Center for Distance Learning’s Student and Alumni Advisory Group Seeking Representatives
By Chad Brunton ’14, alumni, Center for Distance Learning; Mollie A. Muenzen ’13, alumni, Center for Distance Learning
September 15, 2014
The Center for Distance Learning Student and Alumni Advisory Group (SAAG) is seeking student and alumni representatives to expand its membership roster. SAAG is currently comprised of nine members (six alumni and three students) that are supported by the Center for Distance Learning Student and Academic Services team. Working together, they provide a great framework for motivated individuals to work toward and to accomplish the goals that have been established as well as the evolution of goals to come.
The efforts of SAAG assist in sustaining knowledge of collegewide policies and procedures, and support technology and innovation as they relate to the Center for Distance Learning and the college. For example, during the college’s transition from ANGEL to Moodle, SAAG members provided input to the administration regarding the format and interface of this learning management system. Each member reviewed the online Moodle Orientation module in its entirety, shared their experience with the group and completed a survey to give feedback on the strengths and potential challenges of Moodle.
SAAG members also had the opportunity to participate in a Blackboard Collaborate “round table” discussion to review the proposal for a Leadership Institute at the college, including potential workshop topics and formats. Additionally, the group has served as a resource for the larger SUNY online education system. The University of Buffalo invited SAAG members to assist in their process to develop an online student readiness tool. Group members participated in a detailed item analysis of this tool, with the overall goal of improving the quality and accessibility of online education within the SUNY system.
Another goal of the group is to promote the college’s Health and Wellness program. SAAG members gave suggestions for the services offered at the first SUNY Empire State College Health and Wellness Retreat. The group plans to send representatives to attend this annual retreat and provide feedback to administration which serves to enhance the experience for future events.
The group is open to new ideas and directions to explore for the enrichment of the overall student and alumni experience. Recently, the group discussed supporting the development of a community service component, which emphasizes the connection of students and alumni to the needs of those within and outside of the SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning network.
Applications are available for prospective members. Students in particular are encouraged to apply. If you are a student or alumni wanting to give back, get involved and have a passion for your college, please contact SAAG@esc.edunow to join this group.