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eLearning Faculty Academy

The eLearning Faculty Academy is a training initiative developed by the Center for Innovative Pedagogy (CIP), with support from the college-wide Distance Education Committee (DEC). The term "eLearning" covers fully online and hybrid/blended courses. 

 The purpose of the Academy is two-fold:

  1. Equip faculty who are new to eLearning with the tools to develop courses and effectively use their teaching talents in an online format.
  2. Introduce new innovations to "veteran" eLearning faculty who are dedicated to significantly revising their courses.

The Academy is not solely restricted to faculty who wish to teach in one of the online modalities. All who are interested are encouraged to apply. Each module's content within the Academy can easily be applied to face-to-face course(s). However, due to limited seat availability, preference will be given to applicants wanting to teach in the online modality.

The main goals of the Academy are to provide:

  1. All participants with an overview of eLearning at the College,
  2. A semester-long fun and engaging eLearning training program,
  3. Instructional technology assistance in course development,
  4. Resources to the faculty member to develop an eLearning course over the duration of the eLearning Faculty Academy, and
  5. Assistance to the participants in being as close to complete with their eLearning course as possible.

Time commitment and obligations:

The eLearning Faculty Academy will operate as a hybrid/blended program with content in Blackboard Learn and will have formal face-to-face meetings every other Friday from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in the CIP office located in the Huntington Library on the Ammerman Campus. Even though six hours are assigned to the face-to-face sessions, there are some sessions that will be shorter and the excess time will be dedicated to one-on-one help, if so desired.

To successfully complete the Academy each participant will adhere to the following requirements:

Attendance commitment:

  • Attendance in the face-to-face Friday sessions is mandatory.  Faculty members should not be scheduled to teach during the hours the Academy is in session. Please contact the Director of CIP if there are any issues or concerns.
  • Each participant is allowed one absence. Please alert the Academy Coordinator and/or your assigned facilitator of any absence.

Participation commitment:

  • All online course material must be completed by the due dates provided in Blackboard Learn.
  • Meet with your assigned facilitator at least twice.

Throughout the eLearning Faculty Academy, participants will be requested to fill out anonymous surveys. It is important for the participants to know that all feedback will be used to improve future faculty experiences in the eLearning Faculty Academy.

What can you expect to have completed on the final day?

The Academy is meant as your gateway into the wonderful world of academic technology-infused content and the road to becoming an online certified faculty member at Suffolk. At the end of the Academy, each participant will have completed the following:

  1. Course map
  2. A "Getting Started" course module
  3. Two additional modules of your choosing
  4. A course outline that is revised to reflect the online nature of the course
  5. Conditional certification to teach one online/hybrid/blended course

Each participant's course map will be reviewed by DEC for consistency.

The final step in becoming an online certified faculty member will be during the first semester you choose to teach the online/hybrid/blended course. Upon successful completion of the online observation with your department chair, you will be granted full status as an online faculty member.

E-Mail Questions to:  ROBIN HILL

SUNY Online Help Desk

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Suffolk Help

For assistance with any of the issues below, please go to Suffolk Help and submit a ticket in the appropriate section.

  • Reporting problems with Blackboard
  • Authorizing department chair observations
  • Removing bumped instructors
  • Merging cross-listed courses
  • Enrolling users