Quality by Design (QbD) Course

Course Description

Quality by Design (QbD) is a four week online course that provides a unique opportunity for SUNY faculty and staff to improve courses through a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of seated, online or hybrid courses.  QbD focuses on four major topics that are a key component of any quality designed course, including:

·        Learner Support

·        Content Presentation & Accessibility

·        Interaction & Collaboration

·        Evaluation & Assessment

Participants will have multiple opportunities to reflect upon how they would integrate these ideas into their own courses while engaging in discussions with experts and peers.  Optional discussions and activities have been designed to help learners apply newly acquired knowledge into their own course design efforts.

While this course will be offered using the Blackboard LMS, the materials and concepts covered in the course are LMS -agnostic, meaning that they can be applied and implemented using a wide range of learning technologies that are not Blackboard dependent.  This course focuses upon pedagogy, not technology skills acquisition.

Quality by Design is funded through a SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG).  The course, in its complete form, and portions thereof, is licensed through Creative Commons and will be provided as an OER, widely available for use and modification.

This collaborative project is being developed through a partnership among the University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, Empire State College, Open SUNY COTE, and SUNY Center for Professional Development.

To register or get more information go to http://www.cvent.com/d/qfq45k

Registration Open for Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate Program

Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate Program

The Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate is designed for faculty, administration and staff members who are or will be either engaged in the assessment of learning outcomes at the course or program level or be responsible for designing, reviewing or coordinating curricular mapping or other academic assessment activities at their campus. The certificate courses focus on the importance of assessment activities in improving teaching and learning. Participants will learn how to develop learning outcomes, to use rubrics and other assessment tools and to identify strategies for using results to improve the academic experience for students and faculty. The courses will also provide participants with the ability to develop skills to actively contribute to program review, curricular mapping and accreditation projects at their campus.

Participants must complete a series of three courses which contain various learning activities delivered in an online format using Blackboard Learn. See details of delivery and activities within each course description. Each course will require approximately 1-3 hours of “outside” course work.

When completing this program, participants will be able to:
· Demonstrate an understanding of the guiding principles of student learning assessment to improve teaching and learning and program development.
· Ability to construct a curricular map and demonstrate an understanding of the implications of curriculum mapping for assessment of learning outcomes.
· Construct learning outcomes and develop an assessment plan for a course, learning activity, academic major or program.
· Develop and apply rubrics to assess learning activities (both face to face and online).
· Identify strategies for using assessment results to improve learning (closing the loop).
· Coordinate activities related to academic assessment on their campus.

Program Completion Requirements:
To earn the Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate, participants must complete all three courses.

Certificates will be awarded individually to allow participants maximum flexibility in taking what they need and want from the program without being obligated to complete the entire program.

Course Offering: Registration is OPEN!
ALO_Course 3.4: Closing the Loop: Using Assessment Results for Improvement – ONLY 4 SEATS LEFT
September 12 – November 18, 2016
Instructor: Carol Van Zile-Tamsen
Current Course Offering: Registration is OPEN!
ALO_Course 1.5: Assessment for Improvement of Teaching and Learning – CLOSED
March 28 – June 6, 2016
Instructor: Cathleen Morreale

ALO Course 2.5: Planning and Implementing an Assessment of Student Learning
September 12 – November 18, 2016
Instructor: Linda Sturges, Ph.D

ALO_Course 3.5: Closing the Loop: Using Assessment Results for Improvement
January 2 – March 10, 2017
Instructor: Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

Upcoming Course Offering: Registration is OPEN!
ALO_Course 1.6: Assessment for Improvement of Teaching and Learning
September 12 – November 18, 2016
Instructor: Cathleen Morreale

ALO Course 2.6: Planning and Implementing an Assessment of Student Learning
January 2 – March 10, 2017
Instructor: Linda Sturges, Ph.D

ALO_Course 3.6: Closing the Loop: Using Assessment Results for Improvement
March 27 – June 5, 2017
Instructor: Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

SUNY CPD Membership Points can be used to pay for this program.

