SUNY Online Celebrates NDLW 2021
National Distance Learning Week – November 8-12, 2021
SUNY Online is pleased to host and showcase the following dynamic presentations in celebration of National Distance Learning Week (NDLW) 2021. Webinar slides and recordings will be listed below each session.
Monday, November 8, 2021
Title: One Course, Two Demographics: Designing a Course for Active Military and Traditional-Aged Residential Students
Presenter: Jason Gilliland, Shala Mills, Rachel Rigolino, and Rich McElrath – SUNY New Paltz
Description: SUNY New Paltz is offering 7-week online synchronous courses designed to meet the needs of active service members in the US Air Force. While 10 seats are reserved for USAF students, the remaining seats are open to all SUNY New Paltz students. This presentation will discuss the challenges and rewards of the project.
Title: Individualized Degrees, Large Scale
Presenter: Kjrsten Keane, Karin FitzGerald, Hannah Dermody – SUNY Empire State College
Description: Presenters will share and discuss their creation and implementation of ESC’s large group Educational Planning course for students enrolled through SUNY Online. The Educational Planning course design highlights registered programs yet emphasizes an individualized degree planning process for 100+ participants.
Title: Optimizing High-Quality Digital Learning Experiences
Presenter: Lisa Dubuc & Donna Simiele – Niagara County Community College
In this session we will showcase our newly redesigned Six-Week Blended Online Teaching Academy course for faculty utilizing the new Online Learning Consortiums Playbook for Faculty. This course is designed for those that are designing, enhancing, or optimizing Online, Blended, Hybrid, or HyFlex courses at NCCC. Our course and the OLC Faculty Playbook titled “Optimizing High-Quality Digital Learning Experiences” includes sections on Course Design, Course Components, Course Management, Evaluation and Continuous Improvement. See our course flyer here: https://tinyurl.com/3k458au8
Title: Universal Design for Trauma
Presenter: Andrea Nikischer, Buffalo State College
Description: This presentation will outline five important strategies for addressing trauma history in remote and online courses.
Tuesday, November 9, 2021
Title: Virtual Exchange in the Global Online Classroom
Presenter: Catherine Roche – Rockland Community College
Description: Globalization is the interconnection of goods/services, people, information, and ideas that flow across national borders. An unprecedented, tragic manifestation of interconnection was the arrival of the global pandemic. Despite various hardships that have and continue to affect lives around the world, our collective struggles have brought us closer by exposing our common bond of humanity. Through this revelation we have become more empathetic as we share challenges to keep learning, earning, and prospering through these uncertain times. Empathy is an integral component of intercultural collaboration. However, before empathy can be demonstrated, knowledge must be scaffolded enabling students to engage in enriching intercultural communication and project-based learning.
This presentation will focus on the preparation, design, and delivery of a collaborative online international learning (COIL) project conducted with students enrolled in business classes in Colombia and the United States.
Title: Building Community in Graduate Analytical Thinking Online Courses
Presenter: Ali Ait Si Mhamed and Roxana Toma – SUNY Empire State College
Description: We introduce the idea of building community and social capital in the often-misunderstood, one-sided narrative of online learning, which is seen as both an isolated and isolating experience. We also look at praxis – that is informed, committed action, to address socially differentiated educational attainment, which is perceived to be more pronounced in online learning. To those ends, we think that the field could really benefit from a presentation on the benefits of synchronous sessions in online courses, particularly for teaching research and analytical subjects in the Ed.D.
Title: OSCQR & Regular and Substantive Interaction
Presenter: Alexandra Pickett, SUNY Online
Description: New regulatory definitions of distance education require that institutions ensure regular and substantive interaction (RSI) between a student and an instructor(s). A multi-pronged approach is necessary to address this including faculty and instructional designer training, improvements in online course design and facilitation, and online course reviews and refreshes to ensure compliance. A volunteer workgroup has been convened to review OSCQR standards and documentation to suggest any edits to the standards and additions to the documentations. The intention is to make sure that Regular and Substantive Interaction is clearly visible, articulated and highlighted in specific standards and related support materials.
Title: Regular and Substantive Feedback in an Online Course: Examples and Strategies
Presenter: Jessica Kruger, University at Buffalo
Description: Interacting with students in an online course is pivotal to build connections and community. This engagement needs to be purposeful and accessible to students to disseminate key information about the course and expectations. This presentation will provide a rationale for providing feedback often and examples of how to make providing feedback easier in large-enrollment online courses.
Wednesday, November 10, 2021
Title: Curricular Considerations to Support Adult Learners
Presenter: Brenda Kirkwood and Sara LaFountain-Bagrow, University at Albany
Description: The proliferation of distance education has expanded opportunities for adult learners and other non-traditional students to pursue higher education and achieve their academic and professional goals. To best serve this audience, colleges and universities must adapt to the unique needs of this growing student body. The University at Albany School of Public Health has been offering courses via distance learning since the late 1990s, currently offering four fully-online graduate programs. This presentation will cover lessons learned, highlighting strategies to integrate curricular supports throughout academic program planning and course delivery to serve adult learners and facilitate their success.
Title: SUNY Online Panel: Program Design at Scale
Presenters: Chuck Spuches (SUNY Online), Danyelle O’Brien (Alfred State College), Ryan McCabe (Finger Lakes Community College), Terry Keys (Monroe Community College)
Description: This session will showcase program design at scale models and discuss the direction of SUNY Online. Campuses will share their approaches to program design at scale and large enrollment courses, as well as lessons learned.
Title: Using Distance Learning Faculty Mentors to Help Promote Success
Presenters: Davinder Kaur and Maya Bentz – Farmingdale State College
Description: The pandemic left many faculty reeling with the sudden shift to online teaching. Distance Learning offices were overwhelmed with questions, issues, and training needs in a short period of time and often times with minimal resources. This presentation will provide an overview of our Distance Learning faculty mentoring program to provide support and assistance to faculty members new to distance learning. The presentation will cover the Distance Learning Mentors Program, the timeline, preparation of faculty mentors, as well as examples of mentoring webinars, resources, and tools that have been essential in delivering this very successful program to faculty.
Thursday, November 11, 2021
Title: Developing Student Intercultural Competence Through Faculty-Instructional Designer-Librarian Collaboration
Presenter: Dr. Jie Zhang, Ann Giralico Pearlman, and Jennifer Little Kegler – SUNY Brockport
Description: The presenters will share their journey of planning, implementing, and revising collaborative online international learning (COIL) courses to help students to develop intercultural competence through the faculty-librarian-instructional designer collaboration. They will discuss the pedagogical and technological issues encountered when implementing the COIL courses with their international partner professors. They will also talk about the ongoing process of collaboration and problem solving, prior to and during the pandemic.
Friday, November 12, 2021
Title: Hyflex 101: Early Takeaways and Lessons Learned from two SBCC Business Faculty
Presenters: Lee Heron and Erin Frye – SUNY Broome
Description: Hyflex: Is it an opportunity to use innovative course modalities to meet student needs? In this presentation, you will hear from two SBCC business faculty about the decision to learn and implement the Hyflex modality in their courses for Fall 2021. We will discuss why this modality was selected, the training provided, the in-class logistics, the challenges of adapting to a new modality, and hear student testimonials about their experiences. Is this modality helping us be more student-focused and can it improve student success?
Title: Adding Spark to your LMS Site
Presenters: Jennifer Shloming, Fashion Institute of Technology
Description: Learn to quickly add some Spark to your site/course that will add a professional and personal feel (with a focus on Spark Pages, a free Adobe tool). Spark is my favorite tool I use in my online courses to present material.
Title: Teaching Kurosawa by Remote
Presenters: Ted Folke – Fashion Institute of Technology
Description: This will be a presentation of the remote Kurosawa course I created for the FIT Film and Media Studies Great Directors series using the PADLET platform.
We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity to learn from each other and support your peers!