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Workshop: Grant Writing Techniques @ SUNY CPD

October 8th, 2010 Comments off

The SUNY Center for Professional Development invites you to:

Grant Writing Techniques @ SUNY CPD

Learn, from the beginning, the fundamental techniques for preparing a grant proposal

Participant Benefits: During this two-day workshop, we will cover:

  • What a grant proposal looks like,
  • Types of funding and where to locate funding,
  • How to conduct your grant/project activities,
  • Budgeting,
  • How to avoid mistakes,
  • And much, much  more!

Target Audience/Prerequisites: Anyone interested in or needing to secure funding for a needs-based or research project would benefit by attending this workshop. No prior grant writing experience is required.

Where and When is the workshop?

  • SUNY Center for Professional Development, State Route 298, Suite 102, East Syracuse, NY
  • November 4-5, 2010

What is the cost per person?

  • $180 – CPD Members – Use your CPD Training Points to pay for this event!
  • $225 – Non-CPD Members

A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided each day.

Who will present the workshop?

Daniel McCormack, Ph.D., Binghamton University, has been successfully writing grants for over 30 years. He currently teaches graduate courses in grant writing at Binghamton University and presents grant writing seminars and workshops on and off campus. He has written grants for the New York State Education Department, for colleges, universities, school districts, local governments, and various human services agencies.

Details and Registration

For complete details, including an agenda, instructor’s bio, and Registration go to:


Email Judy Marshall at or phone 315-233-3052 x-112.

SUNY Center for Professional Development
6333 State Route 293
Suite 102
East Syracuse, NY 13057


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Workshop: An Orientation to Process Education

September 1st, 2010 Comments off

Dear Colleagues,

The SUNY Center for Professional Development, in partnership with Pacific Crest, invites you to:

An Orientation to Process Education

Process Education  is a performance-based philosophy of education which integrates many different educational theories, processes, and tools in emphasizing the continuous development of learning skills through the use of assessment principles in order to produce learner self-development.

Through this one-day workshop participants will enhance their awareness, understanding, and appreciation for this educational philosophy. The workshop serves as a catalyst for change at institutions seeking to provide faculty development opportunities for improving teaching, learning, curriculum design, and assessment processes.

Who will benefit by attending? Any faculty, staff or administrator who has interest in improving teaching and learning.

Where and When are the workshops? Five regional workshops will be held across NYS during the week of October 25, 2010. Dates and locations are as follows:
·       Monday, October 25 – University at Buffalo
·       Tuesday, October 26 – Binghamton University
·       Wednesday, October 27 – SUNY Center for Professional Development, East Syracuse
·       Thursday, October 28 – Empire State College, Saratoga Springs
·       Friday, October 29 – Stony Brook University

Time?   8:30 am – 4:30 pm

What is the cost?
·       $150 – CPD Members – Use your CPD Training Points to pay for this event!
·       $200 – Non-CPD Members

BONUS! The workshop materials include a copy of the Faculty Guidebook: A comprehensive tool for improving faculty performance (4th edition), valued at $100. Get more information about the FGB.
A continental breakfast and lunch are provided.

Who will present the workshops?

Dr. Daniel K. Apple, founder and President of Pacific Crest, will be the instructor for these workshops. Accompanying Dr. Apple  at each location will be a SUNY faculty member who will share their personal successes, challenges, techniques, and tools as they relate to this philosophy of education.

Details and Registration

For complete details, including an agenda/outcomes, instructor’s bio, list of facilitators, and Registration go to:


Email Lisa M. Raposo at or Judy Marshall at or phone the CPD at 315-233-3052.

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Start of the semester workshops

August 23rd, 2010 Comments off

The TLTC and Library are hosting several workshops this week before the start of classes, to help you with final preparations for the new term.

Rebecca Oling will offer a session on Integrating Library Resources into your classes.  This session will be held in Library 1004D on Thursday, 26 August, from 10:30 to 12:00.

  • WHO:  All teaching faculty
  • WHAT:  Open Library Studio Time (you can drop in and get the help you need to ensure that your students have the maximum support and you have the minimum of stress!)
  • WHERE:  1004D in the Library
  • WHY:  Maybe you need help finding an article in our databases or just linking to one.  Perhaps you would like to explore the myriad e-reference works (or physical ones) we can offer.  Maybe you’d like to integrate multimedia resources in a way that doesn’t eat up a lot of class face-to-face time.  Whatever the need, we are here to help you.
  • WHEN: This time is for you!  From 10:30-12 on Thursday August 26th

Marie Sciangula will offer 4 sessions on Getting Started with Moodle / Moodle Studio.  Although called “getting started” these sessions aren’t just for people who have never used Moodle before.  If you’d like a refresher on how to set up resources and activities for your Moodle courses, want to pick up some ideas about new things you can do with Moodle, or would just like to get some help/advice on setting up your courses for this semester, we’d love to have you attend.  There will be morning (9:30 to 12:00) and afternoon (1:00 to 3:30) sessions both Thursday, 26 August and Friday, 27 August, all scheduled for L1004C (the middle computer lab on the main floor of the Library).  Specific topics covered will depend on the interests of the workshop participants.

I will offer 3 sessions of Moodle Gradebook.  The sessions will cover some common approaches to using the gradebook to provide feedback to your students.  If you’ve never used the gradebook before and would like to see how it works, or if you’d like to get feedback on how you’ve set up the gradebook in your Moodle classes this fall, please stop in.

If you know you’d like to attend any of these sessions, please email to let us know that you’re coming.  But if you find you have a chance to drop in at the last minute, that’s OK too.  We’d like to be busy in these workshops.

Upcoming SUNY CPD workshops: faculty learning communities; wikis, blogs and FaceBook

August 20th, 2010 Comments off

SUNY Center for Professional Development is pleased to announce the following webinars as part of the SUNY TLT Cooperative:
The TLT Cooperative, by SUNY for SUNY, helping you think strategically about teaching and learning with technology.

Grassroots Professional Development: Faculty Learning Communities

Date: September 15, 2010
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

A faculty learning community (FLC) is a group of faculty and professionals from various disciplines who meet over a defined period of time. The specific purpose of every FLC varies, but they all are based on the premise that the opportunity to work together in a supportive and collaborative environment contributes to successful faculty development.  For more information and to register click: (More info…)

Cooperative Contributor:
Christopher Price is the Director of the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching and Instructor for the Department of Political Science and International Studies at the College at Brockport, State University of New York. He received his PhD in political science from the University at Albany in 2004. He conducts workshops on course design, discussion-based teaching, communicating effectively with students, facilitating faculty learning communities, and using critical reflection to improve teaching and learning. His current research looks at how the power-balanced classroom can serve as a means of citizen education.

Wikis and Blogs and Facebook…OH MY!

Date: October 13, 2010
Time: 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Location: Online Webinar
Cost: FREE

Are you intimidated in department meetings when colleagues go on and on about the wikis and blogs they use in their classrooms? What is a wiki? What is a blog? They sound like characters out of a Star Wars movie. And, Facebook in the classroom…NEVER! What’s happening to education today?  For more information and to register click: (More info…)

Cooperative Contributor:
Nancy Wozniak joined the TLT in Fall 2008 to become Stony Brook’s first Learning Architect in The Faculty Center where she consults with faculty on the planning and design of courses and effective course management methods.   She received her Masters of Arts in Education, specializing in Instructional Technology from the University of Akron.  She holds a B.A. in Business Administration from Hiram College and studied television production and communication at Lorain County Community College.


Invitation to a Webinar: Making Better Word Documents

July 29th, 2010 Comments off

Dear Colleagues,

The SUNY Center for Professional Development invites you to attend:

Title: Making Better Word 2007 (2003) Documents

Date/Time: Thursday, August 19th – 10:00 – 11:30 am

Cost: FREE

Topic: Learn how using styles can make your Word documents look more professional, and be more searchable and accessible on the web. Using structure in your text creates better documents. Images and lists provide structure and make it easier to convert your Word documents into accessible PDF’s. This session for Microsoft Word users will demonstrate some easy techniques to make your documents better. Both Word 2003 and Word 2007 will be covered in this webinar.

Presenter: Cathy Kittle, Publications and Internet Director at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation.

Audience: This webinar is for content providers or anyone who creates Word documents that are ultimately used on the web, particularly as PDFs. The presentation contains very useful and easy-to-follow tips guaranteed to make your life and the life of those visiting your website easier.

Mode of Delivery: Elluminate web conferencing. Visit the Elluminate “First Time User’s” page for more information. Watch individually or as a group. A personal computer and speakers are the only requirements. Text chat will be available for questions. This webinar will be recorded.

Questions: Contact Judy Marshall at the SUNY CPD at 315-233-3052 x-112.


SUNY Center for Professional Development

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Free online workshops from the Smithsonian Institution

April 5th, 2010 Comments off

Received this email notice today:

Dear Colleague,

LearningTimes is very pleased to invite you to another unique online conference sponsored by the Smithsonian Institution.

The “Smithsonian Online Conference: Problem Solving with Smithsonian Experts” is a free series of interactive workshops taking place throughout April 2010.  Register now at:

The live online events will be of special interest to educators, entire classrooms of engaged students, and to the general public. Throughout the month, Smithsonian historians, scientists, researchers and other experts share their questions, their methods, and their unique way of thinking in an interactive format that welcomes you to contribute your own ideas.

The sessions span the arts, history, science, and culture, and are organized around four key themes. All events take place live online — you participate and interact directly from your computer in real time. Each session will be recorded and posted after it takes place for on-demand access.

Schedule and Themes

Day One: Understanding the American Experience
Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Day Two: Valuing World Cultures
Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Day Three: Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe
Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Day Four: Understanding and Sustaining a Biodiverse Planet
Thursday, 29 April 2010

To review the complete program and to register please visit:

Write to with any questions.

Warm regards,

John Walber, CSTP

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Moodle Update / Consultation Sessions

January 18th, 2010 Comments off

We did a minor upgrade to Moodle over the holiday break and changed some other configuration settings:

• The Gradebook has changes to some of its views that make it more obvious how grade items are organized into categories, and that also make it easier to set up weights for weighted means of grades.  If you use the Moodle Gradebook, be sure to check out the changes.  I’ll be developing some new online tutorial materials for the Gradebook and other Moodle functions soon.

• With the upgrade, you can now run a report to see which of your students haven’t accessed a specific resource or activity in your course Moodle, and if you want send them a message about it.

• Moodle pages (other than the secure login) are now displayed as regular web pages, which means you can now embed content from external sites such as YouTube without triggering security warnings from Internet Explorer and some other browsers.

• Other changes are mostly behind the scenes improvements.

I’ve scheduled a series of Moodle help/consultation sessions for the first week of the semester:

  • Wed, Jan 20, 11:30-12:20 (before the School/Conservatory meetings)
  • Thurs, Jan 21, 12:30-1:20
  • Fri, Jan 22, 11:30-12:30
  • Mon, Jan 25, 12:30-1:20

All sessions will be held in the Library 1004C computer lab.  Feel free to drop in if you want help setting up any aspect of your course moodles, if you want help setting up your new gradebooks, or if you’d like to see how some of the new features we added last semester work:

• Book resource, which allows you to set up multi-page documents in your course Moodle

• Attendance activity and block, which provide a way for you to record attendance information into your course Moodle and present that information to each of your students

• Outcomes, which allow you to record student performance on course learning objectives within the Gradebook for your course Moodle

Also over the break, we moved Moodle to a new web server.  Since the migration, we’ve been seeing sporadic internal server error messages (mostly 500 Internal Server Error messages at this point), which we are working on.  If you do get a 500 Error message, try waiting a half-minute or so and reloading the page.  But also send me an email about what your were trying to do when you got the error message and when, so we can better track down what the issue is.  Thanks.

keith landa

Upcoming Moodle Workshops

October 23rd, 2009 Comments off

Next week we will start a new round of Moodle workshops, to assist faculty to get ready for spring semester classes.  There will be several offerings of the basic getting started with Moodle sessions, and other workshops on more advanced Moodle topics:

•    Oct 28 (Wed), 3:30-4:30, Library 1004C: Moodle gradebook
•    Oct 29 (Thurs), 12:30-1:30, Library 1004C: supporting group work and student collaboration in Moodle
•    Oct 30 (Fri), 12:30-1:30, Library 1004C: getting started with Moodle
•    Nov 2 (Mon), 12:30-1:30, Library 1004C: what’s new in Moodle (activities and resources that we’ve added to our Moodle system, and a preview of Moodle 2.0!)
•    Nov 3 (Tues), 3:30-4:30, Library 1004C: using Moodle to support outcomes assessment
•    Nov 5 (Thurs), 12:30-1:30, Library 1004C: getting started with Moodle
•    Nov 9 (Mon), 12:30-1:30, Library 1004C: getting started with Moodle
•    Nov 10 (Tues), 3:30-4:30, Library 1004C: using Moodle to teach writing as a process
•    Nov 12 (Thurs), 12:30-1:30, Library 1004C: effective online discussions in Moodle

Workshop attendees receive a lunch voucher courtesy of UUP; we appreciate their support for professional development programming on campus.

Keith Landa, Director
Teaching, Learning, and Technology Center

Using Moodle to develop reciprocity and cooperation among students

October 7th, 2009 Comments off

The TLTC is hosting a series of weekly conversations on the use of technology (Moodle and other tools) to support Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education.  These conversations will take place Thursday afternoons, from 3:30 to 4:30, in the TLTC conference room.  We are located in the lower level of the Library, across from the Media Resources Center.

Chickering and Gamson’s second principle is that good practice develops reciprocity and cooperation among students.  Learning is less effective when it is undertaken in isolation.  Working with others can foster student engagement, provides a framework that allows students to share their ideas & sharpen their thinking in response to peer feedback, involves the students in the social construction of understanding, and more and more models the types of working environments our students will encounter once they leave Purchase.

This week’s conversation will look at Moodle support for cooperative work: tools for setting up and managing groups, as well as a couple of specific activities where students collaborate to produce scholarly work – the Moodle Wiki and Database activities.

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Blended Learning webinar

September 30th, 2009 Comments off

The TLTC is hosting a webinar on blended learning that LSCE has licensed from The Teaching Professor Online Seminar series.   Having watched this webinar on Blended Learning, we learned that we can re-broadcast it for free for the next 3 days.  We’ve scheduled the following dates/times for you to view it since it was such a valuable workshop!  Although the topic is on blended learning, the tips and advice are applicable to course enhancement and re-design, offering strategic ideas for in/out of classroom activities that meet your learning objectives. This re-broadcast will take place in the TLTC Conference Room (lower level of the library); presentation handouts will be available in the room.

The webinar will be shown:

Wednesday, September 30th

  • 1:30pm-3:00pm
  • 3:30pm-5:00pm

Thursday, October 1st

  • 10:30am-12:00pm

Friday, October 2nd

  • 10:30am-12:00pm

LOCATION: TLTC Conference Room (lower level of the library)


If you’re on the fence between teaching in a traditional classroom and teaching in an online one … you might be in exactly the right place.  Increasingly, faculty and others are finding that “traditional versus online” really isn’t an either/or proposition – and that the best teaching may involve a bit of both.

Blended learning (or hybrid learning) synergizes the strongest features of face-to-face and online teaching, creating a uniquely rich learning experience. And the benefits are not only pedagogical … there are some practical advantages to blended learning, as well.

This 90-minute video seminar will show you how blended-learning courses can produce benefits for faculty, students and institutions alike.

In 10 Ways to Improve Blended Learning Course Design, Dr. Shibley will discuss key elements of blended learning, including:

  • Factors necessary for successful blended courses.
  • Which learning activities are best accomplished in a classroom, and which online.
  • Which courses are the best candidates for blended design.
  • How blending contributes to a learner-centered course.
  • When and why to choose face-to-face versus online communication.
  • How to structure blended courses that meet less often than traditional ones, with better or comparable results.
  • Steps involved in redesigning an existing face-to-face course to work as a blended one.
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