Developing a Common Online Mapping Platform for Interdisciplinary, Place-Based Undergraduate Research

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Principal Investigator: Colleen Garrity, Genesee Community College This project aims to develop and sustain participation in a common online mapping platform for interdisciplinary projects focused on content-rich, place-based undergraduate research in the Genesee River basin. The project establishes pathways for faculty and student participation and collaboration in GIS across disciplines, creating and supporting a community of practice that integrates mapping with place-based learning opportunities. The project also seeks to identify a fundamental technical means of integrating GIS software capabilities with web authoring software in order to easily create and share maps online. The development of this proof-of-concept collaboration and simultaneous IT multimedia integration can serve as a model for undergraduate research and technology integration for other oft-overlooked rural areas or ecoregions. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Ken Cooper, Associate Professor of English, SUNY Geneseo Kristina Hannam, Associate Professor of Biology, SUNY Geneseo Elizabeth Argentieri, Special Collections Librarian, SUNY Geneseo Reports and Resources:

Collaborative Media Center

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Awarded Grant: $10,000 Principal Investigator: Samara Smith, College at Old Westbury The Collaborative Media Center at SUNY Old Westbury expands on a successful proof-of-concept pilot funded by a 2013 tier one IITG. The Center’s mission is to support digital literacy and the use of emerging media tools in teaching, learning, and communicating at Old Westbury and in the community beyond. This mission is fulfilled by collaborating across disciplines and with community partners to support community-engaged and research-based student media projects. Digital projects are supported through the Center’s ongoing testing of open digital tools, the creation of online resources, and the offering of individualized online and face-to-face support. This model, designed to promote life-long digital literacy, provides a blend of online tutorials and individualized support until learners develop the confidence to master new technologies independently. Digital literacy is essential for job readiness and democratic civic engagement. Old Westbury, as the most diverse SUNY, is uniquely suited to host this digital divide initiative, an important area of focus across SUNY, as online learning is expanded. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Laura Anker, Distinguished Service Professor of American Studies and Director of the First-Year Experience and Community Action, Learning and Leadership (CALL) Programs, Old Westbury Niev Duffy, Director of the Center for Social Policy and Community Engagement, Old Westbury Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, Executive Director, Long Island Wins Reports and Resources: Mid-project report Project outcomes report

Open SUNY Information Literacy Initiatives

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Awarded Grant: $20,000 Principal Investigator: Logan Rath, College at Brockport This project will help share locally created and locally curated information literacy content among SUNY librarians and faculty. This project will have two tiers: development of guidelines for the creation of shareable and adaptable information literacy content as well as development of a platform to facilitate locating and exchanging content. As an end result, this project will support instructional endeavors in all modalities, especially online courses provided through Open SUNY. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Jessica Clemens, Assistant Librarian, SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry Katie DeRusso, Senior Assistant Librarian, SUNY Cobleksill Carleen Huxley, Assistant Librarian, Jefferson Community College Alice Wilson, Assistant Director for Educational Services in the Libraries, Monroe Community College Reports and Resources: Mid-project report Project outcomes report

Building Innovative Open Korean and Japanese Courses: A Pilot on Technology-enhanced Curriculum Development

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Principal Investigator: Sarah Jourdain, Stony Brook University SBU proposes building innovative OPEN blended/online Korean and Japanese foreign language courses to meet the growing needs and demands of our current precollegiate and collegiate students. The online and blended modalities of content delivery for these courses will be the first of their kind at SBU. We will share the innovative technologies and best practices used to build and implement these courses with the OPEN SUNY Network. We will then publish research findings comparing face-to-face to online/blended learning outcomes in these courses, as well as the impact of the learning environment and student factors on transactional distance, social presence, teacher presence, and cognitive presence. SBU has gathered staff and faculty across interdisciplinary departments and commitments from various Centers and Organizations within and external to the campus to make this project feasible. With these courses, we hope to share our pioneering innovations in the field of online and blended learning. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Eriko Sato, Assistant Professor, Japanese Linguistics and Pedagogy, Asian and Asian American Studies, Stony Brook University Heejeong Sohn, Lecturer, Asian and Asian American Studies, Stony Brook University Julian Chen, Technical Director, Language Learning Research Center (LLRC), Stony Brook University Kayode C.V. Ekwunife-Orakwue, Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Technology and Society, Stony Brook University Reports and Resources: Mid-project report