- promoting and sharing best practices in teaching and learning
- facilitating professional development
- positioning faculty as both teachers and experts in their fields
- supporting, coordinating and implementing innovative approaches to program development and student achievement
- enhancing and promoting the UB culture as it relates to educational excellence
We offer programs, consultations and events that foster faculty inquiry into their teaching practice, teaching innovation and best practices related to student learning and assessment. CELTT focuses on engaging with UB's faculty on exemplary teaching and assessment efforts, as well as best practices in online education and the utilization of data towards increased student success.
- Wednesday 8/26 from 11am-12pm: Connect Students to Resources with Early Alert with Carey Miller from Student Success & Support Services and John Chapin from the RLB Library & CELTT. The student response to the spring HEDS survey made clear that communication is essential to their success. Faculty are the most important point of contact for students, so UB is expanding Early Alert in the MyUB portal. This tool offers streamlined, clear communication between faculty, students, advisers, and academic support units. This fall, Early Alert will be available in the portal for all undergraduate courses; it was previously available only to 100- and 200-level courses. Join us for a demonstration of the tool and discussion about ways Early Alert can help us all support students in need. Join here.
- Tuesday 8/25 from 11am-12pm: Student Challenges and the Digital Divide with John Brenner from Early College Initiatives, Carey Miller from Student Success & Support Services, and Michael Jones from Academic Advising. Students arriving on campus this fall have been through an unsettling spring with the end of their previous academic careers at their transfer institutions or high school. The pandemic and the pivot to online learning exposed the depth of the “digital divide” in our student body – those with access to technology and those without. All of our students may have misconceptions about what it means to learn online, following their recent exposure to distance education. Join us in a discussion of what we might expect to see with our new students and what we can do to give them the tools they need to succeed. Join here.
The Faculty Hub is a resource for all faculty looking for answers about online learning and pedagogy. This Sakai site has sections on instructional design, educational technologies, pedagogy, best practices, accessibility, and so on. If you are prompted to join after clicking the link, Select "Yes, add me." Access the Faculty Hub from your favorites bar or the sites button in Sakai.
Promoting Online Excellence (POE) is the online course design and teaching certification program at UB. The program consists of three main modules: course design, student engagement, and assessment. Participants will complete each module through a hybrid model, with both asynchronous and synchronous activities. The program is slated to launch in Fall 2020.
TEACHING EXCELLENCEThe Fall 2020 Faculty Teaching Guide can be found on SharePoint.Faculty Resources provided by the Provost office include information about the faculty senate, as well as links to the Faculty Handbook, UB policies and University System of Maryland policies.Universal Design is a framework for teaching and learning. This site provides guidance on how to apply the framework.This Writing Learning Outcomes Worksheet guides users through the process of writing learning outcomes.The Online Course Mapping Guide takes users through an interactive process of course mapping from start to finish.The Syllabus Template, Syllabus Addendum and Syllabus Repository can be found on SharePoint. The Repository contains syllabi organized by college/school and term.The Online Course Rubric can be used to self-assess your online course before sharing it with students.These National Center on Disability and Access to Education cheat sheets provide handy how-to guides for creating accessible content in Microsoft Office and Adobe products. Also included are guides for creating accessible web content.Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository: Discussions provides resources on online discussions, including types of activities, protocols, rubrics, and best practices.Eberly Center’s Using Group Projects Effectively provides best practices on online group work, including design, group composition, facilitation, and assessment.This Effective Education Videos guide from Vanderbilt shares important considerations and tips for videos in online courses.Assessing Online Facilitation Instrument can be used as a self-assessment of your facilitation in an online course. Review it before your course begins to keep important managerial, social, pedagogical, and technical tasks in mind.Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository contains numerous resources for best practices in online teaching and learning.The Professional and Organizational Development (POD) Network has published a series of eight succinct Essays on Teaching Excellence.The Teaching Professor blog features entries on topics such as the scholarship of teaching and learning, classroom policies, active learning, assignment strategies, assessment, and student performance.