IITG 2013 Recipients
Tier Three Awards (Projects up to $60,000 - 33% Matching Funds Required)
Project Abstracts and Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Exploring New Horizons: Science And Engineering Everywhere, At Anytime And For Everyone
Monica Bugallo, Stony Brook University
This project broadens the scope of our previously successful IITG pilot program by expanding the offered research and educational activities, by improving the cyberinfrastructure that makes them possible everywhere, at any time and to everyone, and by implementing a research component to assess the effectiveness and impact of the proposed initiatives. Our ultimate goal is to engage students in the passion, challenge and opportunity of exploring the science of detection of cosmic rays and analysis of data related to them, through innovative technology involving building and operation of cyber-tools in the form of hardware devices and software applications. The nature of the project is multidisciplinary and embraces participants from different SUNY Stony Brook departments including Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics and Astronomy, and Science Education. We focus on underrepresented students through our collaboration with the Women In Science and Engineering program and the Center of Science and Mathematics Education, and we seek for expansion of the activities by involving collaborators from SUNY Geneseo and SUNY Albany.
Virtual Infrastructure for Data Intensive Analysis (VIDIA)
Steven M. Gallo, University at Buffalo
The storage and analysis of large datasets culled from social media such as Facebook and Twitter can easily grow to a size that is beyond the capability of commonly used software tools to analyze within an acceptable amount of time. Primarily Undergraduate Institutions (PUI) typically do not have the computing and networking infrastructure or support personnel needed to allow students to create, manipulate, and analyze large multi-terabyte datasets. The SUNY Research Centers, therefore, have an active role to play in supporting data-intensive computing education and analysis at SUNY’s PUIs. In order to provide the tools necessary to expose students to state-of-the-art data-intensive computing and analysis techniques, the Center for Computational Research (CCR) at the University at Buffalo (UB) and SUNY Oneonta will partner to pilot the establishment of a collaborative virtual community, focusing initially on data-intensive computing education in the social sciences.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Matthew D. Jones, Ph.D. Associate Director, Center for Computational Research - University at Buffalo
Cynthia D. Cornelius, Senior Programmer/Analyst, Center for Computational Research - University at Buffalo
Jeanette M. Sperhac, Scientific Programmer, Center for Computational Research - University at Buffalo
Brian M. Lowe, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Sociology - SUNY Oneonta
Gregory Fulkerson, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Sociology - SUNY Oneonta
William Wilkerson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science - SUNY Oneonta
Brett Heindl, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of Political Science - SUNY Oneonta
Achim Koeddermann, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Sciences - SUNY Oneonta
James Greenberg Director, Teaching, Learning and Technology Center (TLTC) - SUNY Oneonta
LOOP: A project in Creative Instruction for Music Technology [Learn-Operate-Outreach-Perform]
J Tomás Henriques, Buffalo State College
LOOP aims to expand a new model of an electronic music Lab designed to support innovative instruction in music technology. The model calls for students to fully integrate the various disciplines they study, allowing them to compose and produce music and to create software tools for their own use as electronic musicians. Students learn and operate audio software and hardware, skillfully perform electronic music within a Digital Music Ensemble and engage in community outreach.
SUNY Open Textbooks Renewal
Cyril Oberlander, SUNY Geneseo
The Open SUNY Textbook 2012 program, a very successful pilot, proved that SUNY Faculty and Libraries are interested in creating high-quality open textbooks. We received 38 proposals in a 2 week call for a writing deadline that was idealistic, libraries contributed funding and staffing to expand the program from the funded 5 open textbooks to 15. Those will be published during fall 2013. This demonstration of the Power of SUNY is key to reducing the cost of attending colleges and universities for students. It is vital to higher education leveraging the creative talents of their faculty, librarians, and staff, and provides the sustainability and scalability to Open SUNY. Using lessons learned from the pilot, we seek to expand learning resource production and participation to better meet some of the needs of SUNY faculty, our 440K current students, plus the anticipated 100K online SUNY students, and beyond.
Co-PI and Key Partners:
Charles Lyons, University at Buffalo
Key Partners: Open SUNY Textbook participating Libraries or IT: The College of Brockport, SUNY ESF, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Monroe Community College, SUNY Oswego, SUNY Upstate, and University of Buffalo. SUNY Press serves as a consultant to the project.
