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Online Education Campus Today (March 1)

In May 2011, the Board of Trustees approved A Transformational Education: The Strategic Plan for Canisius College that includes goals to diversify delivery systems for courses and programs and to develop a mission-based, market-sensitive online academic program strategy.  The goals of the strategic plan and the realities of Canisius’ growing base of students enrolled in online programs, led President John J. Hurley to form a Task Force on Online Education (TFOE) to address how we will develop and implement standard policies to guarantee the quality and consistency of online education across courses and the schools.

On March 1 from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. in the Regis Room, the TFOE is hosting a forum to present a draft of a policy for conducting online education at Canisius and to facilitate a campus-wide discussion on the topic.  Co-moderated by Michael Pardales, PhD, dean of the School of Education and Human Services and chair of the task force, and Mark Meyer, PhD, professor of computer science and chair of the Faculty Senate’s Ad Hoc Committee on Online Education, the forum will include a brief presentation on the committee’s work and the state of online education at Canisius. Participants will then have an opportunity to work in groups to review and comment on the draft documents. The forum will conclude with a Q&A period with the TFOE committee members.

The following three documents are available for review in advance of the forum:

  1. Draft Policy for Conducting Online Education at Canisius College (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
  2. Diagnostic report that provides some context for the policy and the discussion (Adobe Acrobat PDF)
  3. Proposed resources needed for supporting online education (Adobe Acrobat PDF)

The Task Force encourages everyone’s participation and looks forward to the discussion.  For those who are unable to attend, a video recording of the forum will be published and opportunities to comment on the document will be available at our TFOE Angel site, which is viewable by the entire campus community.

Submitted by: Erica C. Sammarco, assistant to the president; secretary, Board of Trustees

Women in the Arts Festival Continues

The Women in the Arts Festival continues today (March 1), at 7:30 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center with Buffalo’s own Ladies First Big Band. The Band was created by bassist Jennifer May and is the 2010 winner of the Buffalo Music Award-Best Jazz group. Get out the dancing shoes and get ready for a real treat as the Ladies First Big Band makes its first visit to Canisius. Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students, and can be purchased online or at the door.

The following events continue throughout the weekend:

  • Friday, March 2, 7:30 p.m., Christ the King Chapel — organist Barbara Harbach and Canisius College voice majors Jena Abati, Rachael Bosak and Emily Yancey highlight “Women Organ Composers from the Renaissance to the Present” and vocal works by Barbara Harbach and 19th Century composer Louise Reichardt. Admission is free.
  • Saturday, March 3, 7:30 p.m., Montante Cultural Center — The Alabaster Box Gospel Choir, Karen E. Williams, director presents a program entitled “ALABASTER BOX: The Gospel According to HER!” Admission is free.
  • Monday, March 5, noon, Regis Room South — the festival closes with a music lecture given by Barbara Harbach, PhD, professor of music, University of Missouri at St. Louis, which highlights “21st Century Women Composers.” Admission is free.

Submitted by:  Ellen Barnum, assistant director, ArtsCanisius

Mission SoftChalk Spring 2012

Information Technology Services (ITS) announces that specialized SoftChalk training sessions will be held beginning March 4 with a three-week “Mission Softchalk” seminar for all levels of users ranging from beginners to advanced users.

SoftChalk creates interactive, professional looking webpages for E-learning courses quickly and easily.  It is an ideal tool for those who use ANGEL in any capacity.  Softchalk is available to all faculty and staff to easily engage students through the creation of interactive content including games, quiz questions and pop-up text annotations.

To register, click here.

Submitted by:  Leah MacVie, instructional designer, ITS

Women’s Studies Film Festival

The Women’s Studies (WST) department, with support from the WST Student Club, once again presents its annual film festival celebrating Women’s History Month. The festival is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

This year’s festival features three outstanding films that include a variety of film genres. There will be a brief discussion after each of the films. The schedule is as follows:

  • March 6 HANNA/ hosted by Lindsey Row-Heyveld, PhD. 7 p.m. – Student Center Conference Room
  • March 23 The Heretics/ hosted by the WST Student Club 7 p.m. – OM 304
  • April 4 Vagabond/ hosted by Eileen Angelini, PhD. 7 p.m. – Student Center Regis North

Submitted by:  Johanna Fisher adjunct professor, English/women’s studies


Leadership Workshop Open to Campus Community

The Center for Professional Development has three seats available for the upcoming Executive Leadership Series for Intermediate Leaders. This is a series of four, day-long workshops running every Tuesday in March starting on March 6. There is no charge to Canisius employees. Visit the website for details about the program. Contact Amy Diati at Ext. 8491 or to register.

Submitted by:  Stephanie Cattarin, executive director, Center for Professional Development