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Open SUNY Effective Practice Awards Program

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The Open SUNY Effective Practice Award Program aims to collect, share and showcase the online best practices, strategies, and innovative online teaching and learning activities or programs of exemplary Open SUNY Fellows and online practitioners from across the SUNY system.

Program award tracks include:
Online Teaching & Learning Practices: Online best practices, strategies, and innovative online teaching and learning activities.
Online Course Quality Practices: Exemplary processes or practices to ensure quality in course design, course accessibility, and student learning environment.
Online Student Services & Concierge Practices: Best practices, programs or initiatives that support the success of online students.
Online Enrollment/Recruitment Practices: Exemplary models of online student recruitment practices.
Online Program Partnership Practices: Exemplary models of multi-campus or global partnerships and/or intra-campus collaborations for the delivery of online courses or programs.

All effective practice submissions will be made available to the Open SUNY Community for review and consideration. The Open SUNY Community will have the opportunity to vote, and the effective practices that earn the most votes will be recognized. The Effective Practice Awards are conferred annually at the Open SUNY Summit.

Timeline for 2019 Submissions (Round 5)

Date    Event
February 15, 2019    Submissions close by end of day
February 22, 2019    Peer Voting opens (closes March 1 @midnight)
March 6, 2019    Winners announced at Open SUNY Summit (view recording)
April 2019    TOPR entries close
May 28-31, 2019    Award winners showcased at SUNY CIT

Congratulations to the 2019 Award Winners!

Online Teaching and Learning Practices Track
1st place: Fast-Community: Fostering and Sustaining the Community in a 3-Week Online Class, submitted by Lee Pierce and team, SUNY Geneseo

Online Program Partnership Practices Track
1st place: Designing a Synchronous Learning Environment that Promotes Community, Interactivity, and Equity of Experience, submitted by Carolina Kim de Salamanca and team, SUNY Empire State College

TOPR Partnership
Open SUNY Online Teaching, in collaboration with the University of Central Florida (UCF), sponsors an initiative to recognize excellence in online and blended teaching practices across SUNY in a joint Effective Practices Award Program via the award-winning Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR). TOPR is an open public resource hosted by UCF that reviews, selects, and organizes effective online practices for online faculty, instructional designers and other online teaching and learning practitioners. Submissions from SUNY in the Online Teaching & Learning track will be submitted for consideration for inclusion in TOPR.

Congratulations to the 2018 TOPR Entries!

Designing a Synchronous Learning Environment that Promotes Community, Interactivity, and Equity of Experience – submitted by Carolina Kim de Salamanca, SUNY Empire State College

Student Success in Online Learning through Metacognitive Prompting and Reflective Journaling – submitted by Diane Hamilton, University at Albany

Using Web Conferencing and Videos to Improve Employment Interview Skills – submitted by Cheryle Levitt, SUNY Delhi

Open SUNY Effective Practices – Past Winners

2018 (Round 4):

1st place: Creatively engaged in writing for digital environments, submitted by Eunjyu Yu, SUNY Canton
Honorable mention: Reducing Student Isolation: The Development of a Campus Life Model to Improve Retention Rates of Students in Online Degree Programs, submitted by Molly Mott, SUNY Canton

2017 (Round 3):

1st place: Practical Guide to Meaningful Gamification Module, submitted by Deborah Moore-Russo and team, University at Buffalo
2nd place: Using Synchronous Sessions to Build Community and Connect Globally, submitted by Patrice Prusko, Cornell University and Lorette Pellettiere Calix, Empire State College
3rd place: Stop and Pause for Engagement in Online Video Lectures, submitted by Shannon Budin, Buffalo State College
Honorable Mention: Active Learning Classrooms, submitted by Nathan Whitley-Grassi and team, Empire State College

2016 (Round 2):

1st – Access MOOC: Designing for ALL Learners – MOOC Team from Buffalo State College & Empire State College
2nd – Creating Accessible Online Classrooms – Kevin Murphy, Binghamton University
3rd – Teaching Online Certification Program – Eric Machan Howd, Binghamton University
4th – Quality by Design (QbD) – Anne Reed, University at Buffalo

2015 (Round 1):

1st – Pedagogically Effective Discussion Forums – Bill Pelz, Herkimer College
2nd – Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) – Roberta (Robin) Sullivan and TOEP Team, University at Buffalo
3rd – BYOC: Build Your Online Course – Kathleen Gradel & Lisa Melohusky, SUNY Fredonia

View all past submissions in the Open SUNY Effective Practice Awards Facebook Group.

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