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PBJ Sandwich Service Project


The Human Resources Office and President’s Office, in partnership with the United Way, invite faculty and staff to serve together on Thursday, December 1, 2022, from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty Lounge in Old Main.  Participants will make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for the Buffalo City Mission to distribute to families in need. Click here to sign up!

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

El Camino de Santiago

In May 2023, members of the the Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures, its students, alumni and friends are heading to Galicia, in Northern Spain, to walk over 70 miles on the medieval trail known as El Camino, to the symbolic tomb of St. James in Santiago de Compostela. It’s a six-day walk during which the group will also participate in several cultural activities unique to the Galician region.

Galicia is one of the three historic autonomies on the Iberian Peninsula with its own language, medieval architecture, folklore, handicrafts, and one of the richest cuisines in Spain. This is the third time Canisius faculty, students and friends will partake in this transformative experience that culminates with Mass of the Pilgrim at the Cathedral of St. James.

Submitted by: Margaret Stefanski, chair, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures

Final Exams in D2L

With final exams around the corner, it may be useful to review these features of D2L Quizzes and Dropboxes.

D2L Quizzes provides a robust tool to grade quizzes easier and quicker. Some features can help prevent cheating to a degree, like basic question randomization and advanced question randomization. If you want to use questions from a previous exam or quiz, the Question Library lets you copy questions to the mid-term. Connect your exam directly to the grade book for faster grading. Click here for a tutorial. You can also have your students sign an Academic Integrity Pledge before continuing to the exam. Customize the Quiz Result display, in combination with a faux exam, to show students what questions they got and see where they need to brush up on their studying.

Please note that if you allow automatic grading of your exam, D2L will not automatically grade written responses. Those need to be graded manually. Inform your students that the grade they have immediately after completing the exam is not reflective of their overall grade. If you want to see all of the tutorials on the D2L Quiz tool that COLI has compiled, click here.

D2L Dropboxes are a great way to receive student work in various formats but more notably PDFs, Microsoft Office files, JPGs, or PNGs. You can also restrict the types of files the dropbox will accept. Attach the dropbox to the grade book or use a D2L Rubric and attach it to the dropbox for faster grading.

For more information on D2L Dropboxes, click here. For tutorials on D2L Rubrics, click here. Or sign up for one of our many workshops here.

COLI has compiled other resources on the various tool sets in D2L. Click here to access those.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI

Pedagogy Primer Podcast

In this episode, we are joined by Dr. Justin Del Vecchio and Matthew Gracie, both faculty in the Department of Quantitative Sciences and the Cybersecurity graduate program.  They discuss the possibilities for cybersecurity students and graduates, and some of the day-to-day aspects of work for cybersecurity professionals.  They also offer advice on keeping current in cybersecurity issues, and great practices for the rest of us in keeping our digital data, work, and life secure from intrusion or loss.

Upcoming Lunches and Meetups

The last in our series of Lunch Updates and Faculty Meetups for this semester are coming up soon! Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on these wonderful topics!

Lunch Update: Easy Course Video

Tuesday, November 29, 2022 at 12:00 p.m., in the Old Main Faculty/Staff Lounge

Lunch will be provided, but participants can bring their own as well.

With Panopto, D2L now has a simple but effective toolset for recording and sharing video with (and between) students.  No more hassle with Google Drive or YouTube! In this Lunch Update, COLI staff will quickly demonstrate Panopto (it doesn’t take long!) and answer any questions about it and video for academics, generally.

RSVP for the Lunch Updates!


Come and join your colleagues in a discussion about these interesting topics. However, make sure to bring your own lunch as only light snacks will be provided.

Student Support & Engagement

Thursday, December 1, 1:00 p.m., Old Main Faculty/Staff Lounge

Student Support & Engagement Meetups will be headed up by Dr. Daniel Haeusser, Dr. Mark Harrington, and Jason Francey. At these meetups, the attending faculty may hear from the Faculty-Student Liason Committee and can learn about new approaches, supports, advisement, and more from Student Affairs and the Griff Center.

Data Meetup

Monday, December 5, 11:00 a.m., Old Main Faculty/Staff Lounge

This series will be headed up by Dr. David Sheets, Dr. James Goldstein, and Dr. Jonathan Rodgers. These meetups will discuss different ways to collaborate with programming, pair-programming techniques, SPSS alternatives and more.

Submitted by: Tyler Kron-Piatek, Instructional Designer, COLI