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Potsdam Prepared: Spring 2022 Updates

Events Calendar

Seek.  Learn.  Advance.

We’re dedicated to providing you professional development opportunities! In addition to the awesome tutorials available on Tech Tools, CCI staff develop presentations and workshops to meet the needs of the campus. If you’d like us to schedule an event on a specific topic or if you’d like to share a presentation you’ve developed, please submit the Professional Development Request form or contact us at cci@potsdam.edu.

Training Programs

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HR Training Webpage
Human Resources manages a Training and Development webpage that lists several programs.  You will find information and resources on Compliance and Accessibility training (FYI- the BizLibrary compliance training site also includes a video tutorial library on various topics including Microsoft O365 applications).  You can also find information about SUNY CPD Points, which can pay for Center for Professional Development events.
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Teaching and Learning Certificate for New Faculty Program

The SUNY Center for Professional Development is pleased to announce this 100% asynchronous online-certificate program, which provides all of the knowledge and skills you need to teach college courses and also gives you the experience of what it is like to be a student in a well-designed online course.
This program is intended to assist faculty in planning a well-articulated, systematized path for their professional development, and the certificate provides evidence that faculty have attained a basic set of essential skills and knowledge needed for teaching at SUNY.
To enroll, participants should have taught in a formal learning/training environment or plan to do so in the near future. Completion of all three courses is required to earn the certificate, and activities for the courses will include using an ePortfolio to document work. (If a participant's campus does not provide an ePortfolio platform for use, this program offers instruction on Mahara, a no cost Open Source ePortfolio platform which can be used by the participant for coursework during their duration in the program.)
Learning Outcomes:

  • Utilize learning theory in the design and delivery of their courses
  • Employ foundational learning teaching strategies that are supported by research and that promote active learning
  • Effectively and efficiently evaluate student performance
  • Create a safe and effective learning environment
  • Utilize reflective techniques as a teaching practitioner
  • Uphold and promote the academic policies of a participant's individual campus and the System

Please contact your Campus Points Contact to determine SUNY CPD Points eligibility to as a possible payment method.

Fall 2022:
Course 1: May 17 through June 27, 2022 – Essential Communication Skills for Teaching
Course 2: August 30 through October 10, 2022 – Learning Theories and Effective Teaching Practices
Course 3: October 11 through November 21, 2022 –  Evaluation and Assessment

Spring 2023:
Course 1: January 3 through February 13, 2023 – Essential Communication Skills for Teaching
Course 2: February 14 through March 27, 2023 –  Learning Theories and Effective Teaching Practices
Course 3: March 28 through May 8, 2023 –  Evaluation and Assessment

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Introduction to Universal Design for Learning Workshops
This workshop, currently offered in a hybrid format, provides faculty and Instructional Designers a comprehensive introduction to the Universal Design for Learning framework. Participants will learn why it is important, how to apply its principles and guidelines to their own courses, and best practices for interacting with students with disabilities. Additional modules will share strategies to dismantle ableism, incorporate an anti-racist pedagogy, promote social justice, and be more inclusive in the classroom. Participants will apply what they learn to design a new lesson or revise an existing lesson.
Workshop Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define Universal Design for Learning and differentiate between Universal Design, Universal Design for Learning, accessibility and usability.
  • Differentiate the three principles of UDL and explain how each of the three principles can be applied to their work with students.
  • Explain best practices for interacting with students with disabilities.
  • Provide strategies to stop ableism, incorporate anti-racist pedagogy, promote social justice, and be more inclusive when working with students.
  • Recognize barriers to learning in their own instruction and choose UDL strategies that could be used to mitigate those barriers.
  • Apply the UDL framework to create a more inclusive lesson and create a plan to develop and implement this instruction.
  • Determine the next steps to take to build a UDL culture in their discipline, department, college/school or institution.

Completion Requirements for Workshop: A series of assignments are incorporated into the workshop modules. This includes discussion forum assignments and assignments that build toward the creation of a lesson plan based on the Universal Design for Learning framework. To receive a passing evaluation, participants will have to earn a minimum of “Complete” on each assignment.

Workshop Dates: (*Only a few seats left!)

  • Session 3 opens May 19, 2022

Location: Hybrid program.
Register online and see full schedule details at the Program page.

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SUNY SAIL Institute: Leaders Learning Live
This interview-style webinar series occurs every third Thursday of the month from 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m. and provides insights into a wide variety of higher education leadership topics and best practices at no cost.

2022 Winter/Spring Schedule:
 
Thursday, January 20, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Landing a Leadership Role within SUNY
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Thursday, February 17, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Publishing for Leaders
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Thursday, March 17, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Is Department Chair in my Future?
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Thursday, April 21, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Managing Up: Strategies for Partnering with Senior Administration
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Thursday, May 19, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mental Health Strategies to Support Faculty and Staff Wellbeing
Register Now!

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SUNY CPD Online Teaching Webinar Series
We are committed to supporting campuses as they plan for ongoing challenges in the upcoming semester and are continuing our monthly webinar series to provide an overview of the various resources. The SUNY Online Teaching unit has developed a portfolio of resources in a variety of modes to best fit institutional or individual needs. Mark your calendars for the dates below.

Tips for Ensuring Authentic Online Assessment - Tuesday, January 25, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Strategies to Support Online Academic Integrity - Wednesday, February 16, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
OSQCR 4.0 - Thursday, March 24, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Supporting Online Student Success - Friday, April 15, 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Implementing an Online Course Quality Review & Refresh Process with OSCQR - Monday, May 23, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.

To Register and see full details for these FREE webinars, please visit our website.

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Online Pedagogy: Design for Online Learning
This course is a collaborative effort between the Center for Creative Instruction, the Online Faculty Fellows and volunteer faculty from across the campus (dates to be added to Upcoming Events). Conceived in the fall of 2019, the course has been an integral part of the SUNY Potsdam reopening plan and has prepared scores of faculty in delivering high quality and highly engaging online content during the COVID 19 crisis.

Course Overview: The purpose of this course is to facilitate development of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes (KSA) for effective online teaching and learning. The course focuses on pedagogy and the design/facilitation of online learning. You'll learn by reading, watching, listening, sharing, and doing - applying the course content to relevant course design and development activities. This two-week asynchronous course involves an estimated 6 to 8 hours of work each week. Each course is limited to 20 participants and includes an optional opening and closing synchronous meeting, as well as opportunities to meet with the instructors and other participants each week. Each course is team facilitated by three instructors.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify key differences between face-to-face (F2F) and online teaching and learning.
  • Apply Backward Design to develop a course and its components.
  • Recognize Community of Inquiry (CoI) principles of online learning and apply them to develop online teaching and learning experiences.
  • Identify, select, and use tools, within the learning management system (Moodle) and beyond, to support teaching and learning.
  • Recognize relevant standards and guidelines that frame distance education.

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#EmTechMOOC
(Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success, Massive Open Online Course)
Instructors, college students, and anyone with a desire to stay current with today’s rapidly changing world and technologies are invited to enroll in this SUNY FREE open-access course. #EmTechMOOC provides a supportive environment for dialogue and sharing among participants.  Explore and equip yourself with tools to adapt to online and hybrid learning related to communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking through hands-on discovery exercises. Develop an ePortfolio or a personal learning journal to showcase your professional skills and accomplishments.  The entire course is self-paced and can be completed in as little as 5 hours.  Anyone with a SUNY-affiliation, even alumni, can also earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and Digital Badge for free.  To learn more about this opportunity, including a one-minute video introduction, FAQ, Presentations, visit the Exploring Emerging Technologies website.

