December 2020

Winter 2021 Faculty Development Day:
Address & Reconnect
A day dedicated to inclusive practices in the classroom and
in our community with presentations by ENAHEC and CoNECT. 
When: Tuesday, January 12
Time: 9:30AM-3:30PM
Location: Virtual Event
Registration: Please register below.
Who can attend: This event is open to all D’Youville faculty, staff and adjuncts, da Vinci teachers, and any level of educators in Buffalo and the world.
Cost to attend: Free (please just register)

New Faculty Orientation 

Date: Monday, January 11
Time: 12-4:30PM
Location: Zoom

New Adjunct Orientation
Date: Tuesday, January 12
Time: 2:45-4:30PM
Location: Zoom
Faculty Development & Opportunities

VIDEO: Branding in Five Minutes by Jesse Stoddard

Check out this short video clip created by Jesse Stoddard with Marketing Communications for a short introduction to Branding here at D’Youville!

DYOU TEAM Health Workshops
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 ( via email to schedule a session. 

Organizing Strategies for Research and Scholarship
Presented by Dr. Lisa Rafalson

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

Quick Tools for Assessing Gen Ed in Your Course
Presented by Sam D’Amato
Date: Tuesday, March 30th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom

Early Assignment Creation for Gen Ed Rubrics 
Presented by Sam D’Amato
Date: Thursday, April 8th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom

Checking In: Additional Supports for your Inclusive Teaching and Hosting Difficult Conversations  
Presented by Dr. Rachel Ersing
Date: Wednesday, April 14th
Time: 12:30-1:30PM
Location: Zoom
Teaching Methods

Growing use of the internet in educational contexts has been prominent in recent years. In this survey paper, we describe how the internet is transforming the mathematics classroom and mathematics teacher education. We use as references several reviews of use of the internet in mathematics education settings made in recent years to determine how the field has evolved…

I’ve always been bothered by the fact that at the college level, where students pay a lot of money for their education, the people who do the teaching have little to no training in teaching methodology. Colleges and universities place a high premium on a person’s expertise in their field, but they often require no teaching experience or formal preparation in pedagogy….

Gamifying your Online Course – Recap 
Drs. Jeremiah Grabowski and Alyssa Wozniak held a Zoom session for ITI on Gamifying your Online Course in early November.
This session contained topics relating to:
  • Intro to gamification
  • Incorporating gamification into course design
  • Examples of gamification in the classroom
  • Illustrate an example of gamification in an online lab setting
Educational Technology

Microsoft Teams is changing how Meetings participants will access to meeting chat next month
Microsoft is planning to introduce some important changes to Teams meeting participant’s access to meeting chat based on how they were invited to the meeting. The feature listing recently appeared on the Microsoft Teams roadmap and is scheduled for a roll out in December….

10 Tips and Tricks for Zoom
Co-host a video call, automatically send Zoom meeting links to Slack, and learn a few other tips for using this web conferencing tool

Four of the Best Social Media Teaching Tips for Educators

Social media teaching can be an incredibly useful educational tool. The social networks students use are conducive to so many facets of modern learning. Things like collaborative planning, data and resource sharing, and progress updates concerning group work all apply with social networks. They appeal to our digital natives, and with social media they become easy to adopt. The prospect of social media teaching can be alluring or repulsive, depending on your understanding of it, and your experience with it…..


Best Practices for Unprecedented Times

The Proctorio team shared the following best practices PDF with us. I hope this is helpful as we begin our transition to fully remote learning after Thanksgiving…

Students Bring a Fresh Perspective to Institutional Assessments through Capstone Projects in Strategic Communication

As part of its 2012 revision of general education, Washington State University (WSU), a research-intensive university with six campuses, added a capstone course requirement for all undergraduates. Capstones are a well-known high-impact practice, offering “opportunities to integrate, synthesize, and apply knowledge [which] are essential to ensuring deep, meaningful learning experiences”…..

