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Independent Nursing Care on Campus Later this Month

Independent Nursing Care will be on campus offering rapid Covid-19 tests for faculty and staff in Old Main 101 at the following dates:

  • Wednesday, February 24 from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.
  • Wednesday, March 3 from 9:00 – 12:00 p.m.

Please note that this option is available to faculty and staff as a convenience and is not a mandatory requirement.

To schedule an appointment time, please Email Lynn Incardona at

Once registered, you will receive a consent form and fact sheet via Email.  These rapid tests that will enable you to receive your results in 15 minutes.

Additional testing information and locations:

Please contact the Human Resources department with any questions.

Submitted by: Linda M. Walleshauser, associate vice president, Human Resources and Compliance

COLI Resources for Faculty

Here are some core resources from the Center for Online Learning and Innovation (COLI) helpful for faculty teaching in the 2021 spring semester:

  • Canisius Faculty Preparedness Guide: Rapidly transition courses to an online format, in response to Covid-19 social distancing. This includes tutorials, possibilities for building online activities, links to live training and our faculty mentors list.
  • COVID-19 Academic Resources: Policies, guidelines and tips from Academic Affairs Division, concerning teaching during the COVID-19 crisis.
  • Canisius Student Preparedness Guide: Guide for students in circumstances where all courses must be in a remote/online format. Professors should scan it, since there may be helpful links for syllabi, assignment instructions or D2L course space.
  • Resources for Teaching Online: Complete list of resources for faculty teaching online or hybrid courses.
  • Faculty Development Opportunities: Live trainings and meetups where you can learn core technologies for teaching online, and discuss possibilities with fellow faculty.
  • D2L Self-Paced Training: Although individually they appear elsewhere, the complete list of current D2L tutorials for Canisius faculty can be found here.
  • Google Apps Tutorials: Fresh tutorials explaining how to integrate Google Drive-based content with D2L. This resource is for both faculty and students.
  • Zoom Tutorials: Resources for using Zoom for synchronous course meetings.
  • Pedagogy Primer Podcast: COLI’s podcast focusing on teaching and learning. The latest episodes include tips for asynchronous discussions, which are a common element in online teaching and learning.
  • Canisius College Helpdesk: Ask questions about information technology here. Your question will be channeled to the right person who can best answer it.

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

The Employee of Distinction Program

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The Employee of Distinction Program is back in session as we are now headed into the month of March!

Nominate a co-worker for a job well done by completing the Employee of Distinction nomination form here.

The Employee of Distinction program provides an excellent opportunity to show appreciation and support for co-workers and to reward them for all they do. The application will request an explanation as to why a candidate is worthy of the award. A list of factors to consider when submitting a nomination include the nominee’s history of accomplishments, level of determination, motivation and interpersonal skills. The information provided in the application will be used to make a fair and objective selection.

Each month, upon supervisor approval, the Employee Engagement Team will review all nominations and vote.

Please have all March submissions completed no later than Monday, March 22. Submissions after that date will be considered for the month of April.

Once a decision is made for March, the Employee of Distinction will be featured in The Dome.

Contact the Human Resources Department at Ext. 2240 or Bethany in the President’s Office at Ext. 2100 with any questions.

Submitted by: Bethany Voorhees, executive associate, President’s Office

Upcoming Faculty Development Course

The Center for Online Learning & Innovation (COLI) offers a five-week mini-course for Canisius College faculty that prepares professors to teach online and hybrid courses. This course, called the Online Faculty Development Course (OFDC), provides many practical tips for teaching online but more importantly, it helps faculty explore new pedagogies for active learning social presence and community building in courses on the internet.

Specifically, for spring 2021, the OFDC can help professors craft engaging, interactive online experiences for students that go hand-in-hand with limited use of the classroom. This upcoming semester, we have two OFDC courses running:

  • Monday, February 22 through Friday, March 26
  • Monday, March 29 through Friday, April 30

To RSVP for either, please check out the COLI faculty development events here.

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

Canisius College Wiki Updates

A few updates concerning the Canisius College wiki:

  • After March 1, 2021, the gray lefthand sidebar will be minimized by default. Although still available, it will not automatically appear to users on desktop or laptop computers. While the sidebar appears to provide a navigation menu, it does not always do this in the most efficient way.  More importantly, the sidebar does not appear on mobile devices so it should not be relied upon to assist users in navigating wiki pages and spaces.  You can provide much better navigation within your own pages, using tools outlined here.
  • Revisit your wiki pages and update the materials there. This includes files attached to pages. If your pages are available to anyone, so is any out-of-date information posted there or in attached files, even if they are not linked on visible pages.
  • As part of an effort to assist offices and departments across the college, the Center for Online Learning and Innovation has updated and augmented our guide to using the Canisius College Wiki. The guide provides information on how to improve wiki pages, as well as some time-saving tools and tips. Access the guide here.

If you don’t have a wiki page yet, you can request that COLI create you a page. Follow the guide and add content, create subsequent pages and manage access.

With the overwhelming volume of Emails crowding into faculty, staff and student inboxes, information distributed solely through Email will likely get buried and users will later struggle to find it. Trying to distribute important information by email could be problematic. Consider including it in the wiki where users can continually refer back to it. Save time and Email links to wiki pages that users can bookmark in browsers.

Email for any questions concerning the wiki.

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