Open SUNY Fellow Chats
The Open SUNY Fellow Chat series is a program offered monthly with the aim of featuring Open SUNY Fellows from our Community of Online Practitioners and their work to support our mission of networking, interaction, and excellence in online teaching and learning practices.
We are continuously accepting proposals. If you would like to share something you know with the Open SUNY Community, please submit a Fellow Chat proposal!
Check out the Fellow Chat speakers featured during the 2015-2016 season:
Our 2014-2015 season featured the following exemplary speakers and topics. You can access recorded Fellow Chat sessions anytime and we encourage you to click on the titles below to expand the description and visit the chat group pages in the COTE Community. These groups have been created to compliment each chat by providing access to session materials and promoting ongoing conversation around the chat topics.
Student-Driven Critical Thinking Discussions - Kamil Hamaoui, Westchester Community College
Student-Driven Critical Thinking Discussions
Description: Discussion forums are commonly used in online courses as a medium for students to develop critical thinking, communication, and information literacy skills. An effective way to meet these objectives is to use an explicit critical thinking framework, in which students are given specific instructions on how to structure their posts.
Approaches to Online Faculty Development - Anne Reed, University at Buffalo
Description: Faculty development is often a key component of a higher education-positioned instructional designer’s profession. This presentation offers an instructional designer’s comparison of the needs of online faculty situated in two types of SUNY institutions, a community college and a tier-one research university.
Fostering Creativity in Learning - Rhianna Rogers, Empire State College
Description: There is a growing trend among scholars and educators to see open educational resources (OER) as a cost-effective, sustainable and global approach to making high-quality digital and non-digital resources available to support learning and teaching; yet, not all educators understand how to do this effectively.
This 2-part presentation will present practical strategies for implementing OER in the design of course assignments and is intended to contribute to an ongoing discussion aimed at:
2. Effective implementation of OERs into current teaching models.
3. Assessing OER effectiveness and sustainability in course assignments.
A Virtual Infrastructure for Data Intensive Analysis (VIDIA) - James Greenberg, SUNY Oneonta
Description: The presentation will provide an overview of the establishment of a collaborative virtual community, focusing initially on data-intensive computing education in the social sciences.
Virtual Reality in Online Graduate Instruction - Eileen O'Connor, Empire State College
Virtual Reality in Online Graduate Instruction
Description: This presentation highlights seven years of integrating virtual reality into online education courses to build community, share work, create virtual conferences and poster sessions, and develop collaborative projects. A new course has students beginning to design their own complex virtual environments. Suggestions on effective virtual usage to be shared too.
"Teaching is Dead!" What's your philosophy of learning? - Bill Pelz, Herkimer County Community College
"Teaching is Dead!" What's your philosophy of learning?
Description: Adults learn what they choose to learn. The philosophy of heutagogy puts the learner in control. This chat focuses on strategies designed to engage online learners with the content, with the instructor, and with one another.
Best Practices for Incorporating an International Collaboration into Your Course - Patrice Prusko, Cornell University & Lorette Calix, Empire State College
Description: In this presentation, Patrice & Lorette discuss how international course collaborations contribute to internationalization of the curriculum and are valuable and engaging experiences for the students. Researchers share best practices for adding this type of exercise in courses. Lessons learned are helpful to any instructor connecting groups of students in different locations and/or incorporating virtual meeting tools.
Virtual Meetings and Recordings Using Zoom - Lorette Pelletiere Calix, Empire State College
Description: The virtual meeting tool, Zoom, is low-cost, easy to use and provides a high quality and stable meeting environment for synchronous class sessions or meetings. There is also a recording function which can be used to record lectures or other course resources. In this presentation we would like to demonstrate Zoom as the tool we found to be most helpful and easy-to-use for virtual class meetings. Participants will practice using the tool.
Preparing for our Future: Constructing BRIDGE Programs with K-12 Colleagues - Eric Machan Howd, SUNY Binghamton
Description: This 20-minute presentation will discuss some of the research and projects currently present that support and/or build BRIDGE networks between K-12 and Higher Education instructional designers and educators. There will be time after the presentation for sharing of current practices in this area from attendees as well as ideas for collaborating on these ideas on a greater level.
Virtual Field Trips - Deborah Raines, University at Buffalo
Description: Online technologies remove the barriers of location, cost and time from learning activities. A virtual field trip provides an opportunity for learners to experience people, places and things in different geographic locations. During this presentation the process of creating a virtual field trip will be described and demonstrated.
CornellX: What we've learned about Epistemological Beliefs, Motivation, Intent, & Achievement in a MOOC - Patrice Torcivia Prusko, Cornell University
Description: This presentation will highlight what we’ve learned about student’s epistemological beliefs, motivation, intent and achievement of goals in a MOOC. The goal of this presentation is to share and reflect with participants on what we can learn about how students learn and what truly motivates them.
Gamification in the Classroom - Jeremiah Grabowski, University at Buffalo
Description: Jeremiah Grabowski, instructional designer at the SUNY University at Buffalo, presents "gamification in the classroom"
• To Identify the principle characteristics of games and gamification, and
• Discuss how gamification principles can be integrated into education