Current Research

The University at Buffalo Open Education Research Lab is currently conducting the following studies.

MOOCs, Motivation and Badges

We are measuring initial student motivation to enroll in two SUNY MOOCs and look for correlations to assessment-based feedback.

In addition, because motivation does not remain static, it is important to reconsider whether student motivation changes mid-way through the MOOC, and finally at the completion of the MOOC.

Research findings could lead to better identification of what motivates a student to complete a MOOC and how SUNY MOOC designers can leverage that motivation better.

SUNY Open Educational Resources: Improving Faculty Discovery and Adoption

We are studying faculty discovery and adoption of Open Education Resources (OERs).

Faculty are given access to discovery tools through SUNY Affordable Learning Solutions and consulting services through SUNY Libraries and Lumen Learning; modularized and improved interoperability and multimedia in the collection of existing Open SUNY textbooks; and embedded assessments in OER courses.

Faculty are then surveyed and interviewed about their process of OER adoption, OER alignment with course learning outcomes, and increased student completion and success in OER courses.

The study is taking place across multiple campuses including the University at Buffalo; Colleges at Geneseo, Brockport, Buffalo, Herkimer, and Clinton; College of Environmental Science and Forestry; Fulton-Montgomery Community College; and Tompkins Cortland Community College. Funding this work is the SUNY Provost’s Innovative Instruction Technology Grant program.