Listen to NILOA’s Executive Director, Dr. Natasha Jankowski, talk with Pedagogo about
‘Realizing the Value of Comprehensive Assessment’

The word “Pedagogo” comes from the Latin and means “educator.” To us, it’s also a place for educators and administrators to go for information and resources. Our Pedagogo podcast is designed help faculty and administrators keep up with what’s trending in higher education in a way that’s practical, applicable, and timely….

Inclusive Practices

The Emotional Toll of Racism

Black students continuously experience, fight against, and bear emotional scars from racism, which can lead to increased anxiety and poor mental health outcomes. Some colleges are just starting to address these issues…

How to Build Inclusive Practices in Education

Inclusive practices are critical to the higher education landscape in order to improve student learning.  Democratic principles are rooted in inclusion, and faculty and staff have a responsibility to provide personal and professional skills so that students fulfill goals of graduation and employment….

Here, we’ll delve into inclusive practices that can be implemented within higher education by considering four key areas:
1.) purposeful curriculum
2.) supportive climate
3.) language
4.) desirable difficulty.

Inclusive teaching involves cultivating awareness of the dynamics that shape classroom experiences and impact learning. It also involves being responsive to these dynamics and intentional about using strategies, or inclusive moves, that foster a productive learning environment. Sometimes there will be difficulty; inclusive teaching empowers students and teachers to navigate this together. Ultimately, inclusive teaching is good teaching….
Our Faculty

The D’Youville Pedagogical Playbook
A Resource Collection for College Faculty 

The ITI and the ITI Advisory Committee are developing a new project: The Pedagogical Playbook – an idea submitted at the 2020 Ideation Huddle. The Pedagogical Playbook will be a video resource for faculty to share tips, tools, and teaching stories with one another – “faculty helping faculty”. Our goal is to gather at least one video per academic department. Please consider submitting a short video (5-25 minutes) with the ITI. Suggested topics below:

  • Tell us about a lesson that goes really well every time.
  • Tell us about how you connect with your students.
  • Tell us about a challenge you faced one day in the classroom.
  • What has your online lab experience been like?
  • What has teaching online been like for you?
  • What are some teaching tools you can’t live without?
  • What are some resources or tips you can share with your colleagues?

Clay Named D’Youville’s AAUP Scholar of the Year 

Faculty from all departments recognized during awards ceremony

Buffalo, New York – October 27, 2020 – Lauren Clay, Ph.D., of Kenmore, New York, associate professor of health administration and public health, was named D’Youville’s AAUP Scholar of the Year for the 2019-20 academic year at the university’s virtual awards ceremony in October…

2020 NYSOTA Award Winners 

We are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2020 NYSOTA Awards!

Selected for their significant contribution and exceptional dedication to the profession of occupational therapy, these twenty-eight honorees inspire us and remind us just how much can be accomplished with passion, commitment and hard work.

President’s Award
Janice Tona, PhD, OTR/L
Theresa Vallone, EdD, MS, OTR/L

Pharmacy alumni return to D’Youville to help college test out of remote learning requirements

BUFFALO, N.Y (WKBW) — D’Youville College was able to order 1,000 rapid covid tests from New York State’s Health Department and test its entire on-campus population in under a week.

This was all done to meet the new state requirements for colleges and universities.

More than 350 people were tested with only ONE positive result….

Other News

KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, Donates $1 Million to Support D’Youville’s Health Professions Hub
Facility will have a transformative effect on the neighborhood surrounding D’Youville, providing high quality healthcare and job opportunities
Buffalo, New York – November 24, 2020 – KeyBank, in partnership with the First Niagara Foundation, is donating $1 million to support the Health Professions Hub at D’Youville…

Following Governor Cuomo’s press conference today, we would like to recap the announcement to inform everyone that there has been no change in our current “Orange Zone” designation. However, please be aware that Buffalo and parts of Erie County were put on warning to potentially become a red zone in the future….
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