Summer 2020 - Spring 2021

Spring Semester 2021

May 11, 2021 Reflection on Teaching: COVID19 and Beyond

Who: Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: this workshop is designed to help individual faculty process both their impressions of what has happened since spring 2020 and how they feel about those events. The end goal is to encourage participants to begin to integrate their 2020-2021 teaching experiences into a longer and larger narrative arc of their careers and callings. 

May 7, 2021 Teach For Tomorrow

Who: YOU! We want you to be able to share the teaching you're excited about - and to be able to do so in an efficient way, for time is precious. Hence, "Teaching for Tomorrow," a new collaboration between TLC, CDL, and CIL: a monthly 60-minute get-together allowing anyone teaching a class at SUNY Geneseo to share via Zoom a specific approach, activity, practice, class element, or any other aspect of the way you teach.

Description: Each presentation will last 6 minutes, followed by 4 minutes of comments and questions. We’ll record, categorize, and archive presentations so those who can’t attend synchronously can benefit. These sessions and that archive will help us all quickly access new tips and tricks for our classes and identify ways we can collaborate on pedagogical projects.

May 7, 2021 Activism: A Roundtable on Teaching & Curriculum

Who: Dan DeZarn (Sustainability), Lytton Smith (ENGL), Alla Myzelev (ARTH), Amanda Roth (PHIL), Cathy Adams (HIST), Bruno Renero-Hannan (ANTH)

Description: An open discussion on the ways activism intersects with curriculum at SUNY Geneseo. We invite all to attend and participate, whether by sharing or listening. We will begin with these two questions and end with some ideas for action.

How do the principles and practices of activism enter into our classrooms and our teaching? What opportunities do we imagine for helping students learn through activist work in future?

 

This event is part of the TLC/CIL's new "Roundtables on Teaching and Curriculum" series which aims to help share what we're doing in our classrooms and academic programs and collaborate to build from that.

April 29, 2021 Recognizing and Connecting with Students in Distress

Facilitators: Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center) and Emma Wolford (Health and Counseling)

Description: In this period of increased stress and trauma, how do we ensure our students are learning? How do we balance and promote our own mental health and well being? How do we support positive mental health and well being for our students?

Now more than ever, faculty are one of the main (and perhaps, sometimes, only) touch points for our students, and teaching & supporting them in a remote environment presents additional challenges. Are you worried about a student? Members of faculty and staff at SUNY Geneseo are in an ideal position to recognize when students are struggling emotionally and may need help. However, sometimes it's hard to know what to do when faced with a tough situation.

Kognito At-Risk for Faculty & Staff is an online simulation that lets you practice conversations with virtual students so you'll know what to say in real life. The simulation has been designed to help you learn to notice signs of distress, use techniques to discuss your concerns, and refer students to appropriate resources when necessary.

Over 90% of users say they would recommend the Kognito simulation to their peers. Kognito is also listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practices Registry.

April 16, 2021 More than 'Standard' English: A Roundtable on Teaching and Curriculum

Who: Sasha Allgayer (COMN), Gillian Paku (ENGL), Jennifer Guzman (ANTH), Katherine Menec (SoE), Lytton Smith (ENGL), Sasha Eloi-Evans (Multicultural Programs), Atsushi Tajima (COMN)

Description: An open discussion about getting beyond "standard" English as we explore two questions: 

  • How do we or can we affirm and integrate linguistic varieties in writing-intensive contexts? 
  • How can we work towards, and how are we already working towards, processes of grading and assessment writing that are anti-racist?

Faculty, staff, and students including Sasha Allgayer, Sasha Eloi-Evans, Jennifer Guzmán, Gillian Paku, Katherine Menec, Sydney Schmidt, and Atsushi Tajima will share brief prepared remarks before a discussion open to all to join. 

This event is part of the TLC/CIL's new "Roundtables on Teaching and Curriculum" series which aims to help share what we're doing in our classrooms and academic programs and collaborate to build from that.

April 9, 2021 Recognizing and Connecting with Students in Distress

Facilitators: Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center) and Beth Cholette (Health and Counseling)

Description: In this period of increased stress and trauma, how do we ensure our students are learning? How do we balance and promote our own mental health and well being? How do we support positive mental health and well being for our students?

Now more than ever, faculty are one of the main (and perhaps, sometimes, only) touch points for our students, and teaching & supporting them in a remote environment presents additional challenges. Are you worried about a student? Members of faculty and staff at SUNY Geneseo are in an ideal position to recognize when students are struggling emotionally and may need help. However, sometimes it's hard to know what to do when faced with a tough situation.

Kognito At-Risk for Faculty & Staff is an online simulation that lets you practice conversations with virtual students so you'll know what to say in real life. The simulation has been designed to help you learn to notice signs of distress, use techniques to discuss your concerns, and refer students to appropriate resources when necessary.

Over 90% of users say they would recommend the Kognito simulation to their peers. Kognito is also listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practices Registry.

April 9, 2021 SUNY Virtual Diversity Equity and Inclusion Discussion Forum

All SUNY staff (especially those who interact often with students) and faculty are invited to participate in the "SUNY Virtual Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Discussion Forum.”
The goal of the program is give SUNY staff an opportunity to discuss diversity, equity, and inclusion issues in higher education in a supportive environment to help them create the inclusive mindset they need to learn the competencies necessary to serve a diverse population of students and others on their campus.

The program features a mix of asynchronous (not in real time) online discussions in Workplace as well as meetings in Zoom. If you have any questions, contact Chris Price, Academic Programs Manager, SUNY Center for Professional Development (chris.price@suny.edu).

March 29, 2021 Q&A on Common Accommodations

Who: Dr. Amy Fisk, Assistant Dean for Accessibility
Annika Mounts, Student Accessibility Advocate
Kelleigh Larsson, Office of Accessibility Services Intern

Description: This webinar will provide an overview of common accommodations approved for students connected with the Office of Accessibility Services, including, but not limited to, Extended Time on Assessments, Audio Recording, Captioning/Transcripts, and Modified Attendance/Flexible Due Dates. Participants will learn more about Universal Design tools and strategies that can help reduce the need to provide individual accommodations. The webinar will include opportunities for Q&A throughout.

March 26, 2021 Leveraging the Neuroscience of Now: Toward Healing & Recovery

Who Mays Imad, Ph.D, Professor - Department of Life and Physical Science, Coordinator - The Teaching and Learning Center, Pima Community College

On March 26 of last year, I held the first of a series of webinars on trauma-informed teaching & learning. I invited the teaching and learning community to join me so we may begin to process the abrupt disruption and uncertainties … and the trauma. As the world continues to grapple with the COVID-19 pandemic, I continued to reflect on the question: What critical opportunity does this story of tragic suffering and loss present me as an educator?  

On Friday, March 26, I will hold a free webinar for educators and to discuss how we may leverage the neuroscience of now to move toward healing & recovery. You are cordially invited to join me and the teaching & learning community to reflect together and interrogate our collective relationship with hope. 

March 26, 2021 Engaging Remote Students - Matthea Marquart, Columbia [via SUNY CPD]

Description: How do you know whether your students are engaged in learning during your synchronous online classes? Can you tell from their cameras? When your students leave their cameras off, does this make it difficult to feel connected to them? Do you wonder why your students leave their cameras off? In this workshop, we’ll examine why students may be unwilling or unable to use a web camera during your classes and discuss alternative ways of maintaining active engagement with your students.

Matthea Marquart is the Assistant Dean of Online Education and an adjunct Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work (CSSW). She has worked with CSSW’s Online Campus since 2014, including creating CSSW’s award-winning 5-week Institute on Pedagogy and Technology for Online Courses, and she has worked in online training and education since 2008. Matthea is passionate about examining and discussing the ins and outs of effective online education. She has collaborated on publishing 20+ related articles and presenting 100+ related sessions, including focusing on webcam use in a recent article for

EDUCAUSEand a recent roundtable for the Teacher’s College Winter Roundtable. She welcomes connections via LinkedInor Twitter @MattheaMarquart, and links to her past publications and presentation materials can be found on her website.

For more information, go to Engaging Remote Students.

March 24, 2021 STOP and SLOW DOWN: Rejuvenate with Everyday Mindfulness

Title: STOP and SLOW DOWN: Rejuvenate with Everyday Mindfulness

Who: Beth Cholette, PhD, RYT (she/her/hers) Assistant Director of Counseling Services

Description: This program will focus on finding ways to slow down in the midst of our fast-paced everyday lives. Through use of simple mindfulness skills, Beth will teach ways to interrupt our auto-pilot response. This experiential program will incorporate short, skills-based practices plus an optional longer (approximately 10 muided

March 24, 2021 Dr. Rae André "Teaching Climate Leadership"

Dr. Rae André will facilitate a virtual faculty-development session on "Teaching Climate Leadership." The workshop will equip instructors to promote integrative learning in courses on strong sustainability.

