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Rescheduled – Faculty Meetup: Building Communities in Online and Hybrid Courses

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) will host a meetup on Tuesday, April 23 at 3:30 p.m. in Old Main 219. The meetup will focus on online and hybrid courses (this was rescheduled from Thursday, April 11).

Jennifer Stowe, professor in the School of Education and Human Services’ Literacy Program, will lead the discussion to examine power and respect for different voices and community in teaching. The starting point is the face-to-face classroom. Consulting critical theories in education, the meetup will explore new teaching relationships that build virtual, rich and productive communities in online and hybrid courses.

Join the conversation and discover new ways to develop strong social and teaching presence in online or hybrid courses! All faculty members are welcome!

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Submitted by: Mark Gallimore, Center for Online Learning & Innovation

Study Participants Needed for Research on Aging and Autism

The Institute for Autism Research and Department of Psychology recently received a $379,731 federal grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging to examine the relationship between aging and aspects of ASD in older adults.

We are asking for your help in this new program of research. Please reach out to older friends and family members who might be willing to participate in this study. You can also participate yourself.

The focus of this grant is on individuals age 65 and older. However, participants are not required to be 65 and older and they do not need a diagnosis of ASD to participate in this study. An important component of this research project is the assessment of adults of all ages with varying degrees of ASD characteristics from none – high.

To participate, simply go

Study participants will complete approximately 30-90 minutes of internet based questionnaires and tasks. The timing will depend on your preferred pacing. Participants will be characterized on multiple domains of aging including physical health, cognitive performance, characteristics of ASD and psychological well-being.

Please be aware that you are under no obligation to participate. Your participation in this research will in no way impact your relationship with Canisius or the services you could receive in the future from the IAR or community-based ASD service programs.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor of psychology, at or (716) 888-2513.

Submitted by: Jennifer Lodi-Smith, associate professor, Psychology/IAR