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:


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.



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.

Independent Study - Study Tips    



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 Group Study - Study Tips 





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 Course - Study Tips


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 Study - Study Tips  



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



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:
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.

Learning Online - Moodle from Northeast Center, Office of Academic Support, SUNY Empire State College


Learn How to Learn at the Moodlerooms Learning Center

Everything to learn to use Moodlerooms.
Enter college login and password.


Student Introduction to Moodlerooms: An online self-paced tutorial
Enter college login and password.


Moodlerooms Knowledge Sharing Space:

Ask a question/Get an answer
Enter college login and password.

Help Desk - use if you are having technical problems with your computer
Submit a ticket


A Moodlerooms System Announcement 


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





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