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

Principal Investigator:

Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, University at Buffalo

The goal of this project is to pilot the Tools of Engagement Project’s (TOEP) on-demand professional development model among faculty across SUNY campuses, investigating its effectiveness in expanding their pedagogy as they integrate free online Web 2.0 tools into their courses and research. Evolving instructional technologies are changing the ways we collaborate and communicate. Faculty must learn to adapt to this rapidly changing landscape. TOEP’s self-directed professional development gives faculty a platform to experiment with cutting-edge technologies, integrating them into their curricula to engage students and improve learning. 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. After acquiring deeper knowledge about how to use these tools, faculty will become more adept at embedding 21st century skills into their teaching and meeting the expectations of their students. They will also be able to use these tools to diversify assessment of student learning, going beyond traditional strategies.

Co-PI’s and Key Partners:

Beth Burns, Buffalo State
Kathleen Gradel, SUNY Fredonia
Shufang Shi, SUNY Cortland
Cherie van Putten, Binghamton University
Cindi Tysick, University at Buffalo

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Journal and Press Articles:

This article has been published in the Journal of Educational Technology Systems provides an overview of the initial stages of TOEP. Sullivan, R., Burns, B., Gradel, K., Shi, S., Tysick, C., van Putten, C.. Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 41(3). Your institution’s library may be able to grant you direct access to the article. SUNY affiliates can also request a copy of the article by contacting the SUNY TOEP Team at

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