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VirtualESC - CIT 2012


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The presentation reviews the work of an affinity group of faculty members at Empire State College. Together they worked to support and maintain virtual holdings for the college and to help each other's learning efforts.

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VirtualESC - CIT 2012

  1. 1. CIT 2012 : Stony Brook Virtual ESC Affinity Group: A faculty-led initiative that leverages, supports, and continues virtual educationNicola Martinez, Audeliz Matias, Eileen O’Connor, KenFerree, Hope ; ; ; ;
  2. 2. Agenda• Overview of the virtual involvement of ESC: – Initial impetus  building & islands  course & programs• Rising costs and need to meet and share with more faculty – within the informal, professional-development nature of the group; – across disciplines, programs, and geographies• Forward movement into phase 2; invitation to others, given the current level of the group’s skills
  3. 3. Development of a virtual presence by ESC• Initially funding though the Charitable Leadership Foundation (CLF) for: Improving Adult Learner Literacy in Mathematics and Science Through Online Learning. – Second Life simulations and immersive learning for the development of scientific method were planned components of the grant project, delivered via the Science Mathematics And Technology (SMAT) course The Future of Being Human.• The college early initiatives resulted from a planned approach to virtual world learning - invited key speakers addressed the current educational uses of virtual worlds, and the available virtual options.• Support staff helped faculty, who in turn began creating more resources and activities within the island
  4. 4. Over time, buildings emerged
  5. 5. Representative buildings
  6. 6. Others were inspired from beyond the college
  7. 7. Some were simplyfuturistic, and hopeful
  8. 8. Courses began to grow Center for • Future of Being Distance Human Learning • STEM courses School of • MBA Graduate • Policy Studies • Teacher Education • Virtual building Centers • Possible Human Services
  9. 9. And, a new Masters of Arts inLearning & Emerging Technology Courses on virtual learning & community Student showcase (within a virtual environment) Incubator on immersive virtual development Leadership & experimentation
  10. 10. The original distance course: The Future of Being Human
  11. 11. Immersive Learning Experiencesfor MBA Courses
  12. 12. Students developed original virtual environments - creating employee training
  13. 13. But costs were rising; thus a need to involve more facultyAn Affinity group began: not governance / not admin Bi-weekly topics – developed & delivered by faculty Sought external funding – published and promoted Conducted survey to learn of interests Now, moving into phase 2
  14. 14. We developed an affinity group(VirtualESC) – with faculty-developed meetings, content, & a website
  15. 15. We used frequent, emailedreminders of upcoming events
  16. 16. We hosted “starter”events for newbies
  17. 17. We heard from students, and their creative work – across the curriculum; across the state - creating employee training
  18. 18. We changed our appearance, saving ourgroup visits via machinima & YouTube
  19. 19. We met and discussedpedagogical practices We learned from experts in emerging areas
  20. 20. We proposed joint bookchapters & publications; we solicited funding
  21. 21. We created & delivered an important budget & usage report about virtual educational offerings to the college’s educational technology governance committee
  22. 22. And we shared our significantresearch / dissemination efforts
  23. 23. Phase 2• Exploring open source materials & our own server space• Creating new alliances• Challenging ourselves to grow
  24. 24. What lies ahead:• As we move into our second phase, we welcome faculty from other campuses who want to learn and grow with us;• Significant resources are available online to help others learn the basics of virtual learning and navigation;• Join us if you want to advance in ways to teach, communicate, and grow through virtual experiences: – Nicola Martinez, Ken Ferree, Audeliz Matias, Eileen O’Connor, Hope Adams
  25. 25. Selection of links to visit• Undergraduate studies where students work on developing virtual technologies and training programs for corporate environments that include virtual training as shown in these links: – YouTube of Jasons exhibit on the paranormal - – A YouTube on Daves Zippo Training area -• Teacher Education Program – classes meet in virtual spaces to extend learning and community ( Below are several YouTubes illustrating uses in classes were students are working online across the state to meet course objectives : – Viewing a video of K12 students - – Having a poster session of their own work - – Reviewing overall uses in a education course where students develop and display science projects within virtual spaces-• Rufer, Rosalyn & Adams, Hope (2012) STUDENT CENTERED MARKETING EDUCATION THROUGH OPEN LEARNING RESOURCES AND WEB 2.0 TOOLS; American Management Association; Winter Educator’s Conference February 2012 - education• Adams, H., Gal, D.; Mahar, D.; O’Connor, E.; Snyder, D.; & Snyder, L. (2011). Building New Programs in Emerging Technologies and Learning: Empowering Next Generation Learning: 4 th Annual International Symposium, Sloane-C, San Jose, CA, July 2011.
  26. 26. Selection of links to visit• Martinez, Nicola (2008). Invited Speaker. Second Life: The Future of Communications? Society for Technical Communications 55th Annual Summit, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. June 1-4, 2008• Martinez, Nicola (2008). Here Be Dragons: Second Life Community Building and Citizen Engagement on the Isle of Wyrms. Sloan-C International Symposium on Emerging Technology Applications for Online Learning. Carefree, Arizona. May 7-9, 2008 pub• O’Connor, E. (2011) SER/VE (the STEM Exploratory Real/Virtual Environment) and the Engagement of Urban Youth; a poster session presented at the 2011 SUNY STEM Conference at the Crowne Plaza in Albany, NY on November 2011 -• O’Connor, E. (2010). Using Second Life (a virtual reality) in Language Instruction: Practical Advice on Getting Started; at 4th International Scientific and Methodological Conference on "Information and Communication Technologies in Foreign Language Teaching” (June 2010); presented via virtually via Skype to the Moscow conference attendees on June 10, 2010 life-in-foreignlanguage-instructionpractical-advise• O’Connor, E. & Meyer, H.. Graduate Students in Second Life: The Roller Coaster Ride of a Shifting Paradigm. Conference in Instructional Technology (CIT 2009), SUNY. (May 2009)