Event Resources

Surveying the Landscape of Distance Education at Stonybrook University




Event Resources

Symposium Presentations & Videos

Carey Hatch Luncheon Keynote Speech

Support and Professional Associations for Online Educators

SUNY Learning Network:  Faculty Development Webinars (open to all Stony Brook faculty)

University Continuing & Professional Education Association (UPCEA):  UPCEA is the association for leaders in professional, continuing, and online education. It serves 365 institutions, including most of the leading public and private colleges and universities in North America. The association provides innovative conferences and specialty seminars, research and benchmarking information, professional networking opportunities, and timely publications.

SLOAN Consortium (SLOAN-C) SLOAN-C the leading professional online learning society devoted to advancing quality e-Education learning into the mainstream of education through its community. Sloan-C is dedicated to providing access to high quality e-Education to individuals, institutions, professional societies and the corporate community.

Quality Matters: The Quality Matters (QM) Program is a nationally recognized, faculty-centered, peer review process designed to certify the quality of online courses and online components. Colleges and universities across and beyond the U.S. use the tools in developing, maintaining and reviewing their online courses and in training their faculty. The QM rubric has become the most widely used set of standards for the design of online and blended courses at the college level. Today, more than 700 colleges and universities subscribe to the non-profit Quality Matters Program.  The QM Process for continuous improvement is the framework for quality assurance efforts in online learning and provides effective professional development for faculty making the transition into distance education.

Articles on Teaching Online

  • The Connected Learning Environment, Educause Brief, 2012

    “The ‘e’ in e-learning initially meant electronic. Now it means everyone and
    everywhere. It means effective and engaged experiences. It means experiential.
    Now we’re talking about the connected learner.”
    —Elliott Masie, CEO, The Masie Center

  • How to be an Effective Online Professor, Andrew Hibel, Higher Ed Jobs,  August,2013
    With the number of students taking online classes increasing, the need for instructors to be versed in the world of online teaching also increases. What are some best practices of online teaching? Do MOOCs have a place in the higher education learning market? How will the virtual classroom evolve? These questions and other useful topics are discussed in this month's interview with online teaching expert, Dr. Rena Palloff.


  • The 10 Biggest Myths About Synchronous Online Teaching,
    Key Takeaways
    • Reaching agreement on the convenience of online classes is easy, but arguing in favor of a synchronous learning experience in a virtual classroom is harder.

    • Debunking the top 10 myths about synchronous online teaching helps refute the arguments against it, while the transformational nature of online teaching can convert skeptics into supporters.

    • With adequate support for their online efforts, would-be online educators can embark on their own synchronous online teaching adventures — and fly!