CDL Dean's Blog

By Tom Mackey, Ph.D.

Sports Coverage

Posted by tom mackey on 18th December 2010

This past week I participated in a press conference at the Jason Morris Judo Center in Glenville New York that was covered by a few local news stations (with brief stories that appeared during the sports segment of each newcast). This might sound a bit unusual but it actually makes a lot of sense. On Wednesday SUNY Empire State College signed an agreement with Jason Morris to provide a pathway to higher education for athletes in training; some of these athletes will be future Olympians. Of course Jason Morris is a four time Olympic athlete who won the silver medal in the 1992 Olympics and was head coach of the 2008 Olympic team. He could have set up his center anywhere in the world but he chose to return to his home town to develop the Jason Morris Judo Center. This partnership with Empire State College is consistent with the strong support we have shown for Olympic athletes in the past. Although we do not have the usual sports teams of our more traditional comprehensive college counterparts, we do have students who are actively engaged in sports, and some are Olympians. I highlighted these athletes in my brief remarks at the press conference and mentioned CDL students Tony Benshoof, who was on the U.S. Olympic Luge team, Tim Burke, a U.S. Olympic Biathlete, and Erin Hamil, also from the U.S. Olympic Luge team. All three athletes were featured in our Connections Magazine in fall 2010. The successful athletes in our program exemplify the positive experiences of all of our students who are designing their degrees with faculty mentors.  While actively engaged in busy lives our lifelong learners study in varying modes including blended and online. Olympic athletes and adult learners are highly motivated and disciplined but they need a flexible, open, and learner centered approach to education that supports their demanding schedules while challenging them to take charge of all aspects their learning, including degree planning itself. With open and online learning, studies happen anywhere, anytime, and are structured around the individual needs of each student, while advancing collaboration among peers and between student and instructor. The sports clips are quick (and include ads) but here goes.
From Channel 6:

Fox News:

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Open 2.0 Presentation at SLOAN-C

Posted by tom mackey on 1st November 2010

I’m looking forward to presenting this week at the 16th Annual SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning on the topic open learning with three of my colleagues from Empire State College, Betty Lawrence, Ken Charuk, and Mete Cetiner.  The title of our presentation is Open 2.0: Designing a Web of Learning and it describes current trends in open learning, explores our own open learning initiative at CDL and the College, and refers to the “web of learning” models developed by our colleagues at last year’s All College conference.

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Trends in Emerging Technologies

Posted by tom mackey on 3rd October 2010

Last week I participated in a leadership retreat at Rensselaerville, New York.  As part of the retreat I worked with Bob Clougherty, Dean of the School of Graduate Programs and David O’Neill, Vice President for the Office of Integrated Technologies (OIT) at SUNY Empire State College.  We developed a presentation on emerging technologies, with a particular emphasis on current trends and how our faculty, professionals, and students are working with these resources in our programs. We developed this using Google Presentation and while it worked well, the hot links do not work in this version of the presentation, but you can easily find the original resources through key terms in a Web search.

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