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Canisius in the News

The Buffalo News leaned heavily on the expertise of the economic trio comprised of Drs. George Palumbo, Mark Zaporowski and Julie Anna Golebiewski in recent days.

Reporter David Robinson interviewed Golebiewski for two separate stories about what the local economy may look like in a post-Covid environment. The first article, titled “Buffalo Niagara will be different after Covid-19. Are we ready to turn change into opportunity?” can be read by clicking here. The second story, titled “A different look for the post-Covid Buffalo Niagara economy,” can be read here.

Robinson also reported on the region’s recent unemployment numbers, as analyzed in the latest edition of WNY Economic News, which is published by Golebiewski, Palumbo and Zaporowski. That article, titled “Unemployment is rising again and it could be even worse than the numbers say,” can be read here.

Submitted by: College Communications

Meet the Faculty: Art History Lecture

Please join us for Adjunct Professor Denise Prince’s lecture next month, titled “Prehistoric Cave Art: Dawn of Humanity.” This lecture is part of the ArtsCanisius Meet the Faculty series.

The presentation focuses on the mysterious prehistoric cave art of Europe, some of which dates back over 30,000 years. Learn about the history of three important cave art discoveries, including the Chauvet Cave. 

Since the beginning of archaeology in the 19th century, a variety of theories have been proposed regarding the elusive meaning of the art. The talk will conclude with possible explanations for the enigmatic images from the dawn of humanity.   

The lecture will be recorded and made available after February 15, 2021,at www.canisius.edu/artscanisiusevents

For more information about this lecture and other events sponsored by ArtsCanisius, please visit www.canisius.edu/artscanisius.

Submitted by: Yvonne K. Widenor, visiting assistant professor and program director, Art History Program; Fine Arts Department director and Studio Art Galleries director, ArtsCanisius

Using Zoom? Plan Ahead

Zoom is a tremendous resource for teaching and learning, offering remote, real-time conversation with a bunch of other features. It seems easy to use, when everything works correctly. But this is real-time technology that relies on hardware interaction at both ends. With the exception of using Zoom as a screencast recorder, what you do in Zoom takes place in real-time. After all, it’s complicated to broadcast live television, too.

Therefore, we recommend you spend time to prepare for using Zoom:

  • Don’t be in a hurry. Days or weeks beforehand, decide exactly what you want. List the details: what should happen in your Zoom meeting or webinar? Then, read or watch all relevant tutorials and instructions in our Zoom resource and at Zoom’s support site.
  • Make sure you have the necessary hardware you need and that it works before committing to any Zoom plan. This is part of:
    • Rehearsal. If you need to, create a free, private account, separate from your Canisius account. You’ll need a separate email address for this. Then use two devices (PC and smartphone) to join a test Zoom meeting. Another option is to join colleagues in a Zoom meeting so you can all try out whatever features you’re planning to use. This accomplishes two things: you verify that your hardware, Zoom account, and Zoom app are all working together, and that you know how to use features you need, such as screen sharing or even breakout rooms. Run through as many steps as possible in rehearsal.
    • More than software like D2L or Google Drive, Zoom (and other web conference tech) requires a lot of technology working optimally. Depending on your devices, you may need to perform maintenance. This may simply mean closing the many browser tabs you have open, to restarting your PC. Older PCs running earlier operating system (Windows or Mac) versions may need to be upgraded or replaced. If you are using a Canisius computer, you may need to consult ITS User Services for help in updating your operating system, or properly configuring a microphone headset.
    • The more light you have in a room where you are recording, the better the webcam image will be. This is especially so with webcams built into laptop lids.
  • If you are a professor planning some Zoom activity for class, ask students to help you test it before doing it in a real class period. They’re often patient and happy to help. Plus, this builds a greater sense of learning community in a course.
  • Consider having alternatives and workarounds, in case things don’t go as planned. Decide what’s not strictly necessary, too. If you are teaching a class or conducting a meeting, having a webcam is great but audio and perhaps your slides are more important. But quickly try out Google Meet, so you have that as a backup in case Zoom becomes unavailable when you need a web meeting tool.

Some of this advice closely parallels that similar guidance we’ve issued about data gathering tools like Qualtrics or D2L quizzes. These are also complicated technologies that operate in real-time. Tutorials are essential for learning how Zoom works. ITS and COLI personnel can help troubleshoot problems or find workarounds. If you decide to use Zoom with only hours to spare without trying out your plans beforehand, there’s a greater chance that last-minute support won’t fix the problems that may arise.

Be patient with yourself the first time around. Small problems may come up that may take a moment or two to solve, and your participants can often help you sort them out. Once you’ve rehearsed and successfully hosted your Zoom event, repeat events are likely to run smoothly. If you get a new microphone or are using another new feature, it may be worth trying it out before an important event.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, academic technologist, COLI