A Virtual Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (VIAL) for Buffalo State and Open SUNY

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Awarded Grant: $10,000 Principal Investigator: Dr. Jinseok Heo, Buffalo State College This project will develop a Virtual Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (VIAL) for Buffalo State and SUNY campuses. Thanks to a newly built science building, the Department of Chemistry at Buffalo State is now equipped with major up-to-dated analytical instruments for use in advanced chemical analysis, forensic investigation, and materials characterization. We will examine how we might help students and others learn to successfully collect and analyze data obtainable on our analytical instruments. The VIAL platform will initially be used to provide online-based experiences for those who need training before they actually use an advanced instrument. We will assess the effectiveness of the VIAL for students’ gaining knowledge and skills in using the analytical instruments. Furthermore, we will also try to demonstrate that the analytical instruments can be remotely controlled, so that off-campus users can directly benefit from our advanced facilities. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Dr. Alexander Nazarenko, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Buffalo State College Dr. M. Scott Goodman, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, Buffalo State College Dr. Jaime Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Buffalo State College Reports and Resources: Project outcomes report Project outcomes report 2.0 CIT 2014 presentation 2014 IUCr Conference presentation Mid-project report Tutorial videos on how to use analytical instruments were created and used in several undergraduate classes. Raman tutorial 01, Thermo DXR Raman basics Raman tutorial 02, How to use OMNIC1 Raman tutorial 03, How to use OMNIC2 Raman tutorial 04, How to use Atlus Raman tutorial 05, How to use MCR How to use Brucker Avance III 400 MHZ NMR How to use Agilent GC 7890A How to use Agilent GC-MS How to use Shimadzu GC2014 Creative Commons License:   

SUNY Writing Across the Curriculum Online Resource Center

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Awarded Grant: $19,500 Principal Investigator: Rachel Rigolino, SUNY New Paltz This project supports designing and piloting an online site where instructors from across the disciplines can access resources for teaching and writing. A survey of existing repositories such as OER Commons and MERLOT reveals a need for an online site containing instructional material of consistent quality that is dedicated to WAC assignments/goals. If successful, this pilot program would be the first step in developing a robust site housed on the SUNY Learning Commons. This online repository would contain open educational resources focused on writing across the curriculum that would be available both to SUNY and non-SUNY faculty. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Matt Newcomb, Assistant Professor, English, SUNY New Paltz Mary Fakler, Lecturer, English, SUNY New Paltz Joan Perisse, Adjunct Instructor, English, SUNY New Paltz Lynne Crockett, Professor, English, SUNY Sullivan Linda Smith, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Academic Computing, SUNY New Paltz Kathryn Hurd, Instructional Support Staff, Academic Computing, SUNY New Paltz Reports and Resources: CIT 2014 brochure SUNY New Paltz Campus Article Project website Mid-project report Project outcomes report Project outcomes report 2.0 Creative Commons License:   

Automating Production of PowerPoint-Based Algorithm Visualization Teaching Materials

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The primary goal of the project is to build software and the sharing platform to increase the availability and accessibility of easily adoptable, standardized PowerPoint (PPT) (a Microsoft technology) presentation based data structures and algorithms (DSAs) visualization materials. The proposed approach is expected to promote standardization, centralization and reuse of DSA teaching materials, as well as preparedness of DSA teaching. This project will refine the generators that have been prototyped and implement new DSA generators, focusing upon those taught at primarily undergraduate institutions (PUIs). An automated database-and-dispatcher-driven cyber platform, which releases end users from the hassle of running generators, will also be refined. The project will be evaluated at a small scale and the outcomes of the project will be disseminated at the national computer science education conferences.

Supporting the needs of 21st Century Learners: Faculty Development with Tools of Engagement

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Faculty Instructional Technologists at SUNY Empire State College are now in the process of creating a Faculty Development Program to be rolled out to ESC’s seven regional centers in the Spring of 2013. The program will consist of four module-based blended training units which will be designed to introduce ESC faculty and staff to several types of Web 2.0 technology tools (social media, document sharing, etc…) that have been shown to increase student learning and engagement in blended studies. Participants will engage in pre-assessment and post-assessment dialogue to allow researchers to determine the value of engagement.