Projects Underway

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Keeping Pace with Web-based Technology: A MOOC for Lifelong Learning in a Digital Age

Ms. Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, Online Learning Specialist

Project Team
  • Victoria Neu
  • Charles Zukoski
  • Venu Govindaraju

Buffalo, University at

2017

Tier Three

Project Summary:

This MOOC will focus on advancing learning and optimizing career opportunities by offering accessible, curated information and application exercises that improve participants’ confidence, knowledge, and skills and encourage participants to construct a schema upon which to continue lifelong exploration regarding the effective implementation of emerging technology tools.

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Metaliteracy Learning Pathways: Fostering Innovative Teaching Across SUNY

Ms. Kelsey O'Brien Senior Assistant Librarian

Project Team
  • Brian Doubleday

Albany, University at

2017

Tier Two

Project Summary:

Integrate learning pathway functionality into the Metaliteracy Badging System that will facilitate custom applications of metaliteracy concepts and serve as a model for “scaling up” the system across disciplines and SUNY institutions.

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Making Movement Stick: Delivering a Movement Analysis Course

Dr. Thomas Frank, Interim Director, Research and Sponsored Programs

Project Team
  • Helena Baert
  • Karen Bastedo

Cortland, State University College at

2017

Tier Three

$42,000.00

Project Summary:

The aim of this project is to deliver an online educational resource in movement analysis to pre-service and in-service teachers in physical education and related fields.

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Improving Health Care Delivery for Refugees and African Americans Using Technology-Enhanced Interprofessional Experiential Learning

Dr. Patricia Ohtake, Associate Professor

Project Team
  • Daniel Tauken
  • Dr. Susan Deer

Buffalo, University at

2017

Tier Two

Project Summary:

Using technology-enhanced interprofessional experiential learning, health professions students will improve healthcare delivery for refugee and underserved populations by increasing their cultural sensitivity and understanding of health care disparities through engagement with refugee and underserved African American communities and learning to communicate with individuals with limited English proficiency using professional interpreters.

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Interactive Textbook for Music Technology Students

Mr. Thilo Schaller, Assistant Professor

Project Team
  • Emily Boyce
  • Melanie Perreault (Provost)

Buffalo State College

2017

Tier Two

Project Summary:

An interactive textbook for music technology students as an applied learning environment in which users can turn knobs and handles, hear and see the changes and thus learn by demonstration, experimentation, and intuition.

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A Three-Pronged Course Redesign Program to Incorporate OERs into Online Classes : Instruction, Interaction, Incentive 

Dr. Julienne Cuccio Slichko, Instructional Developer

Project Team
  • Brian Doubleday  Chief Accounting Officer– University Libraries  
  • Peter Shea  Associate Provost, Online Learning 

Albany, University at

2017

Tier Two

Project Summary:

Lowering student textbook expenses to engage and retain diverse online learners by providing course redesign supports, financial incentives, and a community of practice for faculty who wish to adopt open educational resources (OERs) in their online curricula.   

Project Outcome:

Establishing a regional interdisciplinary OER Institute to further develop a pipeline of experienced, research-inspired educators and students.

Ms. Elizabeth Kendall, Associate Vice President of Resource Development

Project Team
  • Ms. Talia Lipton
  • Daniel Tauken
  • Dr. Susan Deer

Rockland Community College

2017

Tier Two

Project Summary:

Meeting the Open Educational Resources Challenge: Taking collaboration to scale through applied best practices and other lessons learned in creating a pipeline of trained OER educators.

Project Outcome:

OER for Dual-Enrollment High School Courses: A Pilot Study of the North Rockland High School College in the High School Program

Elizabeth Kendall

Project Team
  • Jingfeng Xia, Rockland Community College

Rockland Community College

2016

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Rockland Community College (RCC) offers a high school program that allows students to earn college credits while in their own high school through dual enrollment. RCC faculty help to build the curriculum, assess instructor credentials, and approve textbook selections. Currently, seven high schools in Rockland County participate in the program with their student paying minimally for College courses.

