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Spotlight on Innovations in Teaching and Learning

SITL-QR-codeHave you seen or used QR codes to get information while shopping? Students in Dr. Paul Yan’s courses use them regularly for learning. Dr. Yan is an assistant professor of economics and finance who seeks creative ways to engage students and to provide them with skills that will be useful in their careers.

For example, the business community regularly provides feedback that students should be proficient in Excel. For this reason, Dr. Yan has generated a web page related to learning Excel basics, formulas, macros, and VBA. To make this web page easily accessible, he includes a QR code and puts it on his syllabi. He also uses QR codes to provide students in his finance courses with one or two readings each week.

Dr. Yan is able to generate these codes using open source software (Program R) and he has provided instructions to anyone who might be interested through the QR code in the spotlight. If you need a QR code reader, you can download your own QR Code Scanner using any Android or iPhone.

Submitted by: Sara Morris, associate vice president, academic affairs

Wehle School of Business Dean Search

John Veitch, PhD, professor of finance at University of San Francisco, will be visiting Canisius today, January 27 and Thursday, January 28. All are invited to attend his open forum scheduled for today from 2:00 – 2:50 p.m. in Horan O’Donnell 109.

Electronic surveys are also available for each candidate. As you interact with a candidate by attending the open forum, please take the time to provide thoughtful feedback by filling out the appropriate survey. The deadline for Dr. Veitch’s survey is Monday, February 1.

Submitted by: Jeff Lindauer, dean, school of education and human services

Canisius Hosts Lake Erie/Niagara Regional NYS Science Olympiad

More than 500 high school students from throughout Western New York will participate in the Lake Erie/Niagara Regional NYS Science Olympiad hosted by Canisius College and the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry on Saturday, January 30 from 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. in Science Hall. The competition, which is free and open to the public, includes many exciting and visually interesting science events including:

  • Bridge Test – students test the strength of their strategically-designed wood bridge structures
  • Protein Modelling – students explore protein structure/function by creating three-dimensional models of proteins
  • Robot Arm – students design, build and test a robotic arm
  • Wind Power – students design and build a device that can turn wind into energy
  • Wright Stuff – students make, test and fly an airplane powered by a twisted rubber band, with the goal of achieving the longest flight duration

An awards ceremony will be held at 5:15 p.m. in the Montante Cultural Center. The top four teams will advance to the New York State Science Olympiad competition to be held at LeMoyne College on March 11-12, 2016.

Submitted by: Phil Sheridan, PhD, associate professor, chemistry and biochemistry