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University at Buffalo

Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success

University at Buffalo and State University of New York via Coursera


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This learning opportunity is an open-access resource for lifelong learning. The aim is to identify the value and implications of using established and emerging technology tools for personal and professional growth and acquire strategies to develop lifelong learning habits to keep pace with technology change. This course is targeted to the needs of 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. This project consists of two associated parts; #EmTechMOOC and EmTechWIKI. #EmTechMOOC is a Massive Open Online Course, also called a MOOC. The MOOC is hosted on the Coursera platform and provides a supportive environment for dialogue and sharing among participants. The MOOC course environment is structured around 5 modules. The concepts that are covered include Lifelong Learning and the 4Cs of 21st-century skills: Communication and Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking. Participants create digital artifacts through Discovery Exercises within the modules to showcase their learning and accomplishments. The final module encourages learners to summarize and reflect on their learning journey. EmTechWIKI ( ) has been built to complement the MOOC. It is a socially-curated discovery engine to discover tools, tutorials, and resources such as audio, video, blogs, social networking, simulations, and more. The WIKI can be used as a stand-alone resource, or it can be used together with #EmTechMOOC. Anyone is welcome to add or edit WIKI resources. #EmTechMOOC is not a traditional MOOC. Instead of providing content-heavy information, this course guides participants through discovery-based learning that is under the control of the learner. Learners are prompted to locate and explore new resources and tools from the growing EmTechWIKI collection and the Internet to help meet their personally identified objectives. Participants reflect on and share their learning and discoveries through the creation of a public ePortfolio or a personal learning journal that is constructed through the module exercises. Complete the course requirements to earn a Coursera Certificate of Completion and a digital badge. SUNY affiliates may earn badges and a Coursera Certificate with no fees to enroll.


  • Lifelong Learning (Module 1)
    • Welcome to the State University of New York's Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success (#EmTech). In this module, we explore the habits of successful lifelong learners, learn about growth mindset, explore creative commons and digital accessibility, and develop a professional online identity.
  • Communication and Collaboration (Module 2)
    • In this module, you will explore and use various technologies and social media tools to communicate, collaborate, and create partnerships with peers and colleagues. Use this opportunity to build your personal and professional networks as you make connections locally and across the globe.
  • Creativity (Module 3)
    • In this module, you will select and evaluate technology and social media tools to enhance your creativity. Experiment and find your creative voice.
  • Critical Thinking (Module 4)
    • In this module, you will demonstrate critical thinking and digital literacy skills by analyzing, evaluating, and curating information. You will learn to analyze facts to make balanced judgments.
  • Summarize Your Learning (Module 5)
    • As we wrap up this last module of SUNY #EmTech, take a moment to celebrate your achievements and those of your fellow learners. Reflect on all the valuable insights you've gained and use this opportunity to identify your lifelong learning goals. Build a roadmap to make those goals a reality. And remember, don't forget to celebrate your learning journey – you've come a long way! 🎉🌟

Taught by

Roberta (Robin) Sullivan and Cherie van Putten


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  • Anonymous
    This course is very good and very helpful for the tech student who wants to learn and explore new technologies and wants to develop their career in the field of technology.
  • Anonymous

    Exploring Emerging Technologies for Lifelong Learning and Success course best learning has given

    I will like to thank cousera team providing such MOOC course.

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