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Modes of Learning

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Learning at Empire State College

Empire State College offers students flexible learning opportunities that we call "modes of learning".  Simply put, the primary modes of learning at SUNY Empire State College include:

  • Independent Studies
  • Study Groups
  • Online Courses
  • Residencies

 

Students can also cross-register at other institutions and earn college credit via our prior learning assessment process, but these credit bearing options are better discussed with your primary mentor than on this website.

 

Whether you are new to college learning, have been out of school for a while or already have a few semesters completed here or someplace else, learning at SUNY Empire State College requires independent learning strategies that are a little different than other college learning experiences.  On this page, you will find some brief descriptions of our modes of learning and tips for how to more effectively study and enhance your success in each of these modes.

 

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Modes of Learning

 


 

Independent Studies

 

An independent study consists of a student and instructor (either your primary mentor or another Empire State College faculty member) meeting one-to-one together or at a distance.

    •  Understand all of your  learning contract (LC) - An LC specifies the topics to be studied, the activities to be carried out as part of the study (books to be read, papers to be written, problems to be solved, etc.) and the standards and expectations for successful completion and mastery of the subject.

    •  Make contact with your instructor about once every two weeks to maintain progress on the work.   

    • Make sure you bring up any questions or problems for clarification, so your instructor can provide guidance and advice about how to proceed. The two of you together will be able to better plan and organize the work to be done for the next interaction. 

Independent Study - Study Tips    

  • Set up first appointment/call
  • Clarify a schedule of interactions & due dates
  • Set deadlines if none or open-ended deadlines are provided
  • Get your books
  • Understand the assignments
  • Get organized - folders, notebook, online documents
  • Schedule regular devoted time to work

 

 

Study Groups

 

In a study group, small groups of students meet together with an instructor to explore a topic that is frequently an interdisciplinary or timely subject. The group provides discussion opportunities and access to films, guest speakers, and other learning resources (including other students).

    • Study groups typically meet every other week and learning on the non-meeting week is through students’ individualized learning, through engagement with other resources, activities, and/or projects. 
    • Understand all of your  learning contract  (LC)
    • The LC for a study group is usually very structured with assignment due dates and attendance expectations. 
    • Be sure to attend all study group meetings and engage in learning outside of class time.

 

Study Group Study - Study Tips 

    • Get all of your class meeting dates into your time management system.
    • Clarify a schedule of interactions & due dates
    • Set deadlines if none or open-ended deadlines are provided
    • Get your books • •Understand the assignments
    • Get organized - folders, notebook, online documents
    • Schedule regular devoted time to work

 

 

Residencies

 

Residency courses are structured and offer you the opportunity to interact with other students as well as the course instructor before, during and after the residency. The residency is a face-to-face series of meetings that typically have a plenary sessions focus on the theme and related topics and small group seminars. Interactions before and after the residency happen in online environments, and occasionally might include other face-to-face/online meetings. 

    • Residency courses are generally small groups (10-20) of student and an instructor. 
    • Your course will most likely use Moodlerooms or another online environment for you to communicate with your instructor and other members of the course at times that are convenient to youBut, you will have deadlines to meet. 
    • All the work for a residency course does not take place at the residency. You will have work before and after as well as at the face-to-face meeting(s).

 

Residency Course - Study Tips

    •  Review your learning contract and make sure you can attend all of the required meetings. Some residencies happen over the course of several days or single days at different times of the term.
    • A laptop is useful if you want to take notes or access class materials onsite at the residency. Most residency sites have free wireless.
    • Some residencies require travel. Be sure to read through all the information you are sent about residencies and prepare accordingly for your travels.
    • Get organized - folders, notebook, online documents – Be sure you know how to use the online components of the residency course.
    • Schedule regular devoted time to work before, during & after the residency.

 


Online Studies - Learning In Moodle

 

Online courses are structured and designed for groups of students.  They offer you the opportunity to interact with other students as well as the course instructor and in online discussions of the course material and group projects. 

