UB EDC Winter Webinar Wonderland 2021 Series

The UB Educational Design Collaborative (EDC) has coordinated a series of workshops in response to topics departmental instructional designers, academic technologists, librarians, and faculty mentors frequently get asked about. Below is the schedule of workshop events information and links to register for each session.

Jessica Kruger and Derek Farkas, School of Public Health and Health Professions

This brief workshop will help you to organize your courses for the spring semester. During this course, expect to walk away with tips and tricks on ensuring your course is easy to navigate for students and is organized using evidence-based practices. This course will discuss how to self-evaluate your course for continued course improvement.

Jessica Kruger and Derek Farkas, School of Public Health and Health Professions

Want to adopt or create an authentic assessment for your course? This workshop is hands-on, working in teams to create an assignment that you can utilize next semester. By attending this workshop, faculty will walk away with assessments that can be implemented, strategies to reduce time grading, and the confidence to try this new assessment type.

Jessica Kruger and Derek Farkas, School of Public Health and Health Professions

Want to ensure that your students are accessing course content to ensure their success? This workshop discusses strategies to help you track students’ progress through Bb analytics to support student retention or serve as an early warning system. By attending this workshop faculty will learn about statistical tracking in UBlearns, adaptive release functions, and how to utilize these analytics to help keep your students on track.

Various Presenters from across the SUNY System

This 2-hour webinar highlights SUNY faculty and staff using virtual worlds and simulations to develop authentic learning opportunities. We will also discuss tools and platforms currently used and ones that are on the horizon that are appropriate for virtual exchange and learning in general. This event was initiated through a conversation within the COIL and VR groups on SUNY Workplace. Info about speakers and topics is located here: http://bit.ly/vr-worlds-sim

Steven Sturman, School of Social Work

Adobe Spark allows you to easily create instructional videos using images, text, voice overs, and music.  This workshop demonstrates how to use this free app to create engaging course videos or slideshows.  This app may also be useful for students to creatively respond to many project assignments.

Beth Fellendorf, UBIT

If you've already made Panopto recordings, we'll go over how to share those recordings with a new group of students.

John Pfeffer, UBIT

This session provides information on how to create your own portable lightboard which you can use to write out equations or diagrams for live classes or recordings.  This session provides a list of materials and step-by-step instructions.

Jessica Kruger and Derek Farkas, School of Public Health and Health Professions

Want to reduce the amount of time you spend grading but still provide quality feedback for students? This workshop provides strategies to help you think of new ways to grade students’ assessments without adding hours to your grading. By attending this workshop, faculty will learn about creating and using existing rubrics and methods to break-up assignments to reduce your assessment load.

Cynthia Tysick, UB Libraries

Tips and strategies to encourage students to use their cameras during synchronous sessions.

Beth Fellendorf, UBIT

Caryn Sobieski-VanDelinder, School of Public Health and Health Professions

This session covers using your favorite pandemic lifelines: Zoom, Panopto and social media to live-stream. This practice could be useful when working with very large groups and to reach and engage broader audiences everywhere!

Bryan Sajecki, UB Libraries              

Tiffany Walsh, UB Libraries             

The Library offers information resources for incorporation into your Blackboard course to provide up-to-date information to students in the virtual learning environment. This session helps you learn how to incorporate research guides, roadmaps, videos, databases, permalinks, research tools, and how to integrate discipline-specific information with your library liaison directly within a UBlearns course.

Jeanne Myers, School of Management (Facilitator)

Dianne Cichocki, School of Management

Jay Stockslader, CAS (Facilitator)

Sarah Ford, CAS                  Lara Hutson, CAS

Carl Alphonce, SEAS          Matthew Hertz, SEAS

This session also includes a faculty panel who teach large classes.

Faculty teaching large classes will share their first-hand experiences and strategies such as participant engagement, effective host controls, course design, pre-recording content, using chat assistants and more.

We would like to thank our presenters and the event planning committee from UBIT, UB Libraries, College of Arts and Sciences, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, School of Management, School of Nursing, School of Public Health and Health Professions, School of Social Work, and the Center for Educational Innovation.  

Can't join us live? Register and you'll receive notification when the recording is available.

Questions may be directed to ubedc@buffalo.edu

This EDC series is targeted to faculty and is open to anyone who wishes to attend.