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There are two ways to designate your course Zero Textbook Cost:
1. You can do this by going to Akademos (the BC online bookstore): https://brooklyn.textbookx.com/institutional/index.php
NOTE: This procedure will designate your course/section as Zero Textbook Cost in both CUNYfirst and Akademos.
2. Or you can speak peaking to your department chairperson or whomever enters the schedule in the eCSP program. Let them know your course section and that your course is Zero Textbook Cost. The department person can enter OER in the attribute or they can put Zero Textbook cost in the notes and the Registrar will add the attribute in CUNYfirst.
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Open Pedagogy: Students as Producers of Knowledge
As you reflect on the successes and challenges of the semester, mulling changes to readings, activities, and various pedagogical approaches, please consider this series of short pedagogical workshops being offered by the Brooklyn College CUNY Open Education Resources Initiative and the Center for Teaching and Learning. These workshops illustrate different ways of enacting the belief that students, as part of their learning, can be—and should be—not only consumers of knowledge but also producers of it. Each workshop will connect you with a technologist who can assist you and your students with the digital tools used to support various pedagogies.
We look forward to seeing you at one of these events!
-- Miriam Deutch, Director, Brooklyn College Open Education Resources
-- Madeline Fox, Director, Roberta S. Matthews Center for Teaching and Learning at Brooklyn College
November 7, 12-2pm
Room 412 Library
As digital course materials become more widely used in the classroom, instructors have the opportunity to take advantage of modes of engagement that aren’t feasible with print/analog texts. In particular, many freely-available digital annotation tools such as Hypothes.is, Slack and CUNY Academic Commons Group Forum offer the potential for richer engagement with text, both individually and in groups. This workshop will feature a demonstration of courses utilizing digital annotation for textual and media content, the tools and structures that work in different classroom environments, and a discussion of the challenges and opportunities created by digital annotation.
DATE: November 14, 12-2pm
LOCATION: Room 412, Library
This workshop will introduce faculty to easy-to-use web-based mapping and podcasting tools for engaging student projects. Online mapping tools offer creative environments in which students can pull together multimedia elements into a shared, visual space. From representing locations found in literature to annotating historical sites and visualizing geospatial data, these tools can tie learning to real-world knowledge and enable the creation of scholarly resources that extend beyond the confines of the classroom.
Participants will also learn how to support student assignments based on the production of podcasts or audio recordings, with an emphasis on tools and methods for production and distribution. Recordings or podcasts offer students an opportunity to combine classroom learning with research, address a major analytical issue with a creative approach and learn about presenting information for a public audience (e.g public service announcements, a Brooklyn history tour, an art review, or a public policy discussion). This workshop will cover technical approaches to making podcasts and other types of audio for varied web and mobile use cases, resources and models to use for creative inspiration, and best practices for implementing successful audio assignments.
DATE: November 19, 12-2pm
LOCATION: Room 412, Library
Wikipedia is becoming increasingly popular among educators as a teaching tool and as a platform where students can share their research and writing with a public audience. Faculty have discovered that writing for Wikipedia improves students’ critical thinking, writing, information and digital literacy as well as research skills. This workshop will provide an introduction to Wikipedia fundamental principles, policies, editing, best practices, and excellent resources available to support your assignment.
DATE: November 21, 12-2pm
LOCATION: Room 412, Library
Learn how to use Manifold, Pressbooks and Scalar open-source platforms that allow instructors to create textbooks, course materials and monographs as interactive online books that can also be easily exported and distributed as eBooks, PD, and print-on-demand formats. You can create dynamic course materials by publishing custom editions of public domain texts and open educational resources (OER). Instructors can embed additional notes, files, images, videos, and interactive content into the text to create an interactive multimedia experience. Manifold and Scalar also support social reading through collaborative annotations that can deepen student engagement with OER course materials. Social annotation helps teach students how to engage in the digital public sphere. All platforms format well on phones and tablets as well as desktop computers.
DATE: Tuesday, December 3, 12:30-2 pm
LOCATION: Room 241, 2nd floor of Library
What is accessibility and why does it matter? How can you make sure your course and department materials are accessible? Come to this accessibility workshop with Amy Wolfe, the Accessibility Librarian at the Office of Library Services and an OER Developer here at Brooklyn College and learn accessibly best practices and how to create accessible course sites, word documents, scanned pdfs, videos, and audio.