About this Project
Q. What is the goal of this project?
A. The goal of “Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success” is to help participants understand the value and implications of using established and emerging technology tools for personal and professional growth. This online learning opportunity helps participants acquire strategies to develop lifelong learning habits to keep pace with technology change.
Q. Who should participate?
A. This project benefits ALL learners, including college students, faculty, current and career-seeking professionals, and anyone from across the globe with a desire to learn how to use emerging technologies to succeed in today’s rapidly changing world.
Q. What is the difference between EmTech, #EmTechMOOC & EmTechWIKI?
A. The complete title of this course is, “Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success.” The abbreviated form is EmTech. This project is also referred to as #EmTechMOOC, which is our social media hashtag. A hashtag is simply a term used within a message to identify a keyword or topic of interest and help to categorize and track topics and to search for related information.
EmTechWIKI is a socially-curated discovery search engine to locate freely-available tools, mobile apps, tutorials, and resources to share information about the continually changing technologies that are available. Everyone is welcome to modify and add content to EmTechWIKI.
EmTechWIKI was built to complement the Discovery Exercises in #EmTechMOOC and it can also be used as a stand-alone resource.
After creating an account, anyone can make edits and changes to EmTechWIKI to keep the tools and resources that are featured on the site current and up-to-date. Because technology changes so rapidly, we rely on the wisdom of the crowd to share and rate new tools. Site visitors can also highlight valued resources by providing a positive rating. No account is needed to rate the EmTechWIKI resources. Just click the green up arrow icon underneath the item’s title when viewing the full description. When a technology falls out of favor or is no longer a recommended option, the resource can be given a negative rating by clicking the red down arrow. Additional information about how to make changes is found under the “Contribute” menu.
#EmTechMOOC is a Coursera Massive Open Online Course, also called a MOOC, which provides a structured course to explore emerging technologies and a supportive environment for dialogue and sharing among participants. You will be directed to EmTechWIKI from the MOOC course to help you locate tools and resources to complete the Discovery Exercises.
Q. What topics are covered in #EmTechMOOC?
A. The topics of the modules in #EmTechMOOC in the Coursera course include Lifelong Learning and the 4Cs of 21st-century skills including Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. A final module in the course provides an opportunity to summarize and reflect upon your learning.
Q. Who is responsible for creating this MOOC?
A. This project was originally funded through a SUNY Provost’s Innovative Instruction Technology Grant (IITG) awarded to the University at Buffalo, Binghamton University, SUNY Center for Professional Development (CPD), and additional partner campuses. Funding was also awarded through a University at Buffalo Professional Pathways grant. This project would not be possible without the significant contributions of many institutions and the people who helped it become the great resource that it is!
Q. What is the history of #EmTechMOOC?
A. This project is modeled after the SUNY Tools of Engagement Project (TOEP) (http://suny.edu/toep ). TOEP ran successfully for 5 years as SUNY-wide professional development to encourage faculty and staff to explore and reflect on the use of emerging technology tools to expand tech-infused pedagogy.
Enrolling in #EmTechMOOC
Q. How do I enroll in #EmTechMOOC?
A. If you are a student, faculty, staff, alumni, or an affiliated partner from one of the 64 SUNY campuses and you have a SUNY-based email, see the following question for specific instructions about how to enroll in #EmTechMOOC. If you do not have an email address from a SUNY campus, you can enroll directly through Coursera.
How to Enroll in #EmTechMOOC using a Non-SUNY Email Address
Q. How do I enroll at no cost if I am affiliated with a SUNY institution?
A. Every State University of New York (SUNY) student, faculty, staff, alumni, and anyone with a formal SUNY-partnership may participate for free and earn a verified Coursera Certificate of Completion and an #EmTechMOOC Completer Badge. SUNY affiliates must register through the EmTech homepage using a SUNY-based email address
Steps to Login to #EmTechMOOC Using a SUNY Email Address
- If you do not have a Coursera account that uses a SUNY campus email address, you need to first sign up and create an account on Coursera.
(Always use a password that is different than the one you use to access your official campus email services.)
