Posts Tagged ‘Marela Fiacco’

SUNY Canton Online Leaders Present at Annual Conference

Friday, June 4th, 2010

SUNY Canton OnLine LogoOnline education and distance learning have become integral parts of SUNY Canton over the last several years and three members of the College’s faculty/staff gave presentations recently about its benefits, logistics, and impacts on campus.

Debra M. Backus, assistant professor of nursing, Marela Fiacco, director of international programs, and Kyle Brown, director of online learning, presented at the Conference on Instructional Technologies (CIT) 2010, hosted by SUNY Plattsburgh in late May.

CIT is SUNY’s largest and most prominent event on instructional technology in education, providing a forum for faculty, instructional support professionals, and policymakers to present, discuss, and explore innovative avenues for integrating technology into the teaching and learning environment.

Backus’ presentation, titled “SUNY and United University Professions (UUP): Partners in Online Education Phase II”, was the result of collaborative efforts with two faculty members from other SUNY institutions.

The presentation focused partly on data collected from a CIT 2009 survey regarding online education and distance learning. It also included nationwide trends in online learning as well as trends at SUNY institutions. Part of the presentation highlighted the exponential growth of SUNY Canton’s online learning and the impact it has on the faculty, staff and the College. The presentation also addressed the issues of employee workload and ownership of course content as both have come to the forefront in discussions surrounding online and distance learning.

Fiacco and Brown teamed up for “Crossing Global Boundaries”, a presentation focused on methods of distance learning and SUNY Canton’s success internationally with several partner institutions. Part of the presentation included information on how the College was able to work so closely with the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina since 2006 and graduate its first cohort in May 2010, using online delivery methods and videoconferencing.

“Course management platforms have made international programs possible today that, only a few years ago, were inconceivable,” Fiacco said. “Students with access to the internet can now participate in an international learning experience without the cost and inconvenience of international travel and gain the skills necessary to compete in the highly-specialized and increasingly globalized job market.”

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SUNY Canton Links with American University in the Emirates

Friday, April 23rd, 2010

SUNY Canton has continued its international expansion by joining with the American University in the Emirates (AUE) in Dubai.

Signing ceremony with American University and SUNY Canton.

Muthanna G. Abdul Razzaq, president and CEO of AUE, and Nabeel A. Jurdi, the university’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, recently visited Canton to officially sign the necessary agreements that will allow their students to earn SUNY Canton degrees.

“This partnership with an internationally renowned university is especially beneficial as we continue our international growth,” said SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “We’re positioning ourselves as the college with the most international programs in the entire SUNY system.”

SUNY Canton plans to offer its four-year Finance program, and AUE officials expressed interest in three other four-year programs. “They’ve expressed an interest in our graphic and multimedia design program and several others,” noted Marela Fiacco, SUNY Canton’s coordinator of international programs. “This agreement should prove to be as successful as our dual degree programs with international universities.”

SUNY Canton currently links with the American University in Bosnia Herzegovina and Lomonosov-Moscow State University. All classes are offered using an online or distance learning format. The college has also developed summer programs for each contingent of international students. Each year students travel from their home countries to visit SUNY Canton and take classes in person.

International Delegations Arrive at SUNY Canton

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

Ukrainian Academics to Present, Oct. 29

SUNY Canton officials will be meeting with two delegations from overseas schools over the next week to begin the process of expanding the college’s international programs.

Faculty from the career-driven Dental Hygiene program will be receiving a delegation of Japanese dental hygienists on Thursday, Oct. 22. A second contingent of academics from Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs in Ukraine will be on campus on Monday, Oct. 26, to review the College’s Criminal Justice curricula.

(From Left) SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble, Dr. Keita Taguchi, Dr. Takuya Okyama, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy

(From Left) SUNY Canton Provost William R. Trumble, Dr. Keita Taguchi, Dr. Takuya Ohyama, SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy

“Our international programs began with a duel-degree program with Moscow about five years ago,” noted SUNY Canton President Joseph L. Kennedy. “That program allowed us to expand our courses, and our classrooms, to students from more places. The articulations add a global approach to our signature programs.”

The delegation of Ukrainian Academics became connected with SUNY Canton through Assistant Professor Tom G. Dempsey, who has taught in Ukraine. Recently, Dempsey and Provost William R. Trumble, along with other College officials visited Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs to begin the process of offering the College’s Criminal Justice, Criminal Investigation, and related programs in the former Soviet Union.

“By the end of this visit, we hope to create the plans to offer our courses at their college through on-line, distance learning, or exchange and on-campus programs,” Trumble said. “We hope to design and sign a memorandum of understanding that will allow the two colleges to collaborate further.”

During their visit, the four Ukrainian guests will be holding a symposium on the global recession and its impact on the eastern European criminal justice system from 12 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 29, in Woodcock Conference suite 212. The event is free and open to both the college community and the general public.

Director of International Initiatives Marela Fiacco said that Dental Hygiene is a rapidly growing career in Japan. “During this visit, we’ll be looking to create a three-day workshop at our state-of-the-art Dental Hygiene Clinic in Rome (N.Y),” she said. “Our Japanese visitors are very interested in our techniques and program.”

The Japanese visitors will be meeting with Dental Hygiene Professor Susan Willette. The two-year Dental Hygiene program is offered in conjunction with Mohawk Valley Community College with labs and classroom facilities at the Veteran’s Administration at Griffis Technology Complex. Willette oversees the four-year Dental Hygiene program offered online through SUNY Canton OnLine.

“Geographic boundaries are not a concern for the bachelor’s degree program,” Willette said. “In the future, we could offer the program via virtual classrooms and online course delivery to students anywhere in the world.”

During the summer months, the college hosts on-campus students from Lomonosov Moscow State University in Russia, and students from the American University in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

SUNY Canton offers a wide variety of career-driven bachelor’s, associate, and certificate programs. Most of SUNY Canton’s new four-year programs are designed so students can take them on-campus, online, or both. SUNY Canton OnLine features more than 100 courses online each semester. The College’s athletic teams belong to the NAIA’s Sunrise Conference, enabling students to compete in their respective sports for four years. Construction is now underway for the College’s new Convocation, Athletic, and Recreation Center.

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