September 17, 2012

FITs Supporting the Needs of 21st Century Learners: Faculty Development with Tools of Engagement

Thanks to a generous grant from the SUNY Provost’s office, the faculty instructional technologists are now in the process of creating a faculty development program to be rolled out to the college's seven regional centers in the spring of 2013. The project is titled "Supporting the Needs of 21st Century Learners: Faculty Development with Tools of Engagement." The program will comprise four module-based training units designed to introduce Empire State College faculty and staff to several types of technology tools that have been shown to increase student learning and engagement in blended studies.

Working collaboratively, the FITS will develop four modules in which they seek to assist faculty in learning new skills that can be utilized in their teaching and further used to increase student engagement across disciplines. Topics include areas such as using social media, Web-based collaboration, working with Web-based media and creating online presentations. If successful, the FITs hope to propose a phase two of the project in conjunction with other SUNY campuses and share the project throughout SUNY.

Faculty and staff who complete all four modules will receive a certificate of completion and, as an added bonus, as participants complete each module, they will be entered into a drawing to win one of several technology prizes.

For more information, contact:

Nathan Whitley-Grassi | faculty instructional technologist
Niagara Frontier Center | Empire State College
Appletree Business Park | 2875 Union Rd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227
Phone: 800-847-3000, ext. 3825
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