- You will need to verify your Coursera account by clicking the link that is sent to your email.
- After you successfully create a Coursera account, click the following link to Enroll with SUNY Email, or click the button on the EmTech homepage. (Do NOT click Log In with Facebook or Log In with your Organization.)
- Enter your campus email and your Coursera password.
- Finally, click the Accept Invitation button that will display.
* Note: SUNY Alumni and anyone with a formal SUNY-partnership (i.e., Center for Online International Learning (COIL) instructional partners) can enroll by using a campus email address. If a SUNY campus-based email address is unavailable, contact the #EmTechMOOC team and provide proof that you are SUNY alumni or that you are in a formal partnership agreement and we will manually process your enrollment request.
How to Enroll in #EmTechMOOC using a SUNY-based Email Address
Q. Can I enroll at no cost if I live in New York State?
A. If you live in New York State you may be eligible to enroll in Coursera courses at no cost. Refer to the NYS Department of Labor website for information.
Q. What if I am already enrolled in Coursera for Campus (C4C), Coursera Workforce Recovery, or another Coursera offer?
A. Follow the instructions provided by your institution or organization. If you have already created your Coursera account you can search the Coursera catalog and enroll directly into #EmTechMOOC.
Q. What if I have trouble enrolling?
A. If you have trouble enrolling:
- Create a Coursera account first by going directly to the Coursera website: http://coursera.org
- Come back to the EmTech homepage and follow the enrollment process: http://suny.edu/emtech
- If you still have difficulty, contact Coursera Support or the #EmTechMOOC team.
Q. When is the enrollment date?
A. Enroll at any time. You can start to work on the course as soon as you register. The Coursera timeline and activity deadlines are meant to keep you on track and motivated. You can learn at your own pace and proceed as fast (or as slow) as you’d like. You can Reset your personal deadlines as needed.
What’s in it for me?
Q. What are the benefits of participating?
A. Enrolling in #EmTechMOOC encourages you to take control of your own learning. Throughout the course, you can explore the project resources and reflect on your personal learning. You will gain experience giving and receiving constructive feedback, a skill that is useful in any academic or professional setting. Full completion of this program will also result in a completed personal ePortfolio. The biggest reward you will gain by participating in #EmTechMOOC is the intrinsic rewards of being a lifelong learner.
Coursera Certificate of Completion and Digital Badge Awards
Completers who have either paid the Coursera enrollment fee of $29 USD or who are from a SUNY campus or are otherwise affiliated with SUNY are instantly awarded a Coursera Certificate of Completion and an #EmTechMOOC Completer Badge as evidence of your commitment to lifelong learning and your personal professional development.
An #EmTechMOOC ePortfolio Completer Badge will also be issued if the course requirements are met and the badge request form is submitted.
Share a link to your ePortfolio, your Coursera certificate, and digital badges on your resume/CV and through social media to show your accomplishments and demonstrate your learning.
More info about Completion Certificates and Badges are available further down on this FAQ page.
How do I complete the course?
Q. What will I be doing in the #EmTechMOOC course?
A. See the #EmTechMOOC Syllabus to view the course goals, objectives, and expectations. In the MOOC, you will independently explore emerging technology tools and resources and exchange ideas with fellow participants about how freely-available technologies can be used to enhance 21st-century skills, including communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. Throughout the course, you are encouraged to share feedback and support from peers and colleagues.
Q. What do I need to do to complete this course?
A. To complete the course and earn a verified Coursera Certificate of Completion and an #EmTechMOOC Completer Badge you must successfully complete all 5 quizzes and get a grade of 80% correct or higher.
