Open SUNY COTE is pleased to host and showcase four presentations from our SUNY campuses and partners in celebration of National Distance Learning Week, November 9-13, 2015.
Monday, November 9, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Title: The Open Corning Project
Presenter: Ryan Hersha, Martha Gold and Erin Wilburn - Corning Community College
With textbook costs rising dramatically, causing barriers to student success, the Open Corning project seeks to increase faculty adoption of free to very low cost open educational resources (OER) at Corning Community College. With assistance from Lumen Learning, the project will support instructors in their location, evaluation, and integration of OERs into their classes. The Open Corning project will pilot sections of Freshman Composition and Public Speaking; track the impact of these early OER adoptions; introduce fundamental OER concepts and best practices to the wider college community, and advance policy suggestion in support of effective OER adoption.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Title: Quality by Design
Presenter: Anne Reed - University of Buffalo
Description: Quality by Design (QbD) is an online faculty development course and open educational resource (OER) that provides open access to high quality course content and opportunities for participants to engage in meaningful discussions with experts and peers on topics relating to learner support, course design, interaction, and assessment. Through QbD participants will be able to identify the design and pedagogical characteristics of a quality course and integrate these qualities into their own course development. This collaborative project is being developed through a partnership among the University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Empire State College, OPEN SUNY COTE, and SUNY CPD.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015 - NO SESSION in observance of Veteran's Day
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Title: COTE Effective Practices and TOPR Collaboration
Presenters: Alexandra Pickett and Erin Maney - Open SUNY COTE
Kelvin Thompson and Baiyun Chen - University of Central Florida
Description: The Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence has launched an initiative to collaborate with the University of Central Florida to recognize excellence in online and blended teaching practices across SUNY. The goal of this initiative is to create 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. By combining our online effective practice program with TOPR to collect and showcase online effective practices, we eliminate duplication of efforts and contribute to an already recognized national repository of effective online practices, while providing opportunities for Open SUNY online practitioners to share their effective practices on a national level.

Friday, November 13, 2015
Time: 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Title: Developing a MOOC on Accessibility
Presenter: Kathleen Stone - Empire State College
Description: The recipient of an IITG grant, Empire State College's Center for Distance Learning has worked to develop 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.

Registration is not required for these webinars. All sessions can be accessed through the following Collaborate link:

We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn from each other and support your peers! 

Warm regards,
The Open SUNY COTE Team