SUNY Cortland’s literacy program goes beyond text-exclusive delivery through a discussion board. The online experience is punctuated by points of emphasis that help students during their studies and in their careers as educators:
- Assistance from the Field Experience and School Partnerships Office
This campus office coordinates all early field experience and student teaching placements for SUNY Cortland teacher candidates — including students who are learning online.
- Video and audio collaboration in the online classroom
Graduate classes in literacy rely on apps such as FlipGrid, an easy-to-use asynchronous video chat tool that allows students to interact, collaborate and learn.
- One-on-one faculty connections beyond email
Even away from campus, students discover supportive professors who are easily accessible over the phone, through video or in person. Faculty members help students grow their professional networks.
More about technology needs
Students in the literacy program should have access to a scanner or a way to scan and share documents easily. Additionally, the following technology recommendations come from Information Resources:
- Windows or Mac?
Windows and Macs are both popularly used on campus and supported by the Help Center. It is recommended that your computer is running a current and updated operating system: Windows 10 for Windows and Mac OS X High Sierra (OS X 10.13) or newer for Mac.
- Suggested computer specifications
In general, your computer should have a minimum of 4 GB RAM and at least 200 GB of free storage space on a hard drive for basic computing tasks.
- What about a Chromebook or different operating system?
While these computers are not supported by SUNY Cortland, they are allowed on the network. If you plan to use the device on the campus wireless network, make sure it can support WPA-2 Enterprise wireless networking. There will be minimal support in using these devices.
Learn more about technology considerations for students.