Q. What do I need to do to earn an “optional” #EmTechMOOC ePortfolio Badge?
To earn the optional #EmTechMOOC ePortfolio Badge you need to fulfill the requirements listed on the ePortfolio Requirements and Checklist. A summary is below:
- build an ePortfolio demonstrating your skills and accomplishments;
- complete a minimum of 4 Discovery Exercises; one from each module on 21st-century learning (Lifelong Learning, Communication/Collaboration, Creativity, & Critical Thinking) which involves exploring a specific technology tool or resource from EmTechWIKI (or the Internet) and creating a digital artifact using the tool or resource that you explored. A digital artifact is evidence of your exploration of a new technology tool. An artifact may take shape as a video, infographic, website, image, or some other digital object;
- embed the artifact in your ePortfolio;
- include a link to the tool or resource you explored;
- add a reflection about your learning that has at least 2 paragraphs with a minimum of 3 sentences in each paragraph, and;
- participate in an ePortfolio peer-review activity.
Remember to also share a link to your ePortfolio which includes your reflections about your learning with other participants throughout the course by participating in the Coursera discussion forums and through social media.
Q. How much time must I dedicate
A. If you love to spend time exploring, you could spend a number of hours on each module. Alternatively, you can spend as little as an hour on each of the 5 modules, completing the course in as little as 5 hours. Even though Coursera is organized around week-based modules, you are free to work as fast (or as slow) as you would like. The course uses soft deadlines to help you keep motivated. You may Reset your personal deadlines to work at a pace that is best for you. If you chose to pay to earn the optional Coursera Certificate and you do not complete the course within 180 days, your registration will expire and you will need to pay to re-enroll in the course.
Q. What serves as evidence of my completion of Discovery Exercises?
A. Throughout the MOOC learners can choose to build an optional ePortfolio to showcase their accomplishments. If you choose to not create a public ePortfolio, you can instead reflect on your learning in a personal learning journal. In each module, you will be prompted to create an artifact to demonstrate evidence of your learning and exploration. Artifacts can include an image, video, audio file, infographic, or anything else created through the module’s Discovery Exercise.
Q. How do I share artifacts or evidence of my learning?
A. Embed artifacts directly within your ePortfolio. Embedding just means including an artifact so it appears as part of a portfolio page, as compared to just displaying a text-based link to the item. Most apps and portfolio tools have instructions about how to embed items within its help and support information. If it is not possible to directly embed an artifact, then a text-based link and a screengrab image will be sufficient. See the following information about “how to create a screengrab/screenshot.” If you use a screengrab, also link the image to the actual artifact that resides on the technology tool’s website.
There are rare instances when an artifact that you create is not suitable to be shared, for example, if you decide to keep the item you create private, or if you chose to explore a resource instead of creating something using a technology tool. In the case when an artifact is not available, using a screengrab or another suitable visual is acceptable. You can also consider blurring out any information that you wish to keep private.
Q. What is the peer-review process?
A. If you choose to create the optional ePortfolio you will be directed to share links to your ePortfolio to seek feedback and support from peers. You are encouraged to share links to your ePortfolio in the Coursera Discussion Forums and also through social media. Mid-way through the course and in the final module of the MOOC, you will also be able to participate in ePortfolio peer-review activities. You will submit your ePortfolio to seek feedback from your peers. You will also review 2 ePortfolios that were submitted by your fellow participants using the ePortfolio Requirements and ChecklistRubricand the #EmTechMOOC ePortfolio rubric will help you make sure that your ePortfolio meets all the requirements to be able to earn the optional #EmTechMOOC ePortfolio Badge. This badge will be issued to you no later than 2 weeks after you complete the MOOC.
A. If you have either paid the course enrollment fee or if you have enrolled through a Coursera promotion or financial aid, you’ll have 180 days from the day that you enroll in the course to earn your Course Certificate.
Q. How much does it cost to enroll in #EmTechMOOC and be eligible to earn a Completion Certificate and the #EmTechMOOC Completer Digital Badge?
A. Everyone can participate fully in the course, including participating in ALL graded and non-graded course activities.
Any State University of New York (SUNY) student, faculty, staff, alumni, and official SUNY-affiliate can participate and earn an #EmTechMOOC Coursera Certificate of Completion and a Completer Digital Badge at no cost. Everyone else needs to pay the enrollment fee of $29 USD to receive a Coursera Certificate of Completion and Completer Badge.
