UB TaLCK

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

when:

Tuesdays, Noon - 12:45 p.m. via Zoom

Proposed spring 2022 schedule of topics:

1/25/2022
Course Evaluations with Daniel Schweitzer and Cathleen Morreale from Curriculum Assessment and Teaching Transformation
2/1/2022
Specifications grading, alternate grading styles
2/8/2022
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategies
2/15/2022
Gamification
2/22/2022 
Rubrics or other grading design; working effectively with TA/grader 
3/1/2022
Academic integrity, grade distributions, balancing allowing students to review exams and not having to rewrite your exam every semester
3/8/2022
The attendance conundrum
3/15/2022
New tools, new LMS
3/22/2022
Spring Break - No meeting
3/29/2022  
Teamwork strategies
4/5/2022  
Managing time between teaching/research/service
4/12/2022 
Peer evaluations and how to provide better feedback
4/19/2022 
Making learning more accessible

Founders:

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

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