May 18, 2012

New York Institute for Open Education

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – May 18, 2012) The State University of New York Empire State College has established the New York Institute for Open Education, the first institute of its type in the state.

The NYIOE will provide collegewide learning opportunities and support and strengthen the college’s work as a nationally and internationally recognized open university, foster open-education collaborations across SUNY and beyond and track, document and coordinate the open-education projects throughout the college among many additional activities.

“The proposed New York Consortium at the college’s Metropolitan Center, Citizen Science at the Central New York Center, the work at the School for Graduate Studies and the college’s efforts in e-Portfolio development are a few examples of the important and exciting open-education initiatives underway at the college,” said college President Alan R. Davis. “The college’s Institute for Open Education will ensure that the sum of all our efforts is far greater than the whole of the parts by fostering collaboration and sharing what works best in teaching, learning, scholarship and innovation. It also will reinforce the college’s position as the leading institution in open learning in New York.”

The scope of activities of the NYIOE includes, but is not limited to:

  • exploring the concept of faculty fellowships in open education
  • establishing and publishing an electronic journal of open education
  • maintaining and pursuing relationships in open education with organizations such as the Open Education Resource university, the Commonwealth of Learning, EDUCAUSE and others
  • advocating for and modeling the best practices of open learning including the use of open-resources software, the practices of open leadership and open learning
  • encouraging scholarship, research and publication on open education and innovative teaching and learning
  • providing an interface for the college’s activities with Open SUNY as it evolves to be the most extensive online system in the country.

About SUNY Empire State College

SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.

In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout her or his college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.


The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 63,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.


Additional information about the college is available here.



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