Thursday, December 10, 2015

Call for Proposals Extended - USG Teaching and Learning Conference



April 13-14, 2016
UGA Hotel and Conference Center
Athens, GA


You are invited to propose a presentation for the 2016 University System of Georgia Teaching and Learning Conference: Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning.


Conference Description
This conference is designed to bring educators and outstanding students together to connect in conversations about active learning and student engagement. The focus of this conference is Best Practices for Promoting Engaged Student Learning. Session topics will address a wide range of topics related to active and engaged learning and success. Areas of interest include but are not limited to:

·        Developing Students’ Critical Thinking Skills

·        Distance Learning/Blended Learning

·        Open Educational Resources

·        Collaborative Models

·        Connected & Mobile Learning

·        Complete College Georgia Efforts

Student Involvement
Faculty presenters are encouraged to propose a session with an outstanding student or team of students to give attendees a chance to hear from students themselves about how these efforts affect their learning experience.

Submit Your Proposal
To submit your proposal please visit the conference website at:

Conference Website
For further information visit the conference website at:

Ginger Durham, EdD
Assistant Vice Chancellor
Board of Regents, University System of Georgia
Office of Academic Affairs
270 Washington Street, S.W.
Atlanta, GA 30334
(404) 962-3066*

Monday, December 7, 2015

MOOC: Humanizing Online Instruction in Canvas

TOEP has been given a shoutout in the HumanMOOC which began today! 

The MOOC itself is extremely well constructed. There is a lot of synergy with TOEP. The MOOC content is also very relevant to our work in QbD. A pre-course Hangout was provided yesterday by George Siemens, the father of connectivist learning theory and the cMOOC.

Humanizing Online Instruction: Building a Community of Inquiry is a 4-week Micro-MOOC made available on the Canvas Open Network. This course is designed to prepare online instructors who teach college and university courses to be able to increase instructor, social, and cognitive presence in their online courses. Each of the weekly modules contains annotated research related to the Community of Inquiry (CoI) framework, grounding the application-based activities in theory. Engagement in this networked community of practice is designed to stimulate the process of inquiry and collaboration among educators. Participants will explore emerging technologies and create digital assets that they can employ in their own instruction.
The course will include live sessions featuring George Siemens, Kate Bowles, Alec Couros, and many others. For more information about the course, visit, and to sign up, visit Hope to see you there!

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): Open Lab Lunch & Learn Session at the University at Buffalo

Date and time: Friday, Dec. 11, 2015 • 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Location: 212 Capen Hall (inside Silverman Library), North Campus


The SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development is designed to encourage faculty, staff and Teaching Assistants to explore freely available online emerging technology tools for teaching and learning.
TOEP is not traditional professional development but instead provides online access to resources to explore at your own pace. Discovery exercises include tutorials and resources relating to the use of blogs, wikis, audio, video, collaborative spaces, social bookmarking and more.
The deadline to register is February 12, 2016. Incentive opportunities are available to those who complete TOEP by April 1, 2016. First place awards will be provided through a peer-review process for the most pedagogically intriguing uses of TOEP tools.
Although TOEP encourages learning at your own pace, open-lab sessions have been scheduled to provide opportunities for those who wish to schedule dedicated time to work on TOEP over the break. Come to this session to build your skills while being able to rely on guidance and support.
The open-lab sessions include:
  • a short overview about the project
  • guidance on how-to register for TOEP
  • plenty of time to work directly on TOEP discovery activities
If you've been procrastinating on joining the TOEP community, this is a great time to begin.
Come build your skills and learn how these online technology tools can be used for innovative and creative activities relating to teaching and research. If you can't attend one of the lab sessions, all the information you need to participate is available on the TOEP website.

Please register so we can plan accordingly. Pizza and refreshments will be provided to celebrate TOEP's accomplishment of being rolled out at 19 SUNY campuses and being implemented as a SUNY-wide initiative.

Learning objectives
  • Identify and evaluate a variety of online instructional technologies for the purposes of teaching and learning
  • Reflect on your learning and outline how online instructional technologies might impact your teaching effectiveness

* Faculty and staff from participating SUNY campuses are encouraged to join TOEP. Those who are not from a participating campus are welcome to take advantage of the TOEP website resources but are not able to join the community or earn professional development award incentives.See the TOEP FAQ for more info.

Monday, October 12, 2015

“Teaching Students from Around the World: Promoting Class Participation”

Friday, October 30, 2015
9:00-10:00 a.m.
107 Capen Hall (Honors College), North Campus


International students are a significant percentage of the UB student population.  This offers opportunities for an enriched campus environment, enhanced cultural understanding and increased global awareness for U.S. students, but it also presents special challenges.  International students bring to UB expectations of academic culture that are often not compatible with U.S. academic culture.

Come find out why international students may be reticent in class discussions and how to encourage their participation.  Gain a nuanced understanding of the psychological, linguistic, cultural and other factors underlying some international students' reluctance to speak up in class.  Learn useful techniques to promote your students' participation in class discussions, and bridge the cultural gap between your teaching style, and the students' expectations and experiences.

