About SUNY Cobleskill:
The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill has a rich academic tradition that spans nearly 100 years. Today, over 2,500 students are enrolled in the 52 associate and baccalaureate degree programs offered through The School of Agriculture and Natural Resources (Ag/NR) and The School of Business and Liberal Arts & Sciences (B&LA&S). SUNY Cobleskill, Tech College, prides itself on the student experiential way of learning.
About Project WAVE-ExSEL:
WAVE-ExSEL will explore use of wearable technologies, including Google Glass, integrated with other information technologies (Video/AV, and others) therein to provide an instructor point of view (POV) in support of experiential learning across two semesters. Wearable technologies have the potential to bridge an instructional gap from the time classroom instruction (theory) is delivered prior to field practice and application. During the initial phase of this project, integration technology issues will be addressed (ability to transmit information across campus and external networks, ease of content capture and re-purpose/re-distribution via video streaming, and initial student instruction regarding privacy, security and intersection with regulator matters such as FERPA, HIPPA, etc.). This will be followed by deployment of wearable technology in applied learning environments across two programs: Hoof Health and Paramedic Training. Common learning objectives/issues under exploration include: Does use of wearable technology speed acquisition of student competency? What affect does introduction of wearable technology have on instruction and peer (and patient) interaction? Does use of instructor POV help bridge student understanding of theory to applied practice? How does use of wearable technology translate across different instructional programs (Paramedic Training vs. Hoof Health)? Assessment Rubrics specific to introduction of wearable technology have been developed with the expectation that this pilot (including advisement from faculty at Cornell Cooperative Extension and others) will be used for future application to federal programs that support continuing education in health and agriculture.
About the Hoof Health and Lameness Distance Learning Seminar:
In 2014 the College partnered with Cornell Cooperative extension to offer a distance learning program/seminar series on this. For the Spring 2014, the College will provide multi-site program delivery on Hoof Health and Lameness for cattle. The idea is to make the program available via web conferencing technologies. The College will be both receiving content from remote locations and will offer the hands-on lab portion of this experience at the Collegeâ€™s dairy barn later this Spring 2014 when that portion of the total program delivery is scheduled. The hands-on lab portion will ultimately demonstrate the use of portable diagnostic devices (ultrasound/sonogram, laptops, tablets and smart phones). The goal will be to provide this and other similar hands-on programs/seminars on a regular basis.
About the Paramedic Simulator Lab:
In 2013, the College invested $150,921 in facilities renovations to setup the campus Paramedic Sim-Lab. The Paramedic Sim-Lab provides near real world environments that students will use for their academic, training, and evaluations for obtaining degrees/certifications. There are a total of 16 room that comprise the Sim-Lab, where the campus invested $24,486.16 in technology therein. Each room is fully networked (wired/wireless) with video cameras for video capture and large monitor for video playback. The Paramedic degree program fills a rapidly expanding medical role that is gaining in demand. As an allied healthcare professional, the paramedic is the most highly trained EMS provider in the pre-hospital setting where the College will ultimately provide real world learning environments, and the latest in medical and IT (ECG monitoring and 12-lead ECG, defibrillation, IV therapy, laptops/tablets) for use therein so that its students are the best prepared upon graduation.
About the use of Wear-able Technologies
Wearable technology refers to devices that can be worn by users, taking the form of an accessory such as jewelry, sunglasses, a backpack, or even actual items of clothing like shoes or a jacket. Often discreet, a person who comes into contact with someone wearing a device may not even realize that the article of clothing is a piece of technology. The benefit of wearable technology is that it can conveniently integrate tools, devices, power needs, and connectivity within a userâ€™s everyday life and movements. SUNY Cobleskill has selected to use Google Glass wear-able technology for this project. Google Glass has a very strong possibility of extending the mobility of learning, further connecting learners to each other as well as to those facilitating their learning, and serving as another collaborative learning tool that can be integrated into the learning process at many levels. This project will demonstrate, through the use of Google Glass, how wear-able technology can significantly improve how students interact with video tutorials and follow instructor, conduct hand-on (and hand free) demonstrations and presentations. This will allow SUNY Cobleskill to hone its IT Services in both BYOD and WYOD (wear your own device) support that it can share with other SUNY campuses.
About the use of Video Streaming/Conferencing Technologies
A video streaming solution is desired to provide secure, reliable access to video content. Initially the content will consist of lectures, guest speakers, training materials, and recorded lab sessions.. Secure access to the content must be provided as well as integration into the Collegeâ€™s (and SUNYâ€™s) Federated/Sign On solution. The ability to make content available to the public is also desired. Growth in to unlimited licensing is desired long term as more academic programs are included over the coming years. This project will demonstrate how to provide useable interfaces for students, faculty, and staff to upload material (raw and/or edited) in a streamlined fashion, as well as, provide the ability to place links to videos within our current LMS. The system will provide a variety of media formats with the ability to serve video to a variety of platforms, including Android, iPhone, and iPad. This project will also show how to provide detailed usage learning metrics and statistics of streaming requests, popular content, media storage, and average bandwidth utilization, etc. SUNY Cobleskill will take advantage of ITEC hosting services with Ensemble video storage & streaming for this project. SUNY Cobleskill will utilize Googleâ€™s Chrombox solution for video conferencing purposes as well as Blackboard (BB) Collaborate (via ITEC) for distance learning sessions within both academic programs.