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Join Us: Open Pedagogy Event Thursday 9/27 at 4:30pm

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    Claire Cahen
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    Hi all:

    Greetings from the OpenLab! Please join us for our upcoming Open Pedagogy event on Thursday, September 27th at 4:30 PM.  We’ll be discussing learning and teaching in Gateway courses, as well as adjunctification. Refreshments will be served, and part-time faculty are eligible to receive a stipend for participation. Please RSVP by replying to this post.

    We hope to see you next Thursday evening!

    Best,

    The OpenLab Community Team

    OpenLab@citytech.cuny.edu

    OPEN PEDAGOGY EVENT: OPEN DIGITAL PEDAGOGY IN GATEWAY COURSES

    Thursday 9/27, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm (N227)

    *Refreshments will be served; Part-time faculty receive a stipend for participation.

    * Please RSVP by commenting on this post. Please share this invitation with your colleagues!

    Join the OpenLab Team, City Tech faculty and staff, and CUNY colleagues at our next Open Pedagogy event, where we’ll be discussing gateway courses and open digital pedagogy. Together we’ll explore how to help students be successful in introductory courses in the curriculum, looking to the successful model of City Tech and BMCC’s Title V grant-funded project, “Opening Gateways to Completion: Open Digital Pedagogies for Student Success in STEM.” While this grant focuses on math courses, we will extend the conversation to include gateway courses across the disciplines. In addition, we’ll consider the challenges posed by the reality that the majority of gateway courses at City Tech are taught by contingent faculty. What kinds of support or opportunities does the OpenLab present for teaching and learning in these contexts? Attendees will share, discuss, and learn strategies for helping faculty and students succeed in these courses, and leave with a better understanding of how open digital pedagogy can scaffold students’ learning experiences in these courses and throughout the rest of their academic careers.

    This Open Pedagogy event was already scheduled when PSC-CUNY announced the contract rally taking place at the same time. In keeping with the spirit of that event, we will incorporate discussion of labor issues related to gateway courses, including the reality that the majority of these courses (and all courses) in CUNY are taught by adjunct faculty.

    We’ll consider the following questions:

    • What are gateway courses, and what are some of the challenges students face in them?
    • The majority of gateway courses at City Tech (and CUNY) are taught by contingent labor. How does adjunctification affect teaching and learning in these courses? What kind of resources can be provided to adjuncts to support their instruction in these courses?
    • What strategies can we share across disciplines to support students in these classes?
    • How can open digital pedagogy help students succeed in these gateways? How can the OpenLab enrich students’ college experience both academically and through community building?

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    *New York City College of Technology, CUNY is located at 300 Jay Street, Brooklyn, NY 11201. Enter the college on Jay Street (main entrance) and head up the stairs to your right (do not go down the few steps once you check in with security). When you reach the second floor, make a right again and head down the corridor. The Faculty Commons (N227) is on the right at the end.

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