ITP Certificate Program skills labs in interactive technology and pedagogy

I’m writing to let you know about skills labs in interactive technology and pedagogy offered by the ITP Certificate Program this month. Our sessions offer participants hands-on training in how to implement digital technologies and tools in their teaching and research. Please share this with students and faculty members in your department.


ITP Skills Labs – March 2020

Room 6418

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Teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons | March 2 | Laurie Hurson

This workshop will introduce the CUNY Academic Commons and share methods and models for teaching on the platform. The workshop will present instructors with strategies for building course websites, incorporating OER, and crafting digital assignments that meet learning goals and allow students to engage with audiences beyond the classroom. This workshop will offer options for both instructors that are new to the Commons and those who have already been using the Commons to host their courses. Participants should be members of the Commons (join at, but no prior experience with WordPress or hybrid/online instruction is required.


Introduction to Python | March 9 | Rafael Davis Portela

This lab is an introduction to the fundamentals of programming using Python, with a focus on computational thinking. It will cover basic programming concepts such as loops, variables, and conditionals, installing and importing libraries, and creating simple scripts. No previous programming experience is necessary.


Introduction to Bootstrap | March 16 | TBD

This lab is an introduction to Bootstrap, a framework for designing sites that run smoothly on both mobile and conventional browsers. Students will learn how to install and configure a basic Bootstrap site. Some familiarity with HTML/CSS will be helpful, but is not required.


Working with Data in Excel | March 23 | Deepali Advani

Offered in partnership with the Quantitative Research Consulting Center, this lab will teach you how to clean and analyze data in Excel. Come for a hands-on primer on the kinds of tools that are necessary when working with data, including formulas, pivot tables, and VLOOKUP. A basic familiarity with Excel is useful, but not required to participate.


OER Pedagogy | March 30 | Cailean Cooney

Join us for a hands-on introduction to open educational resources, free and open source research and pedagogy tools. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of OER: from definitions, it’s positioning in higher education, to strategies for finding, evaluating, and incorporating existing OER into your teaching, and creating your own OER.

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