Supporting Course Transformation at Scale #edu12

This NGLC-funded project uses a number of technical interventions and approaches to support at-risk student success. The “SUNY Blend” includes a blended program, student commons staffed by concierges, a focus on developing student self-regulated learning skills, and more.

The SUNY Blend project is about student success, persistence and completion in a powerful context – to address the issue of poverty in NYS’s disadvantaged youth population. How do we support persistence, success, and completion in our at-risk community college students so they can get a degree, a higher paying job and exit poverty?

The barriers and issues faced by our at-risk student populations are many. Many struggle with competing life priorities. They work or have children and may be single parents or have multiple jobs. They enter college needing developmental courses.

Their sense of self-efficacy in their ability to succeed is low. The costs of books are a financial burden. Many first generation college students may not know how to avail themselves of the support that is available. They may feel isolated and loose their sense of community for support in a college campus setting, which would be magnified in an online learning environment. This presentation will provide an overview of this project and share approaches and resources developed that can be adopted/adapted to support Blended Online Student Success.

About NGLC

Sharing with Friends: resources and interventions you can use to support student success

  1. SUNY/SLN NGLC Project wiki: http://wiki.sln.suny.edu/x/UQOP
  2. SLN Online Student Commons: http://nglc.sln.suny.edu/
  3. Student success materials: http://bit.ly/nglcsuccess

Additional resources:

  1. http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
  2. https://www.mindbloom.com
  3. http://youtu.be/zbzqqYZHTh4
  4. http://openstudy.com/
  5. http://youtu.be/lt2s21BSYTc
  6. www.studyblue.com/about
  7. SNAPP: http://research.uow.edu.au/learningnetworks/seeing/snapp/index.html
  8. Get Snapp: https://topaz.ad.uow.edu.au/SNAPP/Menu.html

Educause 2012  Conference, Denver, Colorado, November 6-9, 2012
http://www.educause.edu/annual-conference/2012/supporting-course-transformation-scale

 

SUNY Blend: Supporting Student Success – an NGLC Project Report #aln12

This NGLC-funded project uses a number of technical interventions and approaches to support at-risk student success. The “SUNY Blend” includes a blended program, student commons staffed by concierges, a focus on developing student self-regulated learning skills, and more.

The SUNY Blend project is about student success, persistence and completion in a powerful context – to address the issue of poverty in NYS’s disadvantaged youth population. How do we support persistence, success, and completion in our at-risk community college students so they can get a degree, a higher paying job and exit poverty?

The barriers and issues faced by our at-risk student populations are many. Many struggle with competing life priorities. They work or have children and may be single parents or have multiple jobs. They enter college needing developmental courses.

Their sense of self-efficacy in their ability to succeed is low. The costs of books are a financial burden. Many first generation college students may not know how to avail themselves of the support that is available. They may feel isolated and loose their sense of community for support in a college campus setting, which would be magnified in an online learning environment. This presentation will provide an overview of this project and share approaches and resources developed that can be adopted/adapted to support Blended Online Student Success.

About NGLC

Sharing with Friends: resources and interventions you can use to support student success

  1. SUNY/SLN NGLC Project wiki: http://wiki.sln.suny.edu/x/UQOP
  2. SLN Online Student Commons: http://nglc.sln.suny.edu/
  3. Student success materials: http://bit.ly/nglcsuccess

Additional resources:

  1. http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
  2. https://www.mindbloom.com
  3. http://youtu.be/zbzqqYZHTh4
  4. http://openstudy.com/
  5. http://youtu.be/lt2s21BSYTc
  6. www.studyblue.com/about
  7. SNAPP: http://research.uow.edu.au/learningnetworks/seeing/snapp/index.html
  8. Get Snapp: https://topaz.ad.uow.edu.au/SNAPP/Menu.html

Sloan-C ALN 2012 Conference, Orlando, Florida, October 10-12, 2012
http://sloanconsortium.org/conference/2012/aln/suny-blend-supporting-student-success-nglc-project-report

 

SUNY Blend: Supporting Student Success – an NGLC Project Report

This NGLC-funded project uses a number of technical interventions and approaches to support at-risk student success. The “SUNY Blend” includes a blended program, student commons staffed by concierges, a focus on developing student self-regulated learning skills, and more.

The SUNY Blend project is about student success, persistence and completion in a powerful context – to address the issue of poverty in NYS’s disadvantaged youth population. How do we support persistence, success, and completion in our at-risk community college students so they can get a degree, a higher paying job and exit poverty?

The barriers and issues faced by our at-risk student populations are many. Many struggle with competing life priorities. They work or have children and may be single parents or have multiple jobs. They enter college needing developmental courses.

Their sense of self-efficacy in their ability to succeed is low. The costs of books are a financial burden. Many first generation college students may not know how to avail themselves of the support that is available. They may feel isolated and loose their sense of community for support in a college campus setting, which would be magnified in an online learning environment. This presentation will provide an overview of this project and share approaches and resources developed that can be adopted/adapted to support Blended Online Student Success.