SUNY Games II
Peter Shea, University at Albany
This project will continue progress from our original IITG proposal on the development of a joint, online, academic program that promotes understanding of games for learning and results in a network of interdisciplinary participants through the Open SUNY Framework. This phase of the project will be characterized by additional partnering with industry as we seek to develop and acquire the resources and funding to bring our vision to full fruition. New partners on this proposal include the Troy-based game-design companies First Playable, Agora Games, and the atmospheric simulation and forecasting company MESO. We are also in the process of establishing a working relationship with the Boston-based game developer Turbine Games, (a subsidiary of Warner Bros). The benefits of these partners include the potential of both in-kind and cash contributions above and beyond levels required by the IITG program that will allow us to accelerate success achieved through the initial proposal.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Dr. Alandeon W. Oliveira, Assistant Professor of Science Education, University at Albany
Jason Vickers, Visiting Assistant Professor, University at Albany, Department of Educational Theory and Practice
Daniel Goodwin, Head, Studio Art Program, Graduate Director, Department of Art and Art History - University at Albany
Jennifer Goodall, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, Informatics Department, College of Computing and Information, University at Albany
George Berg, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Computer Science, University at Albany
James McElwaine, Professor emeritus of Music, Purchase College; Professor of Music, Queens College, CUNY
Prof. Jianwei Zhang, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Theory and Practice, University at Albany
Dr. Roberta Johnson, Clinical Professor, Department of Atmospheric and Environmental Science, University at Albany
Dr. Edward Bever, Professor of History and Director of Distance Learning, Department of History and Philosophy / SUNY College at Old Westbury
Larry Dugan, Director of Online Learning, Finger Lakes Community College
Bina Ramamurthy, Title: Associate Professor Computer Engineering, University at Buffalo
Diane G. Gal, PhD, Associate Professor, School for Graduate Studies, Empire State College
Eileen O'Connor, PhD, Associate Professor, School for Graduate Studies, Empire State College
In Kind Contributors (Not funded through IITG)
Tobi Saulnier, CEO, First Playable Games
Aaron Westendorf, Senior Software Engineer, Agora Games
Glenn Van Knowe, Vice President, MESO
Anna Zhou, Graduate Student, University at Albany
Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development (Phase 2)
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, University at Buffalo
The Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-Demand Discovery Learning Professional Development will merge with Empire State College’s 2012-13 IITG project, “Supporting the Needs of 21st Century Learners: Faculty Development with Tools of Engagement.” The six-partner collaborative (University at Buffalo, ESC, Buffalo State, Cortland, Fredonia, and Binghamton) will recruit three additional campuses. The nine-campus project will serve at least 350 faculty/staff; adding Round 2 projections to the current record of 260 participants in Round 1, will produce a grand total of 610 participants over the two rounds of funding. Each participating campus will recruit faculty and staff to “learn by exploring and doing” via the project’s on-demand web-based venue. The project will be extended via TOEP Fellows (campus-based mentoring teams), as well as institute a badging system, to track participant mastery of project online materials. The full-scale evaluation launched in Round 1 will be refined and extended to Round 2.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Cherie van Putten, Training Associate for University Center for Training and Development,
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)
Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning Evaluation Project
Patrice Prusko Torcivia, Empire State College
A consortium of five SUNY campuses (SUNY Cobleskill, SUNY Empire State College, The College at Old Westbury, Purchase College, and SUNY Ulster) and the SUNY Levin Institute propose to strengthen the adoption of e-Portfolio initiatives on participating campuses through creating a Cross-Cultural Experiential Learning Evaluation Toolkit that improves the development and assessment of international experiential learning activities. The Toolkit will provide guidance to faculty to create and deliver international experiential learning activities that strengthen students’ cross-cultural skills and will also provide guidance to students to document their learning artifacts and to produce effective reflection pieces to appear in their e-Portfolios. The Toolkit will be piloted in COIL courses, study abroad experiences, faculty-led trips, in-class curricular efforts, and international service learning experiences. Upon completion of the pilot, the Toolkit will be revised and shared with e-Portfolio teams on participating campuses and widely shared to relevant programs across SUNY.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Dr. Keith Landa, Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center, Purchase College
Rebecca Smolar, Project Manager, SUNY Levin Institute
Dr. Runi Mukherji, Professor and Chair, The College at Old Westbury
Dr. Bidhan Chandra, Associate Professor, SUNY Empire State College
Richard Cattabiani, Director, International Programs, SUNY Ulster
Dr. Susan Jagendorf-Sobierajski, Executive Director of International Education, SUNY Cobleskill