For Detailed Information and to Register, visit the website http://www.cvent.com/d/k4qfrr

Sponsored by the SUNY Center for Professional Development and the SUNY Council on Assessment

Questions? Contact Michaela Rehm, Michaela.rehm@suny.edu / 315-214-2418

Michaela Rehm
Open SUNY & Academic Program Assistant
SUNY Center for Professional Development
6333 St. Route 298, Suite 102, East Syracuse, 13057
Tel: 315.214.2418 Fax: 315-437-0835
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Update on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

Update on State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA)

 

March 21, 2016
Dear Commissioner Elia and Members of the Board of Regents:
We, the undersigned, representing public and private not‐for‐profit colleges and universities across New York State, write to express our ongoing and strong support for New York joining the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA). We are appreciative of all of the work done to date by the State Education Department, Board of Regents, the New York State Legislature, and the Governor to advance this effort and urge forward momentum without delay.
In so doing, we must underscore that recent public criticism of SARA neglects to mention the critical protections it provides, including measures to make it harder for disreputable online providers to operate in New York. In fact, the intent of SARA is to support high-quality online providers like SUNY, CUNY, and New York’s independent colleges and universities.
Through participation in SARA, New York is not giving up consumer protection; it is actually advancing a more effective, multi-layered approach to consumer protections and state rights. SARA developed, in part, because it has become very difficult for states to effectively regulate and maintain the quality of online educational opportunities being made available to their residents by out-of-state providers. SARA seeks to address this issue by creating a shared responsibility for ensuring the quality of online education and highlighting existing opportunities to address bad actors.
The fact is that SARA-member states maintain the authority to enforce all of their “general purpose laws” against out-of-state entities, including those laws related to consumer protections and fraudulent activities—exactly those areas generally associated with predatory, online education companies. In fact, state attorneys general retain the ability to take action against any in- or out-of-state institution that violates consumer protection laws of their respective states.
In addition, not all institutions in a state are automatically eligible for participation in SARA. Each state must assure that participating institutions are in compliance with state rules, regulations and standards of good practice in online education, and have a transparent way to receive and address student complaints. We have pledged to support the State Education Department in this effort.
Moreover, per federal regulations, each state already has to have in place a means to resolve complaints from out-of-state students enrolled in online education provided by institutions in their state. In fact, when an institution participates in SARA, it agrees to allow its own state agency to evaluate courses and programs to ensure compliance with guidelines for online education established by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions and to investigate any claims that the institution does not meet those standards. In order to ensure transparency, SARA quarterly posts the number and status of complaints, for each state and institution, and failure to address ongoing institutional abuses could lead to a state being removed from SARA.
Finally, New York’s colleges and universities are proud of the high-quality, student-centered programs and courses that are provided to online learners in New York and beyond. The rigorous online instruction provided in New York is in direct contrast to what is delivered by the “bad actors” highlighted by critics. Our state’s online programs provide important access to working adults, stay-at-home parents, active military personnel and veterans, and students with disabilities. Our online courses and programs provide flexibility and increased options for traditional-age college students as well.
Without SARA, we would miss the opportunity to participate in a more transparent and collaborative consumer protection effort. At the same time, each of our New York State institutions would need to continue the daunting task of registering with each individual state, or choosing not to provide New York-based learning opportunities to citizens in particular states because the processes are too time consuming or expensive.
SARA provides an efficient and effective mechanism for regulation of online higher education across the United States while also providing a level playing field for private, not-for-profit, and public institutions to deliver education in a reasonable and responsible manner. Over the past two years, it has been our goal to have an open and transparent dialog with all interested parties, and we believe that the support we have received from the Board of Regents, the New York State Legislature, and the Governor is a testament to the importance of this initiative to New York’s students and higher education institutions.
We strongly encourage the New York State Education Department to move forward with joining SARA, and we stand ready to assist you in any way.
Sincerely,
Laura L. Anglin James B. Milliken Nancy L. Zimpher
President Chancellor Chancellor
Commission on Independent The City University of New York The State University of New York
Colleges and Universities

OSCQR Online Course Reviewer Webinar

Colleagues,

The Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence will be offering the following professional development opportunities in April:

Become an OSCQR Online Course Reviewer Webinar


The Open SUNY COTE Quality Review (OSCQR) rubric helps online practitioners identify how the instructional design and accessibility of online and blended courses can be improved. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the OSCQR rubric and peer review process, tour its features, have the opportunity to discuss the standards, and practice applying them. You will then have the opportunity to join the COTE community as an OSCQR course reviewer, as well as submit your own course for review.

When: (choose one)
April 15, 2016, 1:30PM – 4:30PM
April 28, 2016, 9:30AM – 12:00PM

Course Fee

  • CPD Member Campus: $125
  • SUNY Campus(Non-CPD Member): $150
  • Non-SUNY: $175

Warm regards,
The Open SUNY COTE Team

Webinar Registration is Open! 2016 Request for Proposals (RFP) – Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG)

SUNY faculty and staff interested in applying for a 2016 IITG should first visit the website athttp://commons.suny.edu/iitg. The application and program support section provides important details to prepare for submitting a proposal.  You will be directed to create an account (or login to a previously created account) in the SUNY online grants management system, available December 15, 2015 – March 1, 2016.  Please review the newly revised IITG RFP prior to participating in the webinar. 

