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Technology Showcase: Virtual Reality in Higher Education

Friday, Sept. 14, 2018 • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Faculty Collaboration Studio, 6 Norton Hall, North Campus

Faculty and staff are invited to our first Technology Showcase as we explore virtual reality (VR) and its practical applications for teaching and learning.

This event will feature UB faculty sharing their experiences with developing and integrating VR content into their curriculum. Buffalo-based Crosswater Digital Media will provide a demonstration of their immersive product Navigator®.

Faculty Presenters

  • Stuart Inglis, instructor, Pathology and Anatomical Sciences, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
  • Margarete A. Jadamec, assistant professor, Department of Geology, Computational and Data-Enabled Science and Engineering Program, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Richard Lamb, associate professor, Learning and Instruction, Graduate School of Education

A light lunch will be served. To help with planning, RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

> Learn more about the Virtual Reality in Higher Education session.

Pedagogy Showcase: Video Grading

Monday, Sept. 24, 2018 • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. • Faculty Collaboration Studio, 6 Norton Hall, North Campus

Our Pedagogy Showcase series will launch later this month with a presentation by Jessica Kruger, clinical assistant professor of community health and health behavior in the School of Public Health and Health Professions

Kruger will present on how providing video feedback may help motivate students to hear, see, use and understand a professor's feedback. The session will be interactive and participants are encouraged to bring a laptop or other device to learn how to start providing video feedback to their students.

A light lunch will be served. To help with planning, RSVPs are appreciated but not required.

> Learn more about the Video Grading session.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Community Courses

SUNY OER Services has announced that the first sections of their new Open Educational Resources Community Course series are now live. These courses will introduce you to the fundamental principles and effective practices related to OER.

Throughout this learning space you will have the opportunity to explore and discuss methods and approaches to finding, adopting, customizing, integrating, creating, publishing and licensing OER. You will also have opportunities to connect in conversation with your peers and work with OER advocates from the SUNY community who can help you along your learning journey.

> Learn more about SUNY Open Educational Resources Community Courses.

2018 Assessment Day

Friday, Sept. 28, 2018 • Check-in and networking - 8 a.m.; Keynote - 9 a.m. • 145 B Student Union, North Campus

This event is free for UB faculty and staff.

Our theme for 2018, "Turning Data Into Action," will focus on how we use data to inform our practice inside and outside of the classroom in an effort to create an ideal learning experience for current and future members of the UB community.

Peggy Maki, education consultant specializing in assessing student learning in higher education, is this year's keynote speaker and will lead the afternoon workshop.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Educational Innovation, Office of Educational Effectiveness, Office of the Vice President for Student Life, Office of Institutional Analysis and the Graduate School.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018.

> Register for 2018 Assessment Day.

FACT2 Awards: Call for Nominations

The Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology (FACT2) Excellence in Instruction and Excellence in Instructional Support Awards are system-level honors conferred to acknowledge and provide system-wide recognition for consistently professional achievement and to encourage the ongoing pursuit of excellence.

These awards underscore SUNY's commitment to the use of technology to support access to superior education, to advance the boundaries of knowledge and to serve the public good. Through these awards, SUNY publicly proclaims its pride in the accomplishment and personal dedication of its Instructional Faculty and Technology Support Professionals.

You are encouraged to read through the Awards Criteria & Rubric (PDF) and to use this opportunity to nominate someone you know, or yourself, for Excellence in Instruction or Excellence in Instructional Support for 2018.

The deadline to submit a nomination is Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018.

> Learn more about the FACT2 awards and submission process.

SUNY's Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC)

Stay current with today's rapidly changing technology and acquire lifelong learning strategies in this open-access course offered through Coursera. As you explore, you will develop an ePortfolio to showcase your professional skills and accomplishments.

Everyone can earn digital badges, and students, faculty, and staff from any SUNY institution can earn a Coursera certificate for free.

The entire course can be completed in as little as 5 hours spread over 5 weeks.

> Learn more about #EmTechMOOC