iTutor and iDemo: 3D Computer Vision/Graphics with Intelligent Avatar Interaction
Dr. Lijun Yin, Binghamton University
This project aims to develop an advanced teaching and learning technology by utilizing the existing computer vision technology and further develop our unique human behavior and facial expression analysis approaches to improve the experience of class teaching and learning. Specifically, two software systems will be developed: (1) An Idea Illustration and Demonstration (iDEMO) software tool will be created that provides instant visualization of instructor’s idea, theory, illustration, demonstration, and experiments that can be used by teachers in the classroom. Such a unique story-telling software can translate voice to text, then text to graphic scene, and allows a story presented by teachers and/or students to be visualized in an animated movie; (2) An Intelligent Virtual Tutor System (iTUTOR) using a synthesized individualized graphical avatar as a "virtual instructor" will be created for interacting with students. The virtual tutor is smart enough to understand students’ reaction through recognition of their expressions, voices, eye gazes, and hand gestures, and adjust the presentation materials accordingly at various levels. PI Dr. Yin has been working on developing virtual avatars and computer-based human behavior understanding and simulation for human computer/robot interaction for over 15 years. Such state-of-the-art software opens a new way for teaching and learning, potentially enhancing students’ creativity and critical thinking ability. We will apply our systems to five courses of computer science through the Fall semester 2013 and Spring 2014. The effectiveness of the new instruction system will be evaluated through the course instructors’ reports, students’ performance reports, and an external evaluator’s survey and comparison. The findings will be disseminated through technical publications, conferences, and project websites. The resulting software and data will be released to the public, including the research and educational community.
Greta Mayers, Binghamton University
Tier Two Awards (Projects up to $20,000 - 25% Matching Funds Required)
Project Abstracts and Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Math Course Redesign Project
Nicole Adsitt, Cayuga Community College
Cayuga Community College is redesigning our developmental math course sequence, starting with Elementary Algebra, where the traditional classroom lecture format is replaced with an individualized, actively engaged approach to learning mathematics using technology. The content is modularized where students can work at a guided self-pace, with a focus on content mastery. In effect, students may complete the modules, and hence the course, as early as they are able, or they may follow the guided pace and complete the course throughout the intended semester. This project will further develop materials to assist students with transitioning into a traditional math sequence.
Shannon Reohr, Professor, Math, Cayuga Community College
Integrated Online Database for Plant Identification and Use in the Landscape
Dr. Nina Bassuk, Cornell University
We seek to develop an integrated web-based tool to aid students and external stakeholders to access information about the identification and use of woody plants in the landscape. We have developed a searchable database for woody plants; however, recent changes in technology would enable us to make this more widely accessible, including better graphic representation and searchable options while adding more in-depth information and enhancing the learning experience. The online database will be freely available to other SUNY campuses to use in their curricula. The grant also provides an opportunity to pilot and explore the potential for expanding the location-based data to other SUNY campuses. An example of future capabilities might include a scenario where plants will be geographically referenced with GPS and mapped using open source GIS software. Moreover, we will enable the database to be accessed on smart phones and tablets so that it has real field application.
Dr. Ellen J. Cramer, Information Technology Consultant, Remarc Solutions
Integration of Virtual and Real Equipment Learning Tools Related to Sustainability Education
Mark A. Bremer, SUNYIT
Sustainable energy, such as wind and solar, can contribute significantly to meet the energy demand of New York State. Implementing sustainable energy will require the development of technology as well as public understanding and acceptance of sustainable systems. Therefore, integration of sustainability education into SUNY programs as well as providing opportunities for K-12 students to see and interact with sustainable energy is crucial. The innovation of this project emphasizes the integration of a recently developed IITGrant virtual technical tool with real system learning tools including a portable, reusable solar/wind power plant to address sustainability issues. The objectives of this project are to create an integrated combination of sustainability related virtual - real activities/exercises that would be appropriate to 1) support undergraduate sustainability and alternative energy related courses, 2) support SUNYIT K-12 outreach programs both on and off campus, and 3) address teaching high risk young people.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Philip Hofmeyer, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Renewable Energy Training Center, Morrisville State College
Ibrahim Yucel Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Information Sciences and Technology , SUNYIT
Christopher Urban, Lecturer, Computer Science, Computer Information Systems (CIS) Technology, SUNYIT
Kenneth T Waight III, Ph.D., Senior Scientist/ Director of Atmospheric Modeling, MESO Inc.
