Readings, Spring 2018

Pre-seminar activity

To kick off the semester, we will watch Ramsey Musallam’s TED Talk “3 Rules to Spark Learning” and share our comments on a discussion board found here: Make sure to be logged in to the OpenLab so you can post a comment.


February 2, 9:00am-12:00pm, N119, Gen Ed at City Tech and AAC&U’s HIEP                               

To introduce participants to the Living Lab General Education Seminar and explore how General Education Student Learning Outcomes and Kuh’s High Impact Educational Practices could be integrated into course segments and/or assignments. A focus will be on the General Education Learning Outcome of ethical reasoning. Participants will learn how to share their work and view work of others on L4.

Seminar Readings

City Tech General Education Committee (2012). General Education at New York City College of Technology. Retrieved from The New York City College of Technology Faculty Commons website:

Kuh, G. D., Schneider, C. G., & Association of American Colleges and Universities (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Introduction, Part 1 and Part 2. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.  Available in the files section of OpenLab,

Sternberg, R. J. (2010). Teaching for ethical reasoning in liberal education. Association of Colleges and Universities, Liberal Education. Volume 96, Number 3.  Available at:

Ethical Reasoning Rubric:

March 9, 9:00am-12:00pm, N119, Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab                                             

To explore open pedagogy opportunities via the OpenLab digital platform.


Seminar Readings: The workshop readings can be found here: . This link contains an extensive bibliography for your additional exploration of open pedagogy but the following three articles will be used in our seminar discussion.


Rosen, J. R. and M. A. Smale. (2015) Open digital pedagogy = critical pedagogy. Hybrid Pedagogy.


Rheingold, H. (2013). Digital storytelling 106: Open, participatory, student-centric, social…the future?. DML Central.


The Public Course Blog: The Required Reading We Write Ourselves for the Course That Never Ends, Trevor Owens, in Debates in the Digital Humanities, Matthew K. Gold ed., University of Minnesota Press: 2012.  Follow these specific links: and



OpenLab Sites of Interest: Becoming a member of these sites is encouraged


The Open Road:, specifically The Spotlight:
NOTE: Please explore the courses and projects that have been featured in “In the Spotlight” – you will find many examples of innovative open pedagogy here.


Open Pedagogy:



March 23, Place-based Learning and the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center                         

“Does ethical reasoning play a role in the discussion of public policy?”


Seminar Readings

To be selected


OpenLab Sites of Interest: Become a member of the Brooklyn Waterfront Research Center (BWRC) site:





April 13, 9:00am-12:00pm, 9:00am-12:00pm, N119, Assessment Strategies                                

To build a culture of assessment among seminar participants.

Peer review of will be conducted

Seminar Readings

Sullivan, D., Schneider, C., Rhodes, T., O’Shea L., and Humphreys, D. (2012). A Sea Change on Student Learning Assessment: An AAC&U Working Paper. Association of American Colleges and Universities. Retrieved from

Finley A. & McNair T. (2013) Assessing Underserved Students’ Engagement in High-Impact Practices. Association of American Colleges and Universities. Retrieved from

Website of Interest:

Assessment and Institutional Research:


TK20 Information and Training

April 27, 9:00am-12:00pm, Final Presentations                                                                              

To share general education philosophy and practices with colleagues.

Seminar Video

Ted Talk (2014 Mar). Molly Hobson: Color blind or color brave? Retrieved from

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