Open SUNY COTE Summit

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Welcome to the home of the Open SUNY Center for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) annual summit for online learning practitioners.

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Conference Dates:   February 24-26, 2016.

Location: SUNY Global Center, New York, New York

Hotel: DoubleTree by Hilton Metropolitan Hotel, New York, New York

2nd annual Open SUNY COTE summit

February 24-26, 2016 SUNY Global Center, NYC, N. Y. 

The Open SUNY COTE summit, is an annual SUNY-wide conference specifically for Open SUNY COTE fellows in the experienced, expert, exemplar, and innovator/researcher roles. Non-SUNY colleagues are also welcome and are eligible for the Friend of SUNY Fellow role.

The first Summit was held in 1998 as an annual face to face meeting of the SLN faculty development and instructional design team and the online campus-based SUNY instructional designers whose campuses participated in the SLN program.

Today, the Summit has evolved as a conference intended for all Open SUNY COTE   advanced online practitioners with expertise in online program administration, online faculty development/instructional design, online instruction, online support, etc.

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View our Flickr group photos being collected for the SOLSummit 2016 slideshow.

See the slideshow from last years’ summit!!

See the slideshow from 2014!

See the slideshow from 2013!

See the slideshow from 2012!

See the slideshow from 2011!

See the slideshow from 2010!

See the slideshow from 2009!

See the slideshow from 2008!

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Alicia Fernandez: What I Have Learned After Completing 28 Online College Courses

Presenter: Alicia Fernandez is a Open SUNY Online Student and the 2015 NUTN Online Student Recognition  Award Recipient

Day 2 Presentation

In 2010, Alicia Fernandez decided to return to college to complete the bachelor’s degree she had started 1980.  Four years and twenty-eight online courses later, she is the proud recipient of a B.A. in Communication and Culture from CUNY, and an M.S. in Curriculum Development and Instructional Technology from the SUNY University at Albany (received in May 2014).

As a first generation American, Alicia experienced financial and time challenges which precluded her participation in traditional university offerings. In 2009, after 30 years in the corporate ranks, she became one of the millions displaced by the economic downturn, and the lack of a college diploma became a barrier to securing a new job.  Fortunately, she discovered online degree programs that were not only very accessible, but also affordable. This allowed her to finally attain the previously elusive higher education credentials.

Alicia’s online learning experiences afford a unique student perspective. She will discuss instances that either hindered or facilitated her learning. Her reflections can help online teaching and learning practitioners and those that support online learners better understand and serve online students, especially her former cohort, the over 34 million adults in the US who have completed some college, but have no degree.

Open SUNY/NUTN Engagement: Creative Collaboration in an age of Consortia, Collaboratives, and Crazy Workloads

Moderators: NUTN Board Members:

Cristi Ford  –  Assistant Vice Provost for Learning Innovation Initiatives in the Center for Innovation in Learning and Student Success (CILSS) at the University of Maryland University College (UMUC).
Kevin Bell – Executive Director for online curriculum development and deployment at the College of Professional Studies, Northeastern University.
Dale D. Pike – Executive Director and Associate Provost for Technology-enhanced Learning and Online Strategies (TLOS) at Virginia Tech.

Day 3 Presentation
As innovation and academic technology become cornerstones for the future of landscape of higher education, it will be important for us to share topics and challenges that are emerging in our field. This session will provide attendees an opportunity to network and collaborate around synergies in the field of online learning and institutional digital strategy. In tandem with current NUTN board members and thought-leaders in the filed, explore new research partnerships, new collaborations on upcoming initiatives, and joint efforts on conference presentation sessions for the next NUTN event. Come with your big ideas and challenges. Be ready to make some new connections!

Carla Casilli: Making sense of the new world of digital credentialing

Presenter: Carla Casilli is a Badges + Digital Credentials Strategist with the Connecting Credentials Initiative

Day 2 Presentation

We’re lucky enough to be at the forefront of a new vision for considering, defining, and expressing learning experiences. More than five years have passed since the inception of the open badges experiment, and in that time the concept of digital badges has moved steadily into the general consciousness. As this novel idea continues to evolve, so do its many opportunities and challenges. Part technology, part conceptual approach, the digitization of representations of learning now includes such wide-ranging considerations as competency-based education and e-portfolios, as well as professional development. This presentation will explore the evolving dimensions of this work.

Daniel Greenstein: Solutions for a New Majority

Presenter: Daniel Greenstein, is the director of Education, Postsecondary Success at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in their United States Program.

Day 2 presentation

Over the past generation, higher education has become an American success story, serving as a bridge to opportunity for millions.  But the world is changing.  Our economy is demanding more educated workers than our institutions are prepared to produce.  A new majority of students is arriving on our campuses with high and often fragile aspirations.  Colleges and universities face difficult but essential choices to ensure that higher education remains a bridge to opportunity and not a barrier.  Dr. Greenstein will outline those choices and highlight solutions that show promise for serving higher education’s new majority.

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