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This Library Guide was created to help Brooklyn College faculty create Open Educational Resources (OER) for Brooklyn College students and beyond

Faculty Guide on Open Education Resources (OER): Workshops

Learn to create OER

Online Accessibility Workshops (Created Spring 2020)

NOTE: The accessibility workshop was originally planned to be conducted in person.  However, because of the COVID19 closure of CUNY, the workshop was moved online. In addition a 2 module, self-paced course on accessibility can also be used to learn about accessibility.

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

On-Campus OER Workshops (Spring 2020)

NOTE: These workshops were planned to be conducted at Brooklyn College for the Spring 2020 semester.  Unfortunately the COVID19 pandemic caused the cancelation of these in-person workshops.

Digital Discussions

Date: MARCH 19,  12:30-2:00 pm / 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.


Teaching with Maps

Date: APRIL 21, 12:30-2:00 pm / 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.


Podcast and Video Assignments

Date: APRIL 30, 12:30-2:00 pm / Room 412 Library

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.


Using Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool

Date: November 19, 12-2 pm / 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.


Open Publication Platforms

Date: November 21, 12-2 pm / 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.


Using Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool

Date: May 7, 1-2 pm / 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.