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Faculty at Empire State College / SUNY share ways they use innovative technologies to build community and they share how they have worked to support each other's efforts.

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  1. 1. Across-Program Collaboration Developing Community Among Students in Online Courses Joseph Angiello, Jelia Domingo, Eileen O’Connor, Hope Sun (School of Graduate Studies) October 26, 2017
  2. 2. Purpose of today’s Meeting  Online courses can be isolating experiences (Vesely, Bloom & Sherlock, 2007).  Presenters encouraging community among students using various e-tools to support a social networks.  Efforts facilitated by sharing of experiences and varying perspectives across programs.  Presenters will share struggles and victories that allowed them to move beyond isolation in course-development.  Some of the ideas explored: virtual-reality meetings, discussion boards, student-created video, virtual forensic lab Vesely, P., Bloom, L., Sherlock, J. (2007). Key Elements of Building Online Community: Comparing Faculty and Student Perceptions. Journal of Online Learning and Teaching. 3(3).
  3. 3. Agenda  Introductions – to topic and to speakers  Virtual platform – shared space, student training, research  Used for knowledge development with high-stakes ePortfolio  Used for synchronous student discussion on literacy in K12  Student-created, video sharing  Active desktop / virtual lab space  Shared procurement of graphic server (in progress)  Lab space, under development  Collaborative faculty support for new learning environments  Victories & challenges
  4. 4. Virtual Reality Environments at ESC ■ Second Life - 2006; cost became prohibitive (up to $600 for 2 islands) ■ Since 2013, open source islands: – $20 per month for 4 island; less stable (perhaps) – Islands can be preconfigure and/or custom developed – Island rental includes the server space ■ Students / visitors – Download a viewer – Get a free avatar – Follow directions for speech and text
  5. 5. Community / Context •Presence & collaboration •Simulates reality & known communication needs Integrating / Scheduling •Extend a course or activity •Thread with meetings •Info and items can remain Assessment / Evaluation •Similar to classroom or a conference review; examine the content and the process The “experience”/ motivation •Predesign location, “curriculum” or meeting plan •Secure immersive buy-in •What makes this interaction important? Place / location Instructor creates a learning experience – from meetings to role playing to shared activities – as in any learning environment Designing for learning
  6. 6. Developing knowledge of high-stakes ePortfolio – launched w/ instructor presentation Publication in press on outcome of class Eileen O’Connor
  7. 7. Groups meet > discussed >reported back in course
  8. 8. Literacy discussions – groups met on their own schedule > reported back Jelia Domingo –
  9. 9. Eileen O’Connor
  10. 10. ESC Academic Resource Network Virtual Machine (ARN/VM) A Virtual Forensics Investigation Station Hope Sun –
  11. 11. ESC Academic Resource Network Virtual Machine (ARN/VM) A Virtual Forensics Investigation Station
  12. 12. • Empire State College, Information Technology Services will provide MSIT students a virtual access to the ESC Academic Resource Network Virtual Machine (ARN/VM). The program also uses the college’s state of the art virtual desktop for course activities, such as forensic investigation. • The lab will provide technology tools accessible to students. • There will be no requirement from students to install software related to particular operating system that students might have. • ARN/VM for both instructor and students provide a mechanism that enables anyone to bring their own device and sign in the virtual lab, whether Max or PC, with Internet connectivitity.
  13. 13. Digital Forensic Investigation Tools • Difficulty to be in any centralized physical labs • Download Tools to the students’ computers
  14. 14. Forensic Tools 1 2 3 4 5 6 A Virtual Forensics Investigation Station Install about 6 forensic tools
  15. 15. the ESC Academic Resource Network Virtual Machine (ARN/VM). Reliability Tool 1 Tool 2 Tool 3
  16. 16. The college provides students a web browser link to access the college Virtual Machines or Virtual Desktop, with pre-installed digital forensics tools An Instance of Virtual Desktop
  17. 17. ESC Academic Resource Network Virtual Machine (ARN/VM)
  18. 18. Virtual Desktop Instance
  19. 19. Collaborative faculty support for new learning environments  Approaches under consideration
  20. 20. For Further Discussion or Consultation  Hope Sun –  Jelia Domingo –  Eileen O’Connor –  Joe Angiello –