Dr. Rae André is the author of Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change. Lead for the Planet shifts the focus to how we, the members of Team Humanity, are going to organize to solve the twin issues of climate change and energy evolution. The book channels a broad range of social science perspectives, from anthropology to psychology to economics, to help decision-makers explore how Team Humanity can get this thing done.

An organizational psychologist, André is professor emeritus of leadership and sustainability and instructor in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston. Her courses promote systemic thinking on climate change and energy evolution. Aimed at high level undergraduates, MBAs, and professionals, they include sustainability for organizations ("weak" sustainability) along with sustainability for the planet ("strong" sustainability). Her work has reached students in a variety of disciplines from management to engineering to liberal arts. André received a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in film studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. (cum laude) in English from Cornell University. 

March 23, 2021 Dr. Rae André "Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change" (COPLAC), 

Description

Georgia College, in partnership with the Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) and the Management & Organizational Behavior Teaching Society (MOBTS), will host a national forum with Dr. Rae André, professor emeritus at Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business. 

André will present and facilitate a public forum on Tuesday, March 23rd from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Part of Georgia College’s Inspire! series on leadership, André will lead a discussion on sustainability leadership. “Growth is finite, natural capital is priceless, and human progress must be measured in terms of both economics and the quality of life,” says André. The forum will be hosted virtually and will be open to the public. 

Dr. Rae André is the author of Lead for the Planet: Five Practices for Confronting Climate Change. Lead for the Planet shifts the focus to how we, the members of Team Humanity, are going to organize to solve the twin issues of climate change and energy evolution. The book channels a broad range of social science perspectives, from anthropology to psychology to economics, to help decision-makers explore how Team Humanity can get this thing done.

An organizational psychologist, André is professor emeritus of leadership and sustainability and instructor in the D'Amore-McKim School of Business at Northeastern University in Boston. Her courses promote systemic thinking on climate change and energy evolution. Aimed at high level undergraduates, MBAs, and professionals, they include sustainability for organizations ("weak" sustainability) along with sustainability for the planet ("strong" sustainability). Her work has reached students in a variety of disciplines from management to engineering to liberal arts. André received a Ph.D. in organizational psychology from the University of Michigan, an M.A. in film studies from the University of California at Los Angeles, and a B.A. (cum laude) in English from Cornell University. 

March 22, 2021 Building (and Keeping) Teams and Communities in our Departments

Who: Corey Ha, Director of Milne Library 

Kurt Fletcher, Distinguished Teaching Professor, Physics & Astronomy 

Laurie Fox, Director of Educational Technology

Description: Last fall, the TLC held a session with UUP Professionals where much discussion centered on how to build teams and communities within our departments (especially as we work remotely). This informal panel discussion will share ideas/strategies from three different departments. We encourage people to attend, participate, and add to the conversation so we can all learn from each other.

March 18, 2021 A Conversation on Student Workload in Online Courses

The Center for Digital Learning in partnership with the Student Association discussed the perceptions, expectations, and challenges surrounding student workload in online courses at Geneseo. A summary of the program can be found on the CDL Blog.

March 3, 2021 Leveraging Your Institutional Repository for Open Education

SUNY Geneseo's institutional repository, KnightScholar (https://knightscholar.geneseo.edu), highlights scholarship and creative works from the Geneseo community. Since 2018, we have added works across several SUNY Geneseo academic departments, and of several different types. Most of the material in KnightScholar are results of research or creative endeavors, though we also include educational materials that are freely available to the public.
In this workshop, we will discuss some of the steps for creating open lesson plans and sustaining open access by depositing those plans into KnightScholar.

March 4, 2021 Introduction to Pressbooks for Publishing OER

Title: Introduction to Pressbooks for Publishing OER

Presented by Allison Brown, Digital Publishing Services Manager

Description: Are you interested in creating or editing an OER but don't know where to start? Milne Publishing offers the Geneseo community access to Pressbooks, an online book production software. Come get an overview of the tools available to you and see examples of how others have used it. This virtual workshop is being offered in support of Open Education Week.

March 9, 2021 Mindful Multiple Choice - Self-Care Strategies for Faculty

Title: Mindful Multiple Choice - Self-Care Strategies for Faculty

Who: Beth Cholette, PhD, RYT (she/her/hers) Assistant Director of Counseling Services

Description: This program will focus on finding ways to be mindful in the midst of a pandemic. Beth will teach simple strategies that can be incorporated into daily life. There will be short practices throughout the program plus an optional longer (approximately 10 minute) guided visualization at the end.

Beth Cholette is a clinical psychologist and certified yoga instructor who teaches yoga and mindfulness-based meditation on campus and in the community. Beth is able to adapt yoga/meditation for classroom settings, and she is happy to work with faculty/staff to create specific sessions to meet pedagogical needs.

February 2021 Black History Month Event Series

Throughout the month of February we have scheduled a series of Black History Month events in support of our ongoing effort to become an antiracist college. Details, dates, and recordings can all be found on this separate dedicated webpage.

January 25 & 26, 2021 ASSESStivus

Schedule and recordings from virtual ASSESStivus presentations held at the end of January 2021. Keynote address: "Telling Our Stories in a Post-Covid World" by Dr. Kevin Gannon, Director of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and Professor of History at Grand View University in Des Moines, Iowa. author of Radical Hope.

Fall Semester 2020

December 11, 2020 Teaching for Tomorrow

Title: Teaching for Tomorrow

Who: YOU! We want you to be able to share the teaching you're excited about - and to be able to do so in an efficient way, for time is precious. Hence, "Teaching for Tomorrow," a new collaboration between TLC, CDL, and CIL: a monthly 60-minute get-together allowing anyone teaching a class at SUNY Geneseo to share via Zoom a specific approach, activity, practice, class element, or any other aspect of the way you teach.

Description: Each presentation will last 6 minutes, followed by 4 minutes of comments and questions. We’ll record, categorize, and archive presentations so those who can’t attend synchronously can benefit. These sessions and that archive will help us all quickly access new tips and tricks for our classes and identify ways we can collaborate on pedagogical projects.

Please submit via this Google Form.

Presentations can be on any topic and in any subject area. Given the current priorities of the college, we particularly welcome presentations that: showcase online learning and/or virtual alternatives to in-person activities; engage students as researchers; demonstrate anti-racist teaching practices; and/or enable partnerships with community organizations. This list is not meant to be definitive; we encourage any teaching-related activity you are excited about sharing.

December 8, 2020 Self-Care Strategies for Faculty

Title: Mindful Multiple Choice - Self-Care Strategies for Faculty

Who: Beth Cholette, PhD, RYT (she/her/hers) Assistant Director of Counseling Services

Description: This program will focus on finding ways to be mindful in the midst of a pandemic. Beth will teach simple strategies that can be incorporated into daily life. There will be short practices throughout the program plus an optional longer (approximately 10 minute) guided visualization at the end.

Beth Cholette is a clinical psychologist and certified yoga instructor who teaches yoga and mindfulness-based meditation on campus and in the community. Beth is able to adapt yoga/meditation for classroom settings, and she is happy to work with faculty/staff to create specific sessions to meet pedagogical needs.

December 4, 2020 Using Online Teaching for Online Learning

Title: Using Online Teaching for Online Learning

Who: Bob Boyd, School of Business

Description: In this presentation, School of Business faculty member Bob Boyd will use his many years of experience with online classes to discuss the importance of approaching teaching online from the perspective of how learning happens in an online space. He'll share some concrete examples of effective online learning that others can adopt and adapt. Participants will also have a chance to ask questions and share their own effective practices.

December 3, 2020 Academic Coaches Learning Community

Title: Academic Coaches Learning Community, Session 4

Who: Heather Wilhelm Routenberg (Academic Planning and Advising) and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: This Academic Coaching Learning Community is a series of professional development sessions held on the first Thursday of the month to assist you in serving your advisees as well as the broader student community. This time will offer the opportunity to explore concrete activities and strategies you can apply with your advisees to foster their growth.

