CDL Dean's Blog

By Tom Mackey, Ph.D.

From Moodle to MOOCs!

Posted by tom mackey on 22nd September 2013

This fall SUNY Empire State College launched an entirely new Learning Management System with Moodle/Mahara.  Our Curriculum and Instructional Design team at The Center for Distance Learning (CDL) converted over 400 courses from Angel to Moodle.  Our faculty have been providing oversight to this process reviewing courses and making necessary changes to each course as needed.  In addition, we have been working with the Office of Integrated Technologies (OIT) on the development of training resources.  Our team at CDL has been developing instructional resources to complement and enhance the college wide tutorials addressing the needs of various audiences including faculty, professionals, adjuncts, and students.   Our new Moodle environment also provides everyone at the college with a space to create an ePortfolio using Mahara.  This “Mahoodle” environment is integrated so that we can easily move from the LMS to the ePortfolio.   The latest updates regarding Moodle are available here:  This fall we also launched our third connectivist MOOC with Metaliteracy MOOC.  Our latest MOOC has been a collaboration with the University Libraries at the University at Albany and is bringing together scholars from around the world interested in open learning, emerging technologies, and this new framework for information literacy, metaliteracy.  In the spirit of Open SUNY we posted shared press releases about the MOOC from Empire State College and The University at Albany.  We developed our first MOOC Talk as a Prezi presentation:

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Sue Thomas Keynote at 3T’s Conference

Posted by tom mackey on 2nd April 2013

On March 15, CDL hosted the SUNY wide 3T’s Transliteracy, Technology and Teaching Conference at 113 West Avenue. Sue Thomas was our keynote speaker and she discussed the evolution of transliteracy as well as her forthcoming book Technobiophilia: Nature and Cyberspace. She wrote about her experience at the conference in a recent post on her blog entitled “What I Learned about transliteracy in Saratoga.” We learned a great deal from Sue Thomas and here is a link to a video recording of her keynote:

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Transliteracy and Metaliteracy Explored in MOOC

Posted by tom mackey on 1st September 2011

The Center for Distance Learning (CDL) at SUNY Empire State College is launching a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).  As part of the MOOC, I will present on the topic “Transliteracy and Metaliteracy: Emerging Frameworks for Social Media” with Trudi E. Jacobson from the University at Albany.  We will present our research on the metaliteracy framework we examined in the article Reframing Information Literacy as a Metaliteracy for College & Research Libraries.  We will also discuss transliteracy as an emerging literacy framework that has been embraced by faculty and librarians.  The MOOC has been developed by Betty Hurley-Dasgupta and Carol Yeager from CDL and will examine the theme “Creativity & Multicultural Communication.”  This is the first MOOC offered by CDL and will include presentations by two of the pioneers of this format George Siemens and Stephen Downes.  The CMC11 MOOC is free and open to anyone interested in participating but registration is required (it is free to register).  The official press release for the MOOC is available via the SUNY Empire State College Web site.

Screen capture creaed by Carol Yeager

MOOC designed by Carol Yeager

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