Xinchao Wei, Ph. D., Assistant Professor, Civil/Environmental Engineering, SUNYIT
Glenn E. Van Knowe, Ph.D. , Adjunct Lecturer, Electrical Engineering Technology, SUNYIT
Robert Keesee Ph. D., Associate Professor Atmospheric Chemistry, University at Albany
Brian Hong-An Tang Ph.D., Assistant Professor Atmospheric Science, University at Albany
Elizabeth Rossi, K-12 Outreach Director, SUNYIT
Suzanne Tulino , Director, Taberg Residential Center for Girls, New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS)
Student Success and Affordability through the use of Open Educational Courses
Marty Christofferson, Tompkins Cortland Community College
Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) along with four partner SUNY community colleges and the SUNY Center for Professional Development will develop a colloquium to grow the adoption of already established courses using OER. The two disciplines that will be the focus of this event are Math and Psychology. TC3 has already demonstrated improved student success outcomes, retention, teaching methods, and significant savings for students as part of the Kaleidoscope project. We will leverage this knowledge with other SUNY faculty. Affordability of higher education has become a very significant issue. According to the College Board, students should expect to spend $1,137 annually on textbooks and other course materials. Nationally, the GAO estimates that textbook costs are comparable to 26% of tuition at state universities and 72% at community colleges. We will demonstrate how this initiative can make a SUNY education more effective and affordable.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Sophia Georgiakaki, Associate Professor, Mathematics and Coordinator of Developmental Mathematics, TCCC
Amber Gilewski, Assistant Professor, Psychology, TCCC
Tony DeFranco, Coordinator of Learning Technology Services, TCCC
Bob Yavits, Instructional Software Specialist, TCCC
Impact of a Cloud-Based Program on SLOs in an Online Health Assessment Course
Susan Deane, SUNY Delhi
As clinical practicum experiences become more and more difficult for nursing students to acquire, alternatives need to be explored. SUNY Delhi will assess student outcomes utilizing the interactive digital clinical experience (DCE), ShadowHealth, for an online Health Assessment course in the RN-BSN program. Using ShadowHealth, students will interact with a virtual patient, Tina Jones™, in a virtual hospital setting conducting health history and system-based assessments. Student learning outcomes will be evaluated through the use of grading rubrics, module summaries, and written transcripts of student activities within the program. The relationship between student demographic characteristics, class retention, assessment of student learning outcomes, and student satisfaction among student using ShadowHealth will be identified. This use of technology is expected to have significant impact on nursing students to achieve successful course and program outcomes.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Dr. Kirsty Digger, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, SUNY Delhi
Dr. Mary Pat Lewis, Associate Dean, School of Nursing, SUNY Delhi
Elizabeth Pratt, MSN, RNC, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing, SUNY Delhi
Cultivating a Composing Process: Growing Critical Thinking and Student Success with ePortfolios
Dr. Timothy W. Gerken, Morrisville State College
Electronic portfolios (ePortfolios) are well established learning tools that correlate well with student success. With this project, we plan to introduce them at Morrisville State College, targeting two specific areas that reflect barriers to student success within our population – writing skills capacity and development across courses and semesters, and engagement with the writing process within first-year composition courses as it relates to retention. We want to expand the use of ePortfolios to emphasize targeted student success related to composition. We will show how ePortfolios can be used creatively to develop active, integrative learning across our curriculum and over time, through the development of an ePortfolio-based interface enabling students and faculty to trace an individual’s writing strengths, struggles, strategies, & goals. We will also trace the effectiveness of ePortfolios correlated with student success and retention within first-year composition courses.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Wyatt Galusky, PhD, Associate Professor, Humanities; Coordinator, Science, Technology, & Society Program, Morrisville State College
Aron Efimenko, Assistant Professor, Humanities, Morrisville State College
Matt Barber, Network and Systems Manager, Morrisville State College
Rural Schools Virtual Project [RSVP]: Expanding Access to Advanced & Elective Online Coursework
Thomas Giblin, SUNY Brockport
The Rural Schools Virtual Project [RSVP] has several outcome goals, including: 1. Creation of a partnership model for rural schools and teacher education colleges throughout SUNY; 2. Expanded course offerings for students in rural schools; 3. Expanded teacher candidate opportunities, specifically focused on online k-12 teaching and learning. With the assistance of SUNY IITG funding, the PI and Co-PI will: a) Recruit one secondary teacher in a rural school and two teacher candidates at the College at Brockport, to collaboratively teach one high school course not available at each rural school site (e.g. through the VHS Collaborative). b) Visit the participating teacher with teacher candidates in Fall 2013. c) Supervise teacher candidates as they observe, assist, and learn to teach online with the rural secondary teacher online during Spring 2014.
