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The mission of Innovative Instruction Technology Grants

  • Enhance teaching and learning by providing affordable, innovative, and flexible education in a full range of instructional formats
  • Develop instructional talent by creating and supporting communities of practice across disciplines and institutions
  • Support, monitor and embrace research on pedagogical practices to continually improve the instructional practices of SUNY faculty
  • Extend teaching and learning environments to provide new avenues for development and delivery of collaborative content, courses, and programs in New York and across the globe through Open SUNY

IITG powers these open educational resource projects:


MVCC Open Physics Lab
This project will pilot an Open Physics Lab at MVCC for use by any institution or individual. The Open Physics Lab will provide remote access through the web to physical experiments housed at MVCC similar to those used in introductory physics courses. Students and educators will be able to control the experiments remotely and collect data for analysis. As content and courses push to be more open and accessible, laboratory sciences face the problem of bringing the laboratory experience to their students. This project aims to provide that experience in an easily accessible and flexible manner. As these experiments will be fully automated, use may occur from any location at anytime 24/7. In accessing this project, the project coordinators are interested in how the use of a remote lab in physics courses compares to a more traditional setting, and how access to a remote lab may benefit all students in physics courses of any structure.

SUNY Open Educational Resources: Improving Faculty Discovery and Adoption
Monroe Community College (MCC) proposes a IITG project to design and deploy a library service model to increase faculty participation in SUNY Open Educational Resources (OER) and improve OER adoption system- wide. The purpose of the project is to build on the traditional strengths of SUNY campus libraries by supporting faculty in OER discovery and adoption. The new service model will give faculty access to discovery tools through SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions and Lumen Learning; modularize and improve interoperability and multimedia in the collection of existing Open SUNY textbooks; and embed assessments in OER courses. Project outcomes will increase OER adoption, improve OER alignment with course learning outcomes; and increase student completion and success in OER courses. The project will address priorities identified by SUNY partners: University of Buffalo, Colleges at Geneseo, Brockport, Buffalo, Suffolk, Environmental Science and Forestry, Fulton-Montgomery Community College, Tompkins Cortland Community College, and industry partner Lumen Learning.

Open Media Lab
Open Media Lab will expand multimedia production teaching and learning through the creation of an online multimedia production lab. The Lab will be a public website on SUNY Commons and will consist of a series of open educational resources in the form of video and text tutorials. To support replication, these flexible modules will be easy to embed in any LMS. Tutorials will cover the basics of audio recording, moving and still image capture, editing and distribution. This project will expand access to the tools of creative, multimedia production, making it possible for any student, in any location with a smart phone, PC and Internet access to create videos, podcasts and interactive multimedia projects. This access will allow educators, across the disciplines, to expand the number of students exposed to the skills and norms of production thereby closing the digital divide and the participation gap while expanding digital literacy.

Quality by Design: Strategies for Effective Teaching and Quality Course Design. An online faculty development course and Open Educational Resource (OER)
Quality by Design: Strategies for Effective Teaching and Quality Course Design (QbD) is a faculty development course and OER that will serve the vision of Open SUNY, including open content, cross- collaboration, asset-sharing, and the development of high quality courses. Participants of QbD will learn about quality course design, strategies to increase student engagement, improved assessment techniques, and how to provide students with the support they need to be successful learners.This asynchronous online course will be offered through Creative Commons and will be widely available for on-demand learning or re- purposing at individual campuses.

Explore more OER-related IITG 2015 projects.


iMOOC: A Multiuser Platform for International Students to Navigate U.S.-style Virtual Learning Environments, Empire State College
"This cross-campus collaborative project proposes developing and launching an open access course (iMOOC) with a range of supporting open education resources to prepare international online learners to successfully integrate into virtual learning environments in American universities, including Open SUNY. "

Designing Innovative Online Learning: Integrating a Coursera MOOC with Open SUNY Badging, University at Albany and Empire State College
"This project merges two innovative and flexible learning models: a metaliteracy Coursera MOOC open to all SUNY students, and its integration with competency-based badging. This unified approach to learning appeals to students and employers alike, and serves as a robust model to advance Open SUNY."

MOOC Model for Workforce Development in the High Demand Labor Industry of Home Health Aides/Personal Care Aides , Broome Community College
"SUNY Broome Community College's proposed project, therefore, is expected to be of interest particularly to other community colleges as its purpose is to develop a MOOC model for workforce development in the high demand occupations of Home Health Aides and Personal Care Aides. The model will be designed to offer online, easy access to Home Health Aide/Personal Care Aide training materials as well as resources and interactive features that are beneficial to both students and local employers."

Ecology and Earth Science Virtual Field Experiences OERs: Expanding Access to Field-Based Research Techniques for Students at a Distance, Empire State College
"The OERs will consist of a series of broad and adaptable field activities supplemented with handouts and videos from the field site to provide immersion online. Our goal is to provide students with research skills needed to increase competency in the field after graduation by engaging them in common research techniques and methods for data collection and analysis. In an effort to ensure quality, each OER will be reviewed and examined for quality and accessibility. Importantly, these OERs will be part of the larger SUNY community as a resource in an online repository in the SUNY Learning Commons (SLC) that could be utilized by future Open SUNY programs."


A Hybrid Approach for Teaching Calculus, University at Binghamton
"At Binghamton University, Calculus I is taught to over 1,000 students each Fall. The satisfaction and performance of students in this course is often poor. This can lead to students dropping their intended major or continuing through their curriculum with weakened advanced math skills and negative attitudes toward math, which can have a harmful effect on core subjects in their major. Given the critical role of mathematics in many majors, finding new, more effective approaches to ensure student success is critical." This course is Open under a Creative Commons license.

Student Success and Affordability through the use of Open Educational Courses, Tompkins Cortland Community College
"Tompkins Cortland Community College (TC3) along with four partner SUNY community colleges and the SUNY Center for Professional Development will develop a colloquium to grow the adoption of already established courses using OER."


Open SUNY Textbooks,  College at Geneseo (renewed 2013)
"The grant provides incentive funding to invite faculty to create open textbooks during a pilot phase that builds a community of practice for creating cost-effective course readings, engages libraries in publishing service and infrastructure, promotes academic reusable content models, explores student roles in publishing, and utilizes a hybrid distribution model. "

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