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Quality by Design (QbD): Strategies for Effective Teaching and Quality Course Design 

This four-week online asynchronous course is intended for all faculty and instructional support staff at all levels of experience with an interest in effective teaching and quality course design strategies. It provides a unique opportunity to improve courses through a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of face-to-face, hybrid, or online courses, and focuses on four major topics that are a key component of any quality designed course, including:

  • Learner Support
  • Content Presentation & Accessibility
  • Interaction & Collaboration
  • Evaluation & Assessment

Those who complete the course will be able to identify the importance of learner-centered instruction; analyze the qualities of effective course design; and integrate these concepts into their teaching and/or instructional design strategies.
Participants will have the opportunity to earn badges issued through Acclaim by Credly and is free for CPD members and low cost for all others. The time-commitment for QbD varies by individual; averaging 2 to 4 hours per week.
For registration and more information, please visit the QbD website

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Lumen Circles Fellowships: Adventures in Teaching Excellence
SUNY faculty are provided a unique opportunity to connect with peers as they explore effective teaching strategies and instructional practices that support and boost student success and apply them in their own teaching. Through the fellowship you can learn, share ideas, and develop professionally in the areas you want to grow. Choose a fellowship theme in an area you’d like to deepen your expertise: Active Learning; Inclusive Teaching; Online Teaching; Teaching with OER; and more!
Lumen Circles Fellowships are offered in partnership with the SUNY Center for Professional Development, SUNY OER Services, and Lumen Learning. They are available at NO COST to SUNY faculty and campuses, and work well for any faculty member, in any discipline, at any stage of career. See Program Achievements for additional details about what faculty fellows have accomplished in order to earn a certificate. You do not need to use courseware to be eligible for this program. 

Upcoming Events

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Monday, May 9 through Thursday, May 26
MS Yammer Training Sessions
Host: SUNY CPD; Microsoft

As the SUNY Learning Commons (SUNY Workplace) transitions to the Yammer platform, we have scheduled trainings that will explore how to locate, join, and engage in communities of practice throughout SUNY. Please join the SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD) and Microsoft for a series of free trainings on Microsoft Yammer and how you can use it to join different communities and communicate with staff and faculty across the SUNY system.
This series of trainings will be held at different times during the month of May, each will cover the same materials and will be recorded. You can register to attend sessions live or to receive a recording link after the first session. Please visit the Schedule page for more information on each session and the Agenda page.

  • Session 1 – Monday, May 9, 12:00 p.m.
  • Session 2 – Monday, May 16, 9:00 a.m.
  • Session 3 – Tuesday, May 17, 2:00 p.m.
  • Session 4 – Tuesday, May 24, 5:00 p.m.
  • Session 5 – Thursday, My 26, 3:00 p.m.

Location: Online Webinar.
Registration: Online Registration Required.

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Thursday, May 19, through Tuesday, May 31
Introduction to Universal Design for Learning Workshops
Host: SUNY CPD

This workshop, currently offered in a hybrid format, provides faculty and Instructional Designers a comprehensive introduction to the Universal Design for Learning framework. Participants will learn why it is important, how to apply its principles and guidelines to their own courses, and best practices for interacting with students with disabilities. Additional modules will share strategies to dismantle ableism, incorporate an anti-racist pedagogy, promote social justice, and be more inclusive in the classroom. Participants will apply what they learn to design a new lesson or revise an existing lesson.

Workshop Learning Objectives: Upon successful completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Define Universal Design for Learning and differentiate between Universal Design, Universal Design for Learning, accessibility and usability.
  • Differentiate the three principles of UDL and explain how each of the three principles can be applied to their work with students.
  • Explain best practices for interacting with students with disabilities.
  • Provide strategies to stop ableism, incorporate anti-racist pedagogy, promote social justice, and be more inclusive when working with students.
  • Recognize barriers to learning in their own instruction and choose UDL strategies that could be used to mitigate those barriers.
  • Apply the UDL framework to create a more inclusive lesson and create a plan to develop and implement this instruction.
  • Determine the next steps to take to build a UDL culture in their discipline, department, college/school or institution.

Completion Requirements for Workshop: A series of assignments are incorporated into the workshop modules. This includes discussion forum assignments and assignments that build toward the creation of a lesson plan based on the Universal Design for Learning framework. To receive a passing evaluation, participants will have to earn a minimum of “Complete” on each assignment.
Workshop Dates: (*Only a few seats left!)

  • Session 3 opens May 19, 2022

Location: Hybrid program.
Registrration: Register online and see full schedule details at the Program page.