Presenters:  UB International Students; Ellen Dussourd, Assistant Vice Provost and Director, International Student and Scholar Services; Keith Otto, Program Director, ESL Programs

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

EASI Online Courses - Fall Schedule Now Available

Dear Colleague,

The SUNY Center for Professional Development and EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) are pleased to offer the following online courses:

Barrier-free Web Design
Start Date: October 5th
Web pages can be created using Universal Design principles permitting their use by people with different browsers, different connection speeds, mobile phones, tablets, etc, and by people with disabilities using Adaptive computer technology. They can also be created in ways that exclude many of the above users. Barrier-free Web Design will prepare you to create web pages that are visually appealing and still permit full access by users with various technologies and by those with disabilities. You will be able to look at some of the best webinars that EASI has given by experts related to the topics. Hands on activities are also included to those who consider them useful, but they are not mandatory to completing the course.

Barrier-free e-Learning
Start Date: November 2nd
Barrier-free E-learning has been significantly updated and also enriched with new multimedia. The course now is based on the realization that course content authors, faculty and instructional designers, are placing that content inside a courseware or learning management system. Most of the Web accessibility issues relate to that interface, and only a few accessibility features are relevant to the actual course content. This makes creating accessible content much simpler. The revisions focus on a limited set of accessibility issues and also stress how to achieve accessibility using familiar software that designers are already using.

Train the Trainer
Start Date: December 7th
Computer technology has the potential to provide the most level learning space and working space in history for people with disabilities. However, many users arrive on campus or at work with inadequate training on this technology. Either the K-12 system failed to provide them with the appropriate tools and training, or they may have only recently received the disability. They will need help in identifying the technology that will enable them to achieve more independence and need training to use it effectively. Your institution will need to have someone equipped to provide this training. The information in Train the Trainer will provide a staff person with the know-how to provide this support.

The courses are asynchronous, month-long and taught entirely over the Internet.
View a full descriptions at
  • SUNY CPD Member - $245  *You may pay using your CPD training points.
  • SUNY Non-CPD Member - $265



See what courses are coming up in the months ahead.

Check out EASI's New Synchronous Clinics:

EASI Home Page

Friday, September 25, 2015

2015 Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Conference - University at Buffalo

Hi all, UB's annual Genteels' conference is coming fast, and we have lined up a comprehensive program. Hope you can join us.

Apologies for cross-posting.

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2015 Genteels' Excellence in Teaching Conference
Morning Program (Keynote and Breakout Sessions)
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 • 9:00 a.m. - 11:50 a.m. • 106 O'Brian Hall, North Campus

Registration for the morning program is free.

The Center for Educational Innovation is pleased to offer the 2015 Genteels' Excellence in Teaching ConferenceThe Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): Academic Excellence through Innovative Teaching. This year's event will highlight examples, research and assessment of innovative teaching practices.

Opening Remarks
Charles F. Zukoski, Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs, University at Buffalo

Introduction to the SCALE-UP Project, Robert J. Beichner, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, NC State University
Robert J. Beichner, Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Professor, NC State University, is recognized worldwide for his innovations in teaching. For much of his career, he has focused his attention on redesigning introductory physics education and the creation of the SCALE-UP (Student Centered Active Learning Environment with Upside-down Pedagogies) project. His approach has led to changes in classrooms around the world, and SCALE-UP has been expanded to multiple areas, including chemistry, math, engineering, biology, business, nursing, history, languages and even literature.

SCALE-UP was developed to facilitate highly collaborative active learning with large numbers of students served by small numbers of faculty and assistants, allowing faculty to get to know their students, even in classes of 100 or more. It enables students to learn and succeed not only in acquiring content at levels much better than from traditional lectures, but also to practice important 21st century skills like problem solving, communication and teamsmanship.

Breakout Sessions
The morning program will include two separate breakout sessions with concurrent presentations on a variety of topics, including online learning, gamification and new assessment strategies.

Afternoon Post-Conference Workshops
Friday, Oct. 9, 2015 • 1:00 p.m. - 3:50 p.m. • 106 O'Brian Hall, North Campus

Post-conference workshops registration fee
UB faculty and staff: $25
Non-UB participants: $35

This year we are also offering post-conference workshops that will give you an up-close look at strategies for active learning, flipped classrooms or case studies.

Monday, September 21, 2015

“Aptara’s Professional Services Group specializes in the search and placement of content specialists for Learning & Development, Technical Communications and more. Our team brings 24 years of experience in the content transformation business for the publishing and learning industries. We serve our clients with outstanding service and dedication, understanding needs and providing solutions.

Aptara has an open position. The profile is that of “LMS Admin” and the work location would be Virtual/Remote.

Please reach me at to learn more about this great opportunity and if currently unavailable for this opening we would really appreciate if you could forward this JOB PROFILE to others whom you think are interested.

Job Title: LMS Admin

End Date or Duration: Ongoing
Job Location: Virtual/Remote
Project Information:
The client is need of an LMS Admin to fill in the gaps as they scale up. They are currently using Canvas as their LMS
Job Description:
  •           Upload new content to the system
  •           Make course changes across the program for each university
  •           Assist the current LMS Admin with ad hoc needs
  •           LMS admin experience
  •           Experience with Canvas or Blackboard preferred
  •           Able to work flexible hours
We will further keep you posted on the new opportunity that comes by our way!!
Thanks & Regards
Amrita Naidu
Sourcing Specialist| Professional Services
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Meet our Experts at Booth # 101 | Sept 30 – Oct 2 | Las Vegas, NV
Hotspot Presentation: Interactive Rapid Design

Oct 1 | 4:00p to 6:00p