Refining a Scalable Model for Open Educational Practice across the SUNY System
SUNY , State University of New York , IITG , Innovative Instructional Technology Grants , Virtual Learning Communities , Shared Best Practices , Open Educational Resources (OER)
During this one year exploration of Open Educational Practice the campuses of SUNY Oneonta, SUNY Geneseo, SUNY Oswego, and SUNY Genesee Community College created a shared resource where students, faculty and projects could create individual or class websites using open source tools like Wordpress, Drupal, or Vanilla Forums. Using a vendor, these colleges created a portal at sunycreate.cloud where students could sign in with their institutional credentials and create their own domain and website. Using a train the trainer approach, grant funds were used to bring Reclaim Hosting to SUNY Oneonta during the summer of 2019 where campus leads and faculty were introduced to industry standard web management tools. Members of this initial cohort integrated projects into their class where they taught students to create websites and portfolios using Wordpress and CPanel. Faculty members also received training in the Open Hub Model from Verena Roberts and Lee Graham. Members of this initial cohort attended and presented at the FACT2 Symposium on Adaptive Learning and Open Pedagogy.
This project piloted the use of Reclaim Hosting as an instructional tool and the application of Open Educational Practice. The instructors who have been teaching in this open style may be able to continue using free or freemium tools, but if open pedagogy is going to become widespread across the system and spread beyond innovative early adopters, we need institutionally controlled systems, help desk support structures, and available training for faculty and students.