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Mark K. Warford, Ph.D. posted an event

Contribute to an edited volume on e-learning in the arts and humanities at IGI Global

August 17, 2017 to September 14, 2017
In response to a recent invitation from IGI Global, I'm putting together an edited volume on e-learning in Arts and Humanities. If interested, contact: by September 14th.See More
Willow Harris posted an event

OLC Accelerate 2017 at Orlando, FL

November 15, 2017 to November 17, 2017
OLC Accelerate is devoted to driving quality online learning, advancing best practice guidance and accelerating innovation in learning for academic leaders, educators, administrators, online learning professionals and organizations around the world. This international conference promises outstanding keynote speakers, expanded programs, and engaging workshops. The ever popular Technology Test Kitchen and Discovery sessions will once again deliver the opportunity to interact with experts in new…See More
Rehema Underwood replied to Alexandra M. Pickett's discussion Who are you?
"Greetings! Hello Everyone! My name is Dr. Rehema Underwood, with extensive experience in both online and on-campus teaching. I started my teaching career in 2005 as an adjunct at Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3)  teaching sections of…"
Camille Karlson replied to Camille Karlson's discussion Course Templates
"Thanks for sending along these great resources!"
Aug 15
Erin Maney replied to Alexandra M. Pickett's discussion Job Openings
"SUNY Fredonia has just posted an Instructional Designer position in the Office of Online Learning. The posting can be found here: Please share this with anyone who you…"
Aug 15
Alexandra M. Pickett replied to Camille Karlson's discussion Course Templates
"Hi Camille! You can check out our recommendations for template designs in the manual (e.g., pg 27). Many SUNY campuses have adapted/adopted our research-based recommendations for template designs. You can see some examples here and here. I…"
Aug 14
Ian August posted an event

Blackboard Exemplar Course Program Webinar Series at webinar

September 19, 2017 from 3pm to 7pm
Blackboard has this community site where Blackboard users from around the world share ideas. They also have free webinars. They are having an interesting four-part series starting in September. Over the course of four weeks -- September 19, September 26, October 3, and October 10 -- course design experts and Exemplary Course Winners will expand upon each these elements:Course DesignInteraction and CollaborationAssessmentLearner Support Sounds interesting. Here are the links to the webinars. You…See More
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Alexandra M. Pickett replied to Alexandra M. Pickett's discussion Job Openings
"motion graphic designer position at Penn University of Pennsylvania The Penn Arts & Sciences Online Learning group has a full-time position open for a qualified and experienced motion graphic designer who is comfortable working in all aspects of…"
Aug 11
Camille Karlson posted a discussion

Course Templates

We are exploring the adoption of an online course template at Farmingdale State College. Can the COTE Community make recommendations or share what they have adopted? My e-mail address is With appreciation!See More
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Blog Posts

Online Discussions for Student Learning

Posted by Drew Michael Hemler on April 4, 2017 at 8:41pm 0 Comments

Trying to provide learning opportunities for your online students?

Discussion activities are one of many great ways to promote critical thinking among online students in an asynchronous format, but only if the discussion topic and talking points are planned accordingly. Consider these tips to help students learn by engaging with you and each other:

1. Provide open-ended questions that incorporate one or several human dimension components. Allow students to…


Blog #3: Assessing Online Discussion

Posted by Gloria Bobbie, PhD (ABD) on February 10, 2017 at 8:35am 0 Comments

Discussion again?  Yeahhhh because discussion is what adds a human element to our online courses and makes them real.  Without communication, why would students even need us?  They could just complete a bunch of self-taught modules and click send to submit their own grades to the registrar.  We teach to communicate knowledge to students and to allow students to communicate their own learning and knowledge to us and to other students.   Having said that, it is important to assure that…


Blog #2: ABCs of Making Discussion Work

Posted by Gloria Bobbie, PhD (ABD) on January 26, 2017 at 12:21pm 0 Comments

There are many approaches to developing inclusive discussion which motivates students to participate and share learning, but the one I have found to work best I learned from the University of Phoenix. It is called ABC Facilitation.

A = Acknowledge

B = Build

C = Conclude

So, what does this mean and how does it work?

“A“ means to acknowledge what the students has posted. In my discussions, I post a starter to the discussion to which students must respond by…


Blog 1: It’s the Little Things: Discussion Hint #1

Posted by Gloria Bobbie, PhD (ABD) on January 4, 2017 at 7:20am 0 Comments

Our online students are in a very different situation from those in the traditional classroom.  In the traditional class room discussion the students sit in a chair and see and hear the facilitator.  In the online class room the student sits in a chair and sees a computer screen.  The online student often wonders if anyone is even reading what he or she posts and not feeling included can take away motivation to participate.

One thing I have learned in my 20 or so years of…


SUNY OER Services @ Open SUNYTextbooks

Posted by Laura K Murray on October 10, 2016 at 8:30am 0 Comments

Some really good news for OER in SUNY is the quest for an Executive Director for OER at SUNY Geneseo! This position will administer and coordinate operations and the strategic direction for Open SUNY Textbooks (OST) and SUNY OER Services (SOS). The application deadline was October 10th and preliminary…


This online experience

Posted by Joseph Antee on June 3, 2016 at 12:55pm 0 Comments

I've taught online for several years now....I consider myself to be quite informed with the Blackboard platform......the guidance in the first module have been so eye opening as to the additional features I could and will use.  Although my SUNY campus offers fine Bb instructions, I am pretty much self taught....this is helpful.  

Universal Design Student Videos

Posted by Thomas Rosati on January 27, 2016 at 3:21pm 0 Comments

HEre are a few examples of Videos made by students for MEC 104 at SUNY Stonybrook, which is a fully online course

Call for TEAM proposals, OLC Innovate Solutions Design Summit (SDS)

Posted by Parice Torcivia Prusko on January 26, 2016 at 3:41pm 0 Comments

Please watch the Video trailer production credit to Kyle Johnson


The general call for program proposals is now closed (with the peer reviews completed, expect to see the full program online soon); however the call for TEAM Proposals is OPEN for the OLC SDS until February 10,…


Help Us Make Sense of Digital Learning in Higher Ed...Share Your Story

Posted by Parice Torcivia Prusko on January 4, 2016 at 9:51pm 0 Comments

Storytelling is a powerful clarifying approach to understanding and navigating change at the deepest levels of human experience. Storytelling allows for a diversity of perspectives that get us closer to an objective and authentic sense of reality. Please take a few minutes to share your story:

The dLRN15 …



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