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CDL Instructional Design Team Well Represented at CIT 2014

This year’s SUNY Conference on Instruction and Technology (CIT), hosted by Cornell University, May 27-30, featured a full schedule of interesting presentations and thought-provoking speakers. The Center for Distance Learning’s Curriculum and Instructional Design Team was well represented with six sessions.

slideA six-member panel presented on “Conquering a Large-Scale Course Conversion,” that addressed some of the challenges and lessons learned during the clean-up of more than 500 online courses, converted in 2013 from the Angel LMS to Moodlerooms, Joule 2. The panel included Kathleen Stone, Director of Curriculum and Instructional Design (CID), as well as CID team members Bob Kester, Bonnie Farrell, Tonka Jokelova, Betsy Braun, and Hui-Ya (Laura) Chuang. Audience members from SUNY campuses considering a similar change expressed appreciation for the group’s insights regarding design issues, team work, goal setting and lessons learned.

Hui-Ya Chuang also presented a well-received and detailed overview of “How to Translate an Online Course into Another Language” in one of the poster sessions. And Kathleen Stone joined fellow members of the Online Accessibility SUNY FACT2 task group to share guidelines and criteria for software and educational resources established to assist campuses in becoming ADA Section 508 compliant. (Co-presenters: Meghan Pereira and Ginger Bidell, Buffalo State College; and Deborah Spiro, Nassau Community College).

Instructional designer Chi-Hua Tseng presented two different Ignite Sessions: “MOOCS: What they are, and what they are not” and “ADA Section 508 Compliance Cheat Sheet.” She also presented an informative poster titled “Mahara 1-2-3: Introducing an e-portfolio platform.”

Online Courses Moving to Moodle

screen shot of Moodle page

Example of Moodle course page

In anticipation of Empire State College’s adoption of the open-source learning management platform Moodle 2, Ellen Marie Murphy, Director of Online Curriculum at CDL, gave a demonstration of the software on September 22nd. Well attended by CDL faculty and staff, the presentation provided an overview of the platform’s capabilities and offered a snapshot of what a course might look like in Moodle. The system is versatile, user-friendly and offers countless options for collaboration and incorporating media. The date of course conversion from ANGEL to Moodle has not yet been announced, but expectations are for fall of 2012. For those who were not able to participate on the 22nd, the presentation is available via Elluminate here. Approximate length: 30 minutes. (Actual presentation begins about 5 minutes in, due to audio adjustments).

NOTE: Murphy demonstrated her own Moodle2 examples. The Empire State College version may differ somewhat, but not significantly.