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Networking & Mentoring: Special Interest Groups

Moderator:  TBD

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NUTN Networking and Mentoring: Special Interest Groups
This session will focus on three topics of special interest to those in online education. Break-out groups for each topic will be facilitated, group notes will be collaboratively collected, and shared with a focus on networking and mentoring among participants.


  1. Kevin Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Digital Futures), Western Sydney University, Australia.
  2. Justin Louder, Associate Vice Provost, eLearning & Academic Partnerships, Texas Tech University.
  3. Russ Poulin, Director of Policy and Analysis at WCET, (WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies).

Break-out group topics:

  1. Supporting and catalyzing innovation in online education. (Kevin Bell)
  2. Entrepreneurship and partnerships in online education. (Justin Louder)
  3. Policy, compliance, planning, and financial models in online education. (Russ Poulin)

Leadership & Mentoring Panel: Leadership

Moderator: Pam K. Quinn, Provost, LeCroy Center for Educational Telecommunications, Dallas County Community College District, Texas.

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NUTN Leadership and Mentoring: Leadership Panel
This discussion celebrates women in higher education leadership. The panelists will discuss the challenges facing online education and navigating the course in a rapidly changing landscape.


  1. Teresa Pittman, Associate Vice President-Teaching & Learning, College of the North Atlantic in Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada.
  2. Karan Powell, President (retired), American Public University System.
  3. Elizabeth (Liz) Ciabocci, Vice Provost for Digital Learning, St John’s University

Russell Poulin

Russell Poulin: HE Regulations

Presenter: Russell Poulin is the director of policy and analysis for WCET, the WICHE Cooperative for Educational Technologies.

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NUTN Policy Presentation: The Regulatory Landscape is Changing – And There’s No Map of What’s Ahead
Higher education regulations have been rescinded, lessened, or ignored. The Office of Inspector General asks WGU to return $700 million. The House of Representatives recommends far-reaching changes in federal requirements for colleges…and the Senate is set to develop different changes. Meanwhile, some regulations are due to go into effect soon, but will they? If you feel a bit lost, you are not alone.

In this session, you will get updates on the what’s happening in regulatory and Congressional fronts, engage in discussions about what is or might happen, explore ways to make our voice heard, and try to sketch out that map of which direction you might head. After all, we can at least pretend that we know where we are going.

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Recognition: Online Teaching Ambassadors

Recognition: Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors able to attend the summit will receive a certificate of recognition for their positive contributions to the field of online teaching in SUNY.
Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors

Day 1 Recognition

Open SUNY Online Teaching Ambassadors have been nominated by their campus for this recognition as exemplary online educators, who are both enthusiastic and effective in online teaching, and honored for their positive contributions to the field of online teaching in SUNY. 

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Open SUNY: Envisioning the Future

Presenters: Kim Scalzo, Executive Director, Open SUNY & Larry Dugan, Chair of the Open SUNY Advisory Board & Director, Instructional Technologies at MCC.

Day 1 Presentation

Envisioning the Future of Open SUNY
Online learning has evolved over more than 20 years at SUNY to what we currently know as Open SUNY.  SUNY Chancellor Kristina Johnson outlined four themes for SUNY in her 2018 State of the University System Address, including Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Individualize Learning, Sustainability, and Partnerships.  As we think about the future of online learning at SUNY, we’d like to engage conference attendees in a discussion about the role of Open SUNY in advancing these themes.

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Recognition & Panel: Effective Practices

Moderator: Erin Maney, Open SUNY Community Manager
Recognition: 2018 Open SUNY Online Teaching Effective Practices Award Winners

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Panel Presentation: The Open SUNY Online Teaching Effective Practices Showcase


Day 1 Panel Presentation

The intention of a “community of practice” is to share what you know for the benefit of all in the community. The Open SUNY Online Teaching Effective Practice Award Program collects, shares, and showcases the online best practices, strategies, and innovative online teaching and learning activities of exemplary Open SUNY Fellows and online practitioners from across the SUNY system.

