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SUNY Campuses Coming Together
on a Unified DLE.

Training

Jamie Heron, SUNY Online Program Manager at the SUNY Center for Professional Development, will coordinate, along with a cadre of campus partner volunteers, a unified approach to training. Plans include options for both asynchronous and synchronous training modules and reference materials, developed at no charge to campuses, that each institution will be able to adapt as needed. Training will roll-out to System Administrators, Help Desk professionals, instructional designers, faculty, and students. Importantly, training will address the needs of faculty teaching in all delivery modes, including faculty who will use the LMS to teach online as well as faculty who utilize the LMS as a resource in their in-person classes and those who teach in hybrid and HyFlex instructional models.

The broader program will include guided online training, asynchronous modules with LMS expert check-ins and assistance, synchronous live training, and online self-paced training for students. The goal is that any campus-led training will be able to utilize already developed resources so that campus staff can focus on responding to individual faculty and student needs rather than building training materials.

SUNY Center for Professional Development Brightspace Fundamentals Certificate

The SUNY CPD will provide a Brightspace Fundamentals Badge and Certificate for SUNY Campus members who successfully complete the asynchronous assessments. For more information on enrollment in the asynchronous Brightspace Fundamentals modules, please see the Training options, Asynchronous Online section below. 

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Training Options

Asynchronous Online

Description: SUNY DLE’s asynchronous online modules are a convenient way to progress through the Brightspace training at your own pace. Progress in the recommended order, or pick and choose which topic(s) are most relevant to your purposes.

Certificate: Optional assessments are at the end of each topic section. Participants who successfully complete all assessments will earn a Brightspace Fundamentals Certificate and Badge from the SUNY Center for Professional Development.

Time: First time Brightspace users: 6-10 hours to complete Experienced online instructors and those who have used Brightspace before: 30-60 minutes

  • Access to asynchronous modules will be staggered to accommodate the priority needs of Cohorts 1 and, as well as the availability of faculty accounts in the new Brightspace environment
  • When your Brightspace account has been created, your campus will provide your login instructions
Scaled Webinars

Description: Targeted for larger audiences, these scaled webinars offer live demonstrations of the Brightspace learning environment and other training topics. Opportunities to ask questions of Brightspace experts. Progress in the recommended order, or pick and choose which topic(s) are most relevant to your purposes.

Certificate: Optional assessments are available in the Asynchronous Online Learning Modules.

Time: 90 minutes each:

  • 60 minute webinars with 30 minutes for Q&A
  • 8-10 webinars in the scaled webinar series
The recommended order for the Scaled Webinars is as follows:
  1. Accessibility
  2. Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
  3. User Interface (UI)
  4. Communication Tools
  5. Authoring/Publishing Content
  6. Gradebook
  7. Gradable Activities
To see video recordings of previous scaled webinar sessions, please click Webinars under the Training tab on this page. You need to log in to view these recordings.  Use your federated ID, otherwise known as your campus credentials, to log in.  This means you will enter your campus username and password.
When viewing these videos you can adjust the speed of delivery to assist you in your comprehension.  When the video is in full screen mode, click on the Gear Cog/ Settings icon, select “Playback Speed”, and choose the playback speed that works best for you.
Remote Synchronous

Description: These live point & click workshops are offered via Zoom and will cover the Brightspace Fundamentals training materials. Select a training session based upon your preferred training pace. These sessions are restricted to 10-15 participants per session.

Certificate: Optional assessments are available in the Asynchronous Online Learning Modules.

Time: 8 hours, total

  • 4 days, 2 hours each
  • 2 days, 4 hours each
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Training Levels

Options for instructional Brightspace use:

Spark

Description: Somewhat apprehensive of technology, frequently requires extra time to acquire technology skills and comfort.  Limited skills with an LMS. Uncomfortable with undefined jargon. Rarely attempts new technology or actions independently.

Recommended Path:

Synchronous Remote Workshops at the “Spark” pace, with supplemental Scaled Webinars. 

*To earn a certificate, complete the assessments in the asynchronous training

Ignite

Description: Neutral regarding new technology but occasionally needs extra time to acquire technology skills and comfort. Competent with an LMS but often requires repetition to grasp new skills.  Hesitant to try new technology or actions independently.

Recommended Path:

Synchronous Remote Workshops at the “Ignite” pace, with supplemental Scaled Webinars.

