2016 Genteels’ Excellence in Teaching Conference at UB

2016 Genteels’ Excellence in Teaching Conference
The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL)

Date: Friday, Nov. 11, 2016
Time: Morning Program (Keynote, Breakout Session, Poster Presentations & Vendor Showcase) 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.; Post-Conference Workshop will be held from 1:00 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Location: Student Union Theater, North Campus, University at Buffalo
The University at Buffalo is committed to academic excellence and to providing students with a transformative educational experience. In support of this commitment, the Center for Educational Innovation hosts the annual Genteels’ Excellence in Teaching Conference.

This important professional development opportunity presents topics related to the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) through examples, research and assessment of innovative teaching practices.

Morning Program (Keynote, Breakout Session, Poster Session & Vendor Showcase)

Registration for the morning program is free.

High Impact Practices for Integrating Open Educational Resources (OER) into University Courses: What, Why and How?

In this presentation, David WIley will describe what OERs are, why they are promising, and how to adopt them in order to significantly improve higher education affordability, student outcomes and breadth of impact.

Keynote Presenter

David Wiley, Education Fellow at Creative Commons and adjunct faculty in Brigham Young University’s graduate program in Instructional Psychology and Technology
Learn more about the keynote presenter
Breakout Session and Poster Presentations

Concurrent presentations on a variety of topics
Vendor Showcase

Afternoon Post-Conference Workshop

Post-Conference Workshop Registration Fee (payable by credit card or echeck)

• UB faculty, staff and TAs: $25
• Non-UB participants: $35
Post-Conference Workshop

High Impact OER Adoption

In this workshop, David Wiley will lead faculty who have adopted, or are planning to adopt, Open Education Resources (OERs) in place of commercial textbooks through the process of creating their first Renewable Assignment.

Learning Outcomes

Provide a clear definition of OER
Compare and contrast disposable and renewable assignments
Design a renewable assignment that maximizes learning benefits for students while providing meaningful secondary benefits to other students and the broader community
Registration fees

Morning Program (Keynote & Breakout Sessions)
UB faculty and staff: Free
Non-UB participants: Free
Afternoon Post-Conference Workshop
UB faculty and staff: $25
Non-UB participants: $35
Fees are payable by credit card, debit card or echeck (bank account; USA only).

This event is sponsored by the Center for Educational Innovation and the Gentiles Teaching Excellence Endowment Fund.

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
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Open SUNY Textbooks scales up open educational resources (OER) adoption and creation services for SUNY campuses and faculty

Open SUNY Textbooks scales up open educational resources (OER) adoption and creation services for SUNY campuses and faculty

On June 1, 2016, Open SUNY Textbooks (OST) announced, in collaboration with Lumen Learning, a new service model, SUNY OER Services, to support State University of New York (SUNY) faculty and SUNY campuses with their efforts to expand effective adoption, creation and use of open educational resources (OER) in teaching and research. To date, OER savings for students tracked across SUNY total over $840,000 and a growing number of colleges and universities are exploring how to replace expensive commercial textbooks using OER, with the goals of improving college affordability, expanding access to high quality educational content, and boosting student retention and success. To further extend these benefits to SUNY students, SUNY OER Services will help faculty and campuses make a smooth, efficient transition towards wide scale use of open educational resources in college courses across the SUNY system.

Major support and funding for expanding SUNY’s use of OER come from the SUNY Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, Alex Cartwright, as well as the SUNY Office of Library and Information Services. Open SUNY Textbooks and SUNY OER Services are being developed with system level strategic goals of reducing textbook costs; developing institutional models for low cost and high quality course materials support; and producing new models of academic publishing and scholarly communications across SUNY.

Based out of Milne Library at SUNY Geneseo, OST and SUNY OER Services, with support from Lumen Learning, will build on OER collaborations that already exist within the SUNY system. They will further develop a formalized approach to OER adoption that provides faculty with a suite of services to assist with curating, adopting, remixing and creating new OER content, along with a platform that makes it easy to maintain and deliver OER within SUNY courses. The platform supports Learning Tools Interoperability (LTI), allowing for easy integration with any Learning Management System (LMS), and easy access for students through the LMS. Using this platform, a growing number of complete OER courses and other open resources are available for individuals within and beyond the SUNY community to use, modify and repurpose in their own courses. OST will also provide editorial support and a community of practice to assist with OER course design and development on SUNY campuses through a network of librarians, instructional designers, and faculty mentors.