Q. Are the tools and resources that are featured in #EmTechWIKI free? What does Freemium mean?
Q. May I explore tools that are not included in this course?
A. Absolutely! We encourage you to explore any type of tool to support your personal and professional goals. Technology evolves at a rapid pace and it is impossible for all of the relevant tools to be included.
Q. Can I contribute new tools to EmTechWIKI?
We encourage anyone to regularly Contribute new tools to EmTechWIKI. Contributing to the WIKI is an optional activity in the second module in the MOOC. Anyone who contributes a new tool or resource can also Request an EmTechWIKI Contributor Badge. It is not necessary to be enrolled in the MOOC to be able to contribute to the WIKI and earn this badge.
Q. How can I rate a tool to show its value to others?
It is very beneficial to regularly Rate the Tools that exist on EmTechWIKI. Tools that have the highest ratings are displayed at the top of the search results. You do not need to create an account to rate the tools and resources.
Q. May I explore any web tools that I am already using?
A. It is expected that you will use this opportunity to expand your expertise and practice. If you are already familiar with a resource, you should use this opportunity to consider how to expand your knowledge about the tools to best support your lifelong learning efforts. If it is clear that there has not been any new learning or discovery in relation to a module’s artifact or reflection, it may not qualify toward the optional ePortfolio requirements.
Q. Can I use any images or media I find on the web for my activities relating to this course?
A. No. Just because something is available on the web and able to be downloaded, it does not mean that you can use it. You should always ensure that you have the right or permission to use a particular resource. You can learn more about copyright and Creative Commons guidelines through many of the EmTechWIKI resources. It is necessary to always cite the source or original author of images you use in your ePortfolio.
Q. Can I use my native language on my ePortfolio and in the MOOC discussion forums in this course?
A. Of course! We highly encourage learners from all over the world to participate in #EmTechMOOC. However, since the majority of participants and the instructors/mentors mainly speak English, it is required that the person creating the ePortfolio or discussion forum entry also provide a translated version. Google Translate, or any translation app, works well for this purpose. After completing the MOOC, it is OK for participants to remove the English translations from their portfolio.
Q. Can I participate in #EmTechMOOC using a smartphone or a mobile device?
A. The course is accessible using a smartphone or a mobile device. However, the Google Form used to claim the optional ePortfolio Badge is not accessible from within the MOOC using a mobile device or from participants who reside in a country that does not grant access to Google services. If you only have access to the MOOC using a smartphone or mobile device or if you are from a country that blocks Google, contact the EmTech team and we will work with you through email to issue you your badge.
A. #EmTechMOOC relies on the benefits of a community of learners. Having a public ePortfolio is necessary to participate. You are welcome to participate on your own and choose not to create a public portfolio. You can instead choose to create a private personal learning journal to track and reflect on your learning. If you prefer to participate in the Discovery Exercises and choose to not create a public ePortfolio, you would not be eligible to earn the #EmTechMOOC ePortfolio Badge.
A. You can choose to use any ePortfolio tool to create your ePortfolio. A list of just a few ePortfolio tools is available through EmTechWIKI. Just about any tool can be used to create an ePortfolio.
One platform to consider build your EmTech ePortfolio is Merlot’s Content Builder, which is often given an analogy of being an academic’s LinkedIn. Other platforms that you may want to consider if you desire more creative freedom includes the use of website development tools like GoogleSites.
Templates will be made available in the near future to help participants get a head start on the development of new portfolios that meet the EmTech requirements. See this page for more info about ePortfolios.
IMPORTANT UPDATE: Digication no longer provides free accounts through SUNY EmTech. Access to previously created Digication ePortfolios will expire Dec. 31, 2020. Read more about this update here.
A. You always have the ability to export your Digication ePortfolio to standard HTML format which is able to be easily uploaded to any traditional web server platform. Additional information about this will be shared in the near future.
