The SUNY Board of Trustees has endorsed the implementation of “Open SUNY,” an ambitious plan aimed at encouraging the evolution and growth of online learning opportunities throughout the SUNY system.
According to the press release, SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher estimates that Open SUNY “will add 100,000 degree-seeking students to the enrollment total within three years, and that it will contribute to the feasibility of three-year undergraduate degree programs and five-year graduate degree programs.”
Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC’s) are included among the resolutions in the plan — both a push for SUNY to get more involved in the creation of MOOC’s and for SUNY to explore ways students can receive appropriate credit for taking MOOC’s. As noted in the Chronicle’s coverage of Open SUNY, “nontraditional models for awarding college credit” is a topic that is garnering increasing attention nationally.
The plan also encourages the creation and evaluation of innovative and open approaches to education and scholarship, including: “Open Education Resources, Open Access Journals, Open E-Textbooks, and Open Courseware.” The UB Libraries’ Scholarly Communication website provides information for those interested in learning more about open access.