SUNY Canton Gets $80,000 in Grant Funding for Course Innovation

Two SUNY Canton faculty members will be receiving $40,000 grants for course development from the State University of New York Course Redesign Initiative.

Both will be using the funding to augment entry-level classes with ground-breaking improvements and learning enhancements.

“We received two of the 10 grants issued statewide,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “These are highly competitive grants, and I applaud our English and Biology faculty members for developing unique and innovative plans for their courses.”

Christopher Sweeney, Assistant Professor of Humanities and Graphic and Multimedia Design Program Director, explained that he submitted a plan to enhance student learning outcomes by integrating technology. “We’ve redesigned Expository Writing and Oral and Written Expression to integrate more online components,” Sweeney said.

Both courses will be divided into online lessons that allow students to fully grasp course objectives through self-paced online lessons, while maintaining face-to-face class time as necessary. “It will be similar to some of our hybrid courses we’ve previously designed with SUNY Canton OnLine,” Sweeney said.

Entry-level biology courses taught by Instructor Ronald Tavernier will undergo innovative changes as well and will utilize an additional faculty position. The added faculty member will provide extended office hours and respond to students’ discussions and questions via SUNY Canton OnLine, further improving the faculty to student ratio in these two courses.

The Humanities and Biology courses are among the most popular entry-level courses at the college. The redesigned courses aim to help more students excel in each curriculum and enhance their overall college experience. Pilot programs of each redesigned course are scheduled to be offered in Spring 2009.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs, as well as three master’s degrees in conjunction with SUNYIT, Utica. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 65 courses online each semester. The college’s athletic teams have joined the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years.

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