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Open Pedagogy with the CUNY Academic Commons & Manifold

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    I thought this might be of interest to this group. — Christina Katopodis

    Open Pedagogy with the CUNY Academic Commons & Manifold

    This three-part workshop series introduces and supports faculty teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold. Workshops are open to anyone teaching at CUNY in Spring 2021. Interested faculty can attend all sessions or a single session as desired.

    The first workshop will introduce the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold, two open teaching platforms available to everyone in the CUNY community. Possibilities for teaching with the platforms and course models will be presented. Faculty will then break into groups to get started working on a specific platform.

    The second workshop in the series dives more deeply into each of the platforms. Faculty working on the CUNY Commons will begin developing their course site or group. Faculty working on Manifold will learn how to create a project, add a text, add supplementary resources (audio, video, and image files), and create a reading group for use in the classroom. Both workshops will take place in a single zoom session, splitting time between platforms. More information can be found in the schedule below.

    The third and final workshop in the series provides participants with hands-on support and offers an opportunity to share plans and ideas for teaching with these open tools.

    This workshop series is part of the GC Teaching and Learning Center\’s 2021 Mid-Winter Institute and CUNY Central’s Office of Academic Affairs Innovative Pedagogy workshop series. The Innovative Pedagogy workshop series aims to recognize and support excellence and innovation in teaching by CUNY faculty, and to improve pedagogy at scale across the University.

    Workshop Series Schedule

    Monday, January 25th, 12-2pm

    • Workshop 1: Introduction to the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold

    Wednesday, January 27th, 12-3pm

    • Workshop 2a: Building & Customizing your Course on the Commons (12-1:30pm)
    • Workshop 2b : Creating Texts for Teaching with Manifold (1:30-3pm)

    Friday, January 29th,12-2pm

    • Workshop 3: Discussion & Support Session for Innovative Pedagogy with the Commons & Manifold

    REGISTER: Please use this Google form to register for one or all of the workshops.

    If you have any questions, please get in in touch with series organizers via email at

    This topic was also posted in: Graduate Center English Student Association (ESA), Transformative Learning in the Humanities.
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