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  • Founded in 1971 by renowned educator, scholar, and former SUNY Chancellor Ernest L. Boyer….
  • … .to create “an Open Community of Learning”….
  • … that “transcends constraints of space, place, and time” and “represents an expression of faith in a more hopeful future, not yet shaped or perceived, in which higher education can open new paths of learning and fulfillment”…
  • (500 online courses, 8,000 students, largest provider in SUNY system, 70% of SUNY Bachelors programs) CDL students typically have around 16 credits PLA (all sources - including military training) for their Assoc degrees and about 25 for their Baccalaureate,  (Factbook 2011 -12 pps 75-77)
  • First MOOC at Empire State College and the first within the SUNY system (Created and facilitated by Dr. Betty Hurley-Dasgupta and Carol Yeager): Creativity and Multicultural Communication fall 2011
  • VizMath (Math MOOC) fall 2012
  • 508 Compliance   and Angel LMS You are asked to create or upload a personal profile.  It is level one compliant.  Here is a link for this:
  • Transcript credit, standardized tests, volunteer work, non-credit courses, hobbies, theoretical and practical; credit for learning not experience.
  • Consistent with SUNY Strategic Enrollment Management and Shared Services initiatives, develop and deliver a targeted set of online degree and certificate programs in support of continuing education and workforce development needs for key industries driving economic development across the State.
  • Open culture2

    1. 1. Creating a Culture of Openness: Institutional Support for Open Education Tom Mackey, Ph.D. Dean Center for Distance Learning Empire State College
    2. 2. Empire State Collegeas an Open Institution
    4. 4. structure if necessaryAn Open Community of Learning. experimental skills
    5. 5. transcends constraints of space, place and time. transcend conventional academic structure.
    6. 6. “These dimensions of openness that wereintroduced by the UK Open University and EmpireState College remained the principal expressions ofopenness in higher education for the next thirtyyears. Two dimensions – open admissions anddistance learning – were widely copied and thereare now millions of students in open universitiesaround the world.” Sir John Daniel Former President and Chief Executive Officer Commonwealth of Learning
    7. 7. Open Curriculum:Multiple Ways of Knowing
    8. 8. Open Curriculum• Mentor-Learner• Individualized Degree Planning• Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)• Guided Independent Study• Group Study• Online Study• Blended study• Residencies• Emerging open formats: MOOCs, Open Courses, OERs
    9. 9. MOOCmania: Explorations inConnectivist Massive Open Online Courses (cMOOCs)
    10. 10. “The starting point of connectivism is theindividual. Personal knowledge is comprised of anetwork, which feeds into organizations andinstitutions, which in turn feed back into thenetwork, and then continue to provide learning toindividual. This cycle of knowledgedevelopment (personal to network toorganization) allows learners to remain current intheir field through the connections they haveformed.”George SiemensConnectivism:A Learning Theory for the Digital Age
    11. 11. “In a connectivist MOOC, people get out of it whatthey put into it,” said Stephen Downes of theNational Research Council of Canada, a pioneerof the early MOOCs. “It’s something like a Yahoogroup or other interest-based community. But ithas a start date and an end date, and it pullspeople out of different networks and plops theminto a new one, which results in new connectionsand gets people hearing new voices.”"Online Mentors to Guide Women Into the Sciences”TAMAR LEWINSeptember 16, 2012
    12. 12. Dr. Betty Hurley Dasgupta and Carol Yeager Empire State College MOOC
    13. 13. Dr. Betty Hurley Dasgupta and Carol Yeager Creativity and Multicultural Communication• 492 registered participants (387 still registered)• 14 Registered for credit (13 completed)• 2 Registered in summer and completed• 136 tweets• 36 registered blog feeds• 78 blog posts• 36 discussions• 96 comments• Facebook group started by participants continues to be active
    14. 14. Dr. Betty Hurley Dasgupta and Carol Yeager Participant Feedback• “Thank you, CMC11, I never would have started a blog without you (I always kind of thought they were silly), but I’m really starting to enjoy this and see it as a creative outlet! So I guess the class has been quite successful for me!”• “It felt effective and comfortable for me to work collaboratively with others through a combination of different Web tools”• “I LOVED this course! … What an eye opening and invigorating course ... Hope there are many to come!”
    15. 15. Dr. Betty Hurley Dasgupta and Carol Yeager
    16. 16. Next MOOC for fall 2013: #L4LLLLiteracies for Lifelong Learning (a Metaliteracy MOOC)Mackey, Thomas P. and Trudi E. Jacobson. “Reframing Information Literacy asa Metaliteracy” January 2011 College & Research Libraries vol. 72 no. 1 62-78
    17. 17. Integrating Moodle/Mahara as an open platform for learning
    18. 18. Online Learning Environment Migration from Migration from Angel LMS to Angel LMS to Moodle Moodle
    19. 19. Learning environment design: Ellen Murphy and Kathleen Stone 19
    20. 20. Every learning activity in Moodle can be exported to Mahara ePortfolio -Ellen Murphy Director of Online Curriculum 20
    21. 21. PLA to support open learning and degree completion Credit for Prior Level Learning – Empire State College
    22. 22. Office of Research, Innovation, and Open Education• Overall goals of grant project: • Scale PLA to 64 campuses within SUNY • Develop assessment structures to evaluate college level prior experiential and emergent learning for college credit (including OERs) • Recruit and train faculty and expert evaluators to conduct assessments • Transcript approved college level learning • Conduct research on PLA practices to maintain quality and consistency • Develop process to conduct PLA for non-matriculated learners
    23. 23. Office of Research, Innovation, and Open Education• Phases and goals: • Year 1: Develop rubric and process for evaluating open resources (OERs, Saylor open courses), internal faculty group, external expert panel • Year 2: Conduct assessments in Humanities and STEM with internal faculty group and review by external expert panel • Year 3: Summer Institute with 20-40 participants to share processes and assessments; build a consortium around shared assessments. Interim Vice Provost Robert J. Clougherty
    24. 24. From original Open SUNY proposal, Empire State College
    25. 25. Chancellor’s Online Education Advisory Team RecommendationThe Advisory Team recommends “Open SUNY”be officially adopted as the name of SUNY’s newonline learning initiative. The term Open SUNYrepresents an opening up of the educationalopportunities that SUNY can provide throughthe enhancement of existing—and developmentof new—online education resources, coursesand degree programs. Getting Down to Business: Interim Report of the Chancellor’s Online Education Advisory Team
    26. 26. • Increase student access, time to degree; completion• Chancellor’s Online Education Advisory Team• OpenSUNY Online Consortium• 10 new online Bachelor degrees in high need areas• Online opportunities at every SUNY campus (64)• 100,000 online learners SUNY wide in three years• SUNY REAL (recognition of experiential and academic learning) to accelerate degree completion; 3 year degrees with SUNY REAL• Built on “systemness” and integrating common systems throughout SUNY
    27. 27. 1. Open SUNY Consortium2. Open SUNY Degree3. Open SUNY Complete4. Open SUNY Resources5. Open SUNY REAL6. Open SUNY Workforce7. Open SUNY International8. Open SUNY Research9. Open SUNY Learning Commons
    28. 28. SUNY REAL• Recognition of Experiential and Academic Learning• Links the academy to the workplace and to the community, and OERs to academic credit• REAL assesses, others accept: use SUNY faculty• Provides an E-Portfolio for life• Develops Open Assessment Resources From original Open SUNY proposal, Empire State College
    29. 29. Tom Mackey, Ph.D. DeanCenter for Distance Learning