As you reflect on the successes and challenges of the semester, mulling changes to readings, assignments and various pedagogical approaches, please consider this series of short pedagogical workshops being offered by the Brooklyn College Open Education Resources Project 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.
-- Miriam Deutch, Director, Brooklyn College Open Education Resources
-- Madeline Fox, Director, Roberta S. Matthews Center for Teaching and Learning at Brooklyn College
Date: October 8, 12:30-2:00 pm
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: October 15, 12:30-2:00 pm
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.
Date: October 22, 12:30-2:00 pm
Participants will learn how to support student assignments based on the production of podcasts or audio recordings and video recordings, with an emphasis on tools and methods for production and distribution. Video 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. This workshop will cover technical approaches to making podcasts and other types of audio for varied web and mobile use cases, video recording resources and models to use for creative inspiration, and best practices for implementing successful audio and video assignments.
Date: October 29, 12:00pm – 1:00 pm
Learn how to use Manifold, 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, PDF, 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. Both platforms format well on phones and tablets as well as desktop computers