SUNY Impact: Designing and Validating a Research-Based Model for Online SUNY Teaching (MOST)

Awarded Grant: $29,000

Principal Investigator:

Randy Yerrick, University at Buffalo

Abstract: Using advanced statistical analyses of existing online learning data from the SUNY Learning Network, UA/UB will draw insights to develop a new introductory course for Teaching Online in three research-based online modules. We will collect and analyze data evaluating their learning and following enrollees into their first online teaching, supporting them and measuring course effectiveness. This longitudinal study of SUNY online learning will create evidence-based feedback for improving module quality, leading to signature Models of Online SUNY Teaching (MOST!). This evaluation process will be used in additional 1-cr-hr research-based modules created and offered by UA/UB, targeting emerging needs of SUNY online teaching faculty. SUNY faculty taking the initial module will receive a 3-cr-hr head start for UA/UB online certificates in online education. The required capstone inquiry project would direct research on the impact of SUNY MOST on subsequent students, creating sustainable inquiry to generate ongoing improvements.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

  • Robert Bangert Drowns, Dean, School of Education, University of Albany
  • Ming Chiu, Professor and Associate Chair, Learning and Instruction, University at Buffalo
  • Christine Kroll, Director, Online Education, Graduate School of Education, University at Buffalo
  • Suzanne Miller, Professor and Chair, Learning and Instruction, University at Buffalo
  • Peter Shea, Associate Professor and Vice Provost, Educational Theory and Practice, University of Albany
  • Yik Ting Choi, Statistician, University of Hong Kong

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