About NGLC

Sharing with Friends: resources and interventions you can use to support student success

  1. SUNY/SLN NGLC Project wiki: http://wiki.sln.suny.edu/x/UQOP
  2. SLN Online Student Commons: http://nglc.sln.suny.edu/
  3. Student success materials: http://bit.ly/nglcsuccess

Additional resources:

        1. http://www.rememberthemilk.com/
        2. https://www.mindbloom.com
        3. http://youtu.be/zbzqqYZHTh4
        4. http://openstudy.com/
        5. http://youtu.be/lt2s21BSYTc
        6. www.studyblue.com/about
        7. SNAPP: http://research.uow.edu.au/learningnetworks/seeing/snapp/index.html
        8. Get Snapp: https://topaz.ad.uow.edu.au/SNAPP/Menu.html

NUTN2012 Conference. Kansas City, MO. September 17-19, 2012
http://www.nutn.org/network2012/schedule.html

SUNY Learning Network Receives Grant to Improve College Readiness & Completion

Official SUNY Press Release

SUNY institutions will use technology-enhanced blended learning to increase student success, reduce costs, and advance Chancellor’s strategic plan

SUNY announces $250,000 national grant to the SUNY Learning Network for a blended learning initiative

The SUNY Learning Network (SLN) will receive a $250,000 education from Next Generation Learning Challenges (NGLC), a new initiative focused on identifying and scaling technology-enabled approaches to dramatically improve college readiness and completion, especially for low-income young adults, in the United States.

The Next Generation Learning Challenges funds will be used to enhance a developmental math course and develop a blended online degree program using technology to improve student success and promote unprecedented collaboration among the 4 SUNY community college partners. The SUNY Learning Network will work with the SUNY campuses to target young adult low wage earning single parents from under served populations with the SUNY SLN “Catch-up and Complete” Enhanced Blended Learning Initiative. This program will scaffold and support student success through the developmental education stage to prevent loss, create educational momentum for the student and the social connections necessary to succeed, support successful entry into a degree program, measure progress and scaffold support, and accelerate completion that ultimately results in a local labor-focused credential for the student.

“This funding will provide us with an opportunity to target the Bermuda Triangle of developmental education – where most go in and never come out – by helping students Catch-up, so that they can then Complete their education and earn a credential that gets them a job, resulting in improved chances for them and their children to escape poverty.” said Alexandra M. Pickett, the associate director of the SUNY Learning Network who is the author of, and principal investigator on the grant coordinating the initiative. The program seeks to provide these at risk students with an educational experience that targets their developmental needs, program completion and student success to begin to break the cycle of poverty in the state of New York. The ultimate goal is to reduce poverty and the trans-generational transmission of poverty in NYS by assisting young adult low-wage working single parents from underserved populations to complete a degree program that provides them with a credential that they can use to move into a higher paying career.

A blended learning initiative aligns very well with the SUNY Chancellor’s strategic plan that calls for action, credibility, and data-driven decision-making with core values of student-centeredness, community engagement, diversity, integrity, and collaboration. This grant gives us the opportunity to address the issues together and systematically, thereby improving the likelihood of positive sustainable impact and success.

In addition to benefiting at-risk students with enhanced blended learning options, the four partner SUNY campuses will collaborate by adopting the use of common standards, course objectives, and assessments in the program’s courses. The courses will share common content that is adapted, developed, and/or curated by the participating faculty and delivered in the common courses taught at all four SUNY institutions. Several innovations in technologies and approaches will be implemented to test their efficacy in the program. An online interactive social networking hub will be used by all four institutions to scaffold student resilience with peer-to-peer support and social networking, open and digital content will be used to reduce textbook costs and promote higher levels of engagement with rich media content, online learning concierges will be developed at the campus and system levels to personalize and support the student experience, and digital-age librarians will be developed at the campus level to promote the development of information fluency skills in project participants.

Standardization on tools, technologies, and approaches at the system-level afford numerous benefits to the university. A successful blended learning initiative can serve hundreds of thousands of SUNY students more efficiently and effectively, reduce costs, address persistence and completion, and inform and influence the quality of technology-enhanced instruction in SUNY.

In addition to funding, NGLC is gathering evidence about effective practices, and working to develop a community dedicated to these persistent challenges. The goal of this project is to identify faculty development and course/program design innovations, student support technologies, and inter-institutional standardizations and approaches that improve persistence and at-risk student. “Through this grant we hope to advance our knowledge of the kinds of supports that enable community college students to persist and succeed in online and blended programs. We have conducted research in this arena for over ten years but funding from this project will allow us to ask new kinds of questions about the challenges confronting community college online learners specifically.  We believe that this research will add to our understanding of new forms of learner self- and co-regulation that lead to success in technology-mediated learning environments.” said Dr. Peter Shea, associate professor in the department of educational theory and practice at UAlbany, and SLN’s senior researcher and co-principle investigator on the grant.

