Get to Know the OpenLab in 5 Steps!

The OpenLab, https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/, is an online teaching, learning, and community-building platform for publishing your work on the web, built by and for the City Tech community!

This 5-part self-guided series provides short tasks that help you get to know the OpenLab. Tasks are oriented around different questions, and will help answer the question by introducing you to various aspects of the platform and opportunities for participating in its growing community.

The series begins with the most basic question – What is the OpenLab? Subsequent sections answer questions about how others use the platform for teaching, learning and community-building efforts at City Tech, and how you can go about doing so as well. The final part addresses how you can get help and support as you continue to use the platform going forward.

By the end of the series, you will have a better idea of how the OpenLab can enrich your experience here at City Tech.

Part 1: What’s the OpenLab

Get to know the OpenLab better by reading more about its origins and ethos, taking a quick tour, and visiting our in-house sites.

  • Task 1: Read the OpenLab’s brief About page to learn more about ethos and values driving the OpenLab.
  • Task 2: Take the OpenLab Tour!
  • Task 3: Check out our in-house sites!
    • The Open Road: Our one-stop-shop for all things OpenLab: news, workshops, events, community, and support!
    • The Buzz: Our student blogging team’s site; they post about life at City Tech and beyond!
    • Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab: A site for sharing and discussing resources about open digital pedagogy!

Part 2: How do others use the OpenLab?

Explore how others use the OpenLab. Members of the City Tech community use the OpenLab to support their learning, teaching, community-building, and other scholarly and pedagogical pursuits. 

As you explore, note the wide variety of work being done on the OpenLab, as well as the diverse ways the OpenLab is used to support that work.

  • Task 1: Check out In the Spotlight, our blog series that features a different site each week. You can review these blog entries by:
    • Scrolling through the blog – this will give you a reverse chronological view
    • Visiting the Spotlight Archive – this will give you a topical/categorical view
  • Task 2: Peruse the OpenLab’s new monthly blog series, Pedagogy Profiles, to learn more about how City Tech’s educators began and continue to use the platform to support their work.
  • Task 3: Read the Winter 2017 Nucleus Issue, which featured pieces from faculty about the creative ways they’ve used the OpenLab in the context of their courses and/or research. See our spotlight post on this issue for more!
  • Task 4: Explore the community using various search and filter options:
    • You can search through people, courses, projects, clubs and portfolios using the menu at the top and the magnifying glass in the top-right.
    • You can also search courses, projects, clubs and portfolios using the links titled by type of site (courses, projects, clubs, portfolios) under the slider. From the search page, use the filters (top-right) to tailor your search.

Part 3: How can I use the OpenLab? Step 1, Join!

Join the OpenLab community by creating an account and setting up your profile. By becoming a member of the OpenLab community you’ll be able to create sites to support and share your scholarly and pedagogical work. Additionally, you can participate in the collaborative communities that use the OpenLab to support their work by joining their sites.

Part 4: How can I use the OpenLab? Step 2, Create!

Create on the OpenLab. In this case, ‘create’ can refer to creating sites, but also to creating communities, collaborations, and dialogue by joining other sites, connecting with friends, participating in discussion forums and more.

  • Task 1: Create Connections
      • Join our 3 in-house sites to stay connected and updated about what’s happening on the OpenLab:
        • The Open Road: Our one-stop-shop for all things OpenLab: news, workshops, events, community, and support!
        • The Buzz: Our student blogging team’s site; they post about life at City Tech and beyond!
        • Open Pedagogy on the OpenLab: A site for sharing and discussing resources about open digital pedagogy!
      • Connect with your friends and join other groups related to your interests:
        • You can search through people, courses, projects, clubs and portfolios using the menu at the top and the magnifying glass in the top-right.
        • You can also search courses, projects, clubs and portfolios using the links titled by type of site (courses, projects, clubs, portfolios) under the slider. From the search page, use the filters (top-right) to tailor your search.
        • more here.
  • Task 2: Create Sites of Your Own by referring to our the section of our help content titled Sites on the OpenLab.

Part 5: How can I get help and support with using the OpenLab?

This week, learn what opportunities exist to learn more about the OpenLab and get assistance when you have questions in the future.