Interested in Teaching Online?

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COTE Community LogoThe Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) is a vibrant community of online practitioners with a long history of sharing what we know with each other in the interest of continuously improving our online course designs and online teaching practices by leveraging the expertise and experiences of our rich and diverse community.

Joining the COTE Community will give you access to a network of online faculty, instructional designers, technologists, librarians, and others who are committed to excellent in online teaching and learning. Within COTE, you can network, share, and engage in conversations with other members to further explore your interest, questions, and challenges in teaching online.

If you have not done so already, please sign up as an official Open SUNY Fellow in the Interested role.

Here is a sampling of regular activities you can participate in within the COTE community:

  • Attend Monthly Fellow chats, which showcase Open SUNY Fellows and their work to support our mission of networking, interaction, and excellence in online teaching and learning practices.
  • Join the online COTE networking community of online practitioners. As a true “community of practice,” members represent diverse interests, as well as varying levels of expertise and experience.
  • Subscribe to the monthly Online Teaching Gazette highlighting a curated collection of articles, videos, and podcasts from recent headlines.
  • Visit the COTEHub for a centralized location for all events, engagement opportunities, and updates from COTE.
  • Explore some of Online Effective Practices. This program aims to collect, share, recognize, and showcase the online best practices, strategies, and innovative online teaching and learning activities of exemplary Open SUNY Fellows and online practitioners from across the SUNY system and in partnership with TOPR from UCF.
  • Connect with a experienced online mentor from our list of mentors willing to share what they know.
  • Observe some exemplary online courses.
  • Peruse our online competency development workshop training opportunities in various formats (face-to-face, webinar, self-paced) for those new to online teaching, or advanced workshops for experienced online teaching faculty.
  • Review the Open SUNY COTE Quality Review Rubric (OSCQR) to self-assess course design.
  • Participate in research and surveys that inform best practices and quality online teaching, and provide data on SUNY and campus level services.
  • Access to national and international experts, organizations, conference presentation and award opportunities through system-level memberships in organizations such as the:
    • National University Technology Network (NUTN)
    • Online Learning Consortium (OLC)
    • New Media Consortium (NMC)

If you are not already an Open SUNY Fellow, join today to stay connected and learn about the many ways you can engage in this dynamic community!

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Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE)
The SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence is nationally and internationally recognized for our commitment to academic excellence through research-driven, community-supported practices of innovative teaching, learner-centered instruction, and pedagogy-focused approaches.

The Open SUNY COTE website and blog provides information on how to access and engage Open SUNY COTE materials, resources, supports and services.

Open SUNY COTE Online Networking Community
Initiate, share, facilitate, engage, interact, learn, join, participate, collaborate, interact, connect! For those interested in improving their online teaching and learning practices and who are also willing to “share what they know!”

Online Teaching Gazette
Subscribe to this is a collaboratively curated COTE publication for those interested in keeping current with and continuously improving their online teaching and learning practices.