Open SUNY COTE Catalog of Offerings

2016-2017 CATALOG OF OFFERINGS

The online Community of Practice at SUNY relies on the experience and expertise of experienced online SUNY faculty and instructional designers. Our aim is to ensure all members have opportunities to continue developing and improving their knowledge, practices, and expertise in the areas of online teaching and learning that resonate most with them. Offerings are tailored to support all SUNY faculty and staff, ranging from those curious about online education to those looking to develop specialized skills.

To meet our goals, we have developed a model for online education competency development that empowers online practitioners by providing them with a wide breadth and depth of opportunities in readily accessible formats.

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THE ONLINE INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGN COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

This series of four online courses is designed to support the development of competency, expertise, and skills in new and experienced online instructional designers, librarians, and multimedia specialists who work with online faculty and other online learning support professionals. A certificate and digital badge will be awarded upon the successful completion of each course. Completion of all four courses is required to earn a certificate for the Open SUNY COTE Online Instructional Design Program. Courses do not have to be taken in order and/or can be taken as a single competency development activity.

COURSE 1: HELPING FACULTY WITH NEW ONLINE COURSE DEVELOPMENT

This course is designed to help new online instructional designers be confident in their knowledge and abilities in guiding new faculty through the online course development process. Participants discuss how to dispel the initial apprehensions for teaching online, strategies for planning online faculty development experiences, creating and managing online course development milestones, and the practice and procedure for implementing a continuous improvement plan.

Training Modality: Facilitated online course
Duration: Four weeks
Frequency of Delivery: Twice annually
Cost Per Registration: 1 Competency Development Unit (CDU)

COURSE 2: CREATING USEFUL RESOURCES FOR FACULTY

This course is designed to allow participants to discuss tailoring resources for online faculty, including tools, strategies and curating techniques. Techniques for helping online faculty integrate resources into their online courses, such as multimedia, open education resources, and social networking tools are also explored.

Training Modality: Facilitated online course
Duration: Four weeks
Frequency of Delivery: Twice annually
Cost Per Registration: 1 CDU

COURSE 3: PROFESSIONAL FOUNDATIONS: COLLABORATING, RESEARCHING, AND NETWORKING

This course will explore research on well-established learning theories, and how they apply to online teaching and learning. The focus will be to bring theory to practice, in regard to how we can help faculty create or improve high-quality learning experiences for students. For the second half of the course, participants will identify different strategies and resources for networking to stay current with emerging best practices, and investigate the instructional designer’s role in regard to connecting faculty to on-campus resources, as well as to those of the wider online teaching community. Note: Participation in a small group project is required.

Training Modality: Facilitated online course
Duration: Four weeks
Frequency of Delivery: Twice annually
Cost Per Registration: 1 CDU

COURSE 4: REVIEW YOUR ONLINE COURSE WITH THE OSCQR RUBRIC

Participants will be introduced to the Open SUNY COTE Quality Review (OSCQR) Rubric and process. They will discuss its pedagogical and research foundations, as well as its standards for instructional design and accessibility. Workshop participants will complete a formal course review using OSCQR and recommend improvements and campus implementation strategies and, as a culminating activity, will create a presentation suitable for training their campus faculty on the use of OSCQR. Upon completion of this workshop, successful participants will earn an advanced OSCQR Certified Trainer badge, enabling them to train faculty for their own campuses, as well as for other SUNY institutions.

Training Modality: Facilitated online course
Duration: Four weeks
Frequency of Delivery: Twice annually
Cost Per Registration: 1 CDU

THE N2OL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM: DESIGNING AN ONLINE COURSE AND PREPARING TO TEACH ONLINE FOR THOSE NEW TO ONLINE LEARNING

The program consists of four sequential “courses” or modules. Assignments and course creation activities are due at regular intervals. To be successful in this program,participants need to be able to devote the necessary time to engage substantively in online activities, in the face-to-face training events, in the independent online course creation activities, and with their campus-based instructional designer for additional feedback and online instructional design support.

