An Open SUNY Accessibility MOOC for Faculty and Staff Development: Creating Online Courses that Provide Access for All

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Awarded Grant: $52,600 Principal Investigator: Kathleen Stone, Empire State College This project will develop a SUNY-wide, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on online course accessibility. The collaborative team includes instructional designers, disability services professionals, technologists, and faculty members from SUNY Empire State College and Buffalo State College. The MOOC will be in live session and “on demand” format, and modular based for easy updating and excerpting. Participants will earn badges for successful completion. Content will be customizable to meet training needs across multiple campuses, and can serve as professional development for teaching faculty and staff. Course materials could also be similarly utilized by Open SUNY COTE. By providing faculty with a knowledge base to minimize potential barriers to online learning faced by students with disabilities, this project meets the IITG program mission and vision of providing access for all students. It also acknowledges trends in higher education policy, and the ways in which system training can widely and efficiently support campus needs. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Ginger Bidell, Instructional Designer, Buffalo State Michele Forte, Assistant Professor and Mentor, Empire State College Antonia (Tonka) Jokelova, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instructional Design, Empire State College Anne Lane, Application Management and Support Specialist, Empire State College Meghan Pereira, Senior Instructional Designer, Buffalo State Julie Rummings, Coordinator of Curriculum and Instructional Design, Empire State College Sumana Silverheels, Technology Accommodations Coordinator in Disability Services, Buffalo State Kelly Hermann, Director of Disability Services, Empire State College Reports and Resources: Mid-project report

SUNY Impact: Designing and Validating a Research-Based Model for Online SUNY Teaching (MOST)

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Awarded Grant: $29,000 Principal Investigator: Randy Yerrick, University at Buffalo Abstract: Using advanced statistical analyses of existing online learning data from the SUNY Learning Network, UA/UB will draw insights to develop a new introductory course for Teaching Online in three research-based online modules. We will collect and analyze data evaluating their learning and following enrollees into their first online teaching, supporting them and measuring course effectiveness. This longitudinal study of SUNY online learning will create evidence-based feedback for improving module quality, leading to signature Models of Online SUNY Teaching (MOST!). This evaluation process will be used in additional 1-cr-hr research-based modules created and offered by UA/UB, targeting emerging needs of SUNY online teaching faculty. SUNY faculty taking the initial module will receive a 3-cr-hr head start for UA/UB online certificates in online education. The required capstone inquiry project would direct research on the impact of SUNY MOST on subsequent students, creating sustainable inquiry to generate ongoing improvements. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Robert Bangert Drowns, Dean, School of Education, University of Albany Ming Chiu, Professor and Associate Chair, Learning and Instruction, University at Buffalo Christine Kroll, Director, Online Education, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo Suzanne Miller, Professor and Chair, Learning and Instruction, University at Buffalo Peter Shea, Associate Professor and Vice Provost, Educational Theory and Practice, University of Albany Yik Ting Choi, Statistician, University of Hong Kong Reports and Resources: Mid-project report Project website

Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning Evaluation Project

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A consortium of five SUNY campuses (SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Empire State College, The College at Old Westbury, Purchase College, and SUNY Ulster) and the SUNY Levin Institute propose to strengthen the adoption of e-Portfolio initiatives on participating campuses through creating a Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning Evaluation Toolkit that improves the development and assessment of international experiential learning activities. The Toolkit will provide guidance to faculty to create and deliver international experiential learning activities that strengthen students’ cross-cultural skills and will also provide guidance to students to document their learning artifacts and to produce effective reflection pieces to appear in their e-Portfolios. The Toolkit will be piloted in COIL courses, study abroad experiences, faculty-led trips, in-class curricular efforts, and international service learning experiences. Upon completion of the pilot, the Toolkit will be revised and shared with e-Portfolio teams on participating campuses and widely shared to relevant programs across SUNY.

Exploring New Horizons: Science And Engineering Everywhere, At Anytime And For Everyone

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Awarded Grant: $52,500 Principal Investigator: Monica Bugallo, Stony Brook University This project broadens the scope of our previously successful IITG pilot program by expanding the offered research and educational activities, by improving the cyber-infrastructure that makes them possible everywhere, at any time and to everyone, and by implementing a research component to assess the effectiveness and impact of the proposed initiatives. Our ultimate goal is to engage students in the passion, challenge and opportunity of exploring the science of detection of cosmic rays and analysis of data related to them, through innovative technology involving building and operation of cyber-tools in the form of hardware devices and software applications. The nature of the project is multidisciplinary and embraces participants from different SUNY Stony Brook departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Science Education. We focus on underrepresented students through our collaboration with the Women In Science and Engineering program and the Center of Science and Mathematics Education, and we seek for expansion of the activities by involving collaborators from SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Albany. Reports and Resources: Project website Mid-project report Project outcomes report Project outcomes report 2.0 Creative Commons License: