The 24th annual Conference on Instruction & Technology (CIT) was held at SUNY Geneseo on May 29, 2015. The CIT is SUNY's largest and most prominent event on instructional technology in educating and providing a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to present, discuss, and explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment. This year's CIT focuses on those areas where we can have the greatest impact on the ways we teach, learn, and serve our campus communities.
Terry Keys, associate vice president, Instructional Services, was a main presenter leading a discussion panel session on Competency-Based Education - Birds of a Feather. Competency Based Education (CBE) has become a hot topic in higher education recently and many institutions are exploring how CBE may fit into their mission. Adopting a CBE model has the potential to create more flexible mastery-based pathways for students but also presents significant pedagogical and administrative challenges to the institution. Presenter(s): Meghan Pereira, Buffalo State College, and Terry Keys, Monroe Community College.
Larry Dugan, director, e-Learning and Instructional Technologies, served on the panel for the Open SUNY Team providing an update on the multiple aspects of Open SUNY highlighting what is currently in place as well as what campuses can expect to see going forward. He also presented on the new MCC model for course development using the OSCQR (Open SUNY COTE [Center for Online Teaching Excellence] Quality Review) rubric entitled A Complete Guide to the OSCQR Process. This session included discussions on how the rubric was developed, the steps in the OSCQR review and refresh process, what supports are in place for faculty and instructional designers, and what plans are in place for the next iteration of development. Presenter(s): Dan Feinberg, System Administration, and Larry Dugan, Monroe Community College.
Alice Wilson, assistant director, Library Services, and Terry Shamblin, chair, ESOL & Transitional Studies, co-presented in a session entitled Communities of Openness: Educators as Open Resources. The Open Educator (Birds of a Feather) sessions shared how Open SUNY’s impact on the entire system and the attention paid to open education resources provide an opportunity for educators to personify openness using new resources and partnerships. This session brought together librarians and faculty from Fulton Montgomery and Monroe Community Colleges to share how, in institutions differing greatly in size, educators activate themselves as change agents for student learning experiences by breaking down silos and forging inter-departmental connections. Presenter(s): Michael Daly, Michael Youngs, Laurie Lazinski, Fulton-Montgomery Community College; Alice Wilson, Terry Shamblin, Monroe Community College.
Alice also presented in another session: SUNY Information Literacy Portal: Sharing Locally Created and Curated Content Across Institutions about her work as Co-PI on the funded IITG (Innovative Instruction Technology Grant). When Open SUNY was announced, librarians from around the state met to discuss how to support teaching and learning in an online environment. As a result of that meeting, a group was formed to work on organizing peer-reviewed information literacy content that could be reused and redistributed at all SUNY institutions. Funded by an IITG in 2014, this presentation demonstrated the power of SUNY library systems and how we support synchronous and asynchronous learning environments. Presenter(s): Jessica Clemons, Environmental Science and Forestry (Syracuse); Logan Rath, The College at Brockport; Katie DeRusso, SUNY Cobleskill; Carleen Huxley, Jefferson Community College; Alice Wilson, Monroe Community College.
Mark McBride, director, Library Services was on the CIT 2015 planning committee and facilitated the Featured Speaker Session on Scholarly Communication. From MCC, Pam Czaja (Library Services), Teresa Schichler (Workforce Development), Tom Capuano (Instructional Technologies), Martha Kendall (Instructional Technologies), Andrea Gilbert (Instructional Technologies) all attended.
President Anne Kress was a featured speaker at the 2015 SUNY CIT. President Kress discussed Turning Access into Opportunity: Leveraging Instruction and Technology to Increase Success which addressed how - in a time of decreased investment in higher education - we must rise to meet the challenges before us by aligning the talents of our faculty and staff with the potential of technology.