November 19, 2020 Teaching for Tomorrow

Title: Teaching for Tomorrow

Who: YOU! We want you to be able to share the teaching you're excited about - and to be able to do so in an efficient way, for time is precious. Hence, "Teaching for Tomorrow," a new collaboration between TLC, CDL, and CIL: a monthly 60-minute get-together allowing anyone teaching a class at SUNY Geneseo to share via Zoom a specific approach, activity, practice, class element, or any other aspect of the way you teach.

Description: Each presentation will last 6 minutes, followed by 4 minutes of comments and questions. We’ll record, categorize, and archive presentations so those who can’t attend synchronously can benefit. These sessions and that archive will help us all quickly access new tips and tricks for our classes and identify ways we can collaborate on pedagogical projects.

Please submit via this Google Form.

Presentations can be on any topic and in any subject area. Given the current priorities of the college, we particularly welcome presentations that: showcase online learning and/or virtual alternatives to in-person activities; engage students as researchers; demonstrate anti-racist teaching practices; and/or enable partnerships with community organizations. This list is not meant to be definitive; we encourage any teaching-related activity you are excited about sharing.

November 18, 2020 ACCC Lite: Power, Privilege, and Systemic Racism

Title: ACCC Lite - Power, Privilege, and Systemic Racism

Who: Sarah Frank (Residence Life), Monica Schneider (Psychology), and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: An introduction to some of the concepts covered in the Advancing Cultural Competency Program (ACCC).

November 16, 2020 Inquiry Journals

Title: Inquiry Journals Who: Claire Gravelin, Tina Merrilees, and Brad Taber-Thomas (Psychology)

Description: Join three Psychology faculty members as they discuss their innovative reflective "Inquiry Journal" assignment, which provides students the opportunity to make connections and meaning across multiple courses during these challenging times. Hear about the work students have produced in this pilot semester and learn how you can adopt the assignment in your course.

November 16, 2020 Faculty Well-Being and Career Paths

Title: Faculty Well-Being and Career Paths: What Campus Leaders Need to Know

Who: Hosted by Liz McMillen, Executive Editor, The Chronicle of Higher Education and Panelists Include
- Sian Beilock, President, Barnard College
- Jonathan Holloway, President, Rutgers University
- Kiernan Mathews, Executive Director of the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education, Harvard's Graduate School of Education.
- Katherine Rowe, President, William & Mary

Description: Faculty are stressed out, overworked, and fatigued. A Chronicle survey of more than 1,000 professors and instructors nationwide found a struggling group, with 70 percent of tenured faculty saying their work-life balance has deteriorated in 2020, and 86 percent of female tenured professors saying that their workload has increased. What can college leaders do to support them?

In a virtual forum hosted by Liz McMillen, executive editor at The Chronicle, we will gather a panel of higher-ed leaders to explore the challenges and opportunities of helping faculty in their jobs and lives. The session will share results from the exclusive survey and offer ideas for what faculty are looking for.

Watch recording of panel here

November 10, 2020 ACCC Lite: Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

Title: ACCC Lite - Implicit Bias and Microaggressions

Who: Mallory Giambra (CAS), Megan Kennerknecht (Financial Aid), and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: An introduction to some of the core concepts covered in the Advancing Cultural Competency Program (ACCC).

November 9-13, 2020 National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) 

Title:  SUNY Online Celebrates National Distance Learning Week

Who: SUNY Online Team

Description: SUNY Online is pleased to host and showcase the following presentations in celebration of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) 2020. For detailed descriptions on each webinar and access/recording links, visit the SUNY Online Teaching Hub. Registration is not required for these free webinars. Webinar slides and recordings will be listed below each session.

November 5, 2020 Academic Coaches Learning Community

Title: Academic Coaches Learning Community, Support Services for Your Students

Who: Emma Wolford (Director of Counseling Services), Marcus Foster (Title IX Coordinator), Sarah Covell (Alcohol and Other Drugs Coordinator), Heather Wilhelm Routenberg (Academic Planning and Advising) and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: Please join us for November's professional development session focused on campus support services available to assist your students with managing emotional wellness and healthy habits outside of the classroom. Together we'll discuss what techniques you can use to support your students in navigating challenging issues, how to spot distress or concerning behavior, and how to make appropriate referrals.

November 5, 2020 Inclusive by Design: Universal Design for Learning and the World Language Classroom,

Title: Inclusive by Design: Universal Design for Learning and the World Language Classroom

Description: Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a research-based framework for designing instruction to be more accessible to all learners. By following the principles and guidelines of the UDL framework, instructors can design a more inclusive learning environment that will provide an improved experience for all students.

This talk will provide both a theoretical introduction to the UDL framework and practical suggestions for applying it to the language classroom. First, a brief introduction to UDL and information on learner variability (i.e., the diversity in how everyone learns) will be provided. Next, results of research that has investigated the effects of an annual UDL training for faculty, staff, and administrators will be briefly shared. Finally, the main focus of the presentation will be on specific strategies that faculty can employ as they seek to universally design their language instruction. Given the current global health crisis and the importance of including all learners when teaching a language at a distance, specific strategies for synchronous and asynchronous online language instruction will be provided.

November 2, 2020 Election Anxiety Panel Discussion

Title: 2020 Election Anxiety Panel Discussion

Who: Wes Kennison (English), Jeff Koch (Political Science and International Relations), Nick Palumbo (Leadership & Service), Chris Prusak (University Police Department), robbie routenberg (Chief Diversity Officer), and Emma Wolford (Counseling Services)

Description: Regardless of political affiliation, over 2/3 of American adults indicate the 2020 Presidential Election is a significant source of stress and anxiety according to a recent survey from the American Psychological Association.  In this panel discussion, SUNY Geneseo faculty and staff will offer tips and resources for how to cope with 2020 election anxiety as well as how to help our students manage stress related to the election.

October 26, 2020 What is Antiracist Pedagogy? (recording and materials)

Title: What is Antiracist Pedagogy?

Who: Crystal Simmons (School of Education) and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: This session led by Dr. Crystal Simmons, an Assistant Professor in the School of Education, will discuss the importance and need for Antiracist pedagogy. She will present strategies and resources that can be incorporated in our coursework and teaching.  Questions that will be addressed during the presentation include:

  • What is Antiracist Pedagogy?
  • How can I implement this in my coursework?
  • What does it mean to be an antiracist educator?

Links:

Background reading: Alda Blakeney (2011) Antiracist Pedagogy: Definition, Theory, and Professional Development

Presentation Slides

Links to Additional Resources

Antiracist Discussion Pedagogy

Webinar Video Recording

Audio Only Recording

Chat Transcript

October 21, 2020 A Community Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Title: A Community Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi

Who: Dr. Ibram X. Kendi is one of the country's leading antiracist voices. He is the Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Boston University, a #1 New York Times best-selling author, and the youngest-ever winner of the National Book Award for Nonfiction. He is also a 2020–2021 Frances B. Cashin Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University, where he will continue work on his next historical monograph, Bones of Inequity: A Narrative History of Racist Policies in America.

Description: The Friends of the Central Library, in partnership with the Syracuse University Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Hendricks Chapel, and the Lender Center for Social Justice, present A Community Conversation with Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, sponsored by The Central New York Community Foundation, The Gifford Foundation, and WCNY. Join us for a free discussion on Zoom about antiracism and critical social issues that affect us all. In the coming weeks, you will receive an email with instructions and a link to the Zoom webinar for the event.

Kendi's 2019 book How to be an Antiracist was described by the New York Times as “the most courageous book to date on the problem of race in the Western mind.” His latest book published October 6, 2020, Be Antiracist: A Guided Journal for Awareness, Reflection, and Action, is available now.

October 19 - 23, 2020 SUNY Faculty Development Virtual Conference

Title:  SUNY Faculty Development Virtual Conference - Teaching & Learning for Student Success

Who: The SUNY Faculty Development Conference is sponsored by the SUNY Faculty Development Community of Practice which brings together educational professional development staff and faculty throughout SUNY, with a particular emphasis on teaching and learning. This group creates opportunities for staff and faculty to learn about available SUNY resources to support teaching and learning and strengthen our professional networks. The audience for the conference includes those working in faculty development roles as well as faculty.

Description: "Teaching and Learning for Student Success” defined broadly to include:

Achieving course and program learning outcomes Engaging in curricular and co-curricular activities Student access, retention, and completion strategies Using technology in both face-to-face and online courses to improve learning

Sessions will focus on professional development programs implemented on campuses, teaching and learning strategies, or research in one of these areas. These engaging sessions will address ways we can meet the needs of all students, staff, and faculty and thereby strengthen our institutions and communities.

Register for this FREE Virtual Conference

  • Supporting, learning from, and including diverse populations on our campuses. Diverse populations include but are not limited to nontraditional and first-generation students, students with disabilities, students of color, students from underrepresented groups, international students, LGBTQ+ students, religion, socioeconomic status, and gender.
  • Implementing innovative pedagogical strategies to move beyond remediation and help students overcome bottlenecks or threshold concepts in their coursework
October 16, 2020 Information Session: Creating a Microcredential (materials)

Title: Information Session: Creating a Microcredential

Who: Center for Integrative Learning, Teaching Learning Center, and the Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment

Description: An information session to help faculty interested in developing Microcredentials, which comprise a minimum of 6 and a maximum of 12 credits of academic course work with at least one high impact/applied learning/integrative learning experience and a culminating experience with a self-reflective component.

Whether you're entirely new to Microcredentials or are already working on plans. The session will cover:

  • the criteria for Microcredentials as passed by College Senate
  • the process and timeline for submitting Microcredentials
  • examples of potential Microcredentials (those already engaged in creating something are invited to share and discuss ideas)
  • chances to discuss how microcredentials might enhance existing teaching, research, and student learning 

For those who cannot make the session, we will be holding future events on Microcredentials and we are also happy to conduct 1:1 consultations - please contact us if you'd like to talk further.

Slides from the presentation

October 15, 2020 Science, Race, and Power

Title: Science, Race and Power

Who: Angela Saini, an award-winning science journalist whose print and broadcast work has appeared on the BBC and in the GuardianNew ScientistWired, the Economist, and Science. A former Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT, she won the American Association for the Advancement of Science’s Kavli Science Journalism gold award in 2015. Saini has a master’s in engineering from Oxford University, and she is the author of Inferior: How Science Got Women Wrong and the New Research That’s Rewriting the Story and Geek Nation: How Indian Science Is Taking Over the World.

Description: Racial categories feel tangible, but as we know from genetics, they are no more rooted in biology than they were hundreds of years ago when they were arbitrarily invented by European scientists who were affected by the politics of their time. Yet scientific myths about human difference live on today in disturbing ways. As ethnic nationalism rises around the world, race science is experiencing a revival on the far-right, fuelled by the abuse of data and facts by politically-motivated groups. Even well-intentioned scientists, through their lazy use of old-fashioned categories, inappropriately imply that race has some innate basis. We forget to our cost that race was never about biology but always about power.

October 14, 2020 TLC Conversation: Building Our Community, Supporting Each Other

Title: Building Our Community, Supporting Each Other

Who: Facilitated by Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: An open discussion with SUNY Geneseo faculty and staff to share your classroom successes and challenges in this semester as well as community brainstorming for ways to support each other. This is a chance to connect with your Geneseo colleagues and engage in a conversation on effective teaching practices, work/life balance, and addressing the wants and needs of our community.

October 13, 2020 Reading Group Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility" #2

Title: Virtual Reading Group Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility" #2

Who: Laura Matthews (Director of Jewish Student Life), Sasha Eloi-Evans (Director of Multicultural Programs and Services), and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: After our first discussion of Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility," there was a great desire by those in attendance to continue the conversation. Therefore, we have scheduled a second discussion on Tuesday, October 13 from 10:30-11:30am via Zoom. Link to join can be found below. No matter how far you got in DiAngelo's book, or whether you were able to join our first session, all are welcome to join the discussion. We plan on gathering the entire group in a Zoom room for an opening discussion, and then dividing into breakout rooms for smaller group discussions. Based on initial feedback from when the books were distributed, we want to ensure everyone has the space they need for a fruitful discussion. Therefore, we will have breakout rooms solely for our BIPOC and White colleagues as well as breakout rooms for those comfortable in engaging in the discussions together. This session is part of our continuing "Becoming and Antiracist Campus" project.

October 9, 2020 Preparing an Inclusive Online Course (recording)

Title: Preparing an Inclusive Online Course

Who: ACUE (Association of College and University Educators)

Description: The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Council on Education (ACE), The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), The National Association of System Heads (NASH), Every Learner Everywhere, Strong Start to Finish and The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) invite leaders, faculty and staff across higher education for focused and practical discussion on: Preparing an Inclusive Online Course. Panelists will share their thoughts and practices for approaching your online teaching with an inclusive mindset, ensuring your course reflects a diverse society and world. Learn inclusive strategies you can put into practice even before the first day of your online course to set the stage for creating a more equitable online learning environment. Moderated by Kevin Kelly, ACUE Academic Director, this panel will feature a brief keynote from Farrah Ward, Provost and Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs at Elizabeth City State University.

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October 5, 2020 Supporting Faculty and Staff Mental Health (recording)

Title: Supporting Faculty and Staff Mental Health

Who: The Chronicle of Higher Education - Sian Beilock President @Barnard College, Shawnté Elbert Associate Dean of Health & Wellness @Central Washington University, Anthony Ocampo Faculty Coach @National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity

Description: COVID-19 and social unrest have placed a strain on the mental well-being of people everywhere. While there has been considerable concern for students, college leaders are also focusing on the well-being of faculty and staff on their campuses. How can college leaders support them and provide access to the tools and resources necessary for them to care for their own mental health?

Join The Chronicle for a virtual forum that examines the policies and plans that college leaders and senior administrators can put in place to ease the mental strain of this unprecedented semester.

  • How do they prevent potential burnout or the isolation of working and teaching remotely?
  • How do they best serve staff and faculty of color who are affected by the dual crises of Covid-19 and systematic racism?
  • How do they ensure that staff are treating each other with compassion and care when everyone feels on edge?

Find out as campus leaders, faculty, and mental-health experts bring their varying perspectives to the table for a frank and enlightening discussion.

The archived version is available here.

October 2, 2020 Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment (recording)

Title: Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment

Who: ACUE (Association of College and University Educators)

Description: The American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU), American Council on Education (ACE), The Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), The Council of Independent Colleges (CIC), The National Association of System Heads (NASH), Every Learner Everywhere, Strong Start to Finish and The Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) invite leaders, faculty and staff across higher education for a focused and practical discussion on: Creating an Inclusive Online Learning Environment Panelists will share practices they have found helpful to effectively set expectations for valuing diverse viewpoints, facilitating respectful conversations, and engaging students in inclusive active learning exercises. The teaching practices discussed in this webinar can be utilized in a variety of disciplines and course sizes to promote equity and inclusion. Moderated by Charity Peak, Regional Director of Academic Programs at ACUE, this panel will feature a brief keynote from Michael Benitez Jr., Vice President for the Office of Diversity and Inclusion at Metropolitan State University, Denver.

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Transcript: Creating an Online Learning Environment

October 1, 2020 Academic Coaches Learning Community

Title: Academic Coaches Learning Community, Session 2

Who: Heather Wilhelm Routenberg (Academic Planning and Advising) and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: This Academic Coaching Learning Community is a series of professional development sessions held on the first Thursday of the month to assist you in serving your advisees as well as the broader student community. This time will offer the opportunity to explore concrete activities and strategies you can apply with your advisees to foster their growth.

September 17, 2020 Race, Class, and Academic Life (recording)

Title: Race, Class, and Academic Life 

Who: The Chronicle of Higher Education - panel, led by co-hosts Michael Sorrell, president of Paul Quinn College, and Sarah Brown, Chronicle senior reporter, included:

  • Fred A. Bonner II, professor of educational leadership and counseling at Prairie View A&M University
  • Marcia Chatelain, professor of history and African American studies at Georgetown University 
  • Darrick Hamilton, professor of economics and urban policy and director of the Institute for the Study of Race, Stratification, and Political Economy at The New School
  • Tracey E. Hucks, provost and dean of the faculty at Colgate University
  • Randall Kennedy, professor of law at Harvard Law School

Description: What does the national reckoning over systemic racism mean for academic life? Some faculty members have called for specific, immediate actions from their institutions. Scholars across the country have shared personal experiences with the hashtag #Blackintheivory, raising consciousness among colleagues. And college leaders are talking more about diversity, equity, and inclusion. What do Black academics believe needs to change — and how?

The archived version is available here.