Certificate of Completion and Digital Badges
Q. Where can I find information about Coursera Certificates of Completion and Digital Badges in #EmTechMOOC?
A. Check out this page for additional information about the Coursera Certificates of Completion and Digital Badges.
Q. Where can I find my Coursera Certificate of Completion?
A. Coursera Certificates will be available on your Accomplishments page in Coursera.
Q. Where can I find information about the badges I’ve been awarded?
A. Log into your Credly/Acclaim account to find badges that were awarded to you through #EmTechMOOC.
Q. How do I display the badges I earn?
A. You may optionally claim and share your badges on your CV, through your personal website, and through social media to proudly display your accomplishments.<
Q. Are certificates and badges awarded instantly?
A. Coursera Certificates of Completion and the #EmTechMOOC Completer Badge are awarded right away.
Awarding the ePortfolio badges is not an automated process. #EmTechMOOC ePortfolio Badges are issued no later than 2 weeks after completing the MOOC.
When #EmTechMOOC badges are issued you will receive an email about how to claim and share your badge. More info is available on the #EmTechMOOC Certificate and Digital Badges page.
Q. I never received/can’t locate/deleted my badge award email. How do I retrieve my badges?
A. Create an account on Credly/Acclaim using the email address that you used to request your badge. If your badge is not available and you completed the requirements and requested your badge, contact the #EmTechMOOC team.
Q. When will I receive my digital badge?
A. Badges are issued manually. You will receive an email no later than 2 weeks following your completion of #EmTechMOOC with information about how to claim and share your badges.
Learn more about earning an #EmTechMOOC verified Coursera Certificate of Completion and digital badges.
Q. Is help or support available?
A. Yes. There are a number of ways to get assistance:
- FAQs: This EmTech FAQ page provides quick access to important information.
- Fellow Learners: We encourage you to work with your fellow learners. When you run into questions/challenges, post your questions to the Coursera #EmTechMOOC discussion forums. This will be a primary avenue of support as you progress through the course.
- Search Your Own Solutions: #EmTechMOOC does not have the capabilities to provide technical support. Many EmTechWIKI tools have built-in resources designed to help you. Use these resources and capitalize on your problem-solving skills.
- Seek Support through the Tool Provider: If you need further assistance, we recommend that you seek technical support directly from the tool provider. Being digitally literate includes learning effective strategies to search out your own solutions to any challenges that arise. If you are using a platform provided by your own institution, you may be able to seek support from the technical services available to you.
- Contact Coursera: If you are participating in the Coursera MOOC, help is available directly within the MOOC platform. The Coursera Learner Help site answers many common questions. You can also contact the Coursera Learner Support Team.
- Digication ePortfolio Support: Prior to August 2020, Digication was the recommended ePortfolio platform for #EmTechMOOC. Digication ePortfolio users can get help through the EmTechWIKI Digication page. Robust support is also available through the Digication Help pages and you may also contact Digication to receive free technical support.
- Contact the #EmTechMOOC Team: You can reach out to the #EmTechMOOC team at email@example.com
Q. Does #EmTechWIKI change?
Yes. Technology changes every day. Updates are regularly applied to EmTechWIKI. When a tool that we have featured changes, the EmTechWIKI community is able to make changes. This means that when comparable tools become available you also have the ability to add new resources to EmTechWIKI. If a tool becomes unavailable, you can also delete outdated items from the collection.
(Note: All WIKI modifications need to be approved. Contributors – can add and edit tools and resources, but they cannot publish changes to the live site. A member of the EmTech Team needs to approve and publish new content.)
Q. How do I manage all of these new usernames and passwords?
A. Throughout this experience, you will work at presenting a positive identity. It is important to always take steps to keep your identity secure. As you participate, you will be setting up usernames and passwords for several new tools. You will create accounts with a number of third-party organizations to take advantage of various tool capabilities. Always carefully read the Terms and Conditions associated with the new accounts that you will create.
Never use your campus’ authentication (username and password combination) to register on a third-party website. It is OK to use a campus email address, however, you should always use an alternative password to create any accounts that are not directly associated with your institution. If you forget a username or password they are often easily retrieved from the sponsor of each of the tools. Consider using password management systems to maintain secure sign-on across different sites. We encourage you to explore EmTechWIKI Digital Literacy/Fluency resources.
Contact us if you have questions that are not addressed on this FAQ page.