This program provides a model of how online courses can be effectively structured and managed. Participants will also learn some foundational theory on effective online teaching and learning. Questions, concerns, and perspectives on what constitutes good practices in the online asynchronous teaching and learning environment will be the focus of online interactions with others in the program. Participants will be led through a step-
by-step process that will help them conceptualize and develop their own online course, including online course structure, organization, sequencing, pacing, learning activities design, as well as options for providing authentic/effective online student assessment, evaluation, and feedback. Participants will also have the opportunity to use the Open SUNY Course Quality Review (OSCQR) Rubric to design their online course, as well as to use it as a self-assessment prior to their first online delivery. Participants will create and share a video tour of their online course as evidence of the core competencies they develop in this program.

In this intensive online and face-to-face competency development program experience, participants will:
  • Interact in an online course to gain the perspective of an online student as they engage with other online participants, with the online instructor, and with online course content, activities, and assignments.
  • Attend two face-to-face workshops.
  • Access/complete self-paced online technical tutorials in Blackboard Learn.
  • Work closely with their campus-based online instructional designer to develop and prepare to deliver a blended or online course.
  • Prepare a video tour of their completed online course as evidence of their learning.
This program is pedagogically focused, rather than about how to technically use Blackboard Learn. While participants will learn how to use Blackboard as they develop their online course, and Module Three will provide them with relevant information on core competencies in the use of Blackboard, campuses may opt to provide additional more in depth technical support and training. Campuses not using Blackboard Learn may wish to supplement the content with additional technical support documentation specific to their learning management system.

A digital badge will be awarded upon the successful completion of each course/module. Completion of all four courses/modules is required to earn the certificate for the Open SUNY New to Online Program.

MODULE ONE: BEING AN ONLINE LEARNER

MODULE TWO: DESIGNING YOUR ONLINE COURSE: WELCOMING AND ORIENTING YOUR ONLINE STUDENTS

MODULE THREE: DEVELOPING YOUR ONLINE COURSE: USING BLACKBOARD TO SUPPORT YOUR ONLINE PEDAGOGY

MODULE FOUR: DELIVERING YOUR ONLINE COURSE: GUIDING ONLINE LEARNING AND MANAGING YOUR ONLINE COURSE

This certificate program is available as either a blended experience, or a fully online asynchronous course.

Training Modality: Blended (facilitated online course & face-to-face workshop)
Duration: 2 days of face to face instruction & six weeks online
Frequency of Delivery: Twice annually, at up to five regional locations
Cost Per Registration: 4 CDUs

Training Modality: Facilitated online course
Duration: 8 weeks
Frequency of Delivery: Twice annually
Cost Per Registration: 4 CDUs

THE OPEN SUNY COTE QUALITY REVIEW (OSCQR) RUBRIC

With the help of online faculty and staff across the system, Open SUNY COTE has developed an online course design rubric and process that addresses both the instructional design and accessibility of an online course.

The aim of the Open SUNY COTE Quality Review (OSCQR) Rubric is to support continuous improvements to the quality and accessibility of online courses, while also providing a system-wide approach to collect data across campuses, institutions, departments, and programs that can be used to inform faculty development, and support large scale online course design review and refresh efforts systematically and consistently.

Competency development opportunities are available for faculty and staff looking to review their own course or become a certified OSCQR Online Course Reviewer.

REVIEW YOUR ONLINE COURSE WITH THE OSCQR RUBRIC

In this workshop, participants will be introduced to the OSCQR self-assessment rubric, tour its features, have the opportunity to discuss the standards, and practice applying them. Participants will then have the opportunity to use the rubric to assess their own online course. Participants will leave the training with an action plan that identifies and prioritizes the improvements to be made.

Training Modality: Face to face or webinar
Duration: 1 day
Frequency of Delivery: At least two times per semester
Cost Per Registration: 1 CDU

BECOME AN OSCQR ONLINE COURSE REVIEWER

In this workshop, you will be introduced to the OSCQR rubric and peer review process, tour its features, have the opportunity to discuss the standards, and practice applying them. You will then have the opportunity to join the Open SUNY COTE community as an OSCQR course reviewer, as well as submit your own course for review.

