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This Digital Learning support site is developed to assist you in designing and teaching virtual learning content. As you follow the process, you will hopefully learn that delivering instructional digitally follows many of the same best practice philosophies as face-to-face instruction. First and foremost, our common goal is to achieve the highest levels of student learning.

The links below will introduce you to the unique qualities of SUNY Empire:

Who are our Students?

What are our Modes of Learning?

Follow the Design your Course and Teach your Course menus for best practice guides.

Links to support and process information are also provided in the site menu.

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Who are Our Students?

SUNY Empire students represent a diverse community of learners.

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They are busy adults who are motivated, enthusiastic, and have jobs, families, and real lives that simply won’t accommodate the conventional college experience.

Most of the college's students are between 25 to 55 years old, with a median age of 36, and are in the prime of their working lives. They are employed as professionals, managers, or skilled workers. They may be anyone from the CEO of a company to a working performing artist to a Veteran transitioning to civilian life. More than 60 percent study part time. Most students are New York state residents and reflect the diversity that can be found from the Canadian border to Long Island’s eastern shore.

Students come from large metropolitan areas, suburbs, small towns, and rural communities. Sixty-one percent are white; 14 percent are African American; 6 percent are Hispanic; and 2 percent are Asian/Pacific Islanders or American Indians. The college enrolls students from every state in the U.S. and from 50 other countries. Nonresidents of New York state, representing one in six of our undergraduate students, generally enroll through SUNY Empire Online.

About half of the college’s students study through one of the college’s locations across New York state, where they receive personal, one-to-one attention and guidance from faculty mentors. In addition, approximately 40 percent of the college’s undergraduate students, state residents and nonresidents enroll through SUNY Empire Online. Another 19 percent enroll through other centers and programs, such as the college’s School of Nursing and Allied Health, Harry Van Arsdale Jr. School of Labor Studies, or the Center for International Education.

Center for International Education has about 450 students enrolled in SUNY Empire courses via international partners around the globe. These students are mostly younger, 18 to 25 years old and the majority of them are full time students. But many of them also work and juggle many financial and social stressors, just as in the U.S. However, these are students for whom English is their second language that they don’t use in their daily lives as they live in their home countries and also face issues caused by cultural differences.