Integrating Mobile Technology to Enhance Geriatric Social Work Training
Dr. Paul R. Gould, Binghamton University
This mobile technology initiative will provide a platform for enhanced student learning and evaluation through a three-tier training experience related to Depression, Dementia & Delirium in geriatric patients. The project will develop a cohesive series of learning modules, a simulated patient experience, and field-related patient encounter. Web-based learning modules will expose students to a broader understanding of the complex and interrelated physiological, neurological, psychological and social factors associated with depression, dementia & delirium, as how to utilize a Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment in practice. Modules will also include best practices related to therapeutic interventions with geriatric populations. Simulated patients and field-related encounters allow students to practice clinical skills with older adults and families from a variety of cultural backgrounds; mobile devices and digital recordings will allow students and faculty supervisors to evaluate students’ skill application in encounters in simulation labs and field practicum sites across the Southern Tier.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Dr. Shawn A. Berkowitz, MD, CMD, Director, UHS Geriatrics, Director Geriatric Clerkship, Upstate Medical University
Dr. Suk-Young Kang, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work, Binghamton University
The E-Textbook Opportunity: The Time is Now for SUNY, Phase 2
Dean Hendrix, University at Buffalo
This project will license electronic versions of textbooks that are used in courses across three SUNY schools: SUNY Brockport, University at Buffalo (UB) and SUNY Delhi. A continuation of a previously funded IITG pilot ("Phase 1"), Phase 2 leverages the knowledge and technical expertise gained in Phase 1 to shape and refine the features, licenses, implementation and future of e-textbooks within SUNY. Phase 2 delves deeper into the quickly evolving e-textbook environment by exploring new assessment methodologies related to student learning outcomes, developing longitudinal data sets for pinpointing trends among specific student populations, analyzing the impact of price on e-textbook adoption and investigating the feasibility of a student-centered e-textbook model.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Charles Lyons, MS, Electronic Resources Librarian, University at Buffalo Libraries
Mary Jo Orzech, MLS, Ph.D., Director, Drake Memorial Library, SUNY College at Brockport
Pamela J Peters, MLS, Director, Resnick Library, SUNY Delhi
Developing an Interactive Web-Application for Instructions Involving Networks
Dr. Changhyun Kwon, University at Buffalo
The growing network-based concepts in many disciplines and the difficulties for both instructors and students in transferring the notions of networks necessitate an interactive and easy-to-access platform for efficient communication. Motivated by this need, this project will use the most recent web technologies to improve educational effectiveness in teaching both scientific concepts and computational methods in a connected world. The project aims to develop an interactive web-application that will be readily sharable with all SUNY instructors teaching network related materials. The proposed web-application will interactively respond to needs of instructors and students, and help teaching and learning difficult notions, often written in complicated mathematical notations, with visualized information. Three SUNY instructors including the PI will test the web-application in real courses.
Co-PI's and Key Partners
Ann Bisantz, Professor and Chair, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, University at Buffalo
Joan Lucas, Professor and Chair, Department of Computer Science, SUNY College at Brockport
June Dong, Professor, Department of Marketing & Management, SUNY Oswego
Julia Colyar, Adjunct Instructor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education
Developing Co-curricular courses that lead to critical thinking in on-line and hybrid coursework
Dr. Jeffrey Linn, SUNY Brockport
Hybrid and on-line coursework is an indispensible tool for the delivery of instruction at all colleges and universities. But technology is not pedagogy. Research findings by the US Department of Education (2010) indicate that online and hybrid instruction models can be successful in teaching critical thinking and higher level thinking but only if courses using these technologies are re-designed and restructured. For this interdisciplinary project, professors in Educational Administration, Nursing and Teacher Education will investigate, design and implement curriculum for asynchronous courses that combine rigorous assignments and assessments that lead to critical thinking and are aligned with the K-12 Common Core Learning Standards. The work will be assessed using a combination of student surveys, focus groups and class evaluations and the final products will presented at the statewide CIT conference in the Spring of 2014 and course designs made available through the SUNY Learning Commons.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Dr. Lynae Sakshaug, Associate Professor, Masters of Arts in Teaching, Empire State College
Dr. Frank McDonald, Assistant Professor, Master of Arts in Teaching, Empire State College
Dr. Elizabeth Heavey, Associate Professor, Nursing, SUNY College at Brockport
A Hybrid Approach for Teaching Calculus
James M. Pitarresi, Binghamton University
At Binghamton University, Calculus I is taught to over 1,000 students each Fall. The satisfaction and performance of students in this course is often poor. This can lead to students dropping their intended major or continuing through their curriculum with weakened advanced math skills and negative attitudes toward math, which can have a harmful effect on core subjects in their major. Given the critical role of mathematics in many majors, finding new, more effective approaches to ensure student success is critical.