*To earn a certificate, complete the assessments in the asynchronous training modules after completing the Synchronous Remote workshop.

Blaze

Description:

Skilled in technology, utilizes current LMS well, learns quickly, but at a regular pace.

Recommended Path:

Scaled webinars combined with the asynchronous modules.

*To earn a certificate, complete the assessments in the asynchronous training modules after completing the Synchronous Remote workshop.

Bonfire

Description: Very skilled in technology, utilizes current LMS intricately. Ready for specialized tools/options.  Requires little-to-no hands-on instruction or assistance.

Recommended Path:

Asynchronous modules, supplemented with scaled webinars, if necessary.

*To earn a certificate, complete the assessments in the asynchronous training modules after completing the Synchronous Remote workshop.

Options for non-instructional Brightspace use:

  • Scaled webinars and asynchronous modules
    • Pick and choose the relevant topics to assist you with your Brightspace use needs.

Schedule

Cohort 1
  • Synchronous Remote
    • Cohort 1 Faculty Synchronous Remote training is ongoing (all Cohort 1 faculty)
    • Please check the registration site for updates, new sessions are added regularly
    • May and August 2022 training session for Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 are anticipated to fill QUICKLY 
      • Register early, consider getting training over the summer months, or participate in the scaled webinars
  • Scaled Webinars
    • Scaled webinar registration is open to ALL campuses, regardless of cohort
    • Please check the registration site for updates, new sessions are added regularly
    • Recordings are available on this DLE website under the Training tab, click on Webinars
      • You will need to log on using your campus credentials 
  • Asynchronous modules
    • Access to asynchronous modules will be staggered to accommodate the priority needs of Cohort 1, as well as the availability of faculty accounts in the new Brightspace environment
    • When your Brightspace account has been created, your campus will provide your login instructions
  • Fireside Chats
    • These informal 60-minute Brightspace Showcase sessions run on a bi-weekly basis
    • Check for schedule and registration information on this DLE website.  Click on the Training tab and select Fireside chats
    • Recordings of previous sessions are available on the Fireside page
Cohort 2
  • Synchronous Remote
    • Cohort 2 Pilot Faculty can now register for Synchronous Remote training. Use the registration link below
    • For Cohort 2 Faculty who are not a part of the pilot group, registration will open 6/1/2022
    • Please check the registration site for updates, new sessions are added regularly
    • May and August 2022 training session for Cohort 1 and Cohort 2 are anticipated to fill QUICKLY  
      • Register early, consider getting training over the summer months, or participate in the scaled webinars
  • Scaled Webinars
    • Scaled webinar registration is open to ALL campuses, regardless of cohort
    • Please check the registration site for updates, new sessions are added regularly
    • Recordings are available on this DLE website under the Training tab, click on Webinars
      • You will need to log on using your campus credentials 
  • Asynchronous modules
    • Access to asynchronous modules will be staggered to accommodate the priority needs of Cohort 1, as well as the availability of faculty accounts in the new Brightspace environment
    • When your Brightspace account has been created, your campus will provide your login instructions
  • Fireside Chats
    • These informal 60-minute Brightspace Showcase sessions run on a bi-weekly basis
    • Check for schedule and registration information on this DLE website.  Click on the Training tab and select Fireside chats
    • Recordings of previous sessions are available on the Fireside page
Cohort 3
  • Synchronous Remote
    • Cohort 3 Synchronous Remote training dates will be announced in August 2022
  • Scaled Webinars
    • Scaled webinar registration is open to ALL campuses, regardless of cohort
    • Please check the registration site for updates, new sessions are added regularly
    • Recordings are available on this DLE website under the Training tab, click on Webinars
      • You will need to log on using your campus credentials 
  • Asynchronous modules
    • Access to asynchronous modules will be staggered to accommodate the priority needs of Cohort 1, as well as the availability of faculty accounts in the new Brightspace environment
    • When your Brightspace account has been created, your campus will provide your login instructions
  • Fireside Chats
    • These informal 60-minute Brightspace Showcase sessions run on a bi-weekly basis
    • Check for schedule and registration information on this DLE website.  Click on the Training tab and select Fireside chats
    • Recordings of previous sessions are available on the Fireside page
Cohort 4
  • Synchronous Remote
    • Cohort 4 Synchronous Remote training dates will be announced in August 2022
  • Scaled Webinars
    • Scaled webinar registration is open to ALL campuses, regardless of cohort
    • Please check the registration site for updates, new sessions are added regularly
    • Recordings are available on this DLE website under the Training tab, click on Webinars
      • You will need to log on using your campus credentials 
  • Asynchronous modules
    • Access to asynchronous modules will be staggered to accommodate the priority needs of Cohort 1, as well as the availability of faculty accounts in the new Brightspace environment
    • When your Brightspace account has been created, your campus will provide your login instructions
  • Fireside Chats
    • These informal 60-minute Brightspace Showcase sessions run on a bi-weekly basis
    • Check for schedule and registration information on this DLE website.  Click on the Training tab and select Fireside chats
    • Recordings of previous sessions are available on the Fireside page
Instructional Designers
  • Synchronous Remote
    • Cohort 1 ID training is complete
    • Cohort 2 ID training is now open. Use the registration link below to sign up
    • Cohorts 3-4 ID training will be announced in August 2022
  • Scaled Webinars
    • Scaled webinar registration is open to ALL campuses, regardless of cohort
    • Please check the registration site for updates, new sessions are added regularly
    • Recordings are available on this DLE website under the Training tab, click on Webinars
      • You will need to log on using your campus credentials 
  • Asynchronous modules
    • Access to asynchronous modules will be staggered to accommodate the priority needs of Cohort 1, as well as the availability of faculty accounts in the new Brightspace environment
  • Fireside Chats
    • These informal 60-minute Brightspace Showcase sessions run on a bi-weekly basis
    • Check for schedule and registration information on this DLE website.  Click on the Training tab and select Fireside chats
    • Recordings of previous sessions are available on the Fireside page
OTTER Institute 2022

