practice” to support faculty members and student-affairs professionals in the practice of Community-Based Transformational Learning (CBTL) forms of instruction. Participation will enhance a participants’ knowledge of and proficiency in CBTL instruction and will articulate strategies to diffuse CBTL pedagogies using evidence-based practices. Full-time, tenured, tenure-earning and non tenure-earning faculty members and student-affairs professionals with interests in CBTL are eligible to apply (some restrictions apply). Information and applications can be found at http://www.unf.edu/ccbl/Community_Scholars_Program.aspx. The deadline for submission is 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 23. For more information, contact Heather Burk at mailto:hburk@unf.edu or ext. 3549.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Grading is like Building a Fence

 In a recent Chronicle article, an experienced graduate student, David Brooks, discusses the personal challenges he experienced in providing feedback on students' work. He addresses how much feedback is enough.

Privicy Settings on Facebook

A recent article in the Chronicle of Higher Education provides tips on how to set deeply embedded privacy settings in Facebook so that you can control who sees what you write, how photos of you are displayed, and how people find you on Facebook. If you have a Facebook account that you use for both personal and professional interactions, I encourage you to read this article.


Interview with TUES Program Officer on OFE Twitter Page

On February 4, 2011, the Office of Faculty Enhancement and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs hosted an event called: What's Hot in STEM Research Funding. During the event, we interviewed Dr. Russ Pimmel, National Science Foundation Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) Program Officer. 
See the notes from the conversation on the OFE Twitter site:

Information about the TUES program can be found at the NSF website:

Social Media and Student Learning

 A recent article by Daniel Fusch discusses the use of social media to support student learning. There are a number of valuable links in the article. I think it takes a balanced look at the issue.


Friday, February 4, 2011

Study Abroad Workshop offered at UNF by the International Center

From UNF Campus Update
Faculty Leading Study Abroad Workshop
Faculty planning to lead students abroad this coming year should attend the workshop, “Safety Abroad: Preparing to Lead Overseas Activities,” from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Brooks Addition, Building 39A, Room 1032.

This faculty workshop will address safety and risk management issues such as faculty responsibilities/liability, health insurance, student conduct, crisis management and several other important items. Attendance is required for all faculty who wish to lead UNF students abroad. The workshop will inform faculty about issues related to study-abroad classes, help to prevent problems from happening and also prepare faculty to handle a situation if one arises. 

For further information, contact Bonnie Richardson at ext. 2657 or mailto:intlctr@unf.edu.
UNF International Center

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

What do you do with your Post-Class time?

A recent article in the ProfHacker series, a blog on http://www.chronicle.com, takes a look at how we maximize our time during the day to be most productive.

The article ends with a question about post-class time. For me, some time to decompress is essential. What about you?

Here is the link to the article: