Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development (Phase 2)

Awarded Grant:

  • $10,000 (2012)
  • $60,000 (2013)

Principal Investigator:

Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, University at Buffalo

The SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) is an on-demand discovery learning professional development model. The goal of TOEP is to encourage faculty and staff across SUNY to explore and reflect upon the use of emerging technology tools to expand tech-infused pedagogy. Self-directed activities encourage faculty to be lifelong learners, as they become familiar with blogging, wikis, podcasting, online collaborative, and the latest web-based instructional technology tools.

In Phase 2 TOEP merged with Empire State College’s 2012-13 IITG project. The six-partner collaborative expanded to 11 campuses in phase 3. Phase 4 has 19 collaborative partners and is a SUNY-wide available resource. The multi-campus project has served more than 700 faculty/staff. Each participating campus recruits faculty and staff to “learn by exploring and doing” via the project’s on-demand web-based venue. The project is extended via TOEP Fellows (campus-based mentoring teams). A badging system tracks participant’s progress and mastery.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

Cherie van Putten, Training Associate for University Center for Training and Development,
Binghamton University
Beth Burns, Instructional Designer, Instructional Resources, Buffalo State College
Susan Jaworski, Interlibrary Loan Clerk 2, Buffalo State College
Dr. Shufang Shi, Associate Professor of Instructional Technology, Early Childhood/Childhood Education Department, SUNY Cortland
Nathan Whitley-Grassi, Faculty Instructional Technologist, Empire State College
Dr. Kathleen Gradel, Professor, Department of Language, Learning, & Leadership in the College of Education, SUNY Fredonia
Dr. Michael Jabot, Professor, Department of Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education, SUNY Fredonia
Cindi Tysick, Associate Librarian, Arts & Sciences Libraries, University at Buffalo
Lisa Miles Raposo, Assistant Director of the State University of New York Center for Professional Development (SUNY CPD)

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