Lessons Learned: Online Teaching Series

This teaching series offers faculty unique opportunities to interact with and learn from their expert peers who are successfully navigating and innovating to meet the challenges of educational delivery in a global pandemic.

Just announced:

Online Teaching Series Lessons Learned: Moving Beyond Theory to Improve Student Learning.

Tuesday January 26, 2021
9 a.m - Noon

Online, via Zoom

Free! Be sure to register today.

Join us for the second installment of our "Lessons Learned" teaching series. This half-day conference will help faculty explore how they can move past the challenges of bringing innovative theory to practice in online and hybrid teaching environments.

This event will include a presentation from keynote speaker Flower Darby, as well as presentations from UB faculty members.

Featuring keynote speaker: Flower Darby

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Conference keynote sponsored by the Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Conference

Flower Darby celebrates and promotes effective teaching in all class formats to include, welcome, and support all students as they learn and succeed. As faculty and an instructional designer, she’s taught community college and university classes for over 24 years in a range of subjects including English, Technology, Leadership, Dance, and Pilates. A seasoned face-to-face and online educator, Darby loves to apply learning science across the disciplines, and to help others do the same.

Small Teaching Online: Practical Strategies to Increase Student Engagement and Learning

New or experienced online faculty can make small but impactful adjustments that significantly boost student engagement and learning. We'll cover brief learning activities, minor course design modifications, and simple changes to your interactions with online students based on the approach outlined in Small Teaching Online: Applying Learning Science in Online Classes (2019). Those teaching in blended and face-to-face formats also will gain LMS strategies that enhance the in-class experience. Together, we’ll discover how rewarding online teaching and learning can be.

Conference speakers & schedule

9 - 10 a.m.

Keynote speaker Flower Darby
Sponsored by the Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Conference

10 - 10:30 a.m.

Photo of Kristen Poinar.

Dr. Kristen Poinar
Assistant Professor,
Department of Geology & RENEW Institute

Students in introductory courses and in advanced undergraduate / graduate courses differ in maturity, competence, and approaches related to their coursework, but there are universalities.  I’ll present a comparison of lessons I learned in 2020 about the attitudes of UB students to course format, in-class engagement, independent and collaborative work, and academic integrity in remote learning environments.

10:30 - 11 a.m.

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Dr. Michael Kicey
Humanities Liaison Librarian (Senior Assistant)

Teach one of the most timeworn and traditional, but still insanely challenging university subjects – ancient Greek – online in a pandemic? Sure. Here’s what I learned about design, evaluation, communication, attention, sensation, and the tricky work of resurrecting the dead.

11 a.m. - Noon

Photo of Jessica Kruger.

Dr. Jessica S. Kruger
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Community Health and Health Behavior
Interim Coordinator for Teaching Innovation and Excellence
School of Public Health and Health Professions

Communities of Practice allow faculty to learn from and about each other. This presentation will discuss the importance of building a network and faculty will get explore what it’s like to be part of a community of practice during this presentation.

Register for our January event

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