October 2020

Faculty Development & Opportunities

Date: October through December
Time: Individual sessions
Location: Simulation Center or Virtual meetings

Interested in teaching in the Sim Center?

Attend a training with Dr. Karen Panzarella, Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. This training will offer sessions which include:
Scenario Writing: 2 hours
Debriefing Simulation Scenarios: 2 hours
Preparation for Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator: One on One mentoring through the process; 1 hour weekly meetings as needed
Scheduling is flexible. Anyone interested should contact Dr. Panzarella (panzarek@dyc.edu) via email to schedule a session. 

Gamifying your Online Course
with Drs. Jeremiah Grabowski and Alyssa Wozniak
Date: November 6th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom

This session will cover:

  • Intro to gamification
    Incorporating gamification into course design
  • Examples of gamification in the classroom
  • Illustrate an example of gamification in an online lab setting
  • Discuss potential advantages and disadvantages of gamification from a faculty perspective
  • Describe potential advantages and disadvantages of gamification on the student experience

How We are Teaching Labs Online 
Date: November 9th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom

By the end of the interactive session, the participants will:

  • Discuss how online labs focus on foundational knowledge for the eventual development and application of skills.
  • Share the challenges associated with finding online lab options to achieve learning outcomes.
  • Consider the pros and cons of synchronous and asynchronous learning strategies to build transferable skills in lab.

Faculty Wellness Workshop: Physical, Nutritional, and Holistic Tips to Get you Through the Semester
Date: November 12th
Time: 1 – 2pm
Location: Zoom

Breaking Down Branding: What Faculty Need to Know
Date: tentatively November 19th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom
The Branding Workshop held by Marketing Communications will review how you can access branding resources which include:
  • The D’Youville College logo
  • Brand guidelines
  • Form for ordering business cards
We will also discuss how you can go about requesting projects and sharing student and faculty stories with Marcom to help promote all the work that is being done on campus.

Organizing Strategies for Research and Scholarships

Date: Thursday, February 4th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom

Quick Tools for Assessing Gen Ed in Your Course
Date: Tuesday, March 30th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom

Early Assignment Creation for Gen Ed Rubrics 
Date: Thursday, April 8th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom

Checking In: Additional Supports for your Inclusive Teaching and Hosting Difficult Conversations  
Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom
Teaching Methods
Fall 2020 Tutoring Services through the Learning Center
Peer tutors are available in nearly 30 courses. Peer tutors offer one-on-one and small group sessions by appointment. They also offer drop-in sessions that don’t require an appointment. Scheduled and drop-in sessions are available on campus or virtually. Tutors are no longer restricted to the…
Getting Students to Do the Readings
It may seem too obvious to mention, but the first thing you must do if you want your students to do the readings for your class is to get your students to buy the required books. At the first class meeting, tell them that they will have to read and possibly even mark up the books daily for a chance at a passing final grade. If they can’t or won’t buy the books, they should drop your course…
Educational Technology
Instructional Best Practices Using Technology | UCF
The following instructional best practices using technology are broken down into four categories: Pedagogy Organization Interaction Assessment Pedagogy The Guidelines for Synchronous Assignments is a list of endorsed best practices that you may wish to explore and/or implement in your online…

Program Review and Assessment

In October of 2019, I presented at the IUPUI Assessment Institute in Indianapolis on the topic of academic program review. While almost every campus conducts program reviews, the definition, purpose, structure, and integration of assessment in program reviews is not universally understood, accepted, or implemented….
Quick Guide:
With mid-terms upon us, the online learning team created the following quick guide for Proctorio. If you plan on administering tests using Proctorio, please send this to your student prior to the exam. It quickly walks them through some steps they can take to head-off any potential issues.

Students and faculty can always contact us at onlinelearning@dyc.edu with questions.


Jeremiah Grabowski, PhD
Dean of Online Learning
Online Learning
Advice | 7 Ways to Assess Students Online and Minimize Cheating
What can you do to promote academic integrity in your virtual classroom without joining the “arms race” in cheating-prevention tools?
How can you make sure your online students take tests without cheating? It’s one of the most-frequent questions asked by new online instructors and even some experienced ones. The short answer: You can’t….
Inclusive Practices
How to Make Your Teaching More Inclusive
“In many courses, the days after the first exam can be stressful. Some students might feel worried about the results, or even doubt their abilities. So at the end of one challenging exam, a professor took a few minutes of class time to reassure her students.

Her brief remarks led to the kind of email that every faculty member should want to receive: “The speech you gave post-exam was something I needed to hear. Thank you for reminding me that I belong here and have the potential to succeed.” The student’s words tell you a lot about the instructor’s teaching style…”

Practical steps toward more inclusive teaching
Soulaymane Kachani, Catherine Ross and Amanda Irvin offer concrete strategies that are guided by research to use in the classroom…

In partnership with the Erie Niagara Area Health Education Center, all D’Youville faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend a series of virtual trainings promoting Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. Please see the flyer for registration links and more information.

October 28: Cultural Competence vs. Cultural Humility: What’s the Difference?
Time: 12:45-2:05pm
Description: In recent years, diversity specialists and researchers have been shifting to a cultural humility perspective, with less of a focus on cultural competence. This session covers the important differences in perspective that come from a cultural humility perspective, and how it can impact the workplace.

November 6: Managing Implicit Bias to Promote Equality Part I
Time: 12:45-2:05pm
Description: Implicit Biases play a role in every part of our lives, and yet we have very little conscious knowledge of how they impact our interactions with people and systems. Using the lens of current and past events, we delve into implicit bias, its effect on our daily lives, and how we can work to change our personal biases over time.

November 18: Managing Implicit Bias to Promote Equality Part II
Time: 12:45-2:05pm
Description: In part two of this training, participants will learn about and practice specific debiasing techniques that work to change implicit biases over time. Additionally, participants will be provided with a variety of resources that will enhance your ability to be an ally to communities in need.

With questions, contact Renee Cadzow at cadzowr@dyc.edu.

Faculty Research & Scholarship
Tips for engaging students in your classes in research (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed
Junior Prof provides some classroom tips for engaging your students in research.
Faculty Wellness
Wellness Tips | Faculty & Staff Resources
Find instructional videos, articles, and PDFs as part of the wellness program at the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work…
How faculty members can best cope with the stresses of COVID-19 (opinion) | Inside Higher Ed
Mindi Thompson gives some practical advice to help you focus on your physical and mental health and wellness….
Other News
COVID-19 Dashboard
We are pleased to share with you, the New York Forward COVID-19 Report Card – an interactive dashboard searchable by school containing pertinent data and insights into COVID-19 cases throughout the state and at individual locations…
U.S. News 2021 Rankings Announced: D’Youville top private university in the region
For the second consecutive year, D’Youville is ranked as the top private university in Western New York in recognition of its academic excellence, according to the 2021 U.S. News and World Report rankings released today. It is the second-highest nationally ranked university in Western New York…
Alert: Phishing Scam
Please be aware of a phishing email that is circulating from fake faculty and staff email accounts (dyc.edu@gmail.com domain extension.) D’Youville DOES NOT conduct financial business via email, and any message asking for your phone number, to purchase items (example: gift cards), or requests…

Faculty, encourage your students to apply to be this year’s commencement speaker. 
D’Youville invites graduating students from the class of 2020 to be considered for this honor to self-nominate using the form on the page below.
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