This space includes opportunities we host, and resources that you can explore independently. You can reach an EdTech during offices hours, or by a consultation request on the IT Service Desk.
Faculty and Staff can now request one-on-one consultations for support with any one of our supported platforms (Moodle, LEARNscape, MS Teams) or more general training questions (ex. Accessibility, Virtual Study Groups, and Virtual Residencies). This is an easy way to learn more about tools and support options for courses, events, meetings, etc.
When booking your consultation, tell us a little about what you’d like to achieve or learn more about specifically. This lets us best prepare to address your questions as quickly as possible. You’ll be able to select the day and time that you’re available from a drop-down menu. A meeting in MS Teams will automatically be scheduled for you in Outlook and you’ll receive a confirmation email with a link to your meeting with an EdTech.
Upcoming Faculty Development Opportunities
Come join the Ed Techs as we present various development opportunities that promote digital teaching and learning centered in pedagogy, informed by practice and supported by research. This list of upcoming opportunities is frequently updated:
In "Creating Accessible Documents," participants will encounter best practices for ensuring their Word, PowerPoint, and PDF files are designed with all learners in mind. This session will review various accessibility features of Microsoft and Adobe software, and include the following topics: accessibility checkers, color contrast, Alternative Text descriptions of images, headings, and proper reading order for screen readers.
"Creating Accessible Documents" – Wednesday, October 13th at 2 pm ET
To register and add a link to the session to your Outlook calendar, click the link here.
All sessions are on MS Teams. Guest access is available if you cannot log in with your SUNY Empire account.
Need technical support to attend? Contact the IT Service Desk: esc.edu/service-desk.
To schedule additional one-on-one training, you can book an appointment with an EdTech at esc.edu/edtechhhelp.
Recordings of Previous Presentations and Podcasts
You can access recording of our previous webinars and podcasts on our LEARNscape channel here.
This catalog of services is intended to be a one-stop resource for faculty interested in utilizing and increasing their skills with educational technologies.
Catalog of Services
Below is a list of college-supported tools that are available to you. Click on the button of any tool, and you will see an expanded menu with relevant links that should be useful to you.
Active Learning is a student-centered approach that emphasizes the students’ engagement and activity levels in the pursuit of knowledge.
Empire State College is installing active learning classrooms across the state. These are physical classrooms designed to promote active and collaborative learning. Compared to the traditional classroom, active learning classrooms include rounded tables known as Technology Enhanced Active Learning (TEAL) tables that serve as group workstations instead of individual student desks.
Microsoft Bookings is a scheduling platform that integrates with your Outlook Calendar and makes it easy for users to book 1-1 appointments with you based on your set availability.
The Department of Educational and Emerging Technologies has developed a training course to guide faculty and staff through the steps to setup a Bookings service and review what is needed to ensure that appointment options are consistently accurate.
Please follow along the training while you set up your Bookings page. The training was developed specifically to ensure your success from the start and to observe the College branding guides.
Complete a Request Form to have the Bookings service enabled for you and to receive access to the self-paced training on Knowbe4
ESC’s website hosting platform is open to all faculty and teaching staff to enhance their online presence and exposure. Faculty and teaching staff can have their own easy to remember URL (Example: FLast.facultysites.esc.edu).
FacultySites Homepage - Information for creating, editing, managing, and learning more about the faculty website service
Immersive Cloud Learning (ICL) is a telepresence system to synchronously broadcast a course from one location (source room) to students in other locations (destination rooms). For example, a faculty mentor in Manhattan can teach a course in art history – in real time – to students in Staten Island and Rochester simultaneously.Training Info:
We currently have ICL rooms at our Staten Island, Saratoga, Buffalo, Rochester, and Selden locations with more on the way. If you are interested in teaching using this methodology, request a consultation and an EdTech will happily assist you.
LEARNscape is the college's own version of YouTube. It allows students and faculty to host video content.
Publishing your media content - learn how you can allow people (other than you) to view our LEARNscape content.
Ordering captions for your content - request captions to enhance the accessibility and experience of your content for viewers.
Editing captions - make edits to captions to add clarity and accuracy to your content.
Interested in learning how to use Moodle for courses, or expanding your knowledge of this LMS?
To request additional training on the use of Moodle, please submit a request using the link below. Moodle training and support is provided for new faculty (full and part-time), anyone who just wants a refresher, those who are new to teaching online classes, and experienced faculty that want to explore and utilize advanced features.
Instructors that need to request a course pour or a new Moodle shell for a future term should submit a Shell Request Form
MS Teams is a communication and collaboration tool offered by the college to support faculty, staff, and students who are working remotely. This is a good singular space to conduct video calls, chat, share files, and collaborate on projects.
You can find information about any upcoming webinars on MS Teams, as well as recordings to previous webinars on MS teams on the Faculty Resources and Programming page.
Using MS Teams with your Students? Here is a link to several quickstart guides for students (PDF handouts). You can send these to your students or upload them to your course, however you need to use them.
The SUNY CPD OTTER Institute is an opportunity for online practitioners to learn more about the innovations, trends, and challenges with online education; see examples of best practices and learn about tools to create and deliver effective and engaging online course content; strengthen your understanding of accessibility and equity issues and see how to build courses with both in mind as you develop and deliver a truly inclusive course.
Webinar Series Dates
Course Development & Design Webinar Series June 7-11, 2021 - View the Recordings
OTTER sessions are geared towards teaching faculty and faculty/student supports personnel, including instructional designers, librarians, etc.
OTTER is free to all SUNY campus members. The cost for non-SUNY campus members is $25 for the Course Delivery Webinar Series (August 9-13, 2021).
For all other consultation or training requests not covered by the above categories, book an Educational Technology consultation on our Bookings page.