Professor Belli | Fall 2022 | City Tech

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Introduce Yourself … and Learn to Blog!

Introduction Posts (due F 8/26)

In order to start exploring our OpenLab course site, getting comfortable with posting/adding media (blogging), practicing reflective writing, and getting to know one another, each student will create an initial post that introduces herself to the class. If you need help getting starting with posting, check out the fabulous OpenLab Team’s help content on that.


Content of Posts
Tell us a bit about yourself … what are your interests, hobbies, desires? Current job or internship? Career goals? What did you do over the summer? Share some photos of you (you can either pull a photo from the web if you have one up there, upload one from your computer, or … you can even take one with your smartphone right now!) and maybe even your family, friends, neighborhood, etc. Practice adding a link and maybe even include a video in your post too.

You can approach this any way you wish (creativity encouraged!) — the goal is to convey a bit of yourself to the class.

*please note: anything you publish on the OpenLab is public!

I made an Introductory post about myself (if I’m asking you to share some of your personality/background with the class, it’s only fair that I do the same!), so you can get to know me a bit better as well and also so you get a sense of what this type of post might look like/include.


Categorizing Posts
You won’t be able to publish your post without choosing an appropriate category for it (categories are a way of organizing the content posted on a site, grouping related posts together with the newest ones at the top). For this post, categorize as “Introductions.”

*Uncheck “Uncategorized” if it is checked already by default + ignore/do not use the “Category Sticky” dropdown section!


Commenting on Posts
Before next week, browse through everyone’s posts (if you choose the “Introductions” category for the right side of the homepage, or “Introductions” from the dropdown in the “Discussion & Community” in the top navigation, you will be taken to all of these posts, and drop comments to get some conversation going and start building our class community for the semester! (here is Help Content from the OpenLab Team about commenting)

Getting to Know Professor Belli :)

Hi everyone! I’m an Associate Professor of English here at City Tech, and for many years I also served as Co-Director of the OpenLab, the college’s open-source digital platform for teaching, learning, and collaborating (the same OpenLab that you’re reading this post on right now!). One of my favorite things to do here at City Tech is to work with our amazing students, so I’m really excited to spend the next few months with you in this course.

I earned my Ph.D. from The Graduate Center, CUNY; that makes me a proud CUNY alum (just like you will be in a few years!). My research interests are utopian studies, science fiction, happiness, grief, writing studies, digital humanities, education, and the tarot. Feel free to ask me what any of these things mean, or why they matter!

Views from a hike I did in Mount Rainier National Park (in Washington State), just before fog rolled in so thick you couldn’t see right in front of you! Such a mind-bogglingly beautiful place.

Fun facts about your professor? I played soccer growing up, and played ice hockey in college. I am a violinist (I started when I was two years old!), and play with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra; in early 2020, right before the pandemic hit, we went on tour in Mexico City (what an amazing experience!). I love traveling the world, rambling road trips, hiking, and camping. I especially find joy in spending time in nature and soaking up all the sunsets & all the stars. It makes me feel peaceful, grateful, and expansive. I often eat pizza, kale, and Himalayan food, and put way too much hot sauce on basically everything. Sometimes I wear glow-in-the-dark dinosaur socks 🙂

I’m your professor, but I’m also a human being. I do my best to bring my whole self to the classroom, to my community, and to my writing. I hope you will as well. I believe that’s when the best (most meaningful, most joyful, most authentic) teaching and learning happens. That’s when we do our best work. That’s when we connect and grow most — as writers, as readers, as thinkers, as people.

I look forward to reading your Introduction posts, and to connecting and growing with you this semester. Let the journey begin …

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