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The Center for Online Teaching Excellence

This we know to be true: Faculty are the engine of Open SUNY

SUNY has been a pioneer and leader in online education for 20+ years and this success has been made possible by a vibrant community of researchers, instructional designers, librarians, technologists, and online educators. To build on this strong foundation, SUNY has launched a new center that celebrates, connects, and grows effective online education practitioners across the SUNY system while also furthering our knowledge of the most effective teaching and learning practices in online education.

Our Vision

The SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence is nationally and internationally recognized for our commitment to academic excellence through research-driven, community-supported practices of innovative teaching, learner-centered instruction, and pedagogy-focused approaches.

Our Mission

Our mission is to cultivate, support, and promote system-wide excellence in online teaching and learning through:

  • Engaging and connecting the community of online education experts across the SUNY system;
  • Providing distinctive and comprehensive development opportunities to faculty directly and in conjunction with their home campuses;
  • Supporting faculty with resources needed for course development and enhancement in conjunction with their home campuses;
  • Encouraging scholarship in online teaching and learning practices to meet the needs of today’s diverse learners, and pursuing research-driven innovations that increase online teaching and learning effectiveness.

Community of Practice


Research & Innovation


Competency Development


Course Supports