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Wednesday, May 18, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) – Awareness Lab
Host: Deque
How do people with disabilities use computers or navigate websites? What tools do they use? How does it work? What is it like? Deque's Accessibility Awareness Lab helps teams understand how people with disabilities experience and use technology.
In this free training, attendees will develop insight, empathy, understanding and inspiration to work in new, more accessible ways. Our speakers will:

  • Define Digital Accessibility on the web
  • Demonstrate the use of a screen reader to access the web
  • Provide ideas on how you can make the web more accessible

Location: Virtual Workshop.
Registration: Online Registration Required.

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Thursday, May 19, from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Mental Health Strategies to Support Faculty and Staff Wellbeing
Host: SUNY SAIL Institute
This interview-style seminar is part of the Leaders Learning Live monthly webinar series, which provides insights into a wide variety of higher education leadership topics and best practices at no cost. In this month’s webinar, attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the impact that COVID-19 pandemic is having on faculty and staff mental health.
  • Gain helpful strategies to better identify the mental health needs of faculty and staff as well as their own individual needs.
  • Discover programs and other resources available to support faculty and staff mental health.

Location: Online Webinar.
Register online. You can find all upcoming webinars of interest on the webinars page, and recordings of past webinars are also available.

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Thursday, May 19, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD) – Fundamentals Bootcamp
Host: Deque
This free training provides an overview of basic accessibility concepts, such as why digital inclusion matters and how people with disabilities use the Web. Through this training, participants will develop a better understanding of how disabilities affect a person’s experience online, as well as a high-level introduction to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.1 (WCAG).
 
This training is intended for all audiences including; policymakers, management, content creators, developers, designers, testers and everything in-between. Topics will include:

  • Accessibility considerations & inclusive design
  • Why accessibility matters
  • How people with disabilities use the web
  • Assistive Technologies and context of use
  • Statistics, laws, and more!
  • Web Content Accessibility Guidelines, v2.1
  • Role-based accessibility practices and the shift-left approach

Location: Virtual Workshop.
Registration: Online Registration Required.

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Monday, May 23, from 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m.
Implementing an Online Course Quality Review & Refresh Process with OSCQR
Host: SUNY CPD Online Teaching
This webinar is one of our free monthly webinar series to provide support to campuses for ongoing challenges and have developed a portfolio of resources in a variety of modes to best fit institutional or individual needs.
Description: This webinar is intended to assist institutional leaders develop implementation plans for online course quality review and refresh using OSCQR. Participants will be provided with the tools and information to plan an institution-level initiative to systematically improve the instructional design and accessibility of large scale online courses and programs. The session assumes familiarity with OSCQR, or other online course quality rubrics, and is not intended to provide an introduction to OSCQR, quality standards, or how to use or apply OSCQR in online course review/refresh activities. This session is intended for anyone planning or leading a larger-scale online quality initiative, and can be used to develop an implementation plan and frame projects targeting, for example: accessibility, instructional design, engagement, and/or regular and substantive interaction.
Location: Online Webinar.
To Register and see details to the other FREE monthly webinars, please visit our website.

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Tuesday, May 31 through Friday, June 3
CIT 2022 – Sustaining the Momentum: Building on what we’ve learned
Host: SUNY CPD
CIT is SUNY’s largest and most prominent event on instruction and technology, 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. The 30th annual Conference on Instruction & Technology will be on the campus of SUNY Oswego.
The CIT 2022 theme is supported by the following tracks:

  • Building an Inclusive Campus
  • Creating an Inclusive Classroom
  • Educational Technologies for Engagement
  • Pedagogically Speaking
  • Effective Sharing Methods

All SUNY campuses, state-operated, statutory, and community colleges are invited to submit abstracts to present at this conference. We welcome proposals from outside the SUNY system as well.
View  Track Descriptions, CIT Session Formats, Descriptions and Ratings.
Location: SUNY Oswego.
Registration: To register and detailed information, visit the CIT 2022 website. SUNY participants take advantage of the early bird price, and SUNY campuses that are members of the SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD) can use their points to pay for registration. The use of CPD and/or ITEC Points must be approved by your campus.
Go to CIT Scholarships for various scholarship opportunities.

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