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

The E-Textbook Opportunity: The Time is Now for SUNY, Phase 2

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Awarded Grant: $20,000 Principal Investigator: Dean Hendrix, University at Buffalo This project will license electronic versions of textbooks that are used in courses across three SUNY schools: SUNY Brockport, University at Buffalo (UB) and SUNY Delhi. A continuation of a previously funded IITG pilot (“Phase 1”), Phase 2 leverages the knowledge and technical expertise gained in Phase 1 to shape and refine the features, licenses, implementation and future of e-textbooks within SUNY. Phase 2 delves deeper into the quickly evolving e-textbook environment by exploring new assessment methodologies related to student learning outcomes, developing longitudinal data sets for pinpointing trends among specific student populations, analyzing the impact of price on e-textbook adoption and investigating the feasibility of a student-centered e-textbook model. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Charles Lyons, MS, Electronic Resources Librarian, University at Buffalo Libraries Mary Jo Orzech, MLS, Ph.D., Director, Drake Memorial Library, SUNY College at Brockport Pamela J Peters, MLS, Director, Resnick Library, SUNY Delhi Reports and Resources: Mid-project report Project outcomes report