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SUNY Effective Online Practices Award Program

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The SUNY Effective Online Practices Award Program aims to collect, share and showcase the online best practices, strategies, and innovative online teaching and learning activities or programs of exemplary SUNY Online Teaching Fellows and online practitioners from across the SUNY system.

Program award tracks include:
Online Teaching & Learning Practices: Online best practices, strategies, and innovative online teaching and learning activities.
Online Course Quality Practices: Exemplary processes or practices to ensure quality in course design, course accessibility, and student learning environment.
Online Student Support & Concierge Practices: Best practices, programs or initiatives that support the success of online students.
Online Enrollment/Recruitment Practices: Exemplary models of online student recruitment practices.
Online Program Partnership Practices: Exemplary models of multi-campus or global partnerships and/or intra-campus collaborations for the delivery of online courses or programs.

All effective practice submissions will be made available to the SUNY Online Learning Community for review and consideration. The SUNY Community will have the opportunity to vote, and the effective practices that earn the most votes overall will be recognized. The Effective Practices Awards are conferred annually at the SUNY Online Summit.

Timeline for 2021 Submissions (Round 7)

Date    Event
January 29, 2021    Submissions close by end of day
February 2, 2021    Peer Voting opens (closes February 19 @midnight)
February 22-26, 2021    Winners announced at the SUNY Online Summit
April 2021    TOPR entries close
May 24-28, 2021    Award winners showcased at SUNY CIT


TOPR Partnership
SUNY Online Teaching, in collaboration with the University of Central Florida (UCF), sponsors an initiative to recognize excellence in online and blended teaching practices across SUNY in 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. Submissions from SUNY in the Online Teaching & Learning track are invited to be submitted for consideration for inclusion in TOPR.

SUNY Online Effective Practices – Past Winners

2020 (Round 6):

1st place: Use of PhotoVoice Project in Urban Economics, submitted by Veronika Dolar, SUNY Old Westbury
Online Teaching and Learning Practices Track

2nd place: Accessibility in the Classroom: Creating Compliant Digital Objects, submitted by Robin Hill, Suffolk County Community College
Online Course Quality Practices

3rd place: Applying Digital Humanism to Online Classes, submitted by Gina Sipley, Nassau Community College
Online Teaching and Learning Practices Track

Open SUNY Effective Practices – Past Winners

2019 (Round 5):

1st place: Fast-Community: Fostering and Sustaining the Community in a 3-Week Online Class, submitted by Lee Pierce and team, SUNY Geneseo
Online Teaching and Learning Practices Track

1st place: Designing a Synchronous Learning Environment that Promotes Community, Interactivity, and Equity of Experience, submitted by Carolina Kim de Salamanca and team, SUNY Empire State College
Online Program Partnership Practices Track

2018 (Round 4):

1st place: Creatively engaged in writing for digital environments, submitted by Eunjyu Yu, SUNY Canton
Honorable mention: Reducing Student Isolation: The Development of a Campus Life Model to Improve Retention Rates of Students in Online Degree Programs, submitted by Molly Mott, SUNY Canton

2017 (Round 3):

1st place: Practical Guide to Meaningful Gamification Module, submitted by Deborah Moore-Russo and team, University at Buffalo
2nd place: Using Synchronous Sessions to Build Community and Connect Globally, submitted by Patrice Prusko, Cornell University and Lorette Pellettiere Calix, Empire State College
3rd place: Stop and Pause for Engagement in Online Video Lectures, submitted by Shannon Budin, Buffalo State College
Honorable Mention: Active Learning Classrooms, submitted by Nathan Whitley-Grassi and team, Empire State College

2016 (Round 2):

1st – Access MOOC: Designing for ALL Learners – MOOC Team from Buffalo State College & Empire State College
2nd – Creating Accessible Online Classrooms – Kevin Murphy, Binghamton University
3rd – Teaching Online Certification Program – Eric Machan Howd, Binghamton University
4th – Quality by Design (QbD) – Anne Reed, University at Buffalo

2015 (Round 1):

1st – Pedagogically Effective Discussion Forums – Bill Pelz, Herkimer College
2nd – Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) – Roberta (Robin) Sullivan and TOEP Team, University at Buffalo
3rd – BYOC: Build Your Online Course – Kathleen Gradel & Lisa Melohusky, SUNY Fredonia

View all past submissions in the SUNY Effective Online Practices Repository.

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