SUNY offers new learning opportunity for faculty, staff

Published March 6, 2018

Enrollment is now open for the Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC), a new learning opportunity for faculty, staff, students and anybody interested in using emerging technologies for personal and professional growth.

#EmTechMOOC, launches March 12 online in Coursera, with additional cohorts beginning approximately once a month after the launch. It is modeled after the SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP), an online and on-demand, SUNY-wide professional development activity that was initiated by UB.

The project is led by Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, an online learning specialist at UB’s Center for Educational Innovation, and is funded through a SUNY Provost’s Innovative Instruction Technology Grant awarded to UB, Binghamton University, the SUNY Center for Professional Development and additional partner campuses.

#EmTechMOOC is a Coursera-based MOOC — massive open online course — open to all learners from across the globe. The aim is for participants to identify the value and implications of using established and emerging technology tools. Participants also gain strategies to develop lifelong learning habits to keep pace with changing technology.

In the MOOC, participants will build a personal toolbox, develop lifelong learning strategies and gain the 21st-century skills of communication, collaboration, creativity and critical thinking through hands-on discovery exercises.

The project consists of two parts: the MOOC, which provides a supportive environment for dialogue and sharing among participants, and EmTechWIKI, a socially curated discovery engine to discover tools, tutorials and resources that complement the MOOC. The WIKI also can be used as a stand-alone resource for academic and personal use.

The MOOC learning environment is structured around five modules that can be completed in as little as five hours spread over five weeks.Participants will build a personal ePortfolio to showcase their accomplishments and display artifacts created through discovery exercises, which assist participants in building their professional digital footprint and gaining the skills necessary to succeed in today’s knowledge-based society.

The final module provides an opportunity to summarize and reflect on the learning journey.

The Coursera certificate fee is waived for members of the SUNY community.

Those interested can register online.