    • Online courses are generally small groups (15-20) of student and an instructor. 
    • Online courses allow you to communicate with your instructor and other members of the course at times that are convenient to youBut, you will have deadlines to meet.
    • All your course interactions happen within an online password protected environment called Moodle (now owned by Blackboard so you might see Blackboard too). 
    • Do the Intro to Moodle Student Course & come to our Drop In Hours during PREVIEW WEEK or meet one on one with a Learning Coach.

 

Online Study - Study Tips  

    • Do the Intro to Moodle Student Course located under the Help tab on the navigation bar at the top of the Moodle page.

    • REVIEW the Course OVERVIEW/SYLLABUS to access the course content, schedule of interactions & due dates

    • Set deadlines if none or open-ended deadlines are provided

    • Review each and every module BEFORE you do any assignment. - READ and/or print the Module Overview if there is one.

    • Get organized - folders, notebook, online documents

    • Schedule regular devoted time to work

 

 

Other Information to Help You with Learning in Moodle -- Drop-in Hours - Help Documents

GettingStartedinMoodle.docx.pdf

 

Moodle Quick Tips.pdf

 

 

Other important information


IMPORTANT TIPS & Tricks in Moodle!!!

(More tips & tricks will be added as we hear about them)  

 

USE A WEBBROWSER on a laptop, PC, or Macintosh computer. DON'T use your Smartphone or Tablet - you will not be able to see all of your course. The best browser to use is Firefox.

 

To log into your courses you can to the Moodlerooms Web address:

www.esc.edu/moodle
Enter college login and password

 

To display a list of current courses:

Hover over the link for “My Courses” in the blue navigation bar.
Click course title to connect to course.

Note: The Future Courses block will display the courses registered for until the start of preview week -- then use My Courses"

 

If using a Blackboard Collaborate web-conference/presentation room as part of your Moodleroom course site

Be aware that the link to the web-conference will not appear until 30 minutes before the session is supposed to begin. Check with your course instructor for any additional information regarding live online sessions over the web. 

 

How to submit an assignment in the Moodle Dropbox


Moodle Assignments (aka Dropbox)

 

  1. Click orange "Add submission" button
  2. Next, under "File submissions" click on the "Add..." button
  3. On the left on choose "Upload a file"
  4. Next to Attachment choose Browse
  5. Now, choose the essay file from your computer.  Make sure your file is titled as first initial, last name, essay title"  with underscores. For example, "T_Jones_reflection_essay_3"
  6. In "Save as" enter the paper title followed by your name
  7. Choose "Upload this file"
  8. Next click "Save changes"

Additional Moodlerooms Resources: 

Click through the presentation below by using the arrows or by clicking on the presentation itself in Slideshare. This presentation shows students how to access resources and then simplifies a few ways to access resources and the most common things that students need to know in Moodlerooms.

 

Learn How to Learn at the Moodlerooms Learning Center

Everything to learn to use Moodlerooms.
www.esc.edu/moodleroomslearning
Enter college login and password.

 

Student Introduction to Moodlerooms: An online self-paced tutorial

https://moodle.esc.edu/course/view.php?id=4517
Enter college login and password.

 

Moodlerooms Knowledge Sharing Space:

Ask a question/Get an answer
https://moodle.esc.edu/course/view.php?id=4469
Enter college login and password.

Help Desk - use if you are having technical problems with your computer
Submit a ticket
www.esc.edu/techinfo

 

A Moodlerooms System Announcement

https://techinfo.esc.edu/kb_article.php?ref=9331-WRBM-9079&auth=84495dbd8936b8bc47b98abd27cb3e35 

 

Here are some links to help documents, videos and resources created by our Academic Support staff and others at the college to help you learn how to learn in our online learning environment, Moodle:

 

These Moodle videos were  created by the Faculty Instructional Technologist at the Hudson Valley Center

http://commons.esc.edu/marklewis/moodle-quickstarts/

 

 


 

 

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