Join us on Th 11/12: Accessibility, Disability, and Open Digital Pedagogy

Accessibility, Disability, and Open Digital Pedagogy

Thursday, November 12, 2015, 4:30-6:00pm (Faculty Commons, N227)

*Refreshments will be served

(Please share the invitation with colleagues, and RSVP by commenting on this post)

Join faculty and staff around the college at the next Open Pedagogy event, where we will discuss issues of accessibility and disability in online communities and digital spaces. Together, we’ll explore key issues at stake and brainstorm how we, as faculty and staff, might better serve our students and each other by being aware of and competent in best practices. We will start to think through our open digital pedagogy to become more inclusive of all our members as we teach, research, collaborate, and communicate in open digital spaces. We’ll consider the following questions:

  • What do accessibility and disability mean and look like in online digital spaces?
  • What is universal design?
  • What are our responsibilities (ethical, legal, institutional, personal) to consider accessibility and disability, & implement changes to our pedagogy in response?
  • “Why is accessibility often treated as an afterthought” (Hoffman 2014)?
  • How can we make our work in open digital spaces more accessible?

Disability symbolsWant to learn more about issues of accessibility / disability in open digital pedagogies? Here are a few short pieces for reference:

  • Recent special issue of First Monday on “Disability and the Internet” that is hot off the (digital) press, and explores a wide ranges of issues on the topic (September 2015)

*Image credit: Disability Symbols (Wikimedia Commons)

An invitation to an Open Pedagogy Event 10/8, 4:30-6:00

 

collage of doodles with 'collaborate' written in the middle.

Collaboration on the OpenLab

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 4:30-6:00pm

Faculty Commons, N227

Refreshments will be served

This Open Pedagogy event brings together those interested in teaching and learning in the open, using readily available resources either within or in conjunction with City Tech’s OpenLab. Examples of collaboration among students, and between instructor and students abound in the OpenLab’s 1000+ courses. Emerging as well are collaborations between students and peer mentors, between courses across the college, and among faculty teaching parallel sections of the same course. First-Year Learning Communities can bring two or three courses together in a single space to further facilitate community, and can bring into that community the peer mentor for further student support. Course coordinators have created community within departments through the ability to share materials for better support of instruction across sections. The same kind of openness facilitates the community of pedagogy that draws on the support of Open Educational Resources developed with the support of library faculty. Come hear about these exciting examples from colleagues and OpenLab Community Team members, and share your own.

Can’t join us but want to think more about collaboration in your pedagogy? Here are two short pieces you might read to consider best practices in project-based collaborations:

A Student Collaborators’ Bill of Rights

A Collaborators’ Bill of Rights

Please share the invitation with colleagues–and feel free to comment on this post to let your colleagues know you’re planning to come!

Image credit: Collaborate by Brenderous

 

The OpenLab @HASTAC 2015

Jill Belli & Jody Rosen, two of the OpenLab Co-Directors, are demoing / discussing the OpenLab at the 2015 HASTAC Conference in East Lansing, MI, May 27-30th. The theme of this year’s conference deals with the interdisciplinary nature of the digital humanities and the art & sciences, and we are exciting to bring our work at City Tech to this international network at scholars.

Our project demo, on 3:45pm EST on Thursday, May 28th, provides an overview of the OpenLab, contextualizing it within City Tech’s local context, our design principles, and pedagogical and professional development innovations.

Below are our slides (uploaded here as a PDF), so you can follow along with us virtually. We welcome questions / comments / ideas by leaving “comments” below.

Download (PDF, 6.62MB)

 

 

Open Digital Pedagogy at ELD

The OpenLab team is facilitating a session at the Emerging Learning Design Conference at Montclair State University, so we would like to welcome colleagues from ELD 2014!

For the Open Digital Pedagogy: Creating a Game-Based Workshop, we’d love for participants to share their products with the OpenLab community. Use the format below to share your assignment ideas as comments to this post–or revise it to fit the needs of what you’ve made. We’re glad to have you join our efforts on the OpenLab!

Our three cards were

General Education Student Learning Outcome:

Open Pedagogy Technique:

Game:

Our group developed a/an [formal/informal/ group/ classroom] assignment that asks students to [what they’ll do] and then [what else they’ll do] and [finally what else they’ll do] using [specific tools, materials, skills] so they can learn [course goal] while also developing [specific and or general skills]

Thanks for playing with us!

This Thursday, 11/21, 4-6:00pm: Fostering Conversation on the OpenLab

collage of comment bubbles You’ve saved the date–now let us know you can join us!

This Thursday afternoon, we’ll reconvene the group of us interested in Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab at an event focused on fostering conversation on (and with) the OpenLab. A few colleagues will briefly share some of their methods for generating and fostering conversation, and then we’ll continue our conversation by hearing from anyone who wants to share, ask questions, comment, etc. And we’ll have snacks, too! That’s where the RSVP comes it–it would be good to know how much snacking will take place. You can simply reply to this post letting us know if you can make it.

The details:

Fostering Conversation on the OpenLab

Thursday, November 21st

4:00-6:00 pm

Faculty Commons (N227)

Lively conversation plus snacks

 

image courtesy of Marc Wathieu