“Geneseo’s leadership role in the OST initiative to date has played an important role in our commitment to pedagogical innovation and faculty scholarship”, said Dr. Carol Long, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs at SUNY Geneseo, “Today’s announcement of the SUNY OER Services program, which will be based out of Geneseo, will allow us to partner with our SUNY colleagues by spreading this innovation across the entire SUNY system, thus becoming a national model for higher education institutions who are working to address student affordability and access challenges.”

OST will provide SUNY OER Services through a partnership with Lumen Learning, a company that has built a track record around facilitating broad, successful adoption of OER. “Lumen is excited to work with OST to extend the work of SUNY OER pioneers across the whole system,” said Dr. David Wiley, an open education visionary and cofounder of Lumen Learning. “The OST model is one of the most ambitious and practical initiatives yet to build the infrastructure students and faculty need to realize all the benefits of OER and open education.” Open educational resources include any materials for teaching and learning that freely allow for sharing, revising, and reusing the content. Typically OER are published in the public domain or with open licenses stewarded by organizations like a Creative Commons or GNU that state specifically how the material may be used, reused, adapted, and shared. As SUNY campuses and faculty shift towards broader use of open educational resources, OST estimates students will save millions on the cost of required textbooks, while faculty will enjoy greater academic freedom and control over course content and its alignment to SUNY curriculum.

About Open SUNY Textbooks
Open SUNY Textbooks (OST) is an open access textbook publishing initiative established by State University of New York libraries and initially supported by SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants . OST publishes high quality, cost effective course resources by engaging faculty as authors and peer reviewers, and libraries as publishing service and infrastructure Originally launched in 2012, OST provides an editorial framework and service to authors, students and faculty, and establishes a community of practice among libraries. The first round of grants funded 15 titles, with a second round in 2013 which added an additional 15 titles to the catalog. Participating libraries include SUNY Geneseo, College at Brockport, College of Environmental Science and Forestry, SUNY Fredonia, Upstate Medical University, University at Buffalo, Monroe Community College, SUNY Morrisville, and SUNY Oswego, with support from other SUNY libraries and SUNY Press. To date, OST textbooks have been downloaded over 133,321 times.

About Lumen Learning
Lumen Learning provides well designed, low cost digital course materials that help colleges and universities offer the best education to all students, regardless of socioeconomic status. Created using open educational resources (OER), Lumen’s complete, customizable college courses save time and effort for instructors designing OER courses, while students save millions in textbook costs. Ongoing efficacy research suggests students who use Lumen do significantly better than students in sections using other course materials. Educational resources created by Lumen are published under Creative Commons Attribution licenses and contributed back to the education community. Visit us at lumenlearning.com.

Follow us on Twitter at @LumenLearning .
To learn more about Open SUNY Textbooks and its services, please contact:

For Open SUNY Textbooks:
Kate Pitcher, Interim Library Director
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Milne Library, SUNY Geneseo
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
Office: (585) 2455528
Fax: (585) 2455769

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For Lumen Learning:
Julie Curtis, VP Strategy & Communication
Office: (503) 8405569

Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty Certificate Program

You’re invited to The Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty Certificate Program

We can help provide you with the necessary skills and knowledge needed for teaching to help build a foundation for your future in higher education. The Teaching and Learning for New Faculty Certificate Program is completely online and asynchronous (accessed via Blackboard Learn), which will allow you to fit the program into your busy schedule. You can take one course or complete all four to earn the certificate.

Courses Include:
• Essential Communication Skills for Teaching
• Learning Theories and Effective Teaching Practice
• Academic Policies, Laws, and Resources
• Evaluation and Assessment

Click here for the full course schedule <http://www.cvent.com/events/teaching-and-learning-certificate-for-new-faculty/custom-37-8156d54cd85546a18f12570f867f3309.aspx&gt;

Program Outcomes:

* Utilize learning theory in the design and delivery of courses
* Employ foundational learning teaching strategies that are supported by research and that promote active learning
* Effectively and efficiently evaluate student performance
* Create a safe and effective learning environment
* Utilize reflective techniques as a teaching practitioner
* Uphold and promote the academic policies of a participant’s individual campus and the System
* Demonstrate appropriate communication techniques in interactions with students


Don’t miss your chance to add valuable tools to your teaching toolbox.

