In the Spotlight Archive: Spring 2014

Since we’ve recently begun regular posts for each site we feature in the Spotlight, we want to be sure to give fair exposure to all the other great work we’ve featured over the years.  Below you’ll find all the sites we’ve featured during spring 2014.

April 14: Wine & Beverage Management

Students in Karen Goodlad’s wine course have written great reviews of wine shops all over the city. Wine enthusiasts should take a look!




April 7: Crowdsourcing Cornelius Eady

Cornelius Eady is coming to the City Tech Literary Arts Festival on Apr. 10! Help crowdsource samples of his writing before the event.




March 31: Digital Photography 2

Robin Michals’s students are writing thoughtful reflections on a recent trip to MOMA.  Earlier posts feature photos from home studios they built.




March 24: ENT4410 Technical Direction

John McCullough’s course site is full of activity! Students are posting images, video, and writing about what they’re busy creating in class.




March 17: Printmaking Club

The Printmaking Club is new, but their OpenLab site is already looking great! If you’re interested, their first meeting is March 19.




March 10: ENG1101 Composition 1101

Students in Sean Scanlan’s courses are posting their own photos, together with a written description. Check out their work on both sites!




February 24: Utopias & Dystopias

Jill Belli’s ENG 2000 students are imagining what their utopia would look like, and writing posts describing that ideal world.




February 17: Type and Media

We’re featuring some more typography this week, with Mary Brown’s course. Students have been posting on typography in different NYC neighborhoods.




February 10: New York Type

Graphic design student Andie Lessa’s blog looks at typography in NYC. Curious about the evolution of type in the NYC subway? Take a look!




January 27: Remembering Charles Hirsch

Read Sandra Cheng’s lovely post remembering Charles Hirsch, a valued member of the OpenLab, Living Lab, and City Tech communities.




ClubIsOpenJanuary 20: OpenLab Update

You’ve probably noticed some changes around the OpenLab. Read more about what the update to version 1.4 means to you on the Open Road.

In the Spotlight: Graphic Design Principles

ADV1100, Graphic Design Principles (Sp 14) – Prof. Jenna Spevack

We chose Jenna Spevack’s course to feature this week for many reasons.  For one, the site is well-designed and organized.  It’s easy to find relevant information, of which there is plenty!  There are tons of resources for students in the course, but anyone interested in the topic would also find a wealth of useful information.

Students don’t post to the course site; instead they’re using their ePortfolios for all their work.  A list of links to all student portfolios appears in both the sidebar of the site, as well as the course profile. Jenna also pulls out examples from students’ ePortfolios and links to them in her posts.

The course site uses a unique feature, which allows members to link an OpenLab profile to an external site.  In this case, Jenna hosts her course site on her own server, and links it to a course profile on the OpenLab, ensuring that the site appears in the OpenLab directory and on the home page whenever there’s site activity.

Take a look!

In the Spotlight Archive: Fall 2013

Below you’ll find an archive of the sites we’ve featured in the spotlight section of the OpenLab homepage during the fall 2013 semester.

December 30: Ins and Outs of Physical Computing

Students did excellent work on their final projects for Damon Baker’s course. Watch videos of the projects in action, and read students’ reflections!




December 18: Custom & Aesthetically Pleasing Carpentry

Josel De la Cruz’s carpentry design blog features reviews, slideshows, and tutorials. We love seeing so many great student projects on the OpenLab!




December 9: Phototype

Ryan Melendez’s design blog, created in Jennifer Sears’s writing course, includes reviews, tutorials, photos, ASCII art and more. Take a look!




December 2: Jill Bouratoglou’s Portfolio

We have a growing number of faculty Portfolios on the OpenLab, in addition to student ePortfolios. Check out Jill Bouratoglou’s beautiful work!



November 18: GRA 2330, Digital Photography

Robin Michals’s students are posting and reflecting on some great photos from a recent session called “Painting with Light.” Take a look!




November 11: History of Photography

Is a selfie is art? Sandra Cheng’s students are considering this question and others on their course site. What do you think?




November 3: What is Vaudeville? The Brooklyn Experience

Students in Peter Catapano’s US History course have been doing archival research at the Brooklyn Historical Society on Brooklyn’s vaudeville theaters.



October 28: Wines of the New World

Karen Goodlad’s students have written reflections on their trip to Red Hook Winery where they crafted their own blends. We wish we could sample them!




October 21: Introduction to Food & Beverage Management

Check out students’ posts on the theme “Where I’m From, We Eat,” inspired by Willie Perdomo’s poem “Where I’m From.”




October 7: Ins and Outs of Physical Computing

Damon Baker’s course site is full of activity, including lots of writing, media, and student interaction.  And, robots, of course!




