Never did I picture myself teaching online. It found me. I have discovered that so many other colleagues have fallen into their practice of teaching. Careers in accounting, biology, nursing, the legal field and our criminal justice system led many of my community college colleagues to find their place in the classroom later in their lives. It suits them well. They share their passion for a field of study and bring real-world expertise and practical knowledge to their students. For me, a career educator, teaching was my passion. To be able to deliver my subject matter, which is global, social and cultural history to the most diverse of students and to many learning styles was my goal. As a millennial, I believe especially when I began my career that there was an underlying misconception that I might be a digital native, comfortable teaching online and most of all fluent in everything technology.
Open SUNY COTE is pleased to introduce you to Kelly Williamson, Community Manager, SUNY Center for Professional Development.
What are your primary responsibilities as Community Manager?
My role as Community Manager is three-fold for the present time. First, I’m helping to implement community efforts on the Workplace platform, including working with the team to determine the migration process. Second is the engagement piece, which involves engaging campuses and groups in using the platform and putting a plan in place to work for constituents and members of their group(s), as well as grow their involvement. Third, I will be responsible for maintaining and monitoring Workplace communities. In addition to being the first line of support, I also partner with the Open SUNY Help Desk on any support tickets that come in for Workplace. I also manage inquiries about Workplace and help to get people signed up, all while encouraging cross-campus collaboration.