Academic Websites

Websites from the SUNY Community
  • Community for Online Teaching Excellence (COTE) Our mission is to cultivate, support, and promote system-wide excellence in online teaching and learning through:
    • Engaging and connecting the community of online education experts across the SUNY system;
    • Encouraging scholarship in online teaching and learning practices to meet the needs of today’s diverse learners, and pursuing research-driven innovations that increase online teaching and learning effectiveness;
    • Providing distinctive and comprehensive development opportunities to faculty directly and in conjunction with their home campuses;
    • Supporting faculty with resources needed for course development and enhancement in conjunction with their home campuses.
  • SUNY Learning Commons  The development of a SUNY Learning Commons was one of four key recommendations of the SUNY Strategic Plan Innovative Instruction Transformation Team.  The SUNY Learning Commons is designed to allow SUNY learners and educators to:
    • Find learning opportunities that are available across campuses through a series of course and program catalogs;
    • Easily access information needed to establish a plan for degree completion;
    • Track learning activities and progress toward degree completion;
    • Form and join communities of interest and communities of practice;
    • Connect with other learners and educators throughout the System;
    • Share and access scholarly and instructional materials through a Learning Object Repository (i.e., Open SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions);
    • Share and access resources, standards, policies, and best practices within a community of practice;
    • Operate collaborative tools that allow learners and educators to work together actively at a distance; and
    • Experiment with new communication tools to enhance teaching and learning.
Centers for Teaching and Learning
  • The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching is committed to developing networks of ideas, individuals, and institutions to advance teaching and learning. We join together scholars, practitioners, and designers in new ways to solve problems of educational practice. Toward this end, we work to integrate the discipline of improvement science into education with the goal of building the field’s capacity to improve.
  • An excellent website with many resources for teachers from the Center for Teaching at Vanderbilt University.  This website includes a variety teaching guides approaching instruction from different standpoints, teaching topics to explore, and an online library of print and video resources.
  • A wonderful collection of resource for educators from the website of The Center for Research on Learning and Teaching at the University of Michigan.  On this site you can find information about preparing to teach, teaching strategies, assessment, and evaluation of teaching, as well as a collection of papers by CRLT staff and University of Michigan faculty.
Resources on MOOCs
  • An interesting resource about teaching large classes from the Center for Teaching Excellence at the University of Maryland: “The Large Classes Teaching Guide was first sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. As part of the campus initiative in Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), the CQI project focused on a persistent problem area for academic programs in many disciplines–the challenge of providing high quality educational experiences to undergraduates in large lecture classes. This guide was one of the recommendations of the CQI team in order to provide a resource to help teachers improve their work in the challenging environment of the large lecture course.”
  • In the evolving world of online education, MOOCs are the next big thing (no pun intended!) and the Center for Teaching and Learning at the University of Pennsylvania has begun compiling research and information about best practices for design, implementation, and assessment of open online courses.  You can find many valuable resources on this site including sample lectures, feedback on class experiences from both faculty and students, and advice for preparing classes (U.Penn is using Coursera for their courses).
International Programs
  • Learn more about this SUNY Project… “The SUNY Consortium Global Workforce Project (GWP) prepares undergraduate students to compete effectively in the global economy, through programs developed to enhance global understanding and requisite global workforce skills of the 21st century, including language study.”