In this section you will find a variety of resources provided by the University and the School of Social Work (SSW), along with specific recommendations to help support the continuity of distance academic instruction.
SSW faculty are encouraged to utilize these resources whether preparing for a full online course, or responding to an interruption in seated course delivery, such as COVID-19, inclement weather, etc.
Academic Continuity refers to the continuation of academic instruction at the University at Buffalo through synchronous and asynchronous eLearning (online modalities) in the event classroom instruction is interrupted for an extended period of time.
The resources below are available to support School of Social Work faculty in teaching from a distance.
If you need help revising assignments or ideas for different assignments please contact our Instructional Designer, Steve Sturman, email@example.com he will be happy to help brainstorm with you and figure out the best ways to accomplish your assignments in an online environment.
The School of Social Work (UBLearns) template has a lot of useful information that can help guide you in moving your course to a distance format including:
You should see the school of social work template in your course list when you log into ublearns.buffalo.edu. If you do not please contact Steven Sturman at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be happy to add you to the template.
In light of the current public health challenges in delivering all scheduled seated classes with enough social distancing (reduced capacity of classrooms), and given the differences in the programs that students have chosen, we have created an instruction guide. This guide highlights the differences between the three modes of delivery.
The school has a library of videos, created by our faculty and instructional designer, describing how to do in class activities in the online environment. Specific topics include, doing role plays, student reflection through journals, discussions through flipgrid, and online group assignments. You can access these videos by going to the Teaching from a Distance playlist on YouTube.
If you have general questions about how to teach from a distance, how to modify your in class activities to fit a distance modality, or questions about any of the teaching technologies available to you please contact the school's Instructional Designer, Steven Sturman at email@example.com and he will be happy to email, call or set up a zoom meeting to answer your questions.
Whether you are looking to get started with online teaching, or you require advanced resources to enhance existing courses, the Teach Anywhere Site will help you navigate the comprehensive resources that UB has, helping to ensure your success in teaching anywhere.
The University Libraries provide a broad array of resources and services to support UB faculty and teaching assistants. The libraries also have facilities and equipment to loan to help you develop course materials. The subject librarian for your department, school, or research center is available to discuss Libraries' resources and services for your research and teaching, and for the students you teach. Please contact your librarian today.
Zoom is the recommended video conferencing platform for real time (synchronous) online teaching. You can use this for class lectures, discussions or office hours. Zoom meetings can also be recorded and made available to those unable to attend the live session. We highly recommend SSW faculty follow all security practices listed in the University webpage linked below, Setting your Zoom Security Settings.
Setting your Zoom Security Settings (to prevent ZoomBombing)
Panopto is used to record lectures and upload videos to make them available to your classes. This software allows you to easily record a lecture with powerpoint from your home computer.