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Pedagogy Primer Podcast: Feedback

In this episode, we discuss ways to improve professor feedback on student work.  Make your feedback commentary another great opportunity for students to learn, and help students get the most from it.

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Great Sources

Brookhart, Susan.  How to Give Effective Feedback to Your Students.  ASCD, 2017.

Koehler, Johann.  The Feedback Loop: When Less is More, and When More is Less.  Graduate Student Instructor Teaching & Resource Center, University of California at Berkeley. 2016.

Walvoord, Barbara and Virginia Johnson Anderson.  Effective Grading: A Tool for Learning and Assessment in College. Wiley, 2011.

COLI.  Lesson 4 of the COLI Guide for Teaching Online.

D2L Tutorials

D2L Rubrics

D2L Dropbox Tools

D2L Quizzes and Exams

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

Pedagogy Primer Podcast

In episode 12 of the Pedagogy Primer Podcast, Matthew Kochan, public service supervisor for the Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, joins us to take about information literacy, how it applies to student work, and how to do it effectively. He also discusses open education resources, also known as OER’s, how they can be used in the classroom, and the advantages and disadvantages of OER’s over traditional text. We close this episode with a brief discussion on how the Library has helped students overcome some of the struggles that they may encounter while going to college.

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Works Cited

Colvard, Nicholas B., et al. “The Impact of Open Educational Resources on Various Student Success Metrics.” International Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, vol. 30, no. 2, 2018, p. 15.

Redden, Molly. “7 in 10 Students Have Skipped Buying a Textbook Because of Its Cost, Survey Finds.” The Chronicle of Higher Education, 23 Aug. 2011,

“Student Group Releases New Report on Textbook Prices.” Student PIRGs, 3 Feb. 2016,

“Trends in College Pricing 2019”. College Board, Nov. 2019, p. 36.

Other Links

Mr. Matthew Kochan

Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library

Information Literacy LibGuide

Open Education Resources

OER Commons

Canisius College Databases

Canisius College Research Guides

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

3D Printing Interest Group

The first meeting of our Canisius 3D Printing Interest Group is today, Wednesday, April 27th at 1:00 P.M. in OM 119. Come learn how 3D printers are used on campus, how they may be helpful for your work, and how to get started in 3D printing. Also, we’ll discuss the development of a community workshop featuring 3D printing on campus.

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

Presidential Transition Team Announced

Canisius President-elect Steve Stoute has announced the formation of a Presidential Transition Team (PTT) to advise and support him in the early phase of his presidency.  The (PTT) will be advisory to incoming-president Stoute and provide him with recommendations for meaningful events and engagements that facilitate his successful transition to Canisius College and the Western New York community. The PTT will identify opportunities that will enable President Stoute to establish important internal and external relationships and expand upon his knowledge of Canisius’ rich history and culture, as well as the strengths, opportunities, and challenges facing the college.   The PTT will work in partnership with the Board of Trustees Onboarding and Transition Oversight Committee (OATO).

Linda Walleshauser, associate vice president for Human Resources & Compliance, and Erica Sammarco, associate vice president and assistant to the President, will co-chair the team.  They will work with the following members of the Canisius community appointed to the PTT by President-elect Stoute:

·         Tim Balkin, vice president for Business & Finance

·         Mick Cochrane, professor, English

·         Sandra Estanek, interim vice president for Student Affairs /Successor

·         Kristin Finn, professor, Teacher Education

·         Jason Francey, director of Student Engagement

·         Eileen Herbert, chief communications officer, Communications/ Public Relations

·         Jahare Hudson ’23, president, Undergraduate Student Association

·         Danielle Ianni, vice president, Enrollment Management

·         Caleb Long, HESAA,’23, graduate student representative

·         Sandra Miller, Sr. director, Corporate & Foundation and Government Relations

·         Sara Morris, vice president, Academic Affairs

·         Fatima Rodriguez-Johnson, associate dean, Diversity and Inclusion

·         Denise Rotondo, dean, Wehle School of Business

·         Rev. Tom Slon, S.J., rector, Canisius Jesuit Community

·         Howard Stanger/Successor, Faculty Senate Chair

·         Kim Venti, vice president, Institutional Advancement

·         Director of Campus Ministry (TBA)

·         Trustee Onboarding and Transition Oversight Committee – representative

A kick-off meeting for the PTT will be held today with President-elect Stoute.  He will officially begin his role on July 1, but the PTT will initiate its work this spring to prepare for his onboarding and support him throughout his first year. He has expressed his gratitude to this team and looks forward to working collaboratively with members of our Canisius community in developing a vision for the future.

Submitted by: College Communications

Alpha Sigma Nu Induction 2022

Pictured above: ASN Honoree Inductees (l-r) Michael H. Wood, PhD, chair, quantitative sciences, Ray C. Barker, PhD, adjunct professor, History Department, Rev. Thomas R. Slon, SJ, rector of the Jesuit Communities in Buffalo and Rochester, Barbara Irwin, PhD, professor of communication studies.

The Alpha Sigma Nu Honor Society of Jesuit Colleges and Universities extends its heartiest congratulations to its new Alpha Sigma Nu inductees.  A total of 10 students and four honorees were inducted at the Alpha Sigma Nu Induction Ceremony on Wednesday, April 21, 2022 in Christ the King Chapel. 

Alpha Sigma Nu recognizes those students who distinguish themselves in scholarship, loyalty and service.  The only honor society permitted to bear the name Jesuit, Alpha Sigma Nu encourages its members to a lifetime pursuit of intellectual development, deepening Ignatian spirituality, service to others, and a commitment to the core principles of Jesuit education.  Selection to Alpha Sigma Nu is one of the highest honors awarded on a Jesuit campus.

Pictured above: Group Inductees (top r,ow, l-r) Patrick Healy, Class of 2023, Erik Pawelski, Class of 2022, Dr. Ray C. Barker, adjunct professor of history, Zach Lundy, ASN Chapter Board Member, Rev. Thomas R. Slon, SJ, (middle row, l-r) Marisa Taylor Warren, Class of 2023, Katara Willis, Class of 2023, Matthew Johnson, ASN Chapter Board Member, Dr. Barbara Irwin, professor of communication studies, Dr. Michael Wood, professor of physics, Chair of Quantitative Sciences (front row, l-r) Liana Posella, Class of 2022, Vivian Mundschau, ASN Chapter President, Abigail Bradley, Class of 2023, Alyssa Foley, Graduate Student in College of Arts and Sciences, Thea Keppel, Class of 2023, Allison Kurthy, Graduate Student in School of Education, Ryan Iacono, Class of 2023.


Submitted by: Veronica Serwacki, Canisius chapter coordinator, Alpha Sigma Nu, executive associate, College of Arts & Sciences