Online Teaching: Technology & Educational Resources
The Brightspace Edition! 
July 25 – 28, 2022

The SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD) OTTER Institute is an opportunity for online practitioners to learn more about the innovations, trends, and challenges with online education. This year we are responding to the DLE Implementation and focusing all our programming on the new Brightspace Learning Environment.  See examples of best practices for course design and delivery within Brightspace. Learn about the tools and features within Brightspace that will help you create and deliver effective and engaging digital course content.  

Topics covered:

  • Design Considerations
  • Brightspace Document Template 1
  • Brightspace Document Template 2
  • Getting Started Module
  • FAQs & Glossary
  • Rubrics
  • Groups
  • Discussions
  • Assignments
  • Quizzes
  • Pulse App
  • IM & Email
  • Attendance & Checklists
  • Awards/Certificates

The OTTER Institute is free to all SUNY campus members.  The webinars will be recorded and the recordings will be posted here: https://dle.suny.edu/recordings/

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Profile of Brightspace Features


Meet the Training Team

Jamie Heron, SUNY DLE Training Lead

SUNY Online Program Manager, SUNY Center for Professional Development

Jamie is an instructional designer with 20 years of online teaching experience, spanning 7 different learning management systems. She has conducted hundreds of workshops designed to assist faculty in acquiring the skills necessary to effectively use a new learning management system and to successfully migrate their materials (e.g., WebCT, ANGEL, Blackboard).  Jamie creates an engaging training experience, emphasizing the benefits and efficiencies of the Brightspace teaching environment, while maintaining a sensitivity to the individual needs and concerns of her workshop participants.

Robert Becker, SUNY Center for Professional Development

Robert is an instructional designer with over 35 years of teaching experience. Working for over a decade in digital learning environments, he has been at the forefront of distance learning in the humanities and fine arts.  Robert teaches in multiple modalities within the SUNY system, including face-to-face, fully online, and HyFlex courses.  In all of his teaching and training endeavors, Robert makes a point of seeking out innovations in educational best practices, technology, and content delivery strategies. 

Robert Piorkowski, SUNY Online 

Robert Piorkowski is the Assistant Director of Online Teaching for SUNY Online. He brings to the position a meaningful understanding of campus culture, online faculty development, instructional design, and online teaching. He is the principal designer of Open SUNY’s Instructional Designer Certificate Program adopted by OLC in 2016, for which he drew input from SUNY’s instructional designer community. Currently, he focuses on the implementation of  online teaching supports, services, and resources for remote and online faculty & campus IDs, and the continuous improvement in online course quality via OSCQR. Rob was an adjunct instructor for Cayuga Community College, where he taught French online for 14 years.

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