About the Living Lab

“A Living Laboratory: Revitalizing General Education for a 21st Century College of Technology” was a five-year $3.1M initiative (2010-2015) funded by the U.S. Department of Education Strengthening Hispanic-Serving Institutions (Title V) program.  Our mission was to re-envision General Education as a “living laboratory” using City Tech’s signature strengths – hands-on experiential models of learning and our vibrant Brooklyn Waterfront location.

What did we do?

Four activities working together towards institutional transformation.

  • The Gen Ed Seminar: brought together diverse groups of Faculty Fellows  to revitalize General Education through place-based learning and high-impact educational practices;
  • The OpenLab: created a new digital platform to support open teaching and learning at City Tech, and enhance the intellectual and social fabric of the college community;
  • A Culture of Assessment: integrated comprehensive outcomes assessment into the General Education curriculum;
  • The Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center (BWRC): built an endowment to support student and faculty research at this newly-created City Tech institution.

Questions? Please get in touch!

Jonas Reitz, Project Director
Charlie Edwards, Project Co-Director

Resources and links

  • Living Lab Handout.  Produced for the Fall 2017 Title V New Project Director’s Conference.
  • Credits.  List of people involved in the Living Lab.

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