Recap: Getting Hands-On with Research Projects on the OpenLab

Thursday evening brought the last Open Pedagogy event of the semester, Getting Hands-On with Research Projects on the OpenLab. A working session, the workshop focused on tools and strategies to implement research practices on the site. Faculty who attended were especially interested in exploring methods to support web-based student research. The event began with OpenLab Community Team members presenting strong examples of research and collaboration on the OpenLab, including Prof. Raffi Katchadourian’s professional portfolio, theĀ collaborative Opening Gateways site, and Prof. Jody Rosenā€™s interactive map assignment, a Being in Brooklyn Walking Tour.

Participants then broke into working groups to begin to implement particular strategies according to their needs. For example, one group discussed integrating visual mathematical elements, like graphs, into posts as a way to build resources for students in Economics classes. An OpenLab Community Team member is now looking into possible WordPress plugins to enable this kind of activity. Another group considered using the OpenLab to facilitate the design and implementation of a survey, as well as its results. How exciting to see faculty members begin to implement ideas that they had been developing in Open Pedagogy events throughout the semester!

To that end, thank you to all who participated in Open Pedagogy events this spring! We look forward to following your ideas, projects, research, and collaboration on the OpenLab!

Join us on Th 4/7: Getting Hands-On with Research Projects on the OpenLab

computer from the 1990s
Remember to bring your devices on ThursdayĀ — hopefully one a little less dated than this.Ā (Image by Javier Carcamo)

Getting Hands-On with Research Projects on the OpenLab
Thursday, April 7th, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (N227)

Refreshments will be served.

Interested in building a space for your research on the OpenLab? Bring your own laptop or device to this follow-up working session on research projects on the OpenLab, where we will explore and build projects on the OpenLab centered on specific research questions. Participants will leave with a collaborative space on the OpenLab for organizing, archiving, and publicly displaying their research.

Please email us at OpenLab@citytech.cuny.eduĀ or comment below to let us knowĀ your ideas for the session. What research project do you want to work on?

And remember to bring your devices, as this will be a working session!

Recap: Exploring Research Projects on the OpenLab

Last week’sĀ Open Pedagogy event, Exploring Research Projects on the OpenLab, was a great success, with lots of time for faculty members to explore opportunities for collaboration and research on the site. Attendees agreed on their interest in research design that sends students into the world to investigate a question, followed by opportunities to share and discuss their findingsĀ on the OpenLab. There was particular excitement about the possibility of mappingĀ research, as Prof. Jody Rosen’s students did in her2013 course Being in Brooklyn. You can exploreĀ her students’ interactive map here.

OurĀ final Open Pedagogy event of the semester, Getting Hands-On with Research Projects on the OpenLab, will serve as a working session toĀ follow-up ideasĀ that emerged from last week’s session. All faculty and staff are welcome, even those unableĀ attend the last session, and all attendees should bring their own devices. Stay tuned, too, for a list of open pedagogy resources for research that we will share in anticipation of that event.