Kathleen Stone Awarded Grant for Accessibility MOOC

Kathleen StoneOur own Kathleen Stone, director of curriculum and instructional design at the Center for Distance Learning (CDL), has been named recipient of a $60,000 SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) for her project to develop a massive open online course (MOOC) that will provide instruction for making online courses accessible and in compliance with requirements outlined in the American with Disabilities Act (ADA). There is a high need for this course within CDL as faculty and course developers are challenged to deliver content and select resources that are fully accessible to all students. But the need goes beyond CDL, across SUNY, and throughout the country, as the rapid growth and expansion of online education continues.

Stone’s project, “An Open SUNY Accessibility MOOC for Faculty and Staff Development: Creating Online Courses that Provide Access for All” will be developed with a team of colleagues, both faculty and professionals. Michele Forte, Tonka Jokelova, Anne Lane, Julie Rummings and Kelly Hermann, from SUNY Empire State College, and Ginger Bidell, Meghan Pereira and Sumana Silverheels from Buffalo State College, will all contribute to the collaborative effort.

The end result will be an adaptable, modular, online course offered on the Canvas Network, a fully accessible learning management system with Creative Commons licensing options. The MOOC will first be offered in January 2016 as a live, facilitated course, open to anyone in SUNY and beyond. After the initial offering, the openly licensed content will be available on demand, for anyone to use and customize for their own training needs. This project promises to go a long way toward removing barriers in online learning and training educators to make accessibility the norm.

Further information about the grant is available at http://commons.suny.edu/iitg/an-open-suny-accessibility-mooc-for-faculty-and-staff-development-creating-online-courses-that-provide-access-for-all/opens in a new window.

June Best Practices Workshops Focus on Student Success

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces its final set of workshops and webinars for the 2014/15 academic year in the continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series offers two tracks —online teaching and course development— and in June each track will focus on a different topic related to student success. Participants in the live workshops and webinars will receive a certificate of completion. Watch for new workshops coming in September!

JUNE SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Recognizing and helping a struggling student”

Workshop: June 16, 10-11 a.m. (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: June 17, 11:30-12:30 (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online teaching workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“Time on task: Helping retain busy students through effective course design”

Workshop: June 16, 2-3 p.m. (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: June 17, 1-2 p.m. (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online course development workshop or webinar

NOTE: Workshops are face-to-face, held in Saratoga Springs, room locations above. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, June 12th.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

May Webinars on Teaching Adult Learners

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces the May webinars in its Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. This month our webinar topic is “Teaching Adult Learners.”  We will discuss principles of Andragogy and how to apply the principles in the online environment.

The series offers two tracks. The teaching track will focus on teaching from a pre-developed master course and the development track will focus on designing the instruction. Feel free to attend whichever one works best for you, but note that if you attend both, much of the content will be the same.

MAY SCHEDULE
“Teaching Adult Learners”

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
Webinar: Wednesday, May 20, 11:30-12:30 (via Blackboard Collaborate)

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
Webinar: Wednesday, May 20, 1-2 p.m. (via Blackboard Collaborate)

Register here for either session.
NOTE: Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, May 15, 2015
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

Best Practices Workshops Continue in April

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces April workshops and webinars in its continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series offers two tracks —online teaching and course development— and this month each track will focus on a different topic.

APRIL SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Time on Task: Helping retain busy students and staying sane in the process”

Workshop: April 28, 10-11 a.m. (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: April 29, 11:30-12:30 (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online teaching workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“A Student-Centered Approach: Constructivism in online teaching”

Workshop: April 28, 2-3 p.m. (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: April 29, 1-2 p.m. (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online course development workshop or webinar

NOTE: Workshops are face-to-face, held in Saratoga Springs (room locations above). Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, April 24, 2015
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

Best Practices Workshops Announced for March

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces March workshops and webinars in its continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series offers two tracks —online teaching and course development— and this month each track will focus on a different topic.

MARCH SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Effective written communication in the online environment”

Workshop: March 17, 10-11 a.m. (computer lab, 111 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: March 18, 11:30-12:30 (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online teaching workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“How We Design: Significant learning experiences”

Workshop: March 17, 2-3 p.m. (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: March 18, 1-2 p.m. (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online course development workshop or webinar

NOTE: Workshops are face-to-face, held in Saratoga Springs- room locations above. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, March 13th.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

 

Empire State College offers Coursera MOOCs : Registration Now Open

Empire State College (ESC) is offering its first ever Coursera MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) as part of two projects funded last year by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG). Registration is now open at the Coursera site for both courses.

Graphic of a circle with an outer ring and two inner rings. The center ring says metaliterate learner, the next inner ring has the words metacognitve, cognitive, behavioral, and affective. The outer ring has the words participant, communicator, translator, author, teacher, collaborator, producer, publisher, and researcher.

The Metaliterate Learner Figure by Tom Mackey, Trudi Jacobson, and Roger Lipera

The first Coursera MOOC , “Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World,”  launched yesterday, Feb. 2 and has more than 3200 registered participants.  The second, “iMOOC: Mastering American eLearning,” begins March 23 and will be open for enrollment until then, but already has 642 people signed up. Both MOOCs feature videos produced at the Empire State College TV studio with the support of John Hughes, director of media production and resources. In addition, the iMOOC (the “i” is for international) also includes a logo designed by the college’s Office of Community and Government Relations and learning materials prepared by ESC faculty.

Metaliteracy: Empowering Yourself in a Connected World” is the result of a collaboration between instructors from Empire State College and the University at Albany. Tom Mackey, Kathleen Stone, Michele Forte and Amy McQuigge, all from Empire State College, worked together with Trudi Jacobson, Kelsey O’Brien, Jenna Pitera and Allison Hosier of UAlbany. This MOOC is supported by another top-tier IITG project as well, “Designing Innovative Online Learning: Integrating a Coursera MOOC with Open SUNY Badging.” Stone, the Coursera manager for this course, explained that the MOOC employs open content developed by the team of instructors on metaliteracy-related topics including:

  • becoming a digital citizen
  • participating as a global contributor
  • creating and curating Information
  • empowered learning: from learner to teacher

The MOOC also features special guests. There is an interview with ESC alums Sandra Barkevich and Anita Di Cianni Brown in which they talk about packaging and sharing information in today’s social media environment. Ronnie Mather, Interim Dean at the Center for Distance Learning, explores questions about metacognitive reflection.  The course includes videos, animated vignettes and other multimedia resources, as well as open resource readings.

iMOOC: Mastering American eLearning” is a collaborative effort among Empire State College faculty and staff: Val Chukhlomin, Bidhan Chandra, Anant Deshpande, Jeannine Mercer, Lorette Pellettiere Calix, Dana Gliserman-Kopans, Amy Giaculli and Antonia Jokelova.  This project is supported by another top-tier SUNY IITG, “iMOOC: A Multiuser Platform for International Students to Navigate U.S.-style Virtual Learning Environments” . iMOOC is a competency-based, skill-building course intended to help non-U.S. students, first-generation immigrants and foreign-born professionals better understand and master American eLearning, as well as other U.S. virtual environments for college and career success. This course also makes use of open educational resources and ESC-developed videos. iMOOC will be piloted by ESC International Programs and SUNY New Paltz, as well as two international institutions, SUNY Korea and Irkutsk State University in Russia, for their on-campus students.

Best Practices Workshops for February

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces February workshops and webinars in its continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series offers two tracks —online teaching and course development— and this month each track will focus on a different topic.

FEBRUARY SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Creating a sense of community in your online course”

Workshop: Feb. 17, 10-11 a.m. (room 142, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: Feb 18, 11:30-12:30 (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online teaching workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“Think outside the quiz: authentic assessment”

Workshop: Feb. 17, 2-3 p.m. (computer lab, 111 West Ave, Saratoga Springs)
Webinar: Feb 18, 1-2 p.m. (via Blackboard Collaborate)
Register here for the online course development workshop or webinar

NOTE: Workshops are face-to-face, held in Saratoga Springs- room locations above. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, February 13th.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

 

Best Practices Workshops for January 2015

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team is pleased to announce the workshops/webinars for January 2015 in their continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. Participants in face-to-face workshops or live webinars will receive a certificate of completion.

JANUARY SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Facilitating Online Discussions”

Workshop:  Jan. 20, 10-11 a.m.
Webinar:  Jan. 21, 11:30-12:30
Register here for the online teaching workshop or webinar

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“Assess to improve, assess to measure: Formative and summative assessments”

Workshop:  Jan. 20, 2-3 p.m.
Webinar:  Jan 21, 1-2 p.m.
Register here for the online course development workshop or webinar

NOTE: Workshops are face-to-face, held in the Computer Lab, 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration deadline: Friday, January 16th.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

Best Practices Workshops Announced for December

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces December workshops and webinars in the continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series offers two tracks —online teaching and course development— and this month each track will have a different focus.

DECEMBER SCHEDULE

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn: Strategies for engaging your students”

Workshop: Dec. 16, 10-11 a.m.
Webinar: Dec. 17, 11:30-12:30 p.m.
Register for the online teaching workshop or webinar.

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
“How we design series – Understanding by Design: Setting goals first”

Workshop: Dec. 16, 2-3 p.m.
Webinar: Dec. 17, 1-2 p.m.
Register for the online course development workshop or webinar.

NOTE: Workshops are face to face, held in room 142, 113 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. Registered participants will receive a link.

Registration Deadline: Friday, Dec. 12.
Visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more.
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu

Best Practices Workshops Set for November

The Curriculum and Instructional Design team announces the November workshops and webinars in their continuing Best Practices Workshop Series: Teaching and Developing Online Courses for Engagement and Retention. The series has two tracks, online teaching and course development, and aims to help meet one of the college’s highest priorities: student retention, while providing a space in which to learn, practice and discuss best practices for online teaching and course design. Participants in the live workshops and webinars will receive a certificate of completion. November’s Topic:

“Incorporating Interactive Strategies into Your Online Course”

The teaching track will focus on strategies for teaching from a predeveloped master course, while the development track will focus on strategies for designing the instruction.

ONLINE TEACHING TRACK
Workshop: Nov. 20, 10-11 a.m.
Webinar: Nov. 19, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

COURSE DEVELOPMENT TRACK
Workshop: Nov. 20, 2-3 p.m.
Webinar: Nov. 19, 1-2 p.m.

NOTE: Workshops are face to face, held in the computer lab at 111 West Ave., Saratoga Springs. Webinars are delivered via Blackboard Collaborate. (Registered participants will receive a link).

Register now or visit the Best Practices Workshop Series webpage to learn more.
Registration Deadline: Friday, Nov. 14.
Questions? Contact CDLInstructor@esc.edu