SUNY’s Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTechMOOC)

Your Name and Title: Roberta (Robin) Sullivan, Emerging Technologies Librarian & Head of Media Services

Library, School, or Organization Name: University at Buffalo Libraries, State University of New York

Co-Presenter Name(s): Cherie van Putten

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: Buffalo, NY

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): All libraries - but most suited to academic libraries

Short Session Description (one line): Learn how libraries of all types can take advantage of a self-paced online learning opportunity targeted to the needs of higher-ed students, faculty, and all those interested in the value and implications of using established and emerging technologies to transform knowledge consumers into knowledge creators and curators.

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Learn about the State University of New York “Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success” (#EmTechMOOC) /span> >. 

This self-paced online learning opportunity is targeted to the needs of students, faculty, and anyone with an interest to learn about the value and implications of using established and emerging technologies for personal and professional growth. 

This project consists of two associated parts; #EmTechMOOC and EmTechWIKI.

#EmTechMOOC is a Massive Open Online Course offered through the Coursera platform. The MOOC provides a supportive environment for dialogue and sharing among participants. EmTechWIKI is a socially-curated database to discover established and emerging technology tools, tutorials, and resources. The WIKI can be used as a stand-alone resource, or it can be used together with #EmTechMOOC.

This online learning opportunity supports a key goal of today's libraries to transform students from merely knowledge consumers to knowledge creators and curators.

The original inspiration for this project emerged from a professional development initiative aimed at improving librarians’ digital and media literacy skills. In 2010, the initiative was transformed into an assignment for the course, “Introduction to Information Technology,” for graduate students in the University at Buffalo's Library and Information Studies department. With its relevance and utility made clear, the project was redesigned to serve the needs and interests of faculty across SUNY, under the name Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP). This faculty professional development initiative was offered for 5-years

In its current format, EmTech is targeted to the needs and interests of students, instructors, and learners across the globe. In an ever-changing digital world, faculty and students need technology competencies to accomplish their goals. These aims require abilities to access, effectively use, and create information; to communicate and collaborate across time zones and geographic locations; and the ability to establish that the information found and shared with others is truthful and accurate. EmTech is a resource that enables participants to learn and hone their abilities to utilize information technologies comfortably and seamlessly.

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