Workshop Descriptions

How We Got to OA: An Activist’s Tale
Open access advocates press scholars to broaden their audiences for the public good. How did the internet, science and librarianship pave the way to open access? Polly Thistlethwaite, Chief Librarian at the Graduate Center and co-author of Being a Scholar in the Digital Era (Policy Press, 2016), examines these issues to deepen understandings of and imperatives for open access.

Overview of Key Concepts/Terms
An introduction to finding open educational resources (OER). Topics covered will include the concept of “open” as well as use of Google, the DOAJ, the Mason OER Metafinder, discipline-specific OER repositories, and libguides. A hands-on searching activity will ask fellows to find examples of what an OER looks like as well as guide on best practices for recognizing open materials.

Open Access & Creative Commons
An introduction to finding open access (OA) scholarly literature, whether made open by the publisher or the author. Tools covered will include Google Scholar, Unpaywall, and the Open Access Button. Basics about copyrights, licensing, and Creative Commons will also be covered.

Human Resources Orientation

An overview of Non-Teaching Adjunct administrative processing and paperwork for the duration of the fellowship. Paperwork processing including but not limited to the standard hiring packet overview, direct deposit form, timesheets, I-9 documentation, and submission of CUNY Employment Application.

OER At CUNY: An Overview

OLS coordinates one of the largest and most successful OER initiatives in the world. This introduction/overview of OER at CUNY will cover how the funding has been implemented and some key examples of open platforms and the projects that have arisen in the process. We will look at the different ways OER has developed across the campuses, with an eye towards innovative programming.

Creating a course site on the Commons

This session will introduce the open teaching possibilities of the CUNY Academic Commons. We will detail how the Commons facilitates teaching with OER and will walk you through how to create a course site and affiliated group on the platform. We will discuss privacy settings on the Commons and how they relate to open pedagogical goals. Participants will also be introduced to other digital tools that could be used in classes, including Manifold, Hypothesis, Timeline JS, and more.

Exploring Open Pedagogy
This session will explore the ways that OER can be used to
promote open pedagogy, especially as it relates to issues of
diversity/representation and knowledge production, and
drawing upon examples from OER programming at Borough of
Manhattan Community College (BMCC).

Cost Materials
Looking into the resources at CUNY campus libraries is a
great back-up for the creation of materials at zero-cost to
students. This session will cover an overview of library resources as they pertain to the campus where you teach, as a back-up for an OER resource.

Sourcing Images
In our visual culture, digital users rely on images to inform
them and help them navigate. Where do you find compelling
images that will grab and direct your students’ attention,
without creating copyright headaches? This session will help
you find openly-licensed visuals online. We’ll discuss Creative
Commons licenses; investigate sites such as Flickr, Pixabay,
Unsplash, and others; and explore how to upload, place,
caption, and link your images.

Archival Resources for OER

This session will cover the landscape of digital archival materials -personal papers and organizational records, oral histories, photographs, government records, and printed ephemera. We will learn strategies for finding openly accessible digitized primary sources using platforms such as the Digital Public Library of America and the Internet Archive. We’ll also cover repository – level searching at sites such as the New York Public Library and the Library of Congress.

Critical Pedagogy
We will look at how Critical Pedagogy exists in a wider framework, and how it applies to OER creation/use from print to digital materials. How can OER be used to question systems of power within educational content, while acknowledging the economic context of higher education more broadly? Integrative teaching and active learning strategies will also be explored.