September 16, 2020 Reading Group Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility" 

Title: Virtual Reading Group Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility"

Who: Laura Matthews (Director of Jewish Student Life), Sasha Eloi-Evans (Director of Multicultural Programs and Services), Jennifer Guzman (Assistant Professor Anthropology), and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: Join a facilitated discussion of Robin DiAngelo's "White Fragility." We plan on gathering the entire group in a Zoom room for an opening discussion, and then dividing into breakout rooms for smaller group discussions. Based on initial feedback from when the books were distributed, we want to ensure everyone has the space they need for a fruitful discussion. Therefore, we will have breakout rooms solely for our BIPOC and White colleagues as well as breakout rooms for those comfortable in engaging in the discussions together. This session is part of our continuing "Becoming and Antiracist Campus" project.

September 10, 2020 Academic Coaches Learning Community

Title: Academic Coaches Learning Community, Session 1

Who: Heather Wilhelm Routenberg (Academic Planning and Advising) and Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center)

Description: This Academic Coaching Learning Community is a series of professional development sessions held on the first Thursday of the month to assist you in serving your advisees as well as the broader student community. This time will offer the opportunity to explore concrete activities and strategies you can apply with your advisees to foster their growth. This initial meeting will engage new coaches in a review of the academic recovery contract and expectations for student participants, a discussion about our program’s philosophy and approach, and a broad review of resources grounded in promising metacognitive strategies for academic growth and development. If you are new to the program, we hope that you’ll be able to join us for this event. Further details are forthcoming. 

September 2, 2020 The Shift from Grading to Ungrading (recording)

Title: The Shift from Grading to Ungrading

Who: Michael Leroy Obery, Distinguished Professor, History

Description: A growing number of American college professors are changing the way they grade students. Some are engaging an evaluation method referred to as "ungrading." Last Fall semester, Michael Oberg decided to stop scoring papers, opting instead to write lengthy comments and meet individually with students. During Finals Week, students handed in their final work, and told him what they thought they deserved as their grade. Michael Oberg will share what he learned during this experiment with "ungrading," and discuss changing the faculty/student power dynamic and ineffective grading methods.

To prepare for this session, please read Michael Oberg's short blog posts On Student Retention and My Experiment with Ungrading. In addition, WXXI's Connections with Evan Dawson interviewed Michael Oberg and Dr. Cate Denial, director of the Bright Institute at Knox College, about this evaluation method, and you can listen to that discussion prior to the presentation

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September 1, 2020 Collaborative Online International Learning Partnering Fair & Bulletin

Title: Collaborative Online International Learning Partnering Fair

Who: SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL)

Description: If you are looking for new COIL teaching partners (for the Spring 2021 semester and beyond), come to the Virtual Partnering Fair on September 1. The COIL Partnering Bulletin and Fair are for all professors who are seeking a new COIL teaching partner. The Virtual Partnering Fair will be held on Tuesday, September 1, 9:00 – 10:30 AM ET.  The Fair is open to all professors or coordinators and will feature opportunities to discuss partnering interests/needs.

COIL Partnering Bulletin

To help prepare faculty for remote-ready courses in the fall, the Teaching and Learning Center will offer a number of professional development opportunities throughout the summer.  These will include a variety of options including live group workshops, self-paced learning modules, individual consultations, and learning communities (see schedule below).

In addition to scheduled, synchronous sessions, there are a number of Resources Available for Remote Teaching and Learning. Finally, individual support from trained instructional designers can be requested via CIT’s online service desk at https://help.geneseo.edu/cit. Educational Technology staff members can also be reached via this real-time chat and remote support portal. Submit a request at https://remotehelp.geneseo.edu/ to get immediate assistance during business hours.

Fall 2020 Quick Start Guides

Essential Resources

There are many, many resources on the web that can help you think about the differences between physically-present and online pedagogies. In fact, there are so many Google docs listing dozens upon dozens of helpful websites, articles, and books that you might feel overwhelmed by the very sight of them. Give yourself a break and begin with just these two resources:

  • Small Teaching Online, by Flower Darby and James M. Lang. SUNY Geneseo has obtained unlimited access to the e-book version of this brief but excellent book, which, as the title suggests, emphasizes small changes to your pedagogy that you can make relatively easily, with major benefits.
  • Set up appointments with our instructional designers below.

    Meet with Joe Dolce
    Meet with Becky Patt

3 Steps to Prepare for Online Teaching

For those teaching entirely online, we have developed this document with three steps to prepare for online teaching. Our shared commitment to student success brings with it a willingness to listen to student input and use that input to enhance instruction. We developed these recommendations in response to student feedback from the spring semester, best practices in online instruction, and questions from faculty participating in our workshops and symposiums.

3 Steps to Prepare for Hybrid Teaching

For those teaching in a hybrid format, we developed this document with three steps to prepare for hybrid teaching that we hope will be helpful.

Canvas Template for Explaining Course Modality 

Paul Schacht created this Canvas Page to help students understand your course modality. Faculty can modify or delete the template language in italics according to your circumstances and your own course policies.

3 Steps to Make Your Course More Accessible

The Office of Accessibility Services has created this document, top 3 steps to make your course more accessible. These tips can be applied in a face-to-face, hybrid, or remote format, and will help to improve the accessibility of your course for all students.

SUNY Remote Teaching Institute

The SUNY Remote Teaching Institute is designed to help faculty prepare for a Fall 2020 semester that may present unique challenges to course design and delivery. This FREE Institute is brought to you by the SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD) in collaboration with campuses across the state. Registration is available for individual webinars or the entire series. There will also be asynchronous components offered throughout the summer for those looking for a more in-depth experience, opportunities for sharing & collaboration, and mentoring by content experts. Descriptions and presenters for the sessions can be found below.

Monday, June 22, 2020: Getting Started 

10:00-10:50am Setting the Stage: Teaching & Learning in the Age of COVID-19

Presenters: Jamie Heron, Erin Maney, Alex Pickett, Rob Piorkowski, & Chris Price

Description: Join us as we set the stage for learning and reflection this week. The Practical Course Design Webinar Series Planning Committee will review the opportunities and challenges that participants have identified as a result of the disruption of our course delivery due to COVID-19. This session will be interactive and help us all set our goals for the week. A follow-up session is scheduled for June 26 at 2pm.

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11:00-11:50am Design and Delivery of Online Courses: Student Perspectives

Presenters: Michele Forte, Candi Griffin-Jenkins, and A Student Panel

Description: Research suggests that thoughtful course design is one of the key components to academic success. Increasingly student feedback and insight into their experiences plays a central role in the provision of dynamic, high-quality courses and a deeper understanding of how to create courses with meaning and deep engagement (Steyn, 2019).. Please join us to hear directly from SUNY students about their online course experiences. For this facilitated discussion, we ask participants to come prepared with at least one question for our student guests.

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1:00-1:50pm Baking Course Quality into Your Online Course Materials

Presenter: Jamie Heron

Description: This presentation focuses on a handful of things that we should all keep in mind as we begin our course development this summer - from understanding our audience, to choosing which "recipe" to use, and being aware of what ingredients we put into our online course materials. And it emphasizes how keeping your goals simple can help you design a course that fits your teaching style and is easy to use for your students.

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2:00-2:50pm Pre-Flight Checklist for Remote Teaching

Presenters: Rob Piorkowski & Jamie Heron

Description: We all have "The Right Stuff" when it comes to remote teaching, it just takes a little preparation and planning. Join us as we review the "Pre-flight Checklist" for remote teaching - this checklist infuses best practices in remote course development into an easy-to-use guide to help you prepare for take-off!

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Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Syllabus & Learning Goals

10:00-10:50am Rethinking Your Student Learning Goals

Presenter: Chris Price

Description: When instruction unexpectedly went remote in the spring, faculty were forced to rethink what they could reasonably expect their students would be able to learn. For many, this process was an excruciating exercise in cutting course content, assignments and assessments. With more time to prepare for an uncertain fall semester, it is imperative that faculty craft student learning goals that help more than hinder another possible shift in the mode of instruction. During this session, you will learn a process for revising the student learning goals of your courses so that they are more flexible, learner-centered, and better align with what those in your discipline actually do.

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11:00-11:50am Reimagining Instruction to Accommodate Our New Teaching Reality

Presenter: Tonka Jokelova

Description: In the era when we are leaving the world we used to know behind, we might also be leaving the higher education we used to know behind. These days, the focus is placed on reducing (or eliminating) face-to-face teaching in favor of teaching with online components. For many, it might mean changing the way instruction is delivered and increasing flexibility in the course delivery. In this webinar, we’ll discuss some considerations we need to think about when reimagining our courses for the new era.

