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Open Pedagogy (11/7): Access Pedagogy

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    Claire Cahen
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    Dear Colleagues:

    Greetings from the OpenLab! Please see below for details on our upcoming Open Pedagogy event on Thursday, November 7. Refreshments will be served and part-time faculty are eligible for a stipend. Please RSVP by clicking this link and commenting on this post.

    As always, feel free to contact us at OpenLab@citytech.cuny.edu with any questions/concerns.

    We hope to see you next Thursday evening!

    Best,

    The OpenLab Community Team

    OpenLab@citytech.cuny.ed

    General Event Info

    Access Pedagogy

    Thursday, November 7, 2019, 4:30-6:00pm (Faculty Commons, N227, City Tech)*

    *Refreshments will be served. (Thanks to the Faculty Commons for its generous support of this event!)

    *Part-time faculty are eligible to receive a stipend for participation.

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

    Despite CUNY’s historical role as an opportunity-granting institution, austerity—that is, rising tuition and numbers of contingent faculty, failing infrastructure, etc.—impacts teaching and learning conditions across the university. As we’re facing budget crises, overburdened adjuncts, and students balancing careers, caretaking, and college, how can we make ourselves accessible as teachers? What does an accessible syllabus look like? To what extent are our classrooms accessible, and what can we do to center access and equity in both in-person and online teaching? Join the OpenLab Team, City Tech faculty and staff, and CUNY colleagues at our next Open Pedagogy event, where we will discuss how we can increase access in our pedagogical practices in and out of the classroom, on and offline.

    • What changes have you made to your teaching documents and practices to center access and equity, specifically thinking about office hours, handling lateness, absences, requests for extensions or make-up exams, with access in mind?
    • Many black, brown, first-generation, and other marginalized students bring experiences of educational trauma to college classrooms. What can we as instructors and advocates do to combat the normalizing, hegemonic goals of gatekeeping institutional spaces like the classroom? What resources do you make students aware of for when they need support?
    • What role can open digital pedagogy play in increasing access to education? What pitfalls must we avoid to ensure access?
    • How have you as staff and faculty members worked to care for both your students and yourself in spite of austerity? Are there supports on campus that you have found useful? How about support elsewhere?

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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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