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ACERT introduction to Teaching on the CUNY Academic Commons: January 9th, 12-2pm

REMINDER: I’m co-leading a workshop on campus next week (Wed 1/9) introducing the CUNY Commons as a teaching tool. If you’ve ever wanted to try alternatives to Bb, this is a great way to get some support! Details below.

cross-posted at ACERT

Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages) and I are co-leading a workshop on teaching on the CUNY Commons in January. For an quick overview of the topic, check out this video of Julie and me talking about it. And then come see us in early January. Details below:


When: January 9, 2019, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Where: Center for Online Learning, Hunter North C105 Topic(s): Course design, Discussion, Learning management systems, Open Educational Resources

Presenter(s): Jeff Allred (English), Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages)

The CUNY Academic Commons has become a robust and flexible platform: a place for discussion, faculty collaboration, professional networking, private and public writing, communicating with your students, and storing your course materials. In recent semesters, some CUNY instructors have begun using the Commons as the learning management system (LMS) in their courses as an open education alternative to Blackboard. If you’re interested in hosting your course on the Commons next semester or simply want to learn more about the platform, please join us for an initial 2-hour guided exploration on Wednesday, January 9, 12-2pm. You will learn more about the basics of the Commons, the many interactive features of the platform, its possibilities to offer your course at zero cost or create open education resource (OER) materials, and see how fellow CUNY instructors have used the Commons for their courses. By the end of the first meeting, you will have your Commons account and site up and running, and your different course needs matched with the many features and functions of the Commons. The instructors will then host monthly in-person check-ins over the course of the Spring semester. In these meetings, participants can bring questions, examples, and ideas about teaching on the Commons that they would like to discuss. In addition, the instructors will remain available for further assistance and consultation for participants throughout the semester.

Lunch will be served at the January 9th meeting! Please RSVP to acert@hunter.cuny.edu

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