Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development


TOEP provides an opportunity to explore and reflect on innovative and creative uses of online instructional technologies through a set of hands-on, self-paced, discovery activities. In addition, the TOEP community offers a safe and supportive environment to work alongside peers and to reflect on how emerging technology tools may impact teaching and learning. 

Project Dates

  • 2012 - Present

Project Leads/PIs

  • Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, PI
    Center for Educational Innovation, University at Buffalo
  • Kathleen Gradel, co-PI
    SUNY Fredonia
  • Susan Jaworski, co-PI
    Buffalo State
  • Beth Pilawski, co-PI
    Finger Lakes Community College
  • Lisa Raposo, co-PI
    SUNY Center for Professional Development
  • Shufang Shi-Strause, co-PI
    SUNY Cortland
  • Cindi Tysick, co-PI
    University at Buffalo
  • Cherie van Putten, co-PI
    Binghamton University
  • Nathan Whitley-Grassi, co-PI
    Empire State College

Funding Sources

  • SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG)


The TOEP website includes:

  • Curated list of tutorials and resources to help faculty and staff learn about the use of emerging technologies
  • TOEP social-network community
  • List of scholarly publications, presentations and awards

Related projects

  • The initial 3-year pilot has included faculty and staff from 11 SUNY campuses. Planning and communication are taking place to rollout TOEP as a SUNY-wide resource during the 2015-2016 academic year.