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Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP)

Discovery Learning On-demand Professional Development
by Robin Sullivan on 12 April 2014

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Transcript of Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP)

George Siemens

Thomas P. Mackey and Trudi E. Jacobson

Ross Dawson
Significant trends in learning:
Many learners will move into a variety of different, possibly unrelated fields over the course of their lifetime.
Informal learning is a significant aspect of learning.
Learning is a continual process, lasting for a lifetime.
Tools of Engagement:
On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development
Instructional technologies are constantly evolving and changing the way students and faculty collaborate, communicate and share information
In today’s society it's essential
to effectively navigate vast
amounts of information
Familiarity with collaborative Web 2.0 skills is essential
Self-directed and life long learners
To keep pace with inevitable technological changes we must learn to be
Discovery Activities
Online communities
Photo Sharing
Audio & Video
There's an App for That!
Social Bookmarking
Blogs & Wikis
Citation Management
Other Tools
Objective - encourage faculty & staff to explore new instructional technologies to use in teaching

Upon completion of the Tools of Engagement Project, participants will be able to:
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Created for The Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenberg County by Helene Blowers
Badges and certificates of completion
Eligible for Professional Development Awards ($300 value)
Other incentives include iTunes gift cards
ALL faculty & staff from TOEP participating campuses*
Register for TOEP
We'll then send you a link to a survey
Your anonymous responses will
contribute to an understanding
about effective professional development
Explore other resources
Complete discovery activities
Reflect in online discussions how these tools could be used
Regularly comment on your colleagues posts
Post-survey will be sent at conclusion of pilot
Funding renewal for Phase 2 is through a
SUNY Innovative Instructional Technology Grant (IITG)

Project Partners:
Roberta (Robin) Sullivan - University at Buffalo
Nathan Whitley-Grassi - Empire State College
Kathleen Gradel - SUNY Fredonia
Cindi Tysick - University at Buffalo
Cherie van Putten - Binghamton University
Beth Burns - Finger Lakes Community College
Shufang Shi - SUNY Cortland
Lisa Raposo - SUNY CPD
On-demand professional development
Set of web-based discovery learning activities
Not an online course but instead provides access to resources to explore at your own pace
UB students participated in this activity for
LIS 506 - Introduction to Information Technology
Department of Library and Information Studies
What is TOEP?
Personally document progress and reflect on discoveries in the TOEP Google+ Community.
Apply practical knowledge about using a variety of freely available online tools, for teaching and learning.
Explore and reflect on innovative and creative uses of online instructional tools for instruction.
Watch an introductory video:
TOEP encourages a learning community
Incentives awarded through
an online peer-review process:
Spend as little as 30 min. or up to 3 hours per week
Register by Jan. 31st deadline to be considered for incentives
Activities must be completed by March 3rd, 2014

Check out the TOEP website:

Contact the SUNY TOEP Team:
TOEP: giving you the power to engage,
interact, & collaborate in the digital world

Project evolution
Want to learn more?
What the research says
Transliteracy - Ability to read, write, and communicate
across multiple platforms.
Metaliteracy - Metacognitive approach that combines multiple literacies in an integrated framework with an emphasis on producing and sharing information
Building Success in a Connected World
Collaborative Spaces
Social Networks
* Including adjunct faculty, librarians, Teaching/Graduate Assistants, doctoral candidates,
and Post Docs employed through SUNY (see TOEP FAQs).
Introductory video - length 1 1/2 min.
University at Buffalo
Buffalo State
SUNY Fredonia
Binghamton University
SUNY Cortland
Empire State College
Finger Lakes Community College
Brockport University
Fashion Institute of Technology
Purchase College

Dawson, Ross, May 12, and 2011 at 12:41 Pm. “Keynote Slides: Building Success in a Connected World.” Trends in the Living Networks. Web. 27 Sept. 2013. Retrieved from:

Mackey, T. P., & Jacobson, T. E. (2011). Reframing information literacy as a metaliteracy. College & Research Libraries, 72(1), 62-78. Retrieved from:

Siemens, George. "Connectivism: A learning theory for the digital age."International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning 2.1 (2005): 3-10. Retrieved from:

Sullivan, R., Burns, B., Gradel, K., Shi, S., Tysick, C., van Putten, C.. Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP): On-demand Discovery Learning Professional Development. Journal of Educational Technology Systems, 41(3). Retrieved from:
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