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


Mondays from noon – 12:30 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

Spring 2024 Schedule

Session Date:


Session Lead:


Teaching/encouraging student responsibility.

Lesley Vandermark


How better to teach and support HyFlex learning modalities. How to prepare for the generative AI and the challenges it will create.

Steve Sturman


The increasing demands placed on instructors to continuously handle new and emerging issues such as inclusivity, implicit bias, artificial intelligence, and care in the classroom while at the same time providing high-quality educational experiences.

Shauna Zorich


UB Libraries LINKT.

Cindi Tysick


Ways to automate - using intelligent agents on Brightspace more effectively.

Sarah Handley-Cousins


An efficient way to collect and score peer feedback on group projects (ideally electronically).

Lesley Vandermark


The use of AI in humanities classrooms.

Shu Wan


No Session - Spring Break



Pedagogical best practices for large asynchronous classes.

Duane Long


Approaches to modifying assignments and assessments in the era of generative AI.

Paul McAfee


Curriculum reform: a "too many cooks" situation.

Stuart Inglis


How to integrate AI into my course curriculum.

Steve Sturman


Teaching Evaluations.

Ceci Martinez


Leading discussion.

Alex Judelsohn


More things I can do to improve student appreciation of the classes.

Duane Long

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