This Week In OpenLab! February 26th Edition

Announcing our Upcoming Workshops!

All through the rest of the term the OpenLab team will be offering workshops for faculty, staff and students. ¬†Whether you’re thinking of ways to improve your course management, just getting started, or would like to explore a topic of your own choosing, we’ll be here to meet your needs. ¬†More information will follow, but the first of these workshops will be:

Working with Courses on the OpenLab (FOR FACULTY) ¬†Tuesday,¬†March 6. 11:30am ‚Äď 12:45pm. A540 (in the library)

Thinking about teaching a course on the OpenLab? Already using the OpenLab for your courses? Bring your questions to these mixed-level sessions. You will need an account on the OpenLab, and your syllabus. Workshops are open to all City Tech faculty and staff. Part-time faculty are eligible to receive a small stipend.

What is the OpenLab? ¬†(FOR STUDENTS): ¬†Thursday, March 8th,¬†1:00pm ‚Äď 2:15pm, A540 (in the library)

Please RSVP¬†to Please specify workshop date(s), and we’ll see you then!


Featured Course:  ENG 2003: Introduction to Poetry

In most of our recent entries we’ve focused on the course site–today we’d like to highlight those project management tools you can find on your Course/Club/Project Profile page. ¬†This can be a valuable place for students and/or members to work¬†collaboratively¬†on a particular document, or have a discussion that you might want to distinguish in some way from what is going on on the course/group/project site: ¬†a project or club might use the Site for more public-facing announcements, etc, and use these discussion boards on the Profile page for in-group discussion. ¬†Privacy settings are all customizable, so it’s easy to do.

And just as an example, one of our favorites, Professor Jody Rosen’s on-going glossary project, which one suspects gives students a great sense of accomplishment by the term’s end, and which you can see here.


(image by Andrew Mertz, licensed via creative commons)

Weekly Tutorial:  WP-Latex

We mentioned last week that Jonas Reitz, a professor of Math here at CityTech, was helping us out with a tutorial for the WP-Latex plug-in, which allows teachers and students to write mathematical formulas directly into OpenLab comments, posts or pages.  You can find that tutorial here.

The plug-in presumes you know¬†LaTeX, and as such is most useful to the mathematically inclined among us, but in the interest of intellectual curiosity, there is¬†a useful tutorial/summary here. ¬†In addition, Jonas has kindly allowed us to link to an assignment in his Calc II class which includes some basics, like¬†fractions, radicals, and integrals. ¬†You can find that¬†here. ¬†And if you’re trying to write LaTeX code, you’ll find that a tester is an invaluable too. ¬†You can find a good one¬†here. ¬† Thanks to Jonas for all these resources!

1 thought on “This Week In OpenLab! February 26th Edition”

  1. Hi Scott! Thanks for this – I think LaTeX on the OpenLab is a great resource and I hope it will be adopted by our math and science faculty. Heads up: I think the link to my Calc II page is broken (maybe an extra space in the URL?).

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