Training Modality: Face to face or webinar
Duration: 1 day
Frequency of Delivery: At least two times per semester
Cost Per Registration: 1 CDU

OPEN EDUCATIONAL RESOURCES

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are books, media, courses, or learning objects that are licensed to be both free of cost and to allow modifications. The use of OER has the potential to improve access, affordability, and student success. Open SUNY has made the use of OERs a priority through efforts such as Open SUNY Textbooks and Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions.

INTRODUCTION TO OERS

This course is intended to provide participants with an overview of OERs. It is open to SUNY faculty, librarians, instructional designers, and any interested academic staff who want to learn about OERs. This six-week online course is made up of five modules and a final project. Each module is made up of reading, videos and discussions.

Upon completion of this course, each participant should have a better understanding of OERs and resources that can be used immediately in face to face and/or online instruction.

Training Modality: Facilitated online course
Duration: 6 weeks
Frequency of Delivery: Twice annually
Cost Per Registration: 1 CDU

INTERMEDIATE TOPICS IN OERS

The course is intended to provide participants with an in-depth exposure to Open Educational Resources (OER) concepts and skills. This eight-week online course is made up of five modules and a final project. Each module is made up of reading, videos and discussions.

Upon completion of this course, each participant should have a better understanding of how to locate, evaluate, use, and create OERs for face to face and online instruction.

Training Modality: Facilitated online course
Duration: 8 weeks
Frequency of Delivery: Twice annually
Cost Per Registration: 2 CDUs

BLENDED LEARNING

Blended learning (the strategic combination of face-to-face and online learning experiences) is growing in popularity within higher education and K-12 settings around the world. The goal of the BlendKit: Becoming a Blended Learning Designer MOOC is to provide facilitated assistance to faculty members and instructional designers in developing and designing blended courses through (1) a consideration of key issues related to blended learning and (2) practical step-by-step guidance in producing materials for a blended course (e.g., developing design documents, creating content pages, and receiving peer review feedback at one's own institution).

This five-week course involves:
  • Expert and peer assessment and critique on design work
  • Regular interactions with facilitators and students
  • Blogging/social networking interaction opportunities
  • Weekly webinars with guest presenters
  • Document templates and practical step-by-step “how to” guides
  • Readings from scholarly works pertaining to blended learning
BLENDKIT: BECOMING A BLENDED LEARNING DESIGNER

BlendKit is a partnership of EDUCAUSE and the University of Central Florida. Open SUNY COTE coordinates and facilitates SUNY-specific cohorts and provides additional support to participants.

Training Modality: Facilitated online course
Duration: 5 weeks
Frequency of Delivery: Once annually
Cost Per Registration: No cost for this offering.

ANTICIPATED COMPETENCY DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Open SUNY COTE is designing a comprehensive curriculum of competency development paths consisting of certificate programs for online practitioners at all levels in conjunction with the Open SUNY Fellow roles program to support ongoing and continuous learning and improvement in online effectiveness and quality.

A full curriculum of offerings is being developed in phases for each role. Below is the current list (by role) of programs/courses prioritized for delivery during the 2016-2017 academic year:

INTERESTED IN ONLINE LEARNING
  • Fundamentals in online learning
  • N2OL crash course for adjunct instructors
  • Quality by Design
EXPERIENCED ONLINE PRACTITIONER*
  • Tool of Engagements (TOEP) for experienced online faculty
  • Accessibility for online teaching and course design
EXPERT INSTRUCTIONAL DESIGNER*
  • OSCQR Trainer Certification Program
EXEMPLAR COACH AND MENTOR*
  • Advanced topics for experienced online faculty in teaching presence, social presence, and cognitive presence.
  • Advanced open education resources (OER) topics
*Some programs/courses may be relevant to those in multiple roles, or other advanced roles.

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