On July 1, 2014, I was honored to be named the inaugural director of the Center for Educational Innovation (CEI) and join a highly dedicated and extremely knowledgeable group of professionals with a common goal of promoting excellence in university teaching, learning and assessment.
CEI is committed to the advancement of the scholarship of teaching and learning through integrated services, education, research and development related to university teaching, learning and assessment. Our strategic planning process resulted in the restructuring of our center around four clusters: Application Administration of Instructional Technologies, Online Learning, Student Assessment and Program Evaluation, and Communication, Engagement and Dissemination.
Over the past 18 months, CEI professionals have been actively involved in a variety of activities, including providing essential university services such as UBlearns, UBclicks, UB Course Evaluation System support, online course design, assessment scoring, and academic program assessment. Our center also organized several high-impact events, such as the annual Genteels’ Excellence in Teaching Conference, Assessment Day and the Conference for Graduate Teaching Assistants.
We have also been creating and delivering online education modules, such as UBlearns Overview, Teaching Flipped Classrooms, Designing an Exemplary Course, and the Tools of Engagement Project, and developing innovative teaching and assessment tools such as the Annual Academic Program Assessment web interface.
In addition, CEI has been participating in internally and externally funded research and education projects, such as UB Communities of Excellence and NIH-funded Enabling Access to Cutting-Edge Biomedical and Behavioral Science, and presenting and publishing in academic venues.
I invite you to learn more about our diverse activities and
accomplishments, and, more importantly, to explore ways to get involved.
CEI belongs to all of you!
Xiufeng Liu, PhD
Director, Center for Educational Innovation
Professor, Department of Learning and Instruction