Graphic Flash: Collaboration between Students in Creative Writing, Illustration, Graphic Design, and Multimedia Design

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Principal Investigator: Kelly Roe, Oswego Students across multiple departments will work collectively and collaboratively to create, and sustain a start-up e-magazine. The project centers on creative partnerships formed across departments for the purpose of simulating professional collaborations in the production creative work. This project will team writers, illustrators and graphic/media designers to produce an e-publication for distribution on Apple and Android based sites. The desired outcome is to establish an e-magazine that could be produced bi-annually. The project will initially feature work by SUNY Oswego students and hopes to expand to include partnerships with K-12 Schools from the surrounding area. Its purpose would be to provide an outlet for original creative work while also providing analysis of that work as well as technical explanation in order to allow others to build on the work. The ultimate goal is to empower students through participation in a creative enterprise with entrepreneurial possibilities that fosters expression and experimentation. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Leigh Wilson, Creative Writing Professor, English Department, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Oswego Amy Bartell, Illustration Professor, Art Department, School of Communication Media and the Arts, Oswego Cara Thompson, Graphic Design/Multimedia Professor, Art Department, School of Communication Media and the Arts, Oswego Reports and Resources: Mid-project report

Improving student’s three dimensional visualization skills using an augmented reality sandbox

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Principal Investigator: Scott Giorgis, Geneseo Students often struggle with the 3D visualization skills necessary to reduce a 3D data set (landscape) down to a 2D, flat expression (paper topographic map). The augmented reality sandbox bridges the gap between 2D and 3D visualization by projecting a topographic map onto a landscape created in a sandbox. As that sandbox landscape is altered, the topographic map dynamically adjusts in real time to match the landscape, giving students the opportunity to discover how to read topographic maps on their own. We propose to construct two augmented reality sandboxes and develop the curriculum to deploy them in both introductory and upper level courses. Moreover, we will expand upon the augmented reality sandbox open source code to incorporate aspects of geologic map visualization. Potential student gains in 3D visualizations and/or topographic map reading skills will be quantitatively assessed and materials will be shared both nationally and within the SUNY system. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Kirk Anne, Assistant Director, Manager of Systems & Networking, Computing and Information Technology (CIT) Nancy Mahlen, Instructional Support Specialist, Department of Geological Sciences, Geneseo

Freshman Design Innovation

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Awarded Grant: $59,700 Principal Investigator: Anurag Purwar, Stony Brook University The proposed work seeks to leverage PIs latest research in simultaneous type and dimensional synthesis of mechanisms to design and develop an intuitive, multi-touch universal mechanism design application (app) for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platforms for teaching machine design in a newly proposed Freshman Design Innovation class. The class to be offered for both off– and on–line delivery through Open SUNY initiative will use the app as a machine design innovation tool for creating autonomous machines with the help of a take-home mechatronics kit in an active- and experiential-learning environment. This app will also be integrated in upper division machine design classes to enhance students’ learning of the machine design process and to help them innovate new devices. The app and the new course also seeks to make mechanism design accessible to non-experts, DIYers, and high school students, thereby enabling them to create machines and mechanisms that can execute useful tasks. The pedagogical assessment on the effectiveness of the app and the course design and implementation expertise will be provided by Stony Brook University’s Teaching, Learning, and Technology (TLT) Center. Co-PI’s and Key Partners: Qiaode Jeffrey Ge, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Stony Brook University Patricia Aceves, Director, The Faculty Center, Teaching, Learning, and Technology, Stony Brook University Reports and Resources: Project Websites http://www.motiongen.io MEC101 Freshman Design Innovation, Fall 2015 Mid-project report Project outcomes report Hyperlinks to journal articles or campus/local/national press releases describing the project Youtube Link

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