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Suggested Reassignment Projects

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Faculty are invited to develop proposals on topics of interest and importance to them related to mentoring teaching, and learning. In addition, CML has identified the following priority areas for reassignment proposals, with the intention that recipients will share their work with both their Empire State colleagues and external audiences (e.g., through the CML web site, workshops, presentations and writings).

  1. Research on student learning outcomes and modes of study:

    Projects in this area would examine study outcomes, including student learning outcomes and student satisfaction with various learning modes employed across the college (i.e., study groups, both face-to-face and online; independent studies, both face-to-face and online; studies employing blended learning modes; online courses; classroom courses.) Methodologies might include review of relevant literature; surveys or interviews with students; review of documents and materials related to student learning experiences; examination of institutional data; or other approaches. Research might compare learning modes within or across the College’s academic centers. Inquiry could encompass additional questions such as the relationship between learning resources used within these various modes of study and learning outcomes. Collaboration with the Office for Planning and Institutional Effectiveness would be encouraged.

  2. Research on integrating academic skill development into studies across the curriculum,

    which can both enhance the mentor’s practice and be shared both internally and externally: Projects in this area might focus on skills such as critical thinking, reading, writing, information literacy, and basic computer skills. First framing intended learning outcomes that incorporate academic skill development, the mentor might design learning experiences aimed toward academic skill development in the context of the subject matter of the study. The mentor might explore relevant external literature, gather information on what is being done around the college, apply insights to her/his own study designs and materials, and design professional development experiences for ESC faculty.

  3. Research on and models for blended learning experiences at Empire State College,

    which can both enhance the mentor’s practice and be shared with ESC colleagues and external audiences: The mentor might explore relevant literature and query faculty to learn what models have been developed, develop blended learning experiences for a number of studies (both for groups and individuals), and design professional development experiences for ESC faculty.

  4. Other CML and college mission-related research or projects.