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Upcoming Events

Orientation Workshop: Strategies for Creating an “Enhanced” Course 
Darien Ripple, Program Manager for Experiential Learning and Nancy O’Neill, Co-Director of CELTT, Office of Academic Innovation

The Enhanced course pilot initiative is designed to strengthen experiential learning for honors and non-honors students across UB undergraduate programs. Faculty can apply for an Enhanced course designation and funding to support substantive experiential activities. For more information, see the Call for Proposals. The deadline for submitting a proposal is Friday, February 28, 2014. Interested faculty are invited to attend one of two preparatory workshops that will be offered this month.* Attendees should bring a syllabus for a course they are considering using in their proposals.

Thursday, February 6, 10:00-11:30 am, LC 215
Monday, February 17, 3:00-4:30 pm, LC 215

* Workshop attendance is strongly encouraged. If you cannot attend a workshop, you are welcome to email Sunni Solomon at to arrange to speak with someone from the Office of Academic Innovation for tips on writing a strong proposal.

Workshop: Using Rubrics to Advance Program-Level Assessment
Friday, February 21, 9:15 am-1:00 pm, BC 003, with breakfast refreshments and informal conversation starting at 8:30 am and snacks provided mid-morning.

We invite program directors to attend and to bring a second program faculty representative to join in this workshop. For questions regarding registration, contact Sunni Solomon at

AAC&U’s VALUE rubrics can be used to help clarify the scope and focus of program-level learning outcomes, gauge student achievement at early and late points in a program’s curriculum, and gather useful information to aid in program improvement. This workshop will offer participants hands-on experience using AAC&U’s VALUE rubrics for the purposes of program-level assessment. The workshop will be led by Terry Rhodes, Vice President for Quality, Curriculum, and Assessment at AAC&U with assistance from Nancy O’Neill, co-director of CELTT. Dr. Rhodes will provide a brief introduction to the VALUE rubrics and then lead participants through a group assessment exercise using student work that can be replicated in participants’ home departments. Participants will also learn how other institutions have used VALUE rubrics to improve student learning and share questions and challenges related to their current program assessment efforts.

Past Events

Dialogue on Scholarship Series
Co-sponsored by the University Faculty Senate Council on Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities, the Office of Academic Innovation, and CELTT

Examining the Climate for Research at UB

Wednesday, November 6, 4:00-5:00 pm, BC Auditorium and Atrium

Imagining the Future of Research at UB

Thursday, December 5, 12:00-2:00 pm, SC 301
Featuring special guest Dr. Eugene Rice, Senior Fellow, Association of American Colleges and Universities

2nd Annual Fall Teaching & Learning Day
Friday, October 18, 2013, 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Business Center, First Floor

Full Program

An Introduction to Adobe Captivate  
Paul Walsh, Director, Instructional technologies
Tuesday, October 1, 2013, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., LC215
Using screen-capture tools to enhance online and on-campus courses.

New Faculty Orientation
August 22-23, 2013, LAP 115
A welcome and introduction to UB for new faculty. This orientation covers several logistical and pedagogical approaches to getting started at the University of Baltimore.

Sophomore Seminar Series  
Tuesday, July 9th - Thursday, July 11th, BC 143
Part of the Summer Workshop Series sponsored by the Office of the Provost, this seminar series examines how best prepare Sophomores for academic success.

Networked Learning Workshop Series

Digital Scholarship
Lucy Holman, Director, Langsdale Library
Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., BC 143
Explore how researchers and students can engage with material incorporating digital projects, product development and multimedia.

Google Apps and Docs
Sean Carton, Director, Center for Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., BC 139
Learn more about real-time collaboration applications designed for higher education that encourage innovation and interaction.

Thinking Outside of the CMS
Anastasia Salter, Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 12:00-2:00 p.m., LAP 309
Discover platforms and social networks that offer features (e.g., communication skills, digital literacy, collaborative pedagogy) not commonly available in a course management system.

Social Media in the Classroom
Lucy Holman, Director, Langsdale Library
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., SC 301
Find out how faculty can utilize blogs, microblogs, wikis, and crowdsourcing opportunities for students’ project sites.

Presentation Tools and Skills
Sean Carton, Director, Center for Digital Communication, Commerce and Culture
Wednesday, May 1, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., BC 143
View new resources in action, create dynamic and professional presentations, and organize content for impact, thereby creating a stronger connection with students.

Video in Your Course
Greg Walsh, Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
Wednesday, May 8, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., SC 301
Learn about ways to utilize video, particularly asynchronous-streaming video, to add depth to curriculum and class discussions.

Games in the Cross-Disciplinary Classroom
Anastasia Salter, Assistant Professor, Division of Science, Information Arts and Technologies
Wednesday, May 15, 2013, 2:00-3:30 p.m., BC 143
Find out more about games and their roles in pedagogy – from helping students explore content from a new viewpoint (e.g., as a participant in an historical event), to building a game, to working in teams.

Community Engagement Workshop Series

Teaching with Baltimore “Vital Signs” Data across the Disciplines 

Seema Iyer, Associate Director, Jacob France Institute
Thursday, April 18, 4:00-5:30 p.m., BC 143

The Baltimore Neighborhood Indicators Alliance-Jacob France Institute at the University of Baltimore compiles and organizes the annual “Vital Signs” data on housing, health, safety, education, and economic development for Baltimore neighborhoods. These quality-of-life indicators, examined over time, allow users to measure progress toward strong neighborhoods, good quality of life, and a thriving city. Learn how to incorporate this “open-data” resource into a variety of types of courses—from the humanities and social sciences to math, business, law, and public policy, and across lower division, upper division, and graduate levels.

Community-Based Experiential Learning at UB
Betsy Nix
, Assistant Professor, LEHS, and Chair, UB21 Experiential Learning Committee and Bill Wells, Survey Lab Manager, Schaefer Center for Public Policy
Thursday, April 4, 2013, 4:00-5:30 p.m., BC 321
In fall 2012, the UB21 Experiential Learning Committee developed a survey that sought to capture faculty involvement with and interest in a variety of types of experiential learning. In this session, Betsy Nix and Bill Wells will share survey results related to community-based experiential learning—including service learning, internships, and field trips. Learn about what motivates faculty to engage in community-based projects and the nature and scope of projects being organized across campus.

Fall Teaching and Learning Day
November 9, 2012
This inaugural CELTT Teaching & Learning Day showcased rich examples of teaching and learning from UB and offered concrete strategies for enhancing teaching to promote significant learning. The conference featured an opening plenary by Dr. Lee Knefelkamp, Professor of Psychology and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University, followed by concurrent sessions led by UB colleagues on topics including:

  • When Students Can't Write
  • Ready or Not: Rubrics, Learning Goals, and Assessment
  • Classroom Authority: Getting It, Keeping It, and Letting It Go
  • The Best of Online Teaching Methods

Race-Conscious Educational Practices: Strategies for Increasing Minority Student Engagement
Dr. Shaun Harper
February 2, 2012
Dr. Shaun Harper is a nationally recognized expert in teaching and learning with a special focus on educational success among African-American male students. Dr. Harper shared his experiences with the effectiveness of high-impact teaching practices among underrepresented student groups and provide us with the opportunity to develop action plans tailored to address our own institutional needs.

Master Teacher Workshop
Dr. Harvey Brightman
January 17-18, 2012
This two-day workshop focused on the most critical factors that affect student learning and student evaluations. Participants learned how to develop objectives for all learning levels; motivate students; and design and implement teaching methods that appeal to different student learning styles.