Prior Learning Assessment: A Competency-Based, E-Portfolio Framework

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Awarded Grant: $59,750 Principal Investigator: Nan Travers, Empire State College Based on initial pilots at Empire State College of the Global Learning Qualification Framework (GLQF) funded through the Lumina Foundation as an Open SUNY initiative, this proposal seeks to scale-up a proof-of-concept project across additional SUNY campuses. The GLQF will be extended through an e-portfolio environment (Pebble PadTM) to support and scaffold students through a prior learning assessment (PLA) process, provide professional development to faculty on the advisement and support of PLA students, and provide trained evaluators a framework within which to assess college/university-level learning acquired outside the traditional academic environments. Results will be disseminated across SUNY to improve PLA practices to increase student access, support and degree completion across the SUNY system. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Michele Forte, Empire State College Robert Carey, Empire State College Lisa Wilson, SUNY Potsdam Louise Levine, Empire State College Ross Garmil, Empire State College Amy Tweedy, Empire State College Ashley Frank, Empire State College Thomas Kerr, Empire State College Joan Johnsen, Empire State College Reports and Resources: Final project report Article on Global Learning Qualifications Framework Project outcomes report Mid-project report Creative Commons License:

Designing Innovative Online Learning: Integrating a Coursera MOOC with Open SUNY Badging

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Awarded Grant: $60,000 Principal Investigator: Trudi Jacobson, University at Albany Thomas P. Mackey, Empire State College This project merges two innovative and flexible learning models: a metaliteracy Coursera MOOC open to all SUNY students, and its integration with competency-based badging. This unified approach to learning appeals to students and employers alike, and serves as a robust model to advance Open SUNY. Metaliteracy, a critical knowledge set for informed students, employees, and citizens, is leveraged in this project to meet the learning goals of Open SUNY. Being metaliterate means having the ability to successfully consume and create quality information in collaborative, online environments. The co-PIs will assess the effectiveness of this project’s teaching methods by using analytics provided within Coursera. Participants in the Metaliteracy Learning Collaborative will share outcomes with SUNY faculty to develop badging quests in prior learning assessment, experiential learning, and other content areas. The unified metaliteracy MOOC and badging system will provide support for the next revision of SUNY’s Information Management General Education competency. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Michele Forte, Assistant Professor and Mentor, Center for Distance Learning, SUNY Empire State College Kathleen Stone, Director for Curriculum and Instructional Design, Center for Distance Learning, Empire State College Amy L. McQuigge, Special Projects Coordinator, School for Graduate Studies, SUNY Empire State College Jenna Hecker, Instructional Developer, Faculty Technology Resources, University at Albany Kelsey O’Brien, Visiting Assistant Librarian, University at Albany Reports and Resources: CIT Presentation on project outcomes COIL Presentation on development and global reach of Coursera MOOC NERCOMP Presentation on Designing Digital Badges as OER LILAC Presentation on Development of Digital Badges Collection of instructional videos used in both MOOCs Coursera project website Canvas project website Mid-project report Project outcomes report Articles and publications: UAlbany Experts in Information Literacy and Nonprofit Management and Leadership Win SUNY Innovative Instruction Awards Are MOOCs Mainstream? Q&A with Peter Shea. What is more exciting than a MOOC? A MOOC in which you can earn digital badges! Empire State College offers Coursera MOOCs: registration Now Open Creative Commons License:   


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Award Granted: $59,000 Principal Investigator: Daniel W. Murdock, Cobleskill SUNY Cobleskill offers small classes, excellent facilities, and a hands-on learning environment that features extensive experiential learning opportunities through internships and field experiences. This project will be used to enhance the aforementioned through the use Wear-able Technologies, Video Streaming, and other supporting (server, PC, and mobile) technologies. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: David Thompson, Professor, Animal and Plant Sciences, Cobleskill James Dutcher, Chief Information Officer, Cobleskill Reports and Resources: Final report Practical evaluation form Final Lab Evaluation Lab Evaluation Rating Criteria Weekly EMT Lab Evaluation Project website Article in Campus Technology: Getting Started with Google Glass, November 05, 2014 Article in Campus Technology: Google Glass Pilot: Lessons Learned So Far, January 14, 2015 Project outcomes report Creative Commons License:  

E-portfolios to Engage Student Veterans at Suffolk County Community College

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Awarded Grant: $10,000 Principal Investigator: Susan P. Lieberthal, Suffolk Community College Suffolk County Community College will offer e-portfolio training to student veterans that integrates writing, video editing and information literacy. The project will strengthen student academic engagement and result in individualized electronic presentations for student job interviews or college transfer. The Library will provide exclusive access to a space with computers for Student Veterans Association (SVA) members twice per week during which time an e-portfolio consultant will instruct facilitators and students. Faculty and the SVA Advisor will support students in person and through use of short videos. Faculty and other college staff including the Career Services and Cooperative Education directors will also meet with students. ETU professionals will assess progress with each of the three e-portfolio elements: a writing sample, video, and bibliography. Students will demonstrate their e-portfolios and one student representative will travel to CIT with the PI to present outcomes. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Krista Gruber, Associate Professor and Reader Services Librarian, Suffolk Community College Paul Basileo, Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Ammerman Campus Educational Technology Unit (ETU), Suffolk Community College Meridith Leo, English Instructor, Suffolk Community College Danna Prather Davis, Assistant Professor of Communications, Suffolk Community College Nancy Wozniak, Consultant, Learning Architect and e-portfolio Program Manager, Stony Brook University Reports and Resources: Project outcomes report Mid-project report Project outcomes report 2.0 Creative Commons License: