SUNY Digital Learning Environment

Building Community around Change Leadership

The SUNY DLE Project Expands Access and Resources for its Change Leadership Community of Practice

Change leadership provides a structured process for guiding teams through change so that leaders can focus their attention and energies on supporting and engaging team members in building a culture of resilience amidst change. After a launch this fall, the DLE Change Leadership Community of Practice (CoP) is continuing to offer support to campus leaders in leveraging the DLE and LMS transition for maximum impact at the campus level. The Community of Practice currently has 43 members representing 26 SUNY institutions, plus SUNY System Administration. The Community of Practice includes individuals representing diverse administrative, technical, student support, and other roles.

Members of the DLE Change Leadership Community of Practice participate in a series of monthly webinars from December 2022 – March 2023. Webinar 1 “Introduction to Change Leadership” was held in December 2022 and included 45 registrants representing 28 SUNY Institutions, as well as a group participating from the Doodle Conference. Webinar 2 “Who is Changing?” was held in January 2023 and included 58 registrants from 34 SUNY institutions. Webinar 3 “Communicating Change,” and Webinar 4 “Change Leadership Tools” will be offered on February 9 and March 16, respectively. Webinars are open to campus team members and other interested members of the SUNY community. To register, visit https://sunycpd.eventsair.com/change-leadership/reg/Site/Register

There is also a companion Brightspace Course with links to webinar recordings and Change Leadership resources. It currently has 64 members enrolled. Enrollees who complete activities and assessments within the course will be eligible for a SUNY CPD certificate in DLE Change Leadership. To enroll, visit: https://sunycpd.eventsair.com/change-leadership/gi/Site/Register

All members of the SUNY community are invited to access this opportunity for campuses to leverage this transition to address and support other priorities such as diversity, equity, and inclusion; EIT accessibility; general education; student success; support and assessment of student learning; faculty development, etc.

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  • The SUNY DLE team welcomes Cohort 4 

    The SUNY DLE team welcomes Cohort 4 

    Over 50 representatives from the 8 campuses that comprise Cohort 4 participated in a virtual kick-off meeting at the beginning of December. The respective project teams from SUNY System Administration and D2L were introduced, and an initial schedule of activities was shared as part of the implementation that will assist campuses to transition into SUNY’s […]

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  • FACT2 Task Group explores potential of the DLE

    A new FACT2 task group has been formed to explore possibilities for indexing and system-wide sharing of educational materials developed by SUNY faculty, instructional designers, and others. SUNY’s adoption of a multi-tenant version of Brightspace makes it possible to share educational materials developed by anyone within the SUNY system in a system-wide learning repository (LR) […]

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  • SUNY DLE Data Strategy team developing governance framework for the DLE Data

    The rollout of the Brightspace DLE as a single-instance multi-tenant environment provides both opportunities and challenges when it comes to data.  We are implementing an intentional data strategy, putting best practices for data governance at the forefront.  The SUNY Data Governance tasks force has outlined Guiding Principles for ensuring that Data is Available, Managed and acknowledged […]

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  • SUNY DLE Change Leadership Community of Practice Launches

    Much of our collective engagement in the DLE to date has focused on the technical implementation and the transition to a new LMS. However, there is a tremendous opportunity for campuses to also consider how best to leverage this transition to address and support other current priorities such as diversity, equity, and inclusion; EIT accessibility; […]

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  • Cohort 3 Launches

    Cohort 3 Launches

    Over 91 representatives from the 11 campuses that comprise Cohort 3 participated in a virtual kick-off meeting at the beginning of August. The respective project teams from SUNY System Administration and D2L were introduced, and an initial schedule of activities was shared as part of the implementation that will assist campuses to transition into SUNY’s […]

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  • Cohort 2 Launches

    Cohort 2 Launches

    Over 32 representatives from the 8 campuses that comprise Cohort 2 participated in a virtual kick-off meeting at the beginning of May. The respective project teams from SUNY System Administration and D2L were introduced, and an initial schedule of activities was shared as part of the implementation that will assist campuses to transition into SUNY’s […]

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  • Campuses Named for Cohorts 2-4

    Campuses Named for Cohorts 2-4

    Campuses Named for Cohorts 2-4 Campuses for the remaining Cohorts 2-4 have also been named. The second cohort will run from May 2022 to April 2023; the third from September 2022 through August of 2023; and the fourth from January 2023 to December 2023.

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  • Cohort Selection Has Begun

    Cohort Selection Has Begun

    Cohort Selection Has Begun We understand that a key question on everyone’s mind is timing—for training, for planning, for when the transition to SUNY’s new digital learning environment starts on your campus. It is the selection of your campus cohort that drives the timeline for your institution. Each cohort undergoes a three-phase process expected to […]

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  • SUNY Selects D2L’s Brightspace as New Learning Management System

    SUNY Selects D2L’s Brightspace as New Learning Management System

    At the conclusion of a broad and consultative Request for Proposal process, SUNY selected Desire2Learn’s (D2L) Brightspace Learning Management System to serve as the hub of its Digital Learning Environment. The contract between SUNY and D2L has been approved by the Office of the New York State Attorney General and the Office of the New […]

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  • Timeline

    Timeline

    All are committed to an implementation in the best interest of campuses, faculty, staff, and students—a cohort approach with options for pilot before full campus implementation brings campuses online in the new system, in an order aligned to specific campus needs. View timeline  

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  • Why Brightspace?

    Why Brightspace?

    D2L’s Brightspace received the highest composite score across all functional, technical, security, accessibility, pricing requirements based on a “Best Value” evaluation where cost was not the only consideration.

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  • Meet the Planning Teams

    Meet the Planning Teams

    Three teams/committees are being charged to help develop a comprehensive implementation, transition, and training program:

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