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12:00-12:50pm The OSCQR-Infused Syllabus: First Steps in Designing Your Course

Presenter: Andrew Petagna

Description: This webinar and template are designed to help you create your syllabus with key course quality standards in mind. Course quality standards referenced in this webinar and template are linked to relevant course quality standards in the Open SUNY Course Quality Review rubric (OSCQR). Participants will receive the syllabus for implementation in their own courses.

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2:00-2:50pm Planning Your Course to Meet Time on Task

Presenter: Kate Bohan

Description: It takes practice to plan an appropriate amount of work in on online, hybrid, or combined learning course, especially if you are new to these modalities. This webinar will define “time on task” and then demonstrate how to calculate it and how to map assignments based on time on task. After these fundamentals, we will also cover how to set expectations for students who may not be used to as much active learning and provide tips for creating assignments that don’t overload students… or you!  

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020: Effective Course Design

10:00-10:50am How to Organize and Structure Your Online Course

Presenter: Alissa Steele & Maree Michaud-Sacks - SUNY Empire State College

Description: In this session, we will discuss different strategies for structuring your partially or fully online course. We will provide examples and share resources. Part 1/3

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11:00-11:50am Let OSCQR Be Your Guide: Using the OSCQR Rubric as a Road Map for Effective Course Development

Presenter: Tom Capuano - Monroe Community College

Description: The Virtual Campus Team at Monroe Community College uses OSCQR as the foundation for its course development process. Not only is the OSCQR rubric used for new online course development, but the philosophy of OSCQR’s team-based review process has been infused into MCC’s team-based course development process. This session will give an overview of this development process, but will also share with the participants some resources that can immediately be put into their courses, such as MCC’s online course template that was built with OSCQR in mind to allow instructors to focus on their areas of expertise and instruction.

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12:00-12:50pm How to Create Content and Assessments for Your Online Course

Presenter: Bonnie Farrell & Sonja Thompson - Empire State College

Description: In continuation of the previous session, we will discuss the strategies for fostering and measuring student learning outcomes and creating content to support the learning in online courses. Part 2/3

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2:00-2:50pm Designing for Students

Presenter: Christine Paige & Alena Rodick - SUNY Empire State College

Description: In this final session, we will bring all the strategies together for developing good quality online courses. The strategies will also focus on designing for learner experience. Part 3/3

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Thursday, June 25, 2020: Alternative Assessment & Academic Integrity

10:00-10:50am Open Choices: Flexible Resources for SUNY Faculty

Presenters: Michael Daly & Tony DeFranco

Description: SUNY's catalog of openly-licensed resources (oer.suny.edu) offers faculty the ability to choose from over 100 accessible, peer-reviewed, high quality courses. Participants in this session will learn how these offerings strongly support pedagogical and technological flexibility while aligning with best practices in course design. Participants will also understand how the learning theory of these courses provides students and faculty increased interactions and built-in assessments that are critical to multiple modalities.

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11:00-11:50am Promoting Academic Integrity Online

Presenters: Chris Price, Sarah E. Pantaleo, Renee Coleman & Nicole Childrose

Description: Many believe that it is more difficult to prevent cheating and academic dishonesty in online assignments. While there is some truth to this belief, there are ways to make dishonesty less likely that don’t rely only on surveillance and policing of student behavior. During this session, you will learn about how to communicate with students and design online assignments to improve student trust and increase learning.

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12:00-12:50pm Assessing Your Students - Thinking Outside the Box

Presenters: Sandy Bargainnier & Doug Hemphill

Description: There are many ways to achieve a learning outcome. In this session, we will explore different options for assessing student comprehension in a flexible environment. The first part of the session will focus on strategies to assess students effectively in a flexible class environment. We will spend approximately 30 minutes presenting on the topic, and will leave the rest of the time open for questions and discussion.

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2:00-2:50pm Virtual Chemistry Labs: Flexibility Using Open Content

Presenters: Hal Turner & Sandy Raysor, Carnegie Mellon University

Description: Carnegie Mellon University’s Open Learning Initiative (OLI) intersects learning science, human-computer interaction, and computer science with the aim of improving learning. Participants in this session will see firsthand how simulations provide flexible options for teaching and learning chemistry through OLI’s approach to creating and delivering courses where learning can be measured.

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Friday, June 26, 2020: Course Delivery Alternatives

10:00-10:50am Accessible Content Creation and Alternative Assessments for STEM courses

Presenters: Chilton Reynolds & Ed Beck

Description: This session will focus on best practices for creating STEM content that is accessible for students and exploring alternative assessment strategies that focus on authentic learning for students. While equations can be challenging to format correctly for screen-readers there are some tools that can help with this. The presenters will focus on either free solutions or ones that are most commonly purchased on SUNY campuses (Google Drive, Microsoft, and OER). In addition, STEM courses often require assessments that require more than multiple choice tests, instead focusing more on applied learning that shows the student’s work along the way. Methods for doing this will be explored.

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11:00-11:50am Lecturing Online: Successful Synchronous Strategies

Presenter: Jonathan S. Weissman

Description: Join Professor Weissman in an engaging session to explore successful synchronous strategies that he has employed in his face-to-face, online, and remote teaching classes. Piloting the Hyflex model for his "Networking Technologies" course this past spring when COVID-19 disrupted the plan, he didn't skip a beat switching from Hyflex to online synchronous. Learn how you can succeed in this new remote teaching landscape with his tips and techniques.

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12:00-12:50pm Ensemble Video Quizzing for ASL & Aural Skills Assessments

Presenter: Jeremy Case

Description: With the huge amount of face-to-face courses going online with the Covid-19 pandemic, there were many instances of classroom activities that didn’t readily translate to the online environment. This session looks at two of these that had a similar solution: American Sign Language comprehension assessments, and musical aural skills assessments. Both of these had the stipulation that the students only be able to watch or listen to the content a limited amount of times before responding, and we found a readily available solution in a seldom-used setting within Ensemble’s video quizzing function.

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1:00-1:50pm [Concurrent] Virtual Learning: The Next Generation of Science Labs

Presenter: Rachael Hagerman

Description: The transition from campus-based to fully-online coursework during the spring semester was rapid and left little room for anything but a band-aid approach to finishing the semester. With the potential for modified fall schedules or another fully-online semester, laboratory instructors need to develop plans for those scenarios now to ensure that their online materials are developed with intention and purpose no matter what the fall semester brings. Learn strategies for researching and evaluating virtual labs to best meet the needs of your laboratory learning outcomes and strategies for successful execution.

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1:00-1:50pm [Concurrent] Effective Online & Distance Teaching in the Visual and Performing Arts

Presenter: Nicola Allain

Description: We’ll cover tips, strategies, best practices, pedagogical approaches, technologies, and considerations for moving visual, media and performing arts courses to remote instruction. Our focus will be on helping you quickly shift teaching modes and methods while keeping arts-based pedagogies such as collaborative learning, visual representation/recording of creative works, and peer critique.

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2:00-2:50pm Practical Course Design: Lessons Learned

Presenters: Jamie Heron, Erin Maney, Alex Pickett, Rob Piorkowski, & Chris Price

Description: Reflect upon what we've learned this week during the Practical Course Design webinar series. We will be reviewing the asynchronous course development materials and the opportunities for collaboration this summer as a part of the larger Remote Teaching Institute. 

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August 10-14 Flexible Instruction Webinar Series

SUNY Center for Professional Development flexible instruction webinar series. Topics included: keeping students engaged online, getting students to engage with each other, assessment, and more. See the full list of sessions, recordings, and materials.

Remote Ready Teams

Work Together to Prepare Remote Ready Courses 

The Center for Integrative Learning, Teaching & Learning Center, and Computing & Information Technology are collaborating to create “Remote Ready Teams”: small pods or schools of 3-5 faculty and teaching-focused professional staff with shared needs and interests. The CIL, TLC, and CIT will help these teams work collaboratively to identify and share useful resources and ready-to-adopt best practices with the wider campus and to connect each team to existing support services on campus via key offices like CIT’s Educational Technology group, Milne Library, OER, Center for Digital Learning, and others. These Remote Ready Teams would complement existing work being led by Dr. Melanie Blood, Interim Associate Provost for Curriculum and Assessment, on Large Scale Classes and Laboratory Teaching.

These teams are designed to be responsive to faculty needs, as they arise, and to make all your summer preparations more efficient through collaboration. While we have a short list of teams we propose forming (see below), we are keen to hear from individual faculty and teaching-focused professional staff or groups of faculty interested in working together (or already working together!) on a particular area. We would love to know:

  • Who you are (names, academic programs)
  • What remote ready challenge you’re trying to solve;
  • What obstacles you’re facing.