Project Outcome:

Creation and Dissemination of Interactive Online 3D Anatomy Instruction Modules at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine.

Linda Mizer

Project Team
  • Philippa J. Johnson, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Ariana Boltax, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Marnie FitzMaurice, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • John Graves, Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine

Cornell University, NYS College of Veterinary Medicine at

2016

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Through 3D medical illustration and open-access instructional design, we can enhance the educational value and accessibility of our pedagogical approach to a wider community of learners.

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The SUNY Open Education Research Lab

Samuel Abramovich

Project Team

Buffalo, University at

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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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:

Using Targeted OERs to Develop Core Academic Skills in the Disciplines

Seana Logsdon

Project Team
  • Nathan Whitley-Grassi, SUNY Empire State College
  • Lisa D’Adamo-Weinstein, SUNY Empire State College
  • Sophia Mavrogiannis, SUNY Empire State College
  • Daniel McCrea, SUNY Empire State College
  • Brett Sherman, SUNY Empire State College
  • Mildred Van Bergen, SUNY Empire State College

Empire State College

2016

Tier One

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Project Summary:

Using Targeted OERs to Develop Core Academic Skills in the Disciplines is a project that will serve the goals of both Open SUNY and SUNY Excels, specifically the creation of open-source shareable learning resources, the development of modularized content, and the design of innovative resources aimed at improving completion rates of at-risk, nontraditional, and first-generation learners.

Project Outcome:

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, State University College at

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:

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This project addresses a significant gap in current Open Educational Resources (OER) pertaining to Native American Culture, History, and Government by placing an existing textbook on the Creative Commons, developing open-access, media-rich instructional modules linked to the textbook, and creating a new online course.

Project Outcome:

An innovative educational framework for interdisciplinary educational collaboration for biomedical data science based on online open educational resources

Isabelle Bichindaritz

Project Team
  • Ioana Coman, SUNY Oswego
  • Franck Middleton, SUNY Upstate

Oswego, State University College at

2016

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

This project proposes to create, with SUNY Upstate, online open educational resources (OERs) as a source for a cascade of educational offerings to serve diverse learners in interdisciplinary fields with a test-bed focus on biomedical data science.

Project Outcome:

Scaling the Metaliteracy Badging System for Open SUNY: Collaborative Customization for Teacher Education Programs

Stephanie Affinito

Project Team
  • Kelsey O’Brien, University at Albany
  • Trudi Jacobson, University at Albany
  • Michele Forte, Empire State College
  • Donna Mahar, Empire State College
  • Karen Gardner-Athey, SUNY OLIS

Albany, University at

2016

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

This collaborative project between faculty at the University at Albany and Empire State College will scale and refine the existing Metaliteracy Badging System for Open SUNY, and produce a collaborative, customized badge for teacher education programs.

Project Outcome:

Outcomes TBD

MVCC Open Physics Lab

Derrick Stevens

Project Team
  • Shahida Dar, Mohawk Valley Community College

Mohawk Valley Community College

2015

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

Provides remote web access to physical experiments to enable data collection for introductory physics courses.

Project Outcome:

Outcomes TBD (August 2016)

Open Door to Open SUNY – MOOC Access and Completion Project (Open Door)

Christine Kroll

Project Team
  • Thomas Mackey, Empire State College
  • Trudi Jacobson, University at Albany
  • Cyndi Burnett, Buffalo State
  • Val Chukhlomin, Empire State College
  • Margaret Schedel, Stony Brook University
  • Yvonne Harrison, Assistant Professor of Public Administration and Policy, University at Albany

Buffalo, University at

2015

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Will use Open SUNY MOOC analytics to investigate patterns within SUNY offerings as related to access, completion and success.

