UB EDC Summer Webinar 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.

Engaging Students in Large Classes (Faculty Panel Session)  July 8, 2021   10:00 am - 11:00 am (EST)   

Muriel Anderson, Lance Rintamaki, Zachary Carr, and Jeanne Meyers, School of Management and CAS

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. Strategies for both online and in-class sessions will be discussed.


Selecting Emerging Technologies to Support Your Instructional Goals  July 13, 2021   1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (EST)  

Christine Marchese and Nicole Simon, Nassau Community College

Learn how to choose technology that supports your instructional goals. Utilize innovative and creative technologies to engage students in learning. SUNY’s #EmTechMOOC, a free self-paced learning opportunity, will also be introduced to help you identify appropriate tools using EmTechWIKI. http://suny.edu/emtech


A Piazza picnic -- Your FAQs (and more) finally Answered!  July 14, 2021   11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EST)

Corey Placito, CAS

Corey Placito, an instructor with the UB Mathematics Department, has been using Piazza since the Summer of 2016. In this casual info-session we will go over how to set up and streamline your very own Piazza course discussion board for your next digital classroom! We will also touch on a few best practice tips and guidelines while discussing various features available to instructors on Piazza. Feel free to bring your own snack, sandwich, and/or beverage as we take a bite out of the uneasiness that can coincide with using, yet another, new online learning platform.


Integrating UB Libraries Library Liaisons, Research Guides, and Roadmaps into Your Course  July 15, 2021   10:00 am - 11:00 am (EST)

Bryan Sajecki and 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.    


A Streamlined UB Learns Course Layout and Design for Online and Face-to-Face Courses  July 19, 2021   10:00 am - 11:00 am  (EST)

Sarah Ford, CAS

A guided tour of a UB Learns course design and layout that worked well for online courses and can be easily adapted for face-to-face courses where significant content is disseminated via UB Learns. Pros and cons of the setup based on instructor use and student feedback will be shared. This session will also include plenty of time for discussion among participants about course layout and design options that work well for their courses and disciplines.


Using Zoom for Online Proctoring  July 20, 2021  10:00 am - 11:00 am (EST)

Dianna Cichocki and John Ringland, School of Managment and CAS

This past year, many had to face the challenge of delivering exams and quizzes electronically. However, what is the best way to proctor these online exams? We’ve all heard about Respondus and Lockdown Browser. In this session, you will learn about an effective alternative option for using ZOOM to proctor exams. Learn from faculty members who have used ZOOM online proctoring in their classes with great success. You will also receive a handout with information about how to implement this alternative proctoring option in your own classes. Bring your questions too!


Creating and Sharing Course Videos  July 21, 2021   10:00 am - 11:00 am (EST)

Robin Sullivan and Martha Greatrix, UB Libraries and SUNY Online

This webinar will explore and explain approaches and workflows for creating and sharing course content and creating instructor presence through video.


Implementing Social Annotation With Hypothesis in Your Courses  July 22, 2021   10:00 am - 11:30 am (EST)

Eryn Barker, Hypothesis

Learn from the Hypothesis Education Lead, Jeremy Dean, how this social annotation software makes reading visible, active, and social for students. Cindi Tysick, Head of Education Services in the UB Libraries, has arranged a campus-wide pilot of Hypothesis that will run until the end of this year. Info about participating in the pilot will be shared in this webinar.


Universal Design for Learning: Making Your Teaching Work for Everyone  July 27, 2021   1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (EST)

Molly Maloney and Emily Carlin, UB Libraries and Erie Community College

Universal Design for Learning is a set of principles to guide instructors in creating truly accessible learning environments in which all learners can thrive. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the principles of Universal Design for Learning – multiple means of representation, multiple means of action and expression, and multiple means of engagement. Participants will have a chance to discuss potential barriers to implementing UDL and brainstorm ways of overcoming these barriers together.


Journaling for Reflection  July 28, 2021   1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (EST)

Steve Sturman, School of Social Work

In this session, we will discuss how to structure journaling assignments to ensure they are:

  • grounded in adult learning theories;
  • student-centered; and
  • relevant to the students' needs and interests.

Journaling assignments:

  • help students activate, and build upon their prior knowledge;
  • provide ways to ascertain if students are doing required readings; and
  • allow instructors to better understand misconceptions that students may possess prior to engaging with the course materials.


Libraries Ed Tech Services for Instructional Support  July 29, 2021   10:00 am - 11:00 am (EST)

Lori Widzinski, Chris Chueng, and Omar Brown, UB Libraries

UB Libraries’ Ed Tech Services provide instructional support for faculty and students. Some examples include training on the use of the One-button Recording Studios to create and edit high-quality video and audio, including podcasting, media equipment loaners (webcams, camcorders, laptops, & accessories), as well as consulting to help make engaging media presentations for your courses.


Course Revision Process  August 2, 2021   10:00 am - 11:00 am (EST)

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

Having built and delivered your online course, it is time to conduct a quality review.  Through this informal process, you will apply evidence-based best practices to evaluate the components of online learning.


Using UB ePortfolios for Student Reflection  August 3, 2021   10:00 am - 11:00 am (EST)

Jeff Kohler and Dave Terry, UB Curriculum

The UB Curriculum culminates in a Capstone Course where students are able to reflect upon the impact of their learning experiences. This session will detail how students use the Portfolio tool in UB Learns to detail these experiences as a form of authentic assessment.


Using WIKIs for Authentic Learning  August 3, 2021   1:00 pm - 2:00 pm (EST)

Nick Henshue and Danielle Meyer, CAS and SPHHP

This session shares two faculty members' experiences relating to students' creation of wikis. The students’ work resulted in the creation of publicly available resources and authentic learning experiences. This real-world sharing of information; is not just another term paper.


Speaking Their Language: Using Discord to Connect with Students  August 4, 2021   11:00 am - 12:00 pm (EST)

Jeff Kohler, Dave Terry, and Nick Henshue, UB Curriculum and CAS

Discord is a popular program for textual and visual communication. Many students are familiar with this tool as it is popular among gamers. Leveraging this familiarity, the platform becomes an opportunity for faculty to engage with students in a comfortable medium while also offering peer learning opportunities for the students as well. This workshop will discuss how to set up Discord for a class, best practices, and tips and tricks for successful integration.


End of Summer Get Together in the Spatial VR Virtual World  August 18, 2021   10:00 am - 11:00 am (EST)

Robin Sullivan and Steve Sturman, UB Libraries and School of Social Work

Join us virtually to get together, chat, and share with like-minded folks who are interested in innovative teaching practices to engage learners. We will use Spatial VR ( https://spatial.io/ ) to connect. This environment is browser-based; there is nothing needed to install. Join using any device in Virtual Reality or Augmented Reality. You can participate using a computer, phone, or using VR headset. This is a great opportunity for first-timers to experience virtual worlds.



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.  

Workshops available through CEI:

Workshops available through UB Libraries:

Workshops available through the SUNY CPD OTTER Institute:


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.