June 3, 2011

SUNY Empire State College Center for Distance Learning Honors the College's 40th Anniversary

~ Video of Stephen Downes’ and Paul Boyer’s Presentations Now Online~

(SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. – June 1, 2011) – SUNY Empire State College’s Center for Distance Learning celebrated the college’s 40th anniversary by reflecting on the past,

CDL's Interim Dean Tom Mackey opens the 40th anniversary  conference

CDL's Interim Dean Tom Mackey opens the 40th anniversary  conference.

“SUNY Empire State College was founded on a set of great ideas and great ideas persist over time,” said Tom Mackey, dean of the college’s Center for Distance Learning. “Moreover, SUNY Empire State College’s learner-centered philosophy informed innovations such as mentoring, degree planning, open learning, and our interactive online courses at the Center for Distance Learning. At SUNY Empire State College, higher education is driven by the interests, schedule and pace of the learner allowing us to continuously innovate 40 year later.”

Conference presentations by Stephen Downes, internationally recognized authority on distance and online learning, and Paul Boyer’86, adjunct mentor at the Center for Distance Learning, and son of former SUNY Chancellor Ernest L. Boyer, the driving and force behind the creation of the college, are now available on the college’s 40th anniversary Web site.

Stephen Downes presents on “Connectivism”

Stephen Downes presents on "Connectivism."

Downes introduced the concept of e-learning 2.0 and, with George Siemens, developed and defined the concept of “ Connectivism,” using the social network approach to deliver open online courses.

He also developed some of Canada’s first online courses at Assiniboine Community College in Brandon, Manitoba.

Boyer reflected on the college’s formative years and discussed his own experience learning and mentoring at the college.

Paul Boyer discusses the college's early days as President Davis looks on

Paul Boyer discusses the college's early days as President Davis looks on.

In addition to an undergraduate degree from the college, Boyer holds a doctorate from Penn State University and he has taught at a variety of higher education institutions from small community colleges to large state universities, both onsite and online. To view the presentations please visit the college’s 40th anniversary web page.

A photo gallery of the Center for Distance Learning Conference is available here .

About SUNY Empire State College

Celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2011, SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York. Students learn through independent studies, online courses, seminars and residencies. Learners also may earn credit for prior college-level learning from work and life experience.

The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 60,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, not-for-profit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more.

For additional information, visit www.esc.edu. For more on the 40th anniversary, please follow this link.

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