Cloud-Based Technology Project Among 33 Statewide Proposals Selected as Part of Innovation Initiative

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- A project that will deliver a more extensive range of cloud-based technologies to students in SUNY Orange’s networking and cyber security programs has been selected to receive $20,000 as part of the State University of New York’s 2013 Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG) program, it was announced today by SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher.

The project, entitled “Introducing Virtualization via OpenStack ‘Cloud’ System to SUNY Orange Applied Technologies Students,” will allow the students in the networking and cyber security programs to utilize new, cutting-edge technologies that will help prepare them for real-world employment. At the same time, students will be able to broaden their portfolios so that they may become more successful in industry.

In addition to implementing the “cloud” system, faculty within the Applied Technology Department will also integrate innovative uses of instructional/teaching technology in order to improve student engagement and learning in those two programs. Instructor Chris Rigby and Cartmell Warrington, chair of the College’s Applied Technology Department, submitted the proposal and will oversee its implementation.

SUNY’s IITG program is designed to fund campus innovations and initiatives that have the potential to be replicated elsewhere within SUNY to benefit students and faculty across the state and worldwide.

“The IITG program has enabled our campuses to enhance the quality of a SUNY education by leveraging our systemness and bringing students the best that technology has to offer,” said SUNY Chancellor Zimpher. “This program is one of many that exemplify SUNY’s capacity to model innovative instructional practices for higher education nationally and globally. We look forward to seeing these outstanding ideas replicated across SUNY to benefit even more of our students, faculty and staff.”

The IITG competitive grant competition is open to SUNY faculty and staff across all disciplines. Recipients will openly share project outcomes, enabling SUNY colleagues state-wide to replicate and build upon the innovations. In its inaugural year, the 2012 program resulted in 117 grant proposals and 48 awarded grants. Of the 93 proposals submitted for this year’s competition, 33 were selected to receive awards.

Last year, SUNY Orange received nearly $13,000, in the inaugural year of the IITG program, to develop a series of customized video presentations and webinars related to the Accuplacer assessment instrument, which the College uses to determine if applicants to the College are required to take developmental courses in reading, writing and math before being able to register for college-level courses in those areas.

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