Tips for Faculty, from Faculty

Have you ever experienced course envy? You see other professor's courses and wish that you knew all their secrets. Never experience course envy again! The Center for Distributed Learning will be releasing 'Tips for Faculty, from Faculty.' Check back regularly for a new video from one of UCF's great faculty members. Topics will range from accessibility all the way to student engagement.

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Video Captions

"The biggest tip I can give to people is to have a transcript already produced. Usually, when I do this, I write the transcript before I record my lecture. Then, I make edits to that transcript after I've already recorded and that way you already have it done."

-Dr. Amanda Groff, Associate Lecturer of Anthropology


Step-by-step Instructions: Video Captions

Proactive Captioning for Online Courses

Creating Accessible Multimedia

Question Banks

"I heard it from a colleague of mine. She was showing me her test banks and I was like, that's awesome, I'm stealing it. And now, I've applied it to all of my classes and it's really helpful."

-Dr. Sandra Wheeler, Associate Lecturer of Anthropology


Create Quiz from Question Banks

How do I create a question bank in a course?

Syllabus Tool

"I post in that tool the top half of my syllabus. So, it's the contact information, technology
requirements, and other key pieces of information that they [students] need to know before they register."

-Dr. Beth Nettles, Adjunct Instructor, College of Engineering and Computer Science


Syllabus Tool

Course Preview Feature

Discussion Strategies

"Be open-minded and innovative in your use of discussion prompts. There are two strategies that I've used in my classes that have been really effective with getting the students both engaged and thinking critically."

-Dr. Beatriz Reyes-Foster, Associate Professor, Anthropology


What are Discussions?

Use Word Clouds to Enhance Critical Thinking

Encourage Authentic Learning in Classrooms in Online Discussions Through the Use of Photovoice

OER Implementation

"If you find a good open access textbook the quality is as good if not better than the commercially-available ones because the people who are writing them are actually very dedicated to doing this."

-Dr. Bruce Wilson, Professor, Political Science


Free books. No catch.

Publishing Open Texts at UCF

OER Commons


The Mason OER Metafinder (Mom)


“I don't really force them [students] to do anything, but that reflective moment makes a huge difference in their growth throughout the class.”

-Matt Dombrowski, Assistant Professor, School of Visual Arts and Design


2018 Dziuban Award Recipient

The Chuck D. Dziuban Award for Excellence in Online Teaching

Dziuban Award Workshops

TOPR Entries on ‘Reflection’


“The benefit of using Materia in your classes is it’s a really easy and engaging way for students to interact with your course material.”

Dr. Jessica Waesche, Lecturer, Psychology



Materia Quick Start Guide

Why to Consider Game-Based Online Learning

UCF Open: Materia

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