Developing online lessons to improve student success in general chemistry and organic chemistry labs

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Awarded Grant: $10,000 Principal Investigator: Elizabeth Middleton, SUNY Purchase This project will improve student learning outcomes in General and Organic Chemistry laboratory courses by incorporating online, video-based lessons into the laboratory curriculum. The project will target subjects that will have the largest impact for student success both in chemistry and in other laboratory disciplines. The lessons will help develop students’ hands-on laboratory skills, conceptual understanding of individual chemistry topics, and ability to conduct qualitative and quantitative analysis of results. Overall, we expect that this course development will improve student success in the laboratory and associated lecture courses and increase retention of students as they advance towards their degrees. This course model can be applied to other laboratory disciplines to further support student achievement in STEM programs. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Stephen Cooke, Associate Professor of Chemistry and Doris and Carl Kempner Distinguished Professor, Purchase College Chemistry Joe Skrivanek, Professor of Chemistry, Purchase College Chemistry Monika Eckenberg, Lecturer in Chemistry, Purchase College Chemistry Reports and Resources: Mid-project report

Adapting MOOC Courses to the Needs of Existing Educational Structures

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Awarded Grant: $17,500 Principal Investigator: Cyndi Burnett, Buffalo State Coursera has recently announced that they want to integrate their platform with Learning Management Systems (LMS) in order that universities can incorporate MOOCs as part of their accredited course offerings. If successful, this development offers a huge opportunity to dramatically expand access to educational content, across the entire SUNY network, while still maintaining rigorous academic standards. The International Center for Studies in Creativity is currently running a MOOC, based on its 205 level Introduction to Creativity course. The faculty would like to enhance the content in order to offer it as an alternative to the seated 205 course. The efficacy of this alternative format would be established through comparisons with student performance on the seated courses. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: John Cabra, Associate Professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State Selcuk Acar, Assistant Professor, International Center for Studies in Creativity, Buffalo State Reports and Resources: Mid-project report

A Digital “ProofSpace”, Facilitating a Flipped Classroom for Mathematical Proofs

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Principal Investigator: Aaron Heap, Geneseo In many ways, the Introduction to Mathematical Proofs course is a first course in mathematical writing. Analogous courses are offered in math departments throughout the SUNY system. The skills and content a student learns in this course are recalled, reframed, revisited, and revitalized as they continue their mathematical journey. In addition, the material is useful to philosophy, linguistics, and computer science students. To support students’ retention of ideas and methods from this course, we have begun the process of flipping some sections of SUNY Geneseo’s Introduction to Mathematical Proofs using resources external to the SUNY system. We hope to develop our own video and text resources for the course in a way that incentivizes the switch to a flipped format. Further, these videos and associated exercises will become a part of OPEN SUNY through an online “ProofSpace.” Instructors throughout the SUNY system can take advantage of the videos for their Introduction to Mathematical Proofs courses, upper division math courses, or even non-math courses. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Suraj Uttamchandani, Alumnus Consultant and Mathematical Modules Designer, Geneseo Reports and Resources: Project website Mid-project report Final report Creative Commons License:     

Collaborative Media Lab Pilot

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Principal Investigator: Samara Smith, SUNY Old Westbury This project will pilot a Collaborative Media Lab with the mission of creating resources to support digital literacy and the use of emerging media tools in teaching, learning and communicating at Old Westbury and the community beyond. The Lab will use a collaborative, train-the-trainer model to empower students and faculty to become successful, life-long media learners and to share media skills with one another, our community partners, and the public. Digital literacy is essential for job readiness and democratic civic engagement. Old Westbury, the most diverse SUNY, is uniquely suited to pilot a digital divide initiative, an important area of focus across SUNY as online learning is expanded. This pilot will focus on integrating digital literacy across the curriculum; sharing relevant resources and outcomes publicly; and investigating how to expand and scale future resources based on the pilot assessment. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Dr. Laura Anker, Distinguished Service Professor of American Studies and Director of the First-Year Experience and Community Action, Learning and Leadership (CALL) Programs, SUNY Old Westbury Dr. Niev Duffy, Director of the Center for Social Policy and Community Engagement, SUNY Old Westbury Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, Executive Director, Long Island Wins Reports and Resources: CIT 2014 presentation Project website Collaborative Media Center Earns SUNY Grant for Innovative Instruction SUNY Old Westbury gets $10K for media center Mid-project report Project outcomes report Creative Commons License: