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Career Brand Management for Everyone: Expanding Access to Career Development Learning by Launching an On-Demand, Competency-Based OPEN SUNY Specialization on Coursera

Valeri Chukhlomin, Associate Professor

Project Team
  • Dr. Dana Gliserman-Kopans, Associate Professor, SUNY Empire State College
  • Dr. Anant Deshpande, Associate Professor, SUNY Empire State College

Empire State College

2017

Tier Three

$45,000.00

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Project Summary:

Expanding access to career development learning for students, alumni, and adult learners across New York state, the United States, and globally, the project proposes to finalize Career Brand Management specialization and permanently deploy it on Coursera; this four-course, OPEN SUNY project was piloted in 2016 and has so far enrolled 44,500 learners from 168 countries.

Project Outcome:

The project has now been successfully deployed as a specialization on Coursera. It has considerably increased access to advanced career self-management learning, as demonstrated by many dozens of thousands enrolled learners, statewide, nationally and globally. The project significantly contributes to non-credit, continuing education of working professionals, and supports it by introducing a verifiable credential (Coursera Certificate). Also, it has resulted in developing new career training methodologies (individual skills management), resources (The Skills Manager Pro), and partnerships (as reported at Coursera Partners conference, the project is already used by businesses and organizations, including a United Nations Agency in NYC).

Project Outcome Report

Making Movement Stick: Delivering a Movement Analysis Course

Dr. Helena Baert

Project Team
  • Dr. Matthew Madden
  • Dr. Larissa True
  • Dr. Thomas Frank, Interim Director, Research and Sponsored Programs

Cortland

2017

Tier Three

$42,000.00

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Project Summary:

The aim of this project is to deliver an online educational resource in movement analysis to pre-service and in-service teachers in physical education and related fields.

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Digital Scholarship Collaboration: Linking Humanities with the Library as a Model for Campus-Wide Digital Scholarship Initiative

Dr. John Rocco

Project Team
  • John Rocco
  • Ian August, Educational Technologist/Instructional Designer
  • Annie Tummino, Archivist and Scholarly Communications Librarian

Maritime College

2017

Tier Three

$40,000.00

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Project Summary:

Digital scholarship has many layers: it's about tools to help students explore and convey knowledge in new ways, space to explore and create with these tools, and collaboration between departments, disciplines, programs, and SUNY colleges.

Project Outcome:

Keeping Pace with Web-based Technology: A MOOC for Lifelong Learning in a Digital Age

Ms. Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, Online Learning Specialist

Project Team
  • Cherie van Putten, Instructional Designer, Center for Learning and Teaching-Binghamton University
  • Christopher Price, SUNY CPD Project Liaison and Academic Programs Manager

University at Buffalo

2017

Tier Three

$46,500.00

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Project Summary:

This MOOC will focus on advancing learning and optimizing career opportunities by offering accessible, curated information and application exercises that improve participants’ confidence, knowledge, and skills and encourage participants to construct a schema upon which to continue lifelong exploration regarding the effective implementation of emerging technology tools.

Project Outcome:

This MOOC brings digital literacy and lifelong learning skills to faculty, staff, students, and anyone in the world interested in learning more about the 4Cs of 21st century learners, including communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. The material in the MOOC, and the complementary crowdsourced EmTechWIKI, are available free of charge and open to everyone. SUNY affiliated participants earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion at no cost, and everyone may earn a Mastery Badge, while others pay a small fee if they want a Coursera certificate. This project supports progress towards a degree by helping participants master technical skills such as video, blogs, and infographic creation to be able to effectively apply the 21st century skills described above. It also helps them learn how to be a savvy consumer of information on the web. The project helps build career skills that employers are looking for in today’s job market. Some of these skills are critical thinking/problem solving, oral/written communication, teamwork/collaboration, and information technology application.

Project Outcome Report

Reducing Student Isolation: The Development of a Campus Life Model to Improve Retention Rates of Students in Online Degree Programs

Ms. JoAnne Fassinger, Grants Coordinator

Project Team
  • Dr. Molly Mott
  • Ms. Courtney Bish, Vice-President, Student Affairs

Canton, College of Technology

2017

Tier Three

$33,000.00

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Project Summary:

The Campus Life Model for Reducing Student Isolation is an innovative, cross campus retention effort to increase the success and retention rate of online students by creating community and connectedness in a virtual environment.

Project Outcome:

iSucceed: The First Year College Experience

Prof. James Jensen, Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Environmental Engineering

Project Team
  • Christine Gray Tinnesz, Ph.D.
  • Fabio Escobar, Ph.D.
  • Cynthia Tysick, MLS, Associate Librarian
  • Lisa Stephens, PhD, Sr. Strategist – Academic Innovation
  • Matthew Ardila-Weigand, Ph.D.
  • Ken Fujiuchi, MS
  • Martha Greatrix, MS
  • Aimee M. Woznick, Ph.D.

University at Buffalo

2017

Tier Three

$60,000.00

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Project Summary:

This pilot leverages experts from WNY high schools, and three college sectors to create short, self-paced OER learning modules that address skill sets for all students transitioning from high school to college level learning; outcomes will provide early diagnostic tools to support learners throughout their college careers.

Project Outcome:

Digital Studio Lab: A Cross-disciplinary Collaboration between the Humanities Department and The Canino School of Engineering Technology

Laini Kavaloski

Project Team
  • JoAnne Fassinger

Canton, College of Technology

2017

Tier Three

$60,000.00

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Project Summary:

The Digital Studio Lab is a transdisciplinary pedagogical project that reimagines the traditional teaching methods of seminar (lecture), lab (technical design), and studio (artistic practice) to create both a method and a space of digital collaboration, community outreach, and interdisciplinary game and media building across the humanities and engineering programs.

Project Outcome:

Bamboo Canvas: Instructional Innovation for a Globalized Classroom

Dr. Kyunghee Pyun

Project Team
  • Elaine Maldonado, Professor and Director of Faculty Development and the Center for Excellence in Teaching
  • Jinyoung Jin, Director of Cultural Programs
  • Hyewon Yi, Director of the Amelie A. Wallace Gallery and Department of Visual Arts

Fashion Institute of Technology

2017

Tier Three

$50,000.00

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Project Summary:

Do you want to engage your students with hands-on projects; provide a global learning experience on your home campus; or generate a deeper understanding of the craft and culture of other societies, in order to enrich the classroom, as well as contribute to global citizenry?

Project Outcome:

This project aimed to develop a website dedicated to Asian art techniques. During the grant period of 2016-2017, a website called “Bamboo Canvas” was successfully developed at Fashion Institute of Technology, and it was offered to visitors at Stony Brook University's Charles B. Wang Center and SUNY Old Westbury's Amelie A. Wallace Gallery using hand-held devices or interactive monitors. The website increased diversity and access to a limited source of materials, demonstrating diverse techniques of art and craft in East Asia. It acts as an egalitarian and affordable way of providing a globalized learning environment and creating a curriculum for diversity. The website also increased connectivity among SUNY campuses and local art museums through use at conferences and exhibitions. Students who participated in this project benefitted from applied learning by utilizing their skills acquired in the program of Art History and Museum Professions at FIT and by pursuing career success in galleries. Some of them got a full-time job as a result of their experience with this project. Overall, Bamboo Canvas has led to improved student learning ability and performance.

Project Outcome Report

Materials Matter: Integrating Science and Aesthetics for STEM Education

Dr. Hilary Becker

Project Team
  • Dr. Gokhan Ersan, Assistant Professor of Art and Design, Binghamton University
  • Dr. Louis Piper, Associate Professor of Physics, Binghamton University
  • Dr. Pamela Smart, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Art History, Binghamton University
  • Dr. Valerie Imbruce, Assistant Director OSRI- Division of Research, Binghamton University
  • Dr. Mark Poliks, Professor of System Science and Industrial Engineering, Binghamton University

Binghamton University

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

"Materials Matter is an interdisciplinary course that brings together lessons in chemistry, art history, classical archaeology, and design using active learning and an innovative visual language presented in an interactive app to teach students the basic concepts of these subjects as well as how they influence each other."

Project Outcome:

Improving Health Care Delivery for Refugees and African Americans Using Technology-Enhanced Interprofessional Experiential Learning

Dr. Patricia Ohtake, Associate Professor

Project Team
  • Kim Griswold, MD, MPH, RN, FAAFP (Educational Experience 2 – Director)
  • Linda Pessar, MD (Educational Experience 3 – Director)
  • Henry Taylor, Jr, PhD (Educational Experience 3 – Co-Director)
  • Isok Kim, PhD, LCSW
  • Alan Lesse, MD
  • May Shogan
  • Jeremiah Grabowski
  • Denise McGuigan, MSEd
  • Karen Zinnerstrom, PhD

University at Buffalo

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

Using technology-enhanced interprofessional experiential learning, health professions students will improve healthcare delivery for refugee and underserved populations by increasing their cultural sensitivity and understanding of health care disparities through engagement with refugee and underserved African American communities and learning to communicate with individuals with limited English proficiency using professional interpreters.

Project Outcome:

Establishing a regional interdisciplinary OER Institute to further develop a pipeline of experienced, research-inspired educators and students.

Ms. Talia Lipton

Project Team
  • Dr. Katherine Lynch
  • Dr. Stephen Burke

Rockland Community College

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

Meeting the Open Educational Resources Challenge: Taking collaboration to scale through applied best practices and other lessons learned in creating a pipeline of trained OER educators.

Project Outcome:

Seamless Integration of Political Science and International Relations Curricula across SUNY

Dr. Peter Yacobucci, Associate Professor

Project Team
  • Dr. Mehwish Sarwari
  • Dr. Kyeonghi Baek
  • Dr. Patrick McGovern

Buffalo State College

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

This proposal, as a first of three phases, provides for the full development of six essential courses in Political Science and International Relations not currently available on most SUNY campuses to be fully able to be implemented simultaneously across SUNY utilizing online and distance learning technology.

Project Outcome:

A Three-Pronged Course Redesign Program to Incorporate OERs into Online Classes: Instruction, Interaction, Incentive 

Dr. Julienne Cuccio Slichko, Instructional Developer

Project Team
  • Elaine Lasda, M.L.S.

University at Albany

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

Lowering student textbook expenses to engage and retain diverse online learners by providing course redesign supports, financial incentives, and a community of practice for faculty who wish to adopt open educational resources (OERs) in their online curricula.   

Project Outcome:

Our program allowed for the adoption and remixing of OERs across 8 courses. Through the adoption process, instructors dropped costly textbooks, saving each student an average of $124 per course. This resulted in a preliminary potential savings of $30,320 for the Fall 2018 semester. The project supported course access, affordability, and choice. For example the OERs allow for immediate access to the content, cost savings for the students, and choice for students (they can decide if they want a printed version of OER at low-cost). Student achievement is to be determined, although OERs are supported by research in terms of student learning outcomes.

Project Outcome Report

SUNY Immersive Augmented Reality Classroom

Dr. Ibrahim Yucel, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of the Interactive Media and Game Design Program

Project Team
  • Joshua Piejko
  • Dr. Michael J. Reale
  • Dr. Mohammed Abdallah
  • Dr. Megan Dischiavo

SUNY Polytechnic Institute

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

The SUNY Immersive Augmented Reality Classroom is an innovative approach to utilizing virtual and augmented reality technology to enhance the pedagogical experience in multiple disciplines and achieve learning objectives taught throughout SUNY.

Project Outcome:

This project utilizes affordable technology to provide a shared mixed reality classroom to individuals, regardless of major, both on campus and in remote locations. While the core system utilizes mixed reality hardware, our system also allows users to access the virtual space via non-mixed-reality hardware, making it more affordable for a greater number of users. This tool provides learners with enhanced, more engaging ways to learn material. Specifically, it brings more visual and tactile interaction to virtual content, enabling greater engagement to a wider variety of learners. We hope, as a whole, that the technology helps increase retention of those students who had difficulty previously connecting with the subject matter. By exposing students to mixed reality technology as part of their core curriculum, it can inspire both the creation of more advanced content for this platform and/or the further development of the underlying technology.