This grant recognizes that SUNY continues to lead the way in online teaching and learning innovation. The project will be guided by the principles and practices from the SUNY Learning Network, an award winning national and international leader in effective online teaching and learning faculty development, course design and practices. Project participants will share materials and lessons learned from the program so that others can benefit.

By promoting inter institutional collaboration, capitalizing on existing successful SUNY-wide mechanisms, and leveraging cutting-edge technologies and innovative approaches we can positively impact student outcomes, success, access, convenience, and persistence with a blended online degree program that leads to a credential that will position students well to enter the local workforce. The lessons learned from this project will be used to scale the initiative to other SUNY institutions and to inform and influence the quality of blended and technology enhanced instruction in SUNY.

With this project we have the opportunity to act as a system and leverage the “Power of SUNY.” A SUNY blended learning initiative is good for the university, good for the economy, good for the environment, and good for people of the state of New York.

In a nationwide, competitive grant process, the SUNY Learning Network’s  proposal was one of only 29 selected from a pool of 600.

Next Generation Learning Challenges is a collaborative, multi-year initiative created by the Gates and Hewlett foundations and others to address the barriers to educational innovation and tap the potential of technology to dramatically improve college readiness and completion in the United States.

The 4 public two-year institutions are: Herkimer County Community College, Finger Lakes Community College, Jamestown Community College, and Westchester Community College.

The State University of New York is a unified statewide system of 64 campuses, including community colleges, two-year colleges of technology, specialized and statutory colleges, traditional four-year colleges, research university campuses and academic health centers.  The nation’s largest and most comprehensive system of higher education, the University enrolls nearly 370,000 students and employs over 75,000 faculty, administrators and staff. http://suny.edu

The SUNY Learning Network (SLN) is the award-winning online learning network for the State University of New York under the Office of the Provost and is the lead organization in this proposed project. http://sln.suny.edu

Next Generation Learning Challenge Opportunity

We are excited to annouce that our Wave 1 pre-proposal submitted to The Next Generation Learning Challenge grant program in the Blended Learning Challenge Area ( http://nextgenlearning.org/ )has been selected to move to the formal proposal stage.

A total of 600 proposals were submitted for consideration, 50 pre-proposals were selected to advance in the process, and 32 of those 50 will be selected for funding.

The grant is for a modest $250,000, and our pre-proposal has the laudable goal of addressing the issue of poverty in NYS with education.


We know that education can disrupt the cycle of poverty and the intergenerational transmission of poverty. We know that 40%-70% of incoming college students need remedial education. We also know that more than half that try, fail and drop out, and that billions are spent on activity that NEVER leads to a credential for the student. To address this “Bermuda Triangle” of developmental education – where most go in and never come out, the State University of New York’s SUNY Learning Network Catch-up and Complete Enhanced Blended Learning Initiative will help students Catch-up, so that they can then Complete their education and get a job. The SUNY Learning Network will work with SUNY campuses to “blend” and enhance selected degree programs for this project specifically targeting young adult single parents from under served populations with educational options that focus on student success to begin to break the cycle of poverty in the state of New York.

The project if funded, would support the development of blended developmental courses and the courses in blended degree programs with:

  • Common course objectives
  • Common course content
  • Common etextbooks/digital content (from open educational resources and/or publishers) – all course content would be provided digitally for the project.
  • Common assessments
  • Common course designs


Project partners would agree to:

  1. Commit to a program focus on student access (blended learning) and success (retention and completion).
  2. Collaborate inter-institutionally in teams to curate/develop/adapt course content, design the courses, and address the persistence of students in the project.
  3. Come to a consensus and standardize on a common core list of competencies, learning objectives, and assessments for the project courses and degree programs.
  4. Participate in faculty and professional development activities in the areas of blended learning course design, and understanding and supporting the needs of risk students.
  5. Use courses that result from the project and work with SLN to make the resulting courses available for use by other SUNY institutions.
  6. Use degree program courses that result from the project and work with SLN to make the resulting program available to other SUNY institutions.
  7. Collect/assist in collecting demographic information from students to measure success and impact.
  8. Implement and use common tools for student support, learning analytics, student placement diagnostics, and mobile learning strategies.
  9. Use common approaches to identify and scaffold at-risk students.
  10. Participate in associated research and surveys to document and learn from the project
  11. Assist the project to identify and recruit qualified student participants for participation in the initiative.


Developmental courses in ESL, English, Math, Reading, information fluency, and/or college skills are sought.
Blended/online degree and certificate programs targeting state and regional occupational needs in business, criminal justice, information technology, and allied health, will be considered.

We are very pleased with the potential for impact and the opportunities inherent in this proposal for SUNY in this high visibility grant, and we are eager to demonstrate the “power of SUNY” with the SUNY SLN “Catch-up and Complete” Blended Learning initiative.

Please direct any questions to: Alexandra M. Pickett, Associate Director, SLN – proposal principal investigator.