We have heard about need and interest in the following areas; please also let us know if you’d want to join a Remote Ready Team we’re hoping to set up in:

  • Community Engagement/Applied Learning;
  • Art/Performance;
  • Writing-intensive teaching;
  • and/or Discussing Sensitive Topics

These Teams will work on flexible schedules with support from CIL, TLC, and CIT and we’ll share resources via our websites, the campus listservs, and on Canvas. As ever, please contact Lytton Smith, Director, Center for Integrative Learning (smithlj@geneseo.edu) and Dave Parfitt, Director, Teaching & Learning Center (tlc@geneseo.edu) with any questions or needs you might have - or to share something that’s working well for you and you think others might find useful.

Recordings and Resources from Past Programs

August 21 Hybrid Course Teaching Panel Discussion

Presenters: Jovana Babović (History), Rob Feissner (Biology), and Kristi Krumrine (Anthropology)

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Hybrid Courses Examples for Different Class Lengths (50 min, 75 min, etc.)

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August 20 Engaging Students with COIL

Presenters: Jan McCauley, SUNY COIL

Description: As instruction has moved online during the global health crisis, professors around the world are seeking ways to engage students in meaningful ways in virtual environments. Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) allows students and professors to connect across differences in order to foster shared values, mutual understanding, and critical digital literacy. Join us for a discussion of how COIL can be used in your courses (regardless of discipline).

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August 20 Inclusive Teaching Strategies for Face-to-Face and Online Classes

Presenters: Suann Yang (Biology), Becky Patt (CIT), and Thea Yurkewecz (School of Education)

Description: Wondering how to cultivate belonging and engage all of your students as we move into the next semester? This interactive workshop will help you to identify and use inclusive teaching strategies. You will reflect on the design of your learning environments to promote student engagement and cultivate classroom equity, for diverse modes of instruction. Be prepared to collaborate with other participants to modify face-to-face inclusive teaching strategies for the online classroom. You will leave this workshop with resources and connections to strengthen your remote-ready professional learning community.

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August 19 Using Canvas for Academic Assessment

Presenters: Melanie Blood, Interim Associate Provost for Assessment & Curriculum and Laurie Fox, Director of Educational Technology, Computing & Information Technology

 

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August 17 What Worked for Me in Spring 2020 Panel #3

Discussion Facilitators: Doug MacKenzie (School of Education), Lee Pierce (Communication), and George Reuter (Mathematics) 

Description: SUNY Geneseo faculty will lead a roundtable discussion and share strategies on what worked for them during the remote learning period this past spring semester. We invite other faculty and staff to join the discussion and share their successful teaching practices. 

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August 17 Accessibility and Accommodation Considerations in the Shift to Remote Learning

Presenter: Amy Fisk, Psy.D; Assistant Dean for Accessibility; Office of Accessibility Services

Description: This webinar will provide an introductory overview of access and accommodations in higher education and the implementation of accommodations in a remote or hybrid instructional modality. Participants will have the opportunity to engage in a discussion on thinking beyond accommodation and working toward creating an inclusive learning environment for all learners. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A.

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August 6 Flexing Your Course Muscles with OA and OER

Facilitators: Allison Brown, Digital Publishing Services Manager and Jon Grunert, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Milne Library

Description: Online teaching presents many challenges, especially in providing students with legal, electronic access to course materials. Open Access (OA) and Open Educational Resources (OER) are great ways to minimize technical and financial barriers to learning materials, as well as encouraging student engagement. This session will give an overview of the similarities and differences of OA and OER, demonstrate where to locate appropriate materials, and how you can integrate them into your courses.

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July 30 Strategies for Teaching Large Classes with Online and Hybrid Delivery Methods

Facilitators: Rabeka Alam (Chemistry), Melanie Blood (Provost’s Office), Ray Boucher (Theatre), Joe Dolce (CIT Instructional Design), Jani Lewis (Biology), James McLean (Physics), Susan Muench (Biology)

Description: With special focus on the challenges of teaching classes of more than sixty students, faculty from several disciplines and an instructional designer will share experiences, strategies, and research findings on effective teaching and learning. We will focus on the conditions we face this fall, when large classes will be taught either online or hybrid, and we must follow low density guidelines and prioritize the community’s health and safety. We will define, discuss, and offer examples of content delivery, engagement, and assessments in online and hybrid teaching environments and invite faculty to discuss challenges and share their strategies as well.

Click here for Zoom info and to add the session to your Google Calendar

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July 28 Advising Undeclared Students

Facilitators: Heather Morens, Career Design Center, Career Advisor; Heather Wilhelm-Routenberg, Department of Academic Planning & Advising, Academic Advisor; and Katherine Huppé, Department of Academic Planning & Advising, Graduate Intern

Description: Working with undeclared students can present both challenges and opportunities. As advisors, it is our responsibility to guide their exploration of self and academic-interests at this developmental stage of life. In this webinar, we’ll introduce foundational theories in student and career development that inform promising practices for advising undeclared students, and will provide a resource guide for you to consult in your work.

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Quick Start Guide for Advising Undecided/Exploratory Students

July 23 Promoting Academic Honesty in Remote Instruction

Facilitator: Rhianna C. Rogers, Ph.D., RPA; Associate Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies (History & Anthropology); AY 2019-2020 Provost/Associate Dean Innovation Reassignment; Rockefeller Institute - Ernest Boyer Presidential Fellow; Principal Investigator (PI) - The Buffalo Project; SUNY - Empire State College

Description: Quickly transitioning to remote/online teaching and learning environments have been challenging for educators and students alike. Stress, along with the remote assessments, lack of technological skills, and other mitigating factors can increase student temptations and opportunities for honesty violations. As a result, many instructors ask how they can ensure that their students work with academic integrity while, at the same time, maintaining an inviting learning experience. This presentation will offer tools, tips, and tricks to ensure academic honesty within remote and online courses. There will be time for Q&A at the end of the presentation.

Video of the presentation

Slides from the presentation

July 21 Backwards Design

Facilitators: Suann Yang (Biology) and Thea Yurkewecz (School of Education)

Description: Are you facing new challenges and uncertainties in your coursework planning, because you need to develop remote-ready classes? This interactive workshop will demonstrate the purpose and benefits of backward design to support your fall course planning. We will use backwards design to align learning outcomes with your assessments and activities. Be prepared to examine specific elements of one of your upcoming courses to revise using the backwards design framework. You will leave this workshop with resources and connections to strengthen your remote-ready professional learning community. In addition to bringing materials from one of your upcoming courses, please also watch this video (less than 5 min) prior to joining the workshop and be prepared to discuss it.

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Webinar Video Recording

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Transcript of Webinar Chat

June 18 Recognizing and Connecting with Students in Distress

Facilitators: Dave Parfitt (Teaching and Learning Center), Laura Swanson (Health and Counseling), Megan Syfrett (Health and Counseling)

Description: In this period of increased stress and trauma, how do we ensure our students are learning? How do we balance and promote our own mental health and well being? How do we support positive mental health and well being for our students?

Now more than ever, faculty are one of the main (and perhaps, sometimes, only) touch points for our students, and teaching & supporting them in a remote environment presents additional challenges. Are you worried about a student? Members of faculty and staff at SUNY Geneseo are in an ideal position to recognize when students are struggling emotionally and may need help. However, sometimes it's hard to know what to do when faced with a tough situation.

Kognito At-Risk for Faculty & Staff is an online simulation that lets you practice conversations with virtual students so you'll know what to say in real life. The simulation has been designed to help you learn to notice signs of distress, use techniques to discuss your concerns, and refer students to appropriate resources when necessary.

Over 90% of users say they would recommend the Kognito simulation to their peers. Kognito is also listed in the Suicide Prevention Resource Center's Best Practices Registry.

We are offering a number of TLC sessions using Kognito [Thursday June 18 10:30-noon; Wednesday, July 8 1:00-2:30pm; mid-August TBD] to practice (or re-familiarize) faculty/staff with the online simulation to recognize students in distress and translate the skills to remote learning situations. Following the Kognito simulation, a facilitated debriefing and discussion will offer context to the experience and discuss real-life situations you've encountered.

June 16 & 17 Connecting Education with Civic Engagement and Responsibility

Join us for the Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities (SENCER) workshop. While originally designed for transforming science curricula, the SENCER approach can be applied to any discipline. The goal of the workshop is to help teams and individuals imagine and design courses, learning communities, and/or other curricular programs that foster civic engagement through tackling multidisciplinary, complex, civic issues. Our SENCER Workshop will center on the theme of sustainable communities: communities designed to support the multiple needs of its members, without prioritizing one over the others. A sustainable community welcomes people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and shares power, prosperity and safety across its members.