  • All online effective practices submitted are made available to the community for review and consideration.
  • The community of online practitioners has the opportunity to vote on their favorite online effective practices.
  • Those online effective practices that earn the most votes from the community are recognized with an award and become part of our effective practices repository, with ties to the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR) and the OSCQR rubric .

This panel will recognize and showcase the 2018 Open SUNY Effective Practices. Award winners will have the opportunity to share and discuss their online effective practices. This session will also provide: An overview of the awards program, an introduction to the Teaching Online Pedagogical Repository (TOPR), how the effective practices inform the OSCQR rubric, and information on how to participate in the Online Effective Practice Award Program.

MaryLou Forward, Director, SUNY COIL Center

MaryLou Forward: COIL

Presenter: MaryLou Forward is the executive director of the SUNY center for Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) .

Day 1 Presentation

Globally Networked Learning through Virtual Exchange
A lot of attention is being paid to the 21st Century Skills students need to be successful.  While there’s not yet full consensus on what these are, most lists include important life skills like teamwork and collaboration, problem solving, and communications.  At the same time, there’s increasing emphasis on preparing students to work in a multicultural, diverse and globalized world.  How do we help students develop these skills along with mastering their curricular content?

The SUNY COIL Center approaches this problem by creating opportunities for students and faculty to connect with their peers in other classrooms around the world to share and apply knowledge in a collaborative, online learning environment that is fully integrated into a course curriculum.

This presentation will allow us to explore how classes have made this connection, the impact it is having on student learning and skills development, and how this particular application of technology-enhanced learning can help us make sure a SUNY education is a globally networked education.

Peter Shea

Peter Shea: Enrollment & Completion

Presenter: Peter Shea is a member of the faculty of the Department of Educational Theory and Practice and the College of Computing and Information at the SUNY University at Albany.

Day 1 Presentation

Online Course Enrollment and Degree Completion: The Tipping Point
Recent research indicates that certain students are at risk of lower levels of academic performance in online setting when compared to peers who study only in the classroom.  Community college students have been a population of particular concern.  In this presentation we present a study in which we hypothesize that online course load and institutional quality may impact outcomes for students at risk for lower levels of degree attainment.  Using comprehensive data from the 30 community colleges (n=45,557) of the State University of New York, we examine whether there is a “tipping point” at which online course load becomes problematic for community college learners seeking to attain a degree through a mix of online and face-to-face coursework. We also present findings indicating that certain institutions excel at supporting online learner success among more at-risk populations who choose online study.

Kristyn Muller: Open SUNY Dashboards

Presenter: Kristyn Muller, Impact Analyst, Open SUNY.

Day 1 Presentation

National Data, SUNY Trends, and Campus Reality: What Does Our Data Tell Us?
Who are our online students? What degrees are they seeking? And how can we best support them? These are some of the questions we often ask ourselves, but may have difficulty answering. National data and/or local anecdotes provide some insights, but it’s also important to consider SUNY-wide and campus level trends. The Open SUNY Campus Dashboards, a series of published data visualizations, provide easier access to information about online courses, programs, and students within SUNY. The data can be filtered multiple ways to address a variety of inquiries. This presentation will demonstrate how to use the dashboards, discuss the benefits and limitations of the data, and explain how to appropriately leverage the data for campus needs.


4th annual Open SUNY summit

February 28 – March 2, 2018 SUNY Global Center, NYC, N. Y. 

The Open SUNY Summit, is an annual SUNY-wide conference specifically for Open SUNY Fellows in the experienced, expert, exemplar, and innovator/researcher roles. Non-SUNY colleagues are also welcome and are eligible for the Friend of SUNY Fellow role.

The first Summit was held in 1998 as an annual face to face meeting of the SLN faculty development and instructional design team and the online campus-based SUNY instructional designers whose campuses participated in the SLN program.

Today, the Summit has evolved as a conference intended for all Open SUNY advanced online practitioners with expertise in online program administration, online faculty development/instructional design, online instruction, online support, etc.

Check #OpenSUNYsummit for Summit news, status, and updates.