Teaching is stressful, so we've created a group to address that concern. UBTaLCK, which is an acronym for UB Teaching and Learning Community of Knowledge, is a Community of Practice aimed to assist faculty with best pedagogical practices and classroom strategies.

Our Community of Practice meets via Zoom once per week to address teaching concerns, discuss classroom strategies and share resources along with best classroom strategies and practices suggested by you, for you. What better way to improve your teaching skills than by learning from fellow educators who have the same experiences as you. Utilizing resources found at UB always proves helpful, therefore our group invites and welcomes collaboration throughout UB.

A sampling of topics from our community of practice:

  • Course evaluations: the many levels of importance they play, and what can be done to improve them
  • Gamification in the classroom: pros and cons
  • Diversity, equity and inclusion strategies
  • Rubrics, other grading design and alternate grading styles tips and tricks
  • Peer evaluation: how to provide better feedback
  • Academic integrity: working with our campus resources


Tuesdays, 2:30 p.m.- 3 p.m. via Zoom


Maggie Grady, Learning Designer
Office of Curriculum, Assessment and Teaching Transformation

Jessica Kruger, Ph.D., MCHES®
Clinical Assistant Professor, Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
Director of Teaching Innovation and Excellence in the School of Public Health and Health Professions

Fall 2023 Schedule

Date Topic
Sept. 12 Semester Start & Welcome
Sept. 19 TA Discovery Community of Practice
Sept. 26 Teaching large course strategies
Oct. 3 Course design for large classes
Oct. 10 Pedagogical best practices for asynchronous courses
Oct. 17 Creating engaging online and hybrid courses for students
Oct. 24 Large online class strategies 
Oct. 31 Adjusting teaching to a new student population
Nov. 7 AI Detection / Lack of AI policy across UB
Nov. 14 Chat GPT
Nov. 21 No session - Thanksgiving Break
Nov. 28 Attendance and engagement strategies
Dec. 5 Culturally Responsive Teaching
Dec. 12 Semester wrap up
Dec. 19 Emerging Academic Trends

Join our Community