For Detailed Information<http://www.cvent.com/d/k4qbcw&gt; and to Register<http://www.cvent.com/events/teaching-and-learning-certificate-for-new-faculty/custom-35-8156d54cd85546a18f12570f867f3309.aspx&gt; for one or more of the courses, visit the website http://www.cvent.com/d/k4qbcw Register for three courses and get the fourth free!

Questions? Contact Chris Price, chris.price@suny.edu<mailto:chris.price@suny.edu>, 585-395-5025<tel:585-395-5025>

Sponsored by the SUNY Center for Professional Development

QbD Registration open


Registration for Quality by Design (QbD) is now open to all SUNY faculty and staff.

Course Dates: February 8–March 6, 2016 (Four Weeks)

Mode of Deliver: Asynchronous Online – Blackboard Learn

Facilitated By:  Open SUNY COTE Fellows

Through QbD participants will be able to identify the design and pedagogical characteristics of a quality course and integrate these qualities into their own course development. This online faculty development course and open educational resource (OER) provides open access to high quality course content and opportunities for participants to engage in meaningful discussions with experts and peers on topics relating to learner support, course design, interaction, and assessment.  QbD is designed so that participants can choose from a variety of learning activities and assignments to fit their needs and time commitments. Participants will have the opportunity to earn SUNY COTE badges issued through Credly.

Space is limited, so enroll today!

To Register: http://www.cvent.com/d/3fqmw1

For more information please visit: http://commons.suny.edu/qbd/

Follow QbD on Twitter: @SUNYQbD

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


Michaela Rehm

Open SUNY & Academic Program Assistant

SUNY Center for Professional Development

6333 St. Route 298, Suite 102, East Syracuse, 13057

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SARA Communications


As you are aware, Legislation was passed authorizing NYSED to partner with a regional consortium for the purposes of participating in the State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement (SARA).  Members of the Provost’s staff recently had a conference call with Owen Donovan of NYSED to talk about SARA.

At this time, NYSED personnel are hard at work on the technical tasks necessary to implement this effort, including working with the Division of Budget on the necessary approvals to collect and spend money and hire staff to support the initiative as well as crafting of the associated bill language.  As these approvals are tied to the New York State budget process, SED cannot begin the actual implementation of SARA until the Fiscal Year 2016-2017 budget is in place, including the specific language related to SARA.  In order to be prepared for New York State’s participation in SARA, NYSED staff have been in contact with the national SARA organization as well as representatives from regional consortia.

While NYSED is still building their financial models for campus participation, they are hopeful that they can provide some estimates on campuses costs early in 2016.  In the meantime, if you are planning your budgets, please be aware that in addition to fees associated with NYSED’s participation and efforts, campuses opting to participate in SARA will also be required to pay fees directly to SARA.  Information on these fees can be found at http://nc-sara.org/what-does-institution-do.

The Office of the Provost will continue to interact with SED and will keep you informed about this critical effort.




Zulaika R. Rodriguez-Awoliyi
Director of Provost’s Office Operations and

Special Assistant to the Provost
The State University of New York
State University Plaza – Albany, New York 12246
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Invitation and Call for Presentations at the 10th Anniversary Conference for the SUNY COIL Center

Invitation and Call for Presentations at the 10th Anniversary Conference for the SUNY COIL Center

COILing Across a Decade: Reflections and New Directions

When? April 25-26, 2016

How to Register? http://www.cvent.com/d/gfqk06

Where? CUNY Graduate Center, 365 5th Ave., NYC

We thank CUNY for their sponsorship and hosting this year’s 10th anniversary COIL Conference

CFP Deadline? February 1, 2016

Questions? Please email COILConference@suny.edu

For more info about the Conference and Call for Presentations (CFP) please visit: http://coil.suny.edu/conference

The SUNY COIL Center’s annual conference is the leading international event in the field and brings together 350+ professors, international programs staff, instructional technologists, and university and college administrators from SUNY, across the U.S. and around the world to share innovative models and best practices. The year’s conference agenda will include sessions from both invited speakers as well as those resulting from our international Call for Presentations. We greatly appreciate sponsorship from the City University of New York (CUNY) in providing facilities at their Graduate Center for SUNY’s 10th anniversary COIL Conference thus allowing us to expand the number of attendees at this usually sold out event.