The Department of Mathematics and the Watson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences propose a powerful hybrid instructional method to address this problem. Our hybrid approach has three main aspects: (1) implement a flipped classroom model for Calculus I using best practices of our field, (2) employ a pre-calculus screening exam for early identification and focused remediation for students with weak skills, (3) develop targeted tutorials in conjunction with on-going skills assessment to address student weaknesses and keep students "on-track" during the semester.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Laura Anderson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Mathematical Sciences, Binghamton University
Joseph Brennan, Ph.D., Visiting Assistant Professor, Mathematical Sciences, Binghamton University
Daniel McKinney, Adjunct Lecturer, Binghamton University
Introducing Virtualization via OpenStack "Cloud" System to SUNY Orange Applied Technologies Students
Christopher Rigby, SUNY Orange
The Applied Technologies Department will improve study of virtualization for Networking and Cyber Security majors by exposing students to a more extensive range of technologies and giving them relevant, applicable experience in a wider set of technology platforms. This will broaden student portfolios by exposing them to cutting-edge technology, prepare them for real-world employment, and help to propel them to success in industry. To achieve this goal, we will implement a small Openstack "cloud" system.
Student learning outcomes include:
• Provisioning virtual servers using industry standard tools and frameworks
• Demonstrating knowledge of configuration and administration of variety of operating systems
• Demonstrating an understanding of configuration and maintenance of several database platforms
• Using virtual servers as a platform for network security testing and analysis
Since the laboratory assignments developed would be modular, and the technology easily replicated, the program could be shared across SUNY.
Cartmell Warrington, Interim Chair of Applied Technologies, SUNY Orange
SUNY Writing Across the Curriculum Online Resource Center
Rachel Rigolino, SUNY New Paltz
This project supports designing and piloting an online site where instructors from across the disciplines can access resources for teaching and writing. A survey of existing repositories such as OER Commons and MERLOT reveals a need for an online site containing instructional material of consistent quality that is dedicated to WAC assignments/goals. If successful, this pilot program would be the first step in developing a robust site housed on the SUNY Learning Commons. This online repository would contain open educational resources focused on writing across the curriculum that would be available both to SUNY and non-SUNY faculty.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Matt Newcomb, Assistant Professor, English, SUNY New Paltz
Mary Fakler, Lecturer, English, SUNY New Paltz
Joan Perisse, Adjunct Instructor, English, SUNY New Paltz
Lynne Crockett, Professor, English, SUNY Sullivan
Linda Smith, Instructional Technology Coordinator, Academic Computing, SUNY New Paltz
Kathryn Hurd, Instructional Support Staff, Academic Computing, SUNY New Paltz
Gift and Deselection Manager Online
Mark Sullivan, SUNY Geneseo
The Gift & Deselection Manager Online (GDM) will manage and streamline a single library’s workflow for processing gifts and evaluating materials for weeding while aiding in coordinated collection development, last copy detection, and resource sharing. By linking gift processing, conspectus analysis, and deselection among all the SUNY libraries, GDM Online would achieve a high level of Systemness . This system would also allow for enhanced acquisitions through usage data from ILLiad systems, book lists, and circulation statistics. Weeding of collections, on a consortial scale with GDM Online, would provide for a simple way to determine if one library’s discards would fit another library’s subject area. Last Copy could be easily determined and would prevent the loss of a unique item from SUNY libraries. Textbook detection at each library and throughout SUNY would reduce the financial burden for students, families, and SUNY campuses.