Dr. Drew Sieg (Assistant Professor of Biology at Truman State University, a COPLAC Member Institution) Dr. Davida Smyth (Associate Professor of Biology at The New School), and Dr. Eliza Reilly (Executive Director of SENCER and Research Professor, Department of Technology and Society, Stony Brook University) will lead faculty in this interactive workshop to help participants design course content with the SENCER approach.

Dates: Tuesday, June 16 to Wednesday June 17

Format: Approximately 6.5 hours of synchronous and asynchronous online activities.

June 15 Introduction to Flipped Classrooms

Presenters: Doug Baldwin (Mathematics) and Scott Giorgis (Geological Sciences)

Description: The flipped classroom model is an active-learning strategy that moves traditional lecture material and classroom discussions online while using classtime to engage in concepts under the guidance of the professor. Two SUNY Geneseo faculty members will discuss their experience using the flipped classroom model, and how it is particularly useful in the remote learning environment.

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June 12 What Worked for Me in Spring 2020 Panel #2 Discussion

Presenters: Doug Baldwin (Mathematics), Mackenzie Gerringer (Biology), Brandon Tate (Chemistry)

Description: SUNY Geneseo faculty will lead a roundtable discussion and share strategies on what worked for them during the remote learning period this past spring semester. We invite other faculty and staff to join the discussion and share their successful teaching practices. This Zoom session will be recorded and shared for those who cannot attend synchronously.

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June 5 Accessibility Improvements with Ally: Document Remediation

Description: Learn about the process of remediation for PDF files and other documents to effectively communicate to all audiences, including users of assistive technology such as screen readers.

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Webinar Video Recording

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Transcript of Webinar Chat

June 4 Accessibility Improvements with Ally: Alt Text for Images

Description: Explore the techniques needed to ensure your images are accessible to all learners.

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June 2 and 3 Mastering Zoom Meetings

Description: In these workshops, CIT staff will demonstrate Zoom's features including managing attendees, polls, advanced settings, and ideas for sharing hand-written notes with your students. There will be time for attendees to practice hosting a meeting. Note: workshops are identical and will repeat information, attendees do not need to participate in both sessions.

[No recording available due to the nature of the meeting.] This was a working test of Zoom with people trying to serve as hosts, setting up breakout rooms, etc. If you are interested in more information about using Zoom, CIT has set up a Wiki page on using Zoom for Higher Education.

June 1 Using Canvas Modules to Build Your Course

Description: Learn how to build your own course in Canvas by using the Modules page to organize and build your course content.

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Webinar Video Recording

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Transcript of Webinar Chat

Canvas Modules Training slides

May 29 What Worked for Me in Spring 2020 Panel #1 Discussion

Presenters: Liz Felski (School of Business), Kelly Keegan (School of Education), and Tina Merrilees (Psychology)

Description: SUNY Geneseo faculty will lead a roundtable discussion and share strategies on what worked for them during the remote learning period this past spring semester. We invite other faculty and staff to join the discussion and share their successful teaching practices. This Zoom session will be recorded and shared for those who cannot attend synchronously.

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Webinar Video Recording

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What Worked for Me May 29 slides

May 22 Universal Design for Learning

Presenters: Amy Fisk (Accessibility Services), Alexis Clifton (CIT), and Laurie Fox (CIT)

Description: Members of CIT and the Office of Accessibility share an introduction to the basic principles of Universal Design for Learning.

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Universal Design for Learning slides

May 21 Academic Council Session with Chairs and Deans

Presenters: Paul Schacht (English, Digital Learning), Dave Parfitt (Teaching & Learning Center), and Joe Cope (Associate Provost for Academic Success)

Description: This will be an opportunity to debrief and share reflections on the spring semester and discuss the role that academic unit leaders can play in assisting faculty and students with planning for the fall. [no recording available]

May 20 Remote Ready Modules and Active Learning

Presenters: Paul Schacht (English, Digital Learning), Dave Parfitt (Teaching & Learning Center), and Suann Yang (Biology)

Description: Geneseo faculty and staff share what it means to be remote-ready for Fall 2020. In addition, a basic introduction to syllabus & course design as well as active-learning and student-centered teaching strategies will be offered.

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Remote Ready Modules and Active Learning slides

May 18 Spring 2020 Debrief, Reflection and Lessons Learned

Presenters: Dave Parfitt (Teaching & Learning Center) and Julie Rao (Institutional Research)

Description: A chance to reflect on the spring 2020 transition to remote learning and share successes & inspirations as well as challenges & hurdles. Preliminary data and feedback from SUNY Geneseo students will also be presented. We will share lessons learned from spring 2020 and generate ideas for future professional development.

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Webinar Video Recording

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Debrief and reflection slides

Topics for subsequent summer professional development sessions include: teaching models for large classes (over 60+ students), our students during a pandemic, dominant narratives, and trauma-informed teaching (in addition to other topics generated May 18-22). We also plan to offer another series of TLC Sessions August 17-21, the week before classes begin for the Fall 2020 Semester.

Other Professional Development Resources

June 17 Overview of SUNY Self-Paced and Self Serve Resources

SUNY Online Teaching Team will be offering a webinar on June 17th at noon providing an overview of SUNY Self-Paced and Self-Serve Resources. Access the webinar at noon on June 17th: https://zoom.us/j/507669719 

The SUNY Online Teaching unit promotes professional development in a variety of modes to best fit institutional or individual needs. As we develop our online competency development curriculum and portfolio of training options, we consider delivery options including: face to face instruction delivered regionally, online facilitated instruction, online webinars, and online self-paced courses.

Self-paced professional development options are currently available and being developed for some of our training courses and programs. Your institution may have policies and procedures for online professional development. Please be sure to check with your institution before engaging with these resources or completing any online teaching professional development.

To access the resources visit: https://innovate.suny.edu/onlineteaching/online-competency-development/self-paced-and-self-serve-training/

SUNY Accessibility Week Recordings

SUNY offered a FREE week-long series of professional development sessions for SUNY Accessibility Week (May 18-22). Topics included: Universal Design for Learning, document & presentation accessibility, video accessibility, and STEM accessibility. All recordings of the SUNY Accessibility Week webinars are available on the website. We recommend starting by watching the What’s your Accessibility Plan for your Own Teaching? webinar from Rebecca Mushtare of SUNY Oswego. Professor Mushtare serves as associate director of SUNY Oswego's Center of Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), and the slides shared for the presentation are not only applicable to accessibility but are best practices for online pedagogy.

SUNY Quality by Design (QbD) Course

Another resource for SUNY faculty and staff is the FREE Quality by Design (QbD) course offered May 25 - June 21, 2020. QbD is a 4-week, asynchronous, online course developed by SUNY faculty and supported by an Innovative Instruction Technology Grant. The course is intended for all faculty and instructional support staff at any level of experience with an interest in effective teaching. Course design strategies are applicable for face-to-face, hybrid, and online classes. To register or find out additional information, go to the Quality by Design website.

If you miss the facilitated cohort, there is also a non-facilitated version of Quality by Design (QbD) through Blackboard CourseSites. Please email sunyqbd@gmail.com to request access to the course. You will need to create an account and be logged in to Blackboard CourseSites to access the non-facilitated course using this link.

FREE Course on Managing Stress

One of SUNY's professional development partners is offering a free course on managing stress.

This course looks at the symptoms and causes of stress and how these affect us emotionally, behaviorally and physically. You will learn some simple stress busting techniques that will have a positive influence on your beliefs and behaviors around stress.  You will also have the opportunity to develop a personal action plan which will serve as an ongoing reference point for dealing with pressure in its many forms – home, family, social and work.

Stepwise Guide to Bringing Courses Online 

Colleagues at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, PA, developed this resource to walk faculty through the process of designing a student-centered online course. The guide is applicable to faculty at SUNY Geneseo as they also utilize Canvas as their learning management system and make reference to SUNY's OSCQR rubric for online courses. Camp Design is meant to evoke human gatherings in nature to help faculty see how digital pedagogy encourages playful exploration and the forming of strong, lasting bonds among communities of learners.

AdaptabilityConnectionand Equity Informed Teaching

Plymouth State University's framework for AdaptabilityConnectionand Equity (ACE) Informed Teaching. A guide for decision-making and professional development planning during a time of crisis.