September 30: The Composition of Happiness

Jill Belli’s ENG 1101 course not only is a fine model of a robust course, it has resources for all courses, and a happiness archive!




August 21: Hospitality Garden

The Hospitality Garden has been busy growing all summer in its new location! Check out the site to see updates, photos, events, or get directions.

In the Spotlight Archive: Spring 2013

Below you’ll find an archive of the sites we’ve featured in the spotlight section of the OpenLab homepage during the spring 2013 semester.

May 20: Evolution of Technology

Endri Domi’s site is one of the blogs students created for Jennifer Sears’s Advanced Career Writing course.  Check out their work!




May 13: Spoons Across America Club

This club has done a lot of work on their site. It’s a great example of how clubs can use the OpenLab to share information and coordinate activities.




May 6: Sustainability Study: Waste and Urban Ecology in New York City

This research project is a great example of just one of the ways the OpenLab can be used to facilitate collaboration.




April 29: CUNY Service Corps

We’re excited to see CUNY Service Corps on the OpenLab! Students can get paid or receive college credit for work on service projects around NYC.




April 25: What does Gen Ed mean?

Find out more about the General Education contest and how to submit your creative work for prizes of $250. Entries are due by Mon, April 29 at 5pm!




April 19: Solar Decathalon at City Tech

Did you know City Tech is entering the Solar Decathalon, a contest to design, build, and operate energy- and cost-efficient solar-powered houses?




April 1: Problem Solving with Computer Programming

Students in Calli Higgins’s course are creating sketches on OpenProcessing and embedding them on the course site. Check out their great work!



March 16: Fuse Lab

On its excellent site, the Fuse Lab has linked to four associated courses also on the OpenLab. We’re excited to see this kind of collaboration!




March 11: Man Chan’s ePortfolio

Man Chan’s ePortfolio features a great customized header, nice menus, and plenty of examples of the work he’s completed so far in his courses.




March 4: Research and Documentation for the Information Age

In Anne Leonard’s excellent and active course site, students are writing about something near and dear to our hearts, the politics of open access to knowledge.



February 25: Architectural Design V

In Andrea Johnson & Paul King’s course students are focusing on disaster response issues, specifically in communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy.




February 11: MAT 1272 – Statistics

We may not think of a math class as a place where a lot of writing happens, but not so in Jonas Reitz’s course. Check out students’ “mathographies.”




February 4: College Algebra and Trigonometry

Simon Smith’s course site is great for many reasons. In particular, we love its collaborative forum where students are helping each other out.




OLlogo_BubblesJanuary 28: OpenLab Courses

There are so many great new courses on the OpenLab right now, so we’re profiling all of them. Take a look around and see what others are doing!


In the Spotlight Archive: Fall 2012

Below you’ll find an archive of the sites we’ve featured in the spotlight section of the OpenLab homepage during the fall 2012 semester.

December 17: Planned Obsolescence

This site was created by students in Lisa Brundage’s Advanced Technical Writing course. After looking through their site, what do you think about planned obsolescence?




November 26: Writing Across the Curriculum

The WAC site features some great resources, from the latest WAC workshops and events to examples of writing assignments from around the OpenLab.




November 19: Blind Moon PoemFolio

This week we have another excellent student ePortfolio to feature, by Muhammad Hasan Ali. Only this one is not just a Portfolio, but a PoemFolio!




November 12: Ins and Outs of Physical Computing

Check out Damon Baker’s course site for plenty of activity, interaction, and excellent student projects!




November 4: Storm Stories

Storm Stories is a place for students, faculty, and staff to post pictures and narratives of their experience during Hurricane Sandy, and to connect with others.




October 22 and 29: Perspectives in Hospitality Management

Karen Goodlad’s course site has plenty of great activity and student work.  In particular we’d like to highlight the excellent videos students created to promote the Brooklyn Bridge Park waterfront area.



October 15: Jes Bernhardt’s ePortfolio

Jes has done excellent work on this creative and media-rich portfolio site, highlighting her work in Restorative Dentistry.  We especially love her metaphor of teeth as tiny buildings within tiny city-mouths.



October 1: Telling Brooklyn Stories

Check out Jody Rosen’s Telling Brooklyn Stories for glossaries, readings, student writing, how to sync a learning community, and to learn about Brooklyn!




September 24: Interaction Design

Amelia Marzec’s Interaction Design course has wonderful posts, group work and video-based final student projects.




September 10: Survey of Art

Sandra Chang’s students’ have been reflecting on the nature of art:  is graffiti art?  is food?  Follow their ranging, delightful discussion!