Project Outcome Report

Interactive Textbook for Music Technology Students

Mr. Thilo Schaller, Assistant Professor

Project Team
  • Jan Burle, Scientific staff, Jülich Centre for Neutron Science, Germany Adjunct Assistant Professor, School of Creative and Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts, University of Calgary

Buffalo State College

2017

Tier Two

$14,000.00

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Project Summary:

An interactive textbook for music technology students as an applied learning environment in which users can turn knobs and handles, hear and see the changes and thus learn by demonstration, experimentation, and intuition.

Project Outcome:

Postsecondary Information Literacy Readiness Assessment using ILAAP

Prof. Cynthia Tysick, Associate Librarian, Head of Educational Services

Project Team
  • Jewel De La Rosa, College Librarian, Erie Community College.
  • Logan Rath, Associate Librarian, The College at Brockport
  • Tiffany Walsh, Associate Librarian, Educational Services, University at Buffalo

University at Buffalo

2017

Tier Two

$15,500.00

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Project Summary:

An online, information literacy competencies diagnostic tool for postsecondary institutions that provides customized, self-remediation suggestions for students and academic advisors.

Project Outcome:

Designing Competency-based PLA Pathways to Scale Up Completion and Learner Success – Phase II

Dr. Nan Travers

Project Team
  • Dr. Nan Travers, Director

Empire State College

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

This is a proof of concept project to build and expand upon previous IITG work by: 1) providing students access to CBE PLA templates within the Sāgence™ system, 2) developing a PLA competency-based course, 3) expanding the CBE PLA options in Sāgence™, and 4) providing additional professional development.

Project Outcome:

This project developed competency-based prior learning assessment guides in 7 topic areas (bringing the total number up to 14), a generic guide and a competency-based PLA course - all available on-line. These guides will help students successfully document their prior learning and be assessed for college credit. This directly impacts completion because these guides increase the ability for students to earn credit for what they already know, decreasing the number of credits needed to complete a credential. Research shows that students who participate in PLA are 2X more likely to complete an associate degree and 2.5 X more likely to complete a bachelor's degree.

Project Outcome Report

Scaling Up the SUNY Virtual Herbarium Network

Dr. Sean Robinson

Project Team
  • Kathryn Amatangelo, Ph.D.
  • Michael B. Burgess, Ph.D.
  • Laurie J. Freeman
  • Jack T. Tessier, Ph.D.
  • Kathy Spitzhoff

Oneonta

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

This project will increase access to and use of biological collections through further development of the SUNY Herbarium Network, the goals of which are to database and image all specimens housed within SUNY herbaria; upload specimen data and images to a web-based open-access platform; and develop, implement, and assess web-based learning modules.

Project Outcome:

Metaliteracy Learning Pathways: Fostering Innovative Teaching Across SUNY

Ms. Kelsey O'Brien Senior Assistant Librarian

Project Team
  • Stephanie Affinito
  • Trudi Jacobson
  • Dr. Michele Forte
  • Karen Gardner-Athey
  • Dr. Donna Mahar

University at Albany

2017

Tier Two

$20,000.00

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Project Summary:

Integrate learning pathway functionality into the Metaliteracy Badging System that will facilitate custom applications of metaliteracy concepts and serve as a model for “scaling up” the system across disciplines and SUNY institutions.

Project Outcome:

Use of the Renewable Energy Lab (Lucas-Nuelle) simulations of Renewable Energy Generation to foster Student learning in "Energy , Sustainability and Environment " class (ENV101)

Prof. Marjaneh Issapour, Professor and Director of Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center at Farmingdale State College

Project Team
  • Kivman Lee, Instructional Support Technician, School of Engineering Technology, Farmingdale State College

Farmingdale State College

2017

Tier One

$10,000.00

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Project Summary:

Using Renewable Energy Laboratory (REL) simulator to design manageable hands-on/Applied Learning components in an introductory energy and environment course, to help deepen student learning of renewable energy generation, both challenges and benefits.