For a decade the SUNY COIL Center has been reimagining education as a globally networked phenomenon. Collaborative Online International Learning* links faculty across borders to co-create learning environments in which students gain valuable digital and cross-cultural competencies through collaboration with international peers. We have in parallel expanded the landscape of higher education institutions at SUNY, across the US and the world who are internationalizing their curricula by implementing the COIL model to benefit their students, as well as their faculty and staff.

Our own networks have grown from a handful of loosely participating campuses in 2006 to over 50 committed member institutions working to normalize this model. At this, our tenth anniversary conference, we gather together to reflect on the evolution of the field, to celebrate accomplishments, to welcome new practitioners to our networks, and to investigate what new directions the next ten years may bring.

*COIL is used to refer to pedagogical activities using technology to link classrooms and students in geographically distant locations through coursework. Other terms describing such activities are virtual exchange, virtual mobility, globally networked learning, telecollaboration, and online intercultural exchange.

SUNY Center for Collaborative Online International Learning

2016 COIL Conference Themes and Topics

  • What Changes Hath Time Wrought? Reflections on COIL Initiatives/Courses Over the Years
  • What Does the Next Decade Hold for COIL?
  • Lessons Learnt from Growing, Embedding and Sustaining COIL
  • Student Perspectives and Voices from COIL Exchanges and Experiences (accepted students will be offered complimentary conference registration)
  • COILing for Employability: Teaching and Learning 21st Century skills
  • Increasing the Impact: Global Citizenship and Social Justice through COIL
  • Researching COIL: Theoretical Frameworks and Methodological Approaches
  • Fostering, Assessing and Evaluating Competences in COIL-enhanced Courses
  • Critical Incidents, Meltdowns and Teachable Moments in COIL-enhanced Courses
  • COIL Anything: Engaging New Disciplines and Inter-Disciplines
  • Bottom-Up or Top-Down: The Shape and Evolution of COIL Campus Initiatives. What Works?
  • COIL, Virtual Exchange and Telecollaboration: Lessons Learnt and Evolving Practices
  • Instructional Designers, International Programs and other Support in the Success of COIL
  • COIL as a Vector for Increased Participation in Study Abroad and Internationalization Initiatives
  • Making Pedagogically Informed Choices About Educational Technology in COIL

Call for Presentations

We invite proposals that broadly support this year’s conference themes for presentations based upon research and/or reflective practice in a range of formats. Joint proposals, including those that represent the collaboration of inter- or intra- departmental and/or institutional teams, those which are designed to foster significant audience participation, or panels which bring in student perspectives, are particularly encouraged. Possible presentation types include:

  • Panel Presentations
  • Individual Presentations
  • Working Group Roundtable Discussions
  • Mini-Workshops and Hands-on Demos
  • Pre-conference Workshops

Any session can be designed to include remote presenters via videoconference or other technologies. Be creative in proposing presentation formats, as alternative and innovative formats are highly encouraged.

Proposals are due February 1, 2016.

Detailed information and requirements for the CFP can be found on the conference website.

Conference Registration and Hotel Information

Please join us for an engaging and lively series of presentations and discussions on international online learning environments. The 2011-2015 COIL Conferences filled to capacity. We recommend registering early to avoid disappointment. Early bird registration rates end February 29, 2016. Please visithttp://www.cvent.com/d/gfqk06 to register.

State University of New York (SUNY)

Registration Deadlines and Rates (in US Dollars)



Early Bird Registration by February 29, 2016



Regular Registration after February 29, 2016



Note: In addition to check, credit cards and other forms of payment, registrants from SUNY member campuses can use CPD Training Points.

The COIL Center is arranging special hotel rates for attendees at locations convenient to the event which will be announced in January.

Conference Sponsors

We are grateful to our sponsors for their generous support to make the COIL Conference possible.

Lead Sponsor (Venue Sponsor)

CUNY - City University of New York

 We are pleased to offer the opportunity to partner with SUNY COIL Center as a conference sponsor. Please email COILConference@suny.edu for a sponsorship packet.

For more information about the 10th Anniversary COIL Conference and CFP please visit: http://coil.suny.edu/conference