Project Outcome:

Outcomes TBD (August 2016)

MOOC Model for Workforce Development in High Demand Labor Industry of Home Health Aides/Personal Care Aides, Phase 2

Andrea Wade & Erin O’Hara-Leslie

Project Team
  • Erin O’Hara-Leslie, SUNY Broome Community College
  • Erin Hildreth, Central New York Area Health Education Center
  • Franca Armstrong, Mohawk Valley Community College
  • Kate Pitcher, SUNY Geneseo

Monroe Community College

2015

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Adapting an exiting MOOC to an on-demand format to bolster workforce development in Home Health Care Aides, including incorporation of open textbook (OER) material.

Project Outcome:

MOOC posted on Coursera.org. Transitioning to Coursera on-demand portal.

SUNY Open Educational Resources: Improving Faculty Discovery and Adoption

Terry Keys and Mark McBride

Project Team
  • Alison Brown, SUNY Geneseo
  • Sam Abramovich, University at Buffalo

Monroe Community College

2015

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

Encourages faculty use and assessment of multi-institutional adoption of OER materials aligned to course learning outcomes.

Project Outcome:

The impact OER has had on student learning has been impressive. At both Herkimer and TC3 (two of the project partners) there has been an increase in student class retention.

Quality by Design: Strategies for Effective Teaching and Quality Course Design. An Online Faculty Development Course and Open Educational Resource (OER)

Anne Reed

Project Team
  • Jeremiah Grabowski, University at Buffalo
  • Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, University at Buffalo
  • Cherie van Putten, Binghamton University
  • Nathan Whitley-Grassi, Empire State College
  • Martha Greatrix, University at Buffalo
  • Caryn Sobieski-VanDelinder, University at Buffalo
  • Steven Sturman, University at Buffalo
  • Christopher Price, SUNY Center for Professional Development
  • Lisa Dubuc, Niagara County Community College
  • Dan Feinberg, Open SUNY

Buffalo, University at

2015

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Creation of faculty development OER modules to assist with development of Open SUNY content.

Project Outcome:

Outcomes TBD (August 2016)

iPad Mechanics Physics Instruction

Dan MacIsaac

Project Team
  • David S Abbott, Buffalo State
  • Kathleen Falconer, Buffalo State
  • David Ettestad, Buffalo State
  • David Henry, Buffalo State
  • Brad Gearhart, Buffalo State

Buffalo State College

2015

Tier One

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Project Summary:

Creation of OER learning objects (videos and lab experiment materials) for Introductory Mechanics courses.

Project Outcome:

We employed new technologies (tablet video analysis and production) to physics learning in both entry level and advanced pedagogical methods classes in new ways, seeking to extend subject appeal to more students, including hopefully, traditionally underrepresented students. The intervention was iPad (Tablet) based, but we hope to extend to mainstream modern smart camera phones.

iMOOC: A Multiuser Platform for International Students to Navigate U.S.-style Virtual Learning Environments

Valeri Chukhlomin

Project Team
  • Anant Deshpande, Empire State College
  • Bidhan Chandra, Empire State College
  • Lorette Pellettiere Calix, Empire State College
  • Richard Cattabiani, Ulster County Community College
  • Xenia Coulter, Empire State College

Empire State College

2014

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

Development of a MOOC course/tutorial to enable international students to navigate U.S. style virtual learning environments when considering U.S. higher education programs.

Project Outcome:

Over 4,800 students registered for iMOOC on Coursera, which was promoted internationally through the Department of State.

A Digital “ProofSpace”, Facilitating a Flipped Classroom for Mathematical Proofs

Aaron Heap

Project Team
  • Suraj Uttamchandani, Geneseo

Geneseo, State University College at

2014

Tier One

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Project Summary:

Creation of flipped classroom modules to support math curriculum.

Project Outcome:

The screencast modules are available for use and viewing at the project website

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, State University College at

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:

Outcomes TBD

Developing Co-curricular Courses that Lead to Critical Thinking in On-line and Hybrid Coursework

Jeffrey Linn

Project Team
  • Lynae Sakshaug, Associate Professor, Masters of Arts in Teaching, Empire State College
  • Frank McDonald, Assistant Professor, Master of Arts in Teaching, Empire State College
  • Elizabeth Heavey, Associate Professor, Nursing, SUNY College at Brockport

Brockport, State University College at

2013

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Interdisciplinary project with professors in Educational Administration, Nursing and Teacher Education to investigate, design and implement curriculum for asynchronous courses that combine rigorous assignments and assessments that lead to critical thinking and are aligned with the K-12 Common Core Learning Standards.

