Centralities for Monday, July 9, 2018

Monday, July 9, 2018

Wellness Tip

— Having strong core muscles may reduce lower back pain, make everyday activities easier and increase comfort level while working at a desk.

Events Today

— Surplus auctions end, 3 p.m. Items are available to view by appointment.

— World Cup live broadcast, The Max Room, Chambers Library fourth floor. 

Upcoming Events

— Deadline to schedule a summer thesis defense, July 13. View thesis packet.

— Strength, Speed and Agility Camp for ages 8-15, 8:30-10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays July 16-27. Register online. Contact Johnny Watley.

— Splash Bash, 7-9 p.m. July 19, Andy Alligator’s Water Park, 3300 Market Place, Norman. Purchase passesView a flier. Contact Jamie Hadwin.

— Deadline for local religious/spiritual organizations to register for the Interfaith Fair, Aug. 3. 

— Leadership UCO Applications due, 5 p.m. Aug. 8. Contact Jakey Dobbs.

— Residence hall move-in day, Aug. 11. Sign up to volunteer.

— Interfaith Fair, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Aug. 23, Broncho Lake. Learn more.

— Deadline to register student organizations, Sept. 7. Learn more

— Read the July issue of Broncho Beat.


— Submit signage request forms for approval at least two weeks prior to the event date. Email ucomm@uco.edu for details.

— Centralities submissions are automatically added to UCO's master calendar, the Central app and UCONNECT.

— View the newly redesigned Inside Central, the official blog of UCO. Email blog ideas to ucomm@uco.edu.

— The university's Academic Early Referral System (AERS) is now available to faculty. For more information, email Student Success.

— For severe weather information, including a map of shelters on campus, visit the public safety website.

Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave.
— Indira Gandhi

Community Garden — Students in the Community Garden class recently cleared the garden plot at the Rankin YMCA in Edmond. Maintained by UCO, the garden is part of the UCO-YMCA Community Gardening Partnership and was the first community garden established by UCO's Department of Sustainability and the UCO Volunteer and Service Learning Center. All produce grown goes to UCO's Central Pantry. Teaching the class is Kim Davison, Ph.D., a professor in Central's Department of Kinesiology and Health Studies.


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Faculty Needs Assessment/Satisfaction Survey Results

The Center for Excellence in Transformative Teaching & Learning has tabulated survey responses from 274 UCO faculty members about the 21st Century Pedagogy Institute (21CPI). The following topics were most requested for course design, active learning and learning assessment:

  • Course Design: student-centered teaching, alignment of outcomes and backward design;
  • Active Learning: high impact practices, learning assessment techniques, problem-based learning, team-based learning, exam wrappers, if-at cards and muddiest point; and,
  • Learning Assessment: learning assessment techniques, student-centered grading and rubrics.

Faculty may attend a variety of teaching and learning workshops, lunch and learns, and book discussion groups as part of the 21CPI. 

Linda Harris, assistant professor for Educational Sciences, Foundation, & Research, won the drawing for completing the Faculty Needs Assessment & Satisfaction Survey.