Projects Underway

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Academic Sharing Community: A SUNY Catalog of Educational Projects and Innovative Initiatives (ASC SUNY)

Dr. Nan Travers

Project Team
  • Michael Forte, PhD
  • Susan Deer, PhD
  • Kathleen Schiefen, PhD
  • Jill Pippin
  • Lisa Raposo
  • Chris Price

Empire State College

2018

Tier Three

$60,000.00

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Project Summary:

The Academic Sharing Community: A SUNY Catalog of Educational Projects and Innovative Initiatives (ASC SUNY) serves as a repository for campus initiatives, while providing guidance for project development and assessment and ways to network and partner across SUNY to help institutions meet demands of the 21st century.

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Using Excelsior's OER OWL to Promote Writing in the Disciplines

Professor Stephen Burke

Project Team
  • Dr. Katherine Lynch
  • Dr. Elizabeth Johnston
  • Professor Vicky Sloan
  • Dr. Francesco Crocco

Rockland Community College

2018

Tier Two

$15,000.00

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Project Summary:

This Open Writing in the Disciplines (WID) Project will build a community of practice at Rockland, Monroe, and Clinton Community Colleges with the Excelsior OWL that will create model faculty training, curriculum development, and assessment, all of which will be openly available in collaboration with SUNY OER Services.

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Interactive Program Design Website: Supporting Innovations, Technologies and Professional Development

Dr. Nan Travers, Director, Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning

Project Team

Empire State College

2017

Tier One

$10,000.00

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Project Summary:

This project will create an interactive academic program design website to build SUNY-wide strategic direction in programmatic offerings, while bolstering campus constituents’ knowledge, skills and confidence in design, implementation, and sustainability of new initiatives to meet higher educational demands of the 21st century.

Project Outcome:

This project planned an interactive web-based portal to house innovation projects across SUNY. As a result, existing projects that impact access will be more accessible to others for expanding capabilities, dissemination and scaling. We have also been accepted as a Tier 3 IITG project for 2018-19 to implement the plans for an interactive portal and open resource repository on innovative projects across SUNY: Academic Sharing Community: A SUNY Catalog of Educational Projects and Innovative Initiatives (ASC SUNY). This should provide us with the ability to take the plans into a scalable project. Ongoing support of the project still needs to be determined.

Project Outcome Report

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Project Summary:

This project will create a set of documents and videos describing methods to create numeric questions in Blackboard that contain multiple dependent variables. The use of multiple dependent variables allow for complex, multi-step questions to be provided to students.

Project Outcome:

This project developed materials that other educators can use to create assessment tools in common on-line course management systems. This can provide cost savings to students by not requiring the student to purchase access to publisher provided content or other third party systems. The ability to create mathematical assessment tools will aid on-line instruction in all areas of STEM education, whether for STEM majors or within a general education context.

Oswego CELT "Tea for Teaching" Podcast Report
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Designing Cross-Cultural Collaborative Online Learning Tool-Kit for SUNY Faculty

Alex Kumi-Yeboah

Project Team

University at Albany

2016

Tier One

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Project Summary:

This project will survey the SUNY environment to create a network of those involved in scholarly communication. The goal is to create closer alignment and deeper partnerships for librarians and faculty in pursuing scholarly research, grants and publication.

Project Outcome:

The study provides insight into the way in which cultural diversity affects instructional practices of college instructors, and how to incorporate diversity into instructional strategies to help diverse students succeed. This study opens the door for additional research on instructors’ perspectives and understandings of cultural diversity to help them facilitate cultural response pedagogy to support diverse learners in online learning environments. At a broader level, the study provides an opportunity for instructors who teach online courses to design and implement collaborative learning activities to help diverse students succeed in online learning environments.

Project Outcome Report
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STEM Open Educational Resources (OERs): Development and Integration of STEM OERs across SUNY

Nathan Whitley-Grassi

Project Team
  • Audeliz Matias, Empire State College
  • Kevin Woo, Empire State College

Empire State College

2016

Tier One

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Project Summary:

The proposed project will expand our current efforts to capitalize on SUNY faculty experience to develop OERs in STEM areas, based on the need to increase access to STEM research techniques for students learning at a distance or with other barriers to access, and to introduce STEM topics to engage and on ramp non-traditional and adult learners into STEM programs.