Developing a Technology Platform to Support Blended-Online Learning
Dr. Douglas H. Summerville, Binghamton University
As the technologies behind blended-online education have matured, several new educational models have emerged which offer the potential for increased student engagement, and which can significantly increase the amount of student-teacher interaction possible for a given course. Binghamton University's Electrical and Computer Engineering Department has successfully piloted two blended-online courses centered around student-teacher interaction, and has developed several new prototype technologies which further the goals of blended-online education, including a system that allows the question generation and grading features of online questioning systems to be used in an offline lecture environment. We will generalize these technologies so they can be easily used in any educational discipline at any institution, and develop training and support materials which will allow other educators to understand and effectively use our tools.
Kyle J. Temkin, Instructor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Binghamton University
Tier One Awards (Projects up to $10,000)
Project Abstracts and Co-PI's and Key Partners
Towards OPEN SUNY: A Novel On-line Learning Approach for ECE and ET Students
Mohammed Abdallah, SUNYIT
Online learning is the optimal solution for many students. However, current online learning approaches in engineering curriculum may lack some of the components necessary for experiential “hands-on” lab-based learning. This project will prove the concept of the possibility of separating the hardware from the software side by removing the software access burden to various tool components through campus-based hosting while maintaining the access to local hardware. Students will be able to interact with local hardware and learn from the device engagement and interacting in the same manner their on-campus peers do.
Nick Merante, Instructional Support Assistant, Systems Administrator, Adjunct Lecturer, SUNYIT
Online Global Learning Communities in the Humanities: A Course Model
Dr. Celia Easton, SUNY Geneseo
A newly conceived course, "Jane Austen from New York to Bath," provides a model for constructing online courses in the Humanities that allow students to share learning communities without walls, to communicate internationally on their course topic, and to ladder study-abroad experiences to provide international experiences to multiple students, regardless of time and financial resources. This course model demonstrates how to convert a conventional, classroom-based course into an online learning community, with the added component of content provided by students living and studying in different parts of the world. By utilizing course management software, wikis, blogs, embedded video, and file sharing, this course model demonstrates how the essence of discussion-based humanities courses can be sustained in a global, virtual classroom.
Multimedia Innovation Instruction Technology (MIIT)
Christine Faraday, Nassau Community College
The goal of this project is to encourage collaborative student work that is enhanced by web 2.0 tools. Currently group projects can be a frustrating process for faculty and students due to space and monetary limitations. This project would create a space within the library to house a media:scape mini collaborative station to allow students to easily connect mobile devices and share information. During this pilot phase, students will be asked to use the media:scape mini to participate in a specific campus-wide project. This project will be part of this year’s Campus-Wide theme "Speak, Memory" and will require students to create a video or Pinterest board based on one of the books connected to this project. Selected videos and boards will be showcased on the "Speak, Memory" LibGuide which is used by faculty across campus to stimulate ideas for infusing the theme into classes and activities.
Marsha Spiegelman, Professor, Library Department, Nassau Community College
A Virtual Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (VIAL) for Buffalo State and Open SUNY
Dr. Jinseok Heo, Buffalo State College
This project will develop a Virtual Instrumental Analysis Laboratory (VIAL) for Buffalo State and SUNY campuses. Thanks to a newly built science building, the Department of Chemistry at Buffalo State is now equipped with major up-to-dated analytical instruments for use in advanced chemical analysis, forensic investigation, and materials characterization. We will examine how we might help students and others learn to successfully collect and analyze data obtainable on our analytical instruments. The VIAL platform will initially be used to provide online-based experiences for those who need training before they actually use an advanced instrument. We will assess the effectiveness of the VIAL for students’ gaining knowledge and skills in using the analytical instruments. Furthermore, we will also try to demonstrate that the analytical instruments can be remotely controlled, so that off-campus users can directly benefit from our advanced facilities.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Dr. Alexander Nazarenko, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Buffalo State College
Dr. M. Scott Goodman, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Chemistry, Buffalo State College
Dr. Jaime Kim, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Buffalo State College
E-portfolios to Engage Student Veterans at Suffolk County Community College
Susan P. Lieberthal, Suffolk Community College
Suffolk County Community College will offer e-portfolio training to student veterans that integrates writing, video editing and information literacy. The project will strengthen student academic engagement and result in individualized electronic presentations for student job interviews or college transfer. The Library will provide exclusive access to a space with computers for Student Veterans Association (SVA) members twice per week during which time an e-portfolio consultant will instruct facilitators and students. Faculty and the SVA Advisor will support students in person and through use of short videos. Faculty and other college staff including the Career Services and Cooperative Education directors will also meet with students. ETU professionals will assess progress with each of the three e-portfolio elements: a writing sample, video, and bibliography. Students will demonstrate their e-portfolios and one student representative will travel to CIT with the PI to present outcomes.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Krista Gruber, Associate Professor and Reader Services Librarian, Suffolk Community College
Paul Basileo, Associate Professor and the Coordinator of the Ammerman Campus Educational Technology Unit (ETU), Suffolk Community College
Meridith Leo, English Instructor, Suffolk Community College
Danna Prather Davis, Assistant Professor of Communications, Suffolk Community College
Nancy Wozniak (Consultant) , Learning Architect and e-portfolio Program Manager, Stony Brook University
iPads for Music Making and Music Teaching
Jill Reese, SUNY Fredonia
This project will provide the opportunity for undergraduate music education majors to develop their abilities to effectively use technology to scaffold and encourage the music creativity and expression of all learners (regardless of age or ability). The related projects include partnerships with local schools, childcare programs, retirement and rehabilitation centers, and multiple student associations on campus. This grant will help us meet the standards for teacher preparation set forth by the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Through these projects, our students will have the opportunity to contribute to the local community, enhance local opportunities for music expression and collaboration in the community, and develop the skills required to interact and teach in a digital society.
