As we count down to the new year, we thought we’d share some of the SUNY news you may have missed during 2012.
On October 1 of this year, the SUNY Catalog of degrees, certificates, and course offerings available were both fully online and via blended learning from SUNY. The catalog is powered by the SUNY Learning Network, which provides a complete support infrastructure for online faculty development and course design, course management software and server infrastructure, and student and faculty helpdesk services. It also provides marketing, promotion, and program management services to participating campuses.
The Catalog is a product of the Chancellor’s Online Education Advisory Group, created in January of this year to drive SUNY to a more coordinated approach to Online Learning as part of the Getting Down to Business stage of the SUNY Strategic Plan. It also aides workforce development in helping address the professional development needs of industry in New York State and support economic development.
The Online Education Advisory Group will continue to address changes in the fundamentals of how education is delivered, received, and organized as society becomes more communicative.
Open SUNY has the potential to be the nation’s most extensive distance learning environment, connecting students with faculty and peers from across the state and throughout the world and giving them access to the best in open educational resources. Using a combination of online courses, an expanded YouTube channel, and a new presence on iTunes U, Open SUNY will be launched in time for the Fall 2013 semester.
The Online Education Advisory Group is actively working to keep pace with the changes and challenges brought on by the expansion of the Internet, the explosion of multimedia digital content and proliferation of laptops, smart phones and tablets. The SUNY Catalog, a living document, will be updated with the latest course offerings and availabilities across SUNY campuses so that ease for students and faculty alike is further ensured.
Maxwell is the Coordinator of Digital Engagement for The State University of New York.