Project Outcome:

This project continues to expand our current efforts to capitalize on SUNY faculty experience to develop OERs in STEM areas, and to introduce STEM topics to engage and “on ramp” non-traditional and adult learners into STEM programs. As such we created OER objects that were designed to increase access and portability to scientific techniques, while supporting an instructional model that allows for further refinement, development, growth and use across SUNY and beyond. By creating materials that are free to use and remix, we have made course development and student engagement more affordable.

Project Outcome Report

The SUNY Open Education Research Lab

Samuel Abramovich

Project Team

University at Buffalo

2016

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

The SUNY Open Education Research Lab’s core mission is to both actively engage and support empirical research of of SUNY’s Open Education efforts. We will do this by engaging in our own research of Open SUNY projects and, when appropriate, providing consultation and research to other Open SUNY educational efforts.

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Scaling up OER Discovery and Adoption: Building an open digital learning and publishing network across SUNY

Katherine Pitcher

Project Team
  • Ginger Bidell, SUNY Buffalo State
  • Allison Brown, SUNY Geneseo
  • Leah Galka, SUNY Buffalo State
  • Leah Root, SUNY Geneseo
  • Ryann Lindsay, SUNY Geneseo

Geneseo

2016

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

There will be three major areas of exploration within this project: 1. Create a faculty course supports team and community of practice for OER adoption and development. 2. Create and develop a digital publishing and learning platform to curate and support this OER content which is openly licensed and may be reused, remixed, and adopted into future courses. 3. Develop a sustainable service and business model for OER content creation, curation, and hosting through Open SUNY Textbooks.

Project Outcome:

Designing Competency-based PLA Pathways to Scale Up Completion and Learner Success

Nan Travers

Project Team
  • Dr. Michele Forte, SUNY Empire State College

Empire State College

2016

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

Using Flatworld, a competency-based learning platform, faculty teams will develop CBE PLA for: a) SUNY Transfer Path areas of Business, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice/Criminology; b) developmental skills in basic communications and mathematics to align with SUNY General Education learning outcomes; and c) workplace learning acquired through the Center for Disability Services in Human Services/ Human Services Management.

Project Outcome:

Faculty teams were charged with creating a minimum of one CBE PLA; thus far, teams are on track to create more than one. Teams were charged with three areas: SUNY Transfer Path areas of Business, Computer Science, and Criminal Justice/Criminology (top PLA areas); developmental skills in the areas of basic communications (reading and writing) and mathematics (aligns with SUNY General Education learning outcomes); workplace learning acquired through employment in the area of Human Services/Human Services Management. This project builds upon previous work with PLA and e-portfolios, which has shown success for students to achieve their PLA credits.

Project Outcome Report

Open SUNY Information Literacy Initiatives

Logan Rath

Project Team
  • Jessica Clemens, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
  • Katie DeRusso, SUNY Cobleksill
  • Carleen Huxley, Jefferson Community College
  • Alice Wilson, Monroe Community College

Brockport

2014

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Creation and facilitation of a system for identification and curation of shareable content produced by SUNY faculty.

Project Outcome:

The Open SUNY Information Literacy Portal provides faculty and librarians a central location for the sharing of best practices in information literacy-related content development as well as a database containing raw files of creative commons-licensed curated instructional materials including videos, online tutorials, lesson plans, assignments, and syllabi. By leveraging our collective talent, we hope to reduce duplication of effort and encourage an atmosphere of collaboration.

Project Outcome Report

Gift and Deselection Manager Online

Mark Sullivan

Project Team

Geneseo

2013

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Development of a workflow tool to enable coordinated collection development, last copy detection, and resource sharing. By linking gift processing, conspectus analysis, and deselection among all the SUNY libraries, GDM Online will allow for enhanced acquisitions through usage data from ILLiad systems, book lists, and circulation statistics.

Project Outcome:

IDS Project will be making GDM Online available for free to all SUNY and IDS libraries during the Fall semester. GDM Online will be advertized on the IDS website and offered for a subscription fee to non-IDS/SUNY libraries.

Project Outcome Report