UB offers robust support to ensure excellence in teaching and to support student academic success. While both the Office of Educational Effectiveness (OEE) and the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) work with programs across the university, each office supports these endeavors in different ways. The chart below delineates our operational areas.
The Office of Educational Effectiveness, built on a strong foundation of skill and capacity in assessment and an institutional-level repository of knowledge, strives to ensure high quality, systematic, continuous and rigorous assessment of student learning and success, as well as instructional and program effectiveness.
University Programing related to continuous improvement (e.g., Assessment Day, consultations); Tableau visualizations and dashboards; Data analysis and reporting; AAPAR development and support; Comprehensive Program Review; Course Evaluation
Program Level Outcomes; Alignment of Program Outcomes to Institutional Outcomes; Accreditation Reporting
Program and Institution Level (e.g., AAPAR, Baseline, SmartEvals)
Deans, Program Chairs, Program Advisors; Administration for policy making
Evidence-Based Continuous Improvement; Broad
Application of Assessment Practices
The Center for Educational Innovation partners with university deans and faculty to positively impact student learning outcomes through the art of teaching and the science of learning.
University Programing related to teaching excellence (e.g., Academies, Genteels); Learning Designer consultations; UBLearns Support; Teaching improvement projects (incl. development, analytics and research); Supporting faculty to transition courses to remote instruction or alternative delivery modes
Course Level Outcomes; Alignment of Course Outcomes to Program Outcomes
Course Based (e.g., UBLearns, Panopto, Zoom)
Faculty, Adjuncts and TAs; Staff
Art of Teaching and Science of Learning – Practice and Application; Specific
Scholarship of UB teaching and learning
OEE can provide information to CEI about areas where instructors could benefit from resources/supports; OEE can also help CEI assess its impact on teaching and learning.