 

Webinar Schedule

January 22, 2016 at 11:00 AM

This webinar will focus on background information on the grant process, how to access the online grant form, and tips for creating a strong proposal.

February 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM

This webinar will focus on responding to questions IITG applicants may have.

 

Both webinars will be recorded and made available for later viewing.  We do recommend that you watch the January 22nd webinar before attending the February 9th session. 

 

Cost: no charge

Facilitator: Dr. Lisa Stephens, Senior Strategist for SUNY Academic Innovation

To Register:  http://www.cvent.com/d/yfqk2d

Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate Program

Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate Program

 

The Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate is designed for faculty, administration and staff members who are or will be either engaged in the assessment of learning outcomes at the course or program level or be responsible for designing, reviewing or coordinating curricular mapping or other academic assessment activities at their campus. The certificate courses focus on the importance of assessment activities in improving teaching and learning. Participants will learn how to develop learning outcomes, to use rubrics and other assessment tools and to identify strategies for using results to improve the academic experience for students and faculty.   The courses will also provide participants with the ability to develop skills to actively contribute to program review, curricular mapping and accreditation projects at their campus.

Participants must complete a series of three courses which contain various learning activities delivered in an  online format using Blackboard Learn. See details of delivery and activities within each course description. Each course will require approximately 1-3 hours of “outside” course work.

When completing this program, participants will be able to:

·         Demonstrate an understanding of the guiding principles of student learning assessment to improve teaching and learning and program development.

·         Ability to construct a curricular map and demonstrate an understanding of the implications of curriculum mapping for assessment of learning outcomes.

·         Construct learning outcomes and develop an assessment plan for a course, learning activity, academic major or program.

·         Develop and apply rubrics to assess learning activities (both face to face and online).

·         Identify strategies for using assessment results to improve learning (closing the loop).

·         Coordinate activities related to academic assessment on their campus.

 

 

Program Completion Requirements:

To earn the Assessment of Learning Outcomes Certificate, participants must complete all three courses.

Certificates will be awarded individually to allow participants maximum flexibility in taking what they need and want from the program without being obligated to complete the entire program.

Current Course Offering:  Registration is OPEN!

               ALO_Course 1.4: Assessment for Improvement of Teaching and LearningOnly 2 seats remain

January 4 – March 14, 2016

Instructor: Cathleen Morreale

ALO Course 2.4: Planning and Implementing an Assessment of Student Learning

March 28 – June 6, 2016

Instructor: Linda Sturges, Ph.D

ALO_Course 3.4: Closing the Loop: Using Assessment Results for Improvement

September 12 – November 18, 2016

Instructor: Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

 

Upcoming Course Offering: Registration will open shortly.

ALO_Course 1.5: Assessment for Improvement of Teaching and Learning

March 28 – June 6, 2016

Instructor: Cathleen Morreale

ALO Course 2.5: Planning and Implementing an Assessment of Student Learning

September 12 – November 18, 2016

Instructor: Linda Sturges, Ph.D

ALO_Course 3.5: Closing the Loop: Using Assessment Results for Improvement

January 2 – March 10, 2017

Instructor: Carol Van Zile-Tamsen

 

Cost:

CPD Member: $225.00 per course

SUNY Non-Member:  $275.00 per course

Other:  $325.00 per course

 

SUNY CPD Membership Points can be used to pay for this program. 

 

Sponsored by the SUNY Center for Professional Development and the SUNY Council on Assessment

Questions?  Contact Michaela Rehm, Michaela.rehm@suny.edu  / 315-214-2418

Barrier-free e-Learning from The SUNY Center for Professional Development and EASI

Dear Colleague,
 
The SUNY Center for Professional Development and EASI (Equal Access to Software and Information) are pleased to offer the following online course:
 
Barrier-free e-Learning
Start Date: November 2nd
Barrier-free E-learning has been significantly updated and also enriched with new multimedia. The course now is based on the realization that course content authors, faculty and instructional designers, are placing that content inside a courseware or learning management system. Most of the Web accessibility issues relate to that interface, and only a few accessibility features are relevant to the actual course content. This makes creating accessible content much simpler. The revisions focus on a limited set of accessibility issues and also stress how to achieve accessibility using familiar software that designers are already using.
This month-long course is taught online and you work at your own pace. The structure encourages you to complete it in a month, but extra time can be arranged if needed.
The optional textbook is Making Online Teaching Accessible and is available from Amazon and from Bookshare.
COST
  • SUNY CPD Member – $245  *You may pay using your CPD training points.
  • SUNY Non-CPD Member – $265
 
View a full descriptions at http://www.cvent.com/d/6rqv9j.
 
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