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Information Fluency Track – 2014 Summer Faculty Development Conference "The Age of New Media: Educating Students For…" May 5-8, 2014

The theme for the 2014 Summer Faculty Development Conference is "The Age of New Media: Educating Students For..." Throughout the world, educators are being challenged to respond to the digital revolution and its impact on learning in the 21st century. As we move further into the 21st century, we are also challenged to find solutions in the areas of workforce and graduate school readiness. The Information Fluency track of the 2014 Summer Faculty Development Conference will examine the many areas where the age of new media prepares students for success in the classroom, graduate education, and professional lives.

Participants in the 2014 IF track may work on interdisciplinary projects that integrate the following skills: digital literacy, civic engagement (service learning), entrepreneurship, communication skills, critical thinking, work ethic, and professionalism. You may also choose to work on financial competence, technology, collaboration skills or other areas that would better prepare students for both success in the classroom, in the workforce upon graduation or in graduate school at the Master or doctoral levels. We encourage participants to be creative as you examine your courses, your department, and your college/school to see how we can better assist our students now and in their future endeavors. What information fluency skills are needed by our students to be successful after graduating? How are we teaching these skills in our courses? Are the information fluency skills we are teaching transferrable to the workplace or graduate school?

Full-time faculty members from all colleges are invited to submit proposals to transform courses or programs. Proposals will be evaluated based on the conference theme and are selected by the IF staff. Nin-month faculty members whose proposals are selected will receive an $800 per person award for full participation and completion of deliverables (see application). Twelve month faculty and staff are also urged to participate but are not eligible to receive an award. The conference will culminate in a poster or multimedia presentation (think laptop) on Thursday morning and will end at noon. Those who cannot attend all sessions on all four days are welcome to participate in as much of the conference as they can but will not be eligible to receive an award. This includes those who must miss to complete university business.

Please note these important dates: Conference: May 5-8, 2014 (Monday-Thursday). This is the week following the end of the semester.

Proposals Due to IF Office: Friday, February 21, 2014

Notice of Acceptance: Friday, March 7, 2014

The Call for Proposals application may be obtained by clicking here. For additional information, contact Hank.Lewis@ucf.edu.