Project-based learning workshops

Developing Project-Based and Community-Based Learning Opportunities
Rooms: 326, 328, 336, 337 Sheldon Hall
Wednesday, August 20 2014

Following on the morning's introductions to some of these topics, the purpose of these sessions is for you to begin thinking about developing interdisciplinary projects that our students could work on, learn from each other, learn to work with each other, and gain real world experience. Faculty and staff with experience in community and project based learning will share their experiences and you will have an opportunity to discuss potential collaborations.

Project based learning - Sheldon 326

Jacob Dodd,  Spectral Transmissions film
SPECTRAL TRANSMISSION is a Science Fiction/Fantasy Anthology TV series created by Cinema and Screen Studies Assistant Professor Jacob Dodd and undergraduate students at SUNY Oswego. The series comprises of five 22 minute episodes filmed locally in Central New York and shot on 16mm film and digital video. Each show is written, directed, and produced by SUNY Oswego students. The show airs on WTOP-10, SUNY Oswego's student-run television station, and on the website:  

Mike Murphy, Words in the World
Michael Murphy will discuss the English Department's Words in the World capstone, ENG 485, which partners students with local businesses, nonprofits, community organizations, and college offices around writing projects.  He will give special attention to the difficulties of balancing workplace experience and academic purpose in the course.

Interdisciplinary Projects-Based learning - Sheldon 328

Denise Dirienzo, interdisciplinary collaborations
CMA 495 is a collaboration between Communication Studies and Art Departments.  We have an entrepreneur/branding class that works with a startup company to develop logo, brand, social media and handouts. I also had two classes that worked with CNY Art's Arts Engage initiative.  PR Research researched entertainment awareness in a six county region and PR Capstone developed a public relations strategy aimed at college students in the region based on the fall semester's research.

Leigh Wilson, Graphic Flash Magazine
Involved in this iteration of GRAPHIC FLASH were over a hundred students and faculty across multiple disciplines: creative writing, digital art, digital publishing, cinema and screen studies, broadcasting, music, and human-computer interaction.
 In this magazine you can read nineteen flash fiction stories, you can hear the students read their work, you can see an illustration of that story, you can see a short film based on the story, and you can hear music played to echo the emotional themes. Organizing the synergies of the whole are the digital publishing students. Those professional efforts have been brought together in this digital journal of the arts.

Community Project-Based learning - Sheldon 336

Damian Schofield, HCI projects
HCI students undertake a range of project based activity - including industrial placements and internships, international academic collaborations and projects in local schools. This talk will introduce the range of activities undertaken and give examples of successful student projects.

Jim Early, Software engineering projects for non-profit
In courses such as CSC 380 - Software Engineering, and CSC 480 -Software Design, we encourage students to identify non-profit project partners who could benefit from custom designed software solutions. Some recent results include a client management system for the Child
Advocacy Center (CAC) of Oswego County, and audio production software for a radio producer who is blind.

Community-based learning - Sheldon 337

Alyssa Amyotte, Service learning
Alyssa will provide information about resources she can provide to faculty who are interested in developing a new, or converting a current, service-learning course.  She will also provide examples of different ways that current service-learning courses may be structured.

Barry Friedman, Consulting Projects in HR
Barry will discuss projects where his students conduct a Human Resources Consulting Project for an organization.  Students act as 5 person consulting groups that prepare presentations and written reports to organizations to management. Students analyze the company and its industry to understand how it competes and creates value, describes the company's human resource practices, and makes improvement recommendations.

Grace Maxon and Kate Spector, Permaculture
Using permaculture principles and techniques, the Permaculture Living Lab (PLL) will mimic natural systems to create a thoughtfully designed landscape which maximizes beneficial interactions among plant, insect, and animal species. The laboratory will act as a dynamic landscape for interdisciplinary project based learning. Students and visitors will be able to observe, interact with, and influence ecological processes. (More information is available at: