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Register today for Assessment 5.0: Continuous Improvement

Friday, Sept. 29, 2017 • Student Union, North Campus, University at Buffalo

Assessment 5.0: Continuous Improvement is designed to help faculty, staff and administrators develop assessment strategies, and our theme for 2017 emphasizes creating coherent learning outcomes at various levels and using assessment for continuous improvement.

Using Assessment Results to Propel Continuous Improvement in Student Success: Meeting the Expectations of the New MSCHE Standards for Accreditation and Requirements of Affiliation
Ellie Fogarty, vice president, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Afternoon Session
Aligning Learning Goals Across Campus: Understanding Your Role and Responsibility for Defining and Measuring Learning Outcomes
Ellie Fogarty, vice president, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

This event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Planning and the Office of the Vice President for Student Life.

Fall Case Study Teaching in Science Conference

Friday, Sept. 15 to Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 • Buffalo, NY

The annual Fall Case Study Teaching in Science Conference, led by Dr. Clyde (Kipp) Herreid, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor and director of the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science, offers sessions for both the beginner and advanced case study teacher. Workshop sessions this year will cover teaching with "flipped" case studies, combining team-based learning and case studies, using cases across multiple classes, personalizing the curriculum, and more.

Briana Pobiner, paleoanthropologist and educator, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, and associate research professor, Department of Anthropology, George Washington University, Washington, DC, will present Effectiveness of Using Human Case Studies to Teach Evolution at the keynote session.

Poster session proposals for the conference are also being accepted. The deadline for submitting a proposal for the poster session is noon on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

CEI Staff Update

Our center has a new online instructional designer and a new assessment and evaluation specialist.

Anne Reed joins CEI as our new online instructional designer. Prior to this position, she served as lead instructional designer in UB's Graduate School of Education. Anne is also an adjunct instructor in the department of Learning and Instruction, a PhD student in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, and has extensive experience in online teaching, online course development and MOOC production.

Please contact Anne ( if you need one-on-one instructional design assistance or if you are interested in faculty development training related to online learning for your program or department.

Chris Rates, previously a psychometrics postdoctoral associate at our center, has been named CEI's new assessment and evaluation specialist. Chris earned his PhD in Science Education from the University of Virginia, led UB's validation study of the Student Evaluation of Teaching, and has a background in assessment, science education and mixed methods research.

Chris ( is available to assist with the assessment of student learning and program evaluation, including instrument design, data collection and analysis, and report writing, as well as the design and implementation of methods to evaluate the effectiveness of academic programs, projects and initiatives.

Older news

New Publication: The College Teaching Assistant Handbook

The College Teaching Assistant Handbook, edited by Carol Van Zile-Tamsen (UB Curriculum) and Cathleen Morreale (Center for Educational Innovation), is the perfect introductory volume for new graduate teaching assistants.

This handbook provides practical strategies for all aspects of teaching in higher education, from course design and delivery to delivering a course designed by someone else. Topics include grading and assessment; active learning strategies; teaching large lectures, lab sections and recitations; balancing teaching obligations with personal schoolwork; and preparing to enter academia as a teaching faculty member. Nearly all chapters include additional resources that are available in the TA Teaching Toolbox, an online resource that accompanies this book.

Prepublication orders receive a 20 percent discount, and bulk discounts are also available. To order the handbook, email Tricia Worthington ( at Nova Sciences Publishers with Special20 in the subject line of the email.

Video: Teaching UB Seminars

Teaching UB Seminars provides information to help faculty prepare to teach UB Seminar courses this fall.

Video presentations include: review of the basic goals and learning outcomes of UB Seminars, including some suggestions on how to handle academic success learning outcomes; using ePortfolios in UB Seminars; and the demographics and interests of our incoming freshmen class. In addition, Andrew Stott, vice provost and dean of undergraduate education, shares some personal experiences teaching a pilot version of a UB Seminar.