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Workshops on Digital Pedagogy, Online Teaching, and Open Teaching Platforms

The GC Teaching and Learning Center, GC Digital Initiatives, and the Carnegie Educational Technology Fellows are excited to announce a set of workshops on digital pedagogy, online teaching, and open teaching platforms. Please see below and register soon!


Teaching With Open Platforms Workshop

a three-part series of workshops on teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold


The first workshop will introduce the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold, two open teaching platforms available to everyone in the CUNY community. The first workshop will present the basics of each platform and highlight course models.


The second workshop in the series dives more deeply into each of the platforms. Faculty working on the CUNY Academic Commons can begin developing their course or project. Faculty working on Manifold will learn how to create a project, add a text, supplementary resources, and create a reading group for use in the classroom. Both workshops will take place in a single zoom session, splitting time between platforms.

The third and final workshop in the series provides participants with hands-on support and offers an opportunity to share plans and ideas for teaching with these open tools.


Workshops are open to anyone teaching at CUNY. Each session will be offered twice, on Wednesday and Thursday from October 13th through October 28th.  Interested faculty can attend all sessions or a single session as desired. More information can be found in the schedule below.


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Teaching With Open Platforms Workshop Series Schedule 
Workshop 1 –  Introduction to the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold

  • Wednesday, October 13, 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Thursday, October 14, 2:00-3:15pm

Workshop 2a (Commons): Building & Customizing your Course on the Commons

  • Wednesday, October 20, 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Thursday, October 21, 2:00-3:15pm

Workshop 2b (Manifold) : Creating Texts for Teaching with Manifold

  • Wednesday, October 20, 12:15-1:30pm
  • Thursday, October 21, 3:15-4:30pm

Workshop 3: Discussion & Support Session for teaching with the Commons & Manifold

  • Wednesday, October 27, 11:00am-12:15pm
  • Thursday, October 28, 2:00-3:15pm

Carnegie Educational Technology Fellows Fall 2021 Workshop Schedule

a set of workshops on digital pedagogy, online teaching, and course design


October 14, 2021 (11:00AM to 12:30PM)
Learning through sound: podcasts, soundscapes, and soundwalks in the classroom
Facilitated by Agustina Checa and Zahra Khalid
Using sound in the classroom can complement traditional (visual-centered) learning. There are many ways to incorporate sound in content delivery as well as in student work. Doing so can help students who struggle with writing assignments, and inspire others to engage with class content in novel ways. This workshop will discuss the pedagogical promise of sonic media: the benefits to using these as an alternative to readings and/or lecture videos; how to build them into student projects; and recommendations to get started.
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October 18, 2021 (2:00 PM to 3:00 PM)
Incorporating Science Communication Principles into Coursework 
Facilitated by Jason Block and John Zayac
Topics rooted in scientific knowledge, such as the ongoing pandemic and climate change, are increasingly important across academic disciplines. As a global community, we are witnessing how critical effective science communication is to public understanding and actions. The need to hone these skills is essential not only to scientists, but also to those involved in science-based policy and social justice movements. In this workshop we will discuss foundational principles of science communication and how to incorporate them into courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels . We will share examples of activities and assignments and work as a group to identify opportunities for practice in each of our syllabi.
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October 22, 2021 (11:00AM to 12:30PM)
Asynchronous Interaction in Course and Platform Design
Facilitated by Seth Graves
“Asynchronous” and “synchronous,” as terminologies for pedagogical modes, have transitioned from a previous niche of online pedagogy to universal discourse that’s sticking around. Remote learning challenged instructors to rethink the role of live interaction and uses of synchronous time. At the same time, faculty have shared their frustrations in trying to anchor asynchronous interactions as central classroom discourse instead of superfluous accompaniment. This workshop will explore integrations of asynchronous digital engagement (like course websites, blogging, discussion posts, check-ins, messaging platforms, or multimodal responses) into course designs for both online and offline graduate and undergraduate teaching—and invite participants to share their own experiences and insights.
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October 25, 2021 (11am – 12:15pm)
Transforming academic texts into video story-telling
Facilitated by Mike Mena
In this workshop, Mike Mena will offer a step-by-step guide to transforming one theoretical keyword, concept, or text into an engaging video story. In this pedagogical approach, Mike will encourage participants to imagine themselves as video biographers who transform authors of academic texts into “characters” and the text itself as emerging from a particular constellation of societal conditions. Often there are stories that run parallel to the emergence of a theoretical concept. At times, they are connected to larger social narratives and at other times directly part of an author’s life experience. By leveraging and emphasizing this proposition, Mike illustrates how he transformed the concept “interest convergence” (Bell 1980) into a “biography” that students enjoy.
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November 2, 2021 (1:00PM-2:15PM)
Fostering Engagement and Participation Using Multi-modal Learning
Facilitated by Francisco Medina
The shift to online/hybrid learning during the on-going pandemic provides a space to reflect on the limitations of traditional pedagogy. In this workshop, we will explore the concept of multii-modal pedagogy to foster engagement and accessibility in the online/hybrid classroom through the use of interactive live surveys and questionnaires (i.e. mentimeter) and by creating assignments that allow for multiple forms of engagement such as zines, poetry, comics, art work, social media videos, and infographics. We will also reflect on how different modalities enable a different kind of learning that might not be possible with traditional essay writing.
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November 11, 2021 (1:00-2:30 pm)
Teaching Physical and Social Science courses with Open Access Materials
Facilitated by Miryam Nacimento and John Zayac
In this workshop, we will introduce participants to Open Educational Resources (OER) with the objective of creating zero-cost syllabi for introductory courses within the physical and social sciences. Participants will learn how to find and use openly licensed resources and incorporate open access platforms into their everyday teaching practice (i.e., Manifold). In addition, we will discuss key open pedagogy concepts (licensing, copyright, and fair use), advantages, and pedagogical implications of OER initiatives.
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