Matthew Wilson, Visiting Lecturer of Music Technology, Lab Coordinator of School of Music Technology Lab, SUNY Fredonia
Collaborative Media Lab Pilot
Samara Smith, SUNY Old Westbury
This project will pilot a Collaborative Media Lab with the mission of creating resources to support digital literacy and the use of emerging media tools in teaching, learning and communicating at Old Westbury and the community beyond. The Lab will use a collaborative, train-the-trainer model to empower students and faculty to become successful, life-long media learners and to share media skills with one another, our community partners, and the public. Digital literacy is essential for job readiness and democratic civic engagement. Old Westbury, the most diverse SUNY, is uniquely suited to pilot a digital divide initiative, an important area of focus across SUNY as online learning is expanded. This pilot will focus on integrating digital literacy across the curriculum; sharing relevant resources and outcomes publicly; and investigating how to expand and scale future resources based on the pilot assessment.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Dr. Laura Anker, Distinguished Service Professor of American Studies and Director of the First-Year Experience and Community Action, Learning and Leadership (CALL) Programs, SUNY Old Westbury
Dr. Niev Duffy, Director of the Center for Social Policy and Community Engagement, SUNY Old Westbury
Maryann Sinclair Slutsky, Executive Director, Long Island Wins
Enriching Teaching Field Experience Through Technology
Kjersti VanSlyke-Briggs, SUNY Oneonta
This project builds upon an established partnership school relationship between SUNY Oneonta and a local school district, where a team of two education students will engage in a field experience over the course of one year, which includes use of technology in instruction. In addition to providing these participating pre-service teachers (students) with a clinically rich experience through closer supervision by and interaction with their faculty supervisor, the project will enrich the experience of high school English students by providing appropriate technology in the classroom and integrating it with instruction. The project gives student teachers and educators the ability to collaborate upon and refine lesson planning and delivery, efficiently and effectively meeting the requirements for pre-service teacher assessment established by the edTPA teacher performance initiative (see http://edtpa.aacte.org/) , and is broadly applicable to teacher education programs across the State.
TeachLivE from New York: Developing Innovative Practices in Immersive Teaching Technology
Krista Vince Garland, Buffalo State
The goal of this project is to pilot the TeachLivE™ virtual simulation classroom laboratory (housed at Buffalo State) among interested departments at the college, local k-12 administrative personnel, and SUNY Institutes of Higher Education (IHEs). The project will explore opportunities for leveraging the Power of SUNY to create an innovative academic program through which students and faculty across a range of disciplines and SUNY colleges collaborate to infuse in-vivo learning within the safety of the lab to effectively prepare and enhance teacher preparation programs within the SUNY system. Project Investigators will host three separate missioned full day workshops within the virtual classroom, conduct a mixed methods research study, and disseminate information from findings to stakeholders. Artifacts from this project will include the development of template curricula to guide other SUNY departments who are considering the establishment of a TeachLivE™ simulation lab and will be represented in the SUNY Learning Commons.
Co-PI's and Key Partners:
Kevin Miller, Ph.D., Chair and Professor, Exceptional Education, Buffalo State
Sharon Raimondi, Ph.D., Director of the Joint Doctoral Program at the University at Buffalo