Project Outcome:

Development and Assessment of Openly Available WeBWorK Problem Sets for Underserved Mathematics Courses

Dr. Keith Jones, Asst. Professor - Mathmatics

Project Team
  • Dr. Leah Bridgers

Oneonta

2017

Tier One

$9,800.00

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Project Summary:

This project will improve student outcomes in general education and teacher preparation mathematics courses by developing problem sets for the free and open source WeBWorK online homework system, while offering applied learning experiences to upper level mathematics students.

Project Outcome:

Flipping the Classroom: A Multipronged Approach to Retention of Academically Underprepared STEM Majors

Dr. Junryo Watanabe, Asst. Professor - Cell and Microbiology

Project Team

Oneonta

2017

Tier One

$9,500.00

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Project Summary:

This IITG project will implement a “flipped” classroom approach on a cohort group of underrepresented students and test its effectiveness on retention and success of underprepared students in STEM.

Project Outcome:

TimeStitch: Digital Prototype of a Virtual Museum as a Leaning Tool

Dr. Alla Myzelev, Assistant Professor, Coordinator of Museum Studies Minor

Project Team

Geneseo

2017

Tier One

$9,200.00

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Project Summary:

TimeStitch is an experimental platform that allows the creation of digital customized narrative based on the content entered. It is primarily used to generate virtual exhibitions and displays and for training students to become curators of digital content.

Project Outcome:

Alfred State Micro Credentialing Project

Mr. Jonathan Hilsher, Director of Civic Engagement

Project Team
  • Danyelle Moore, Director of Online Learning, Alfred State Center for Online Learning
  • Elaine Morsman, Director of Career Development, Alfred State Career Development
  • Troy Morehouse, Interim Director of Student Engagement, Alfred State Office of Student Engagement

Alfred State College

2017

Tier One

$10,000.00

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Project Summary:

The Alfred State Micro Credentialing Project employs the NACE competencies for career readiness to promote all aspects of the SUNY Excels performance framework by challenging student employees to participate in activities, online coursework, and projects that demonstrate their ability to grow and impact their academic and professional success.

Project Outcome:

Lighting the SPARC of Scientific Collaboration: A Proposal to Add Two SUNY Campuses to a Regional Conservation Biology Network

Dr. Elizabeth Bastiaans

Project Team
  • Dr. Michael Losito - Professor, Wildlife Management - SUNY Cobleskill
  • Dr. Evan Grant - Research Wildlife Biologist - Patuxent Wildlife Research Center, USGS

Oneonta

2017

Tier One

$10,000.00

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Project Summary:

This IITG Tier 1 project seeks to add two teaching-focused SUNY campuses to a region-wide network of conservation biologists studying the effects of global change on forest amphibians.

Project Outcome:

Minecraft MOOC for Educators (MIME)

Ms. Allyson Kaczmarek, Program Developer

Project Team

University at Buffalo

2017

Tier One

$10,000.00

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Project Summary:

Minecraft MOOC for educators is a pedagogy and a specialization of courses for flipping, engaging, and learning within a virtual environment of Minecraft. It could change the way educators and students at all levels engage in learning.

Project Outcome:

Interactive Program Design Website: Supporting Innovations, Technologies and Professional Development

Dr. Nan Travers, Director, Center for Leadership in Credentialing Learning

Project Team

Empire State College

2017

Tier One

$10,000.00

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Project Summary:

This project will create an interactive academic program design website to build SUNY-wide strategic direction in programmatic offerings, while bolstering campus constituents’ knowledge, skills and confidence in design, implementation, and sustainability of new initiatives to meet higher educational demands of the 21st century.

Project Outcome:

This project planned an interactive web-based portal to house innovation projects across SUNY. As a result, existing projects that impact access will be more accessible to others for expanding capabilities, dissemination and scaling. We have also been accepted as a Tier 3 IITG project for 2018-19 to implement the plans for an interactive portal and open resource repository on innovative projects across SUNY: Academic Sharing Community: A SUNY Catalog of Educational Projects and Innovative Initiatives (ASC SUNY). This should provide us with the ability to take the plans into a scalable project. Ongoing support of the project still needs to be determined.

Project Outcome Report