Project Outcome:

Outcomes TBD.

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

Jinseok Heo

Project Team
  • Alexander Nazarenko, Buffalo State College
  • M. Scott Goodman, Buffalo State College

Buffalo State College

2013

Tier One

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Project Summary:

Creation of online modules to support student not yet exposed to advanced analytical instruments for use in advanced chemical analysis, forensic investigation, and materials characterization.

Project Outcome:

The project outcomes share demonstration modules on a range of analytical instruments.

Towards OPEN SUNY: A Novel On-line Learning Approach for ECE and ET Students

Mohammed Abdallah

Project Team
  • Nick Merante, SUNYIT

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

2013

Tier One

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Project Summary:

Creation of a virtual environment to support access to microprocessor boards, data acquisition device or even a medical device that students need to connect to understand certain software. Students connect their hardware to computers that do not have the required software environment and still be able to remotely access the developing tools.

Project Outcome:

Resources included foundational PPT report on the feasibility of separating hardware and software to facilitate online lab experiences

Open SUNY Textbooks Renewal

Cyril Oberlander

Project Team
  • Charles Lyons, University at Buffalo

Geneseo, State University College at

2013

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

Expansion of a pilot to create Open SUNY Textbooks to reduce the cost of attending colleges and universities by leveraging the creative talents of SUNY faculty, librarians, and staff to sustain and scale OER for Open SUNY.

Project Outcome:

Open SUNY Textbook project site can be accessed here.

Introducing Virtualization via OpenStack “Cloud” System to SUNY Orange Applied Technologies Students

Christopher Rigby

Project Team
  • Cartmell Warrington, SUNY Orange

Orange County Community College

2013

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Creation of modules and open stack virtual servers to provide students with experiential learning of security configurations and administration of database systems.

Project Outcome:

Virtualization lab environments described in a PPT report.

The E-Textbook Opportunity: The Time is Now for SUNY, Phase 2

Dean Hendrix

Project Team
  • Charles Lyons, University at Buffalo Libraries
  • Mary Jo Orzech, SUNY College at Brockport
  • Pamela J Peters, SUNY Delhi

Buffalo, University at

2013

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Continued exploration of e-textbook adoption with new assessment methodologies related to student learning outcomes, developing longitudinal data sets for pinpointing trends among specific student populations, analyzing the impact of price on e-textbook adoption and investigating the feasibility of a student-centered e-textbook model.

Project Outcome:

Outcomes TBD

Virtual Infrastructure for Data Intensive Analysis (VIDIA)

Steven M. Gallo

Project Team
  • Matthew D. Jones, University at Buffalo
  • Cynthia D. Cornelius, University at Buffalo
  • Jeanette M. Sperhac, University at Buffalo
  • Brian M. Lowe, SUNY Oneonta
  • Gregory Fulkerson, SUNY Oneonta
  • William Wilkerson, SUNY Oneonta
  • Brett Heindl, SUNY Oneonta
  • Achim Koeddermann, SUNY Oneonta
  • James Greenberg, SUNY Oneonta

Buffalo, University at

2013

Tier Three

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Project Summary:

Partnering of supercomputing infrastructure and data scientists to support undergraduate education through use OER visualization tools.

Project Outcome:

A SUNY Research Foundation "Learning Tuesdays" talk describes the VIDIA project in detail (Scroll to VIDIA specific talk at 22 minutes). Can be viewed here.

Integration of Virtual and Real Equipment Learning Tools Related to Sustainability Education

Mark Bremer

Project Team
  • Philip Hofmeyer, Morrisville State College
  • Ibrahim Yucel, SUNYIT
  • Christopher Urban, SUNYIT
  • Kenneth T Waight III, MESO Inc.
  • Xinchao Wei, SUNYIT
  • Glenn E. Van Knowe, SUNYIT
  • Robert Keesee, University at Albany
  • Brian Hong-An Tang, University at Albany
  • Elizabeth Rossi, SUNYIT
  • Suzanne Tulino, New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

2013

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Development of a portable, reusable solar/wind power plant as a learning tool to address sustainability issues. Creation of related virtual - real activities/exercises that would be appropriate to support undergraduate sustainability and alternative energy related courses, and support K-12 outreach and at-risk youth programs.

Project Outcome:

MESO's game for "Green Energy Builder" is available here and the final report details the resulting course curriculum here

A Hybrid Approach for Teaching Calculus

James M. Pitarresi

Project Team
  • Laura Anderson, Binghamton University
  • Joseph Brennan, Binghamton University
  • Daniel McKinney, Binghamton University

Binghamton University

2013

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Calculus hybrid and flipped module development to support best practices, employ a pre-calculus screening exam for early identification and focused remediation for students with weak skills, and creation of targeted tutorials to keep students "on-track"

Project Outcome:

Outcomes TBD

SUNY Geneseo Neuroscience Cyber Technology Laboratory (CTL) Course

Terence Bazzett

Project Team

Geneseo, State University College at

2012

Tier One

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Project Summary:

Assessment of ERIN (Educational Resources in Neuroscience) to Investigate the utility as an ancillary to primary classroom instruction in a variety of related courses (e.g. Biopsychology, Behavioral Pharmacology, Behavior Genetics).

Project Outcome:

The Cyber Technology Laboratory Manual is well under development with the authors considering a SUNY Open Textbook. ERIN provides fuller access to learning resources, see project website.

The E-Textbook Opportunity: The Time is Now for SUNY

Dean Hendrix

Project Team

Buffalo, University at

2012

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Pilot exploration of e-textbook adoption to assess the impact of price on e-textbook adoption and investigating the feasibility of a student-centered e-textbook model.

Project Outcome:

443 student pilot over 6 courses and 3 LMS indicated that e-Textbooks from publishers held promise but lacked flexibility and accessibility. 63% of students accessed via laptops, 16% on desktops, 11% during test phase on mobile devices. Complete data available.

SUNYport: Portfolio site for SUNY students

Mark Ludwig

Project Team
  • A. Ben Wagner, SUNY Buffalo
  • Dean Hendrix, SUNY Buffalo
  • Andrew Perry, SUNY Oneonta

Buffalo, University at

2012

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Pilot use of VIVO open-source, semantic web based software to provide an e-portfolio service for SUNY students including tracking of scholarly works, publications, research, awards, projects and detailed specialties of interest it serves as a springboard for open access scholarly communication.

Project Outcome:

A pilot website and final report describe the potential for VIVO as an e-Portfolio solution, which was ultimately not adopted.

Open SUNY Textbooks

Cyril Oberlander

Project Team
  • Charles Lyons, University at Buffalo
  • Open SUNY Textbook participating Libraries or IT

Geneseo, State University College at

2012

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Pilot to develop a SUNY partnership to explore and create an Open SUNY Textbook initiative to reduce cost of higher education to students by incentivizing faculty publications.

Project Outcome:

Project website provides free access to over 15 textbook titles and is soliciting new material.

Presentations Unplugged: Mobile Devices in the Classroom

Tom Blake

Project Team

Binghamton University

2012

Tier One

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Project Summary:

Pilot investigation of "anytime-anywhere" use of mobile devices in the classroom by students and faculty.

Project Outcome:

During the funding timeframe, significant challenges were encountered to enable objectives on an enterprise network. The PI offers other solutions through publications as this technology matures.

Integrated Online Database for Plant Identification and Use in the Landscape

Nina Bassuk

Project Team
  • Dr. Ellen J. Cramer, Remarc Solutions

Cornell University, NYS College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at

2012

Tier Two

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Project Summary:

Creation of a woody plant database with intent to expand to GPS referencing that can be accessed on smart phones and tablets for field application.

Project Outcome:

Project website provides the research output.

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