Schedule for Teach@CUNY Day, May 2, 2016

Please join us in the Concourse Level of the Graduate Center for the program below on May 2, 2016. You can register for Teach@CUNY Day at


Teach@CUNY-Day-Flyer9-10am: Registration, Coffee

10-11am: Plenary
Welcoming Remarks: Luke Waltzer, Director, Teaching and Learning Center; Louise Lennihan, Provost

Keynote address: “Why the History of CUNY Matters.”
Stephen Brier, Professor of Urban Education; Coordinator, Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Certificate Program; Co-Founder, American Social History Project

11:15am-12pm: Workshop 1
12:15pm-1: Workshop 2
1-2pm: Lunch (provided)
2-2:45pm: Workshop 3
3-3:45pm: Disciplinary Cluster Conversations
3:45-4pm: Mingling and Feedback


Workshop Tracks

New to the Classroom — C-201

11:15 am: Syllabi or Syllabuses: What’s the Argument?
Facilitator: Michele Piso

A syllabus extends beyond a chronology of readings, due dates, warnings, contracts, and logistics. It is a narrative, a staging of diverse encounters between learner and discipline, an argument for a particular unfolding of disciplinary life. In this workshop we will explore two examples of syllabi/syllabuses as arguments for possible ways to approach teaching and learning.

12:15 pm “The Room Where it Happens”: Revelations, Revolutions, and Resolutions About Classroom Space and Embodied Learning
Facilitator: Barrie Gelles

Considering the variety of classrooms in which you may teach, this workshop will explore ways to allow learning to thrive in any environment, how to make the most of your surroundings, and how to get students more physically active in the classroom.

2:00 pm: Speaking with Confidence: Classroom Communication Skills
Facilitator: Flannery Amdahl

Giving a lecture to a large group of students can be intimidating, especially if you’re new to teaching. In this workshop, we’ll explore techniques for communicating effectively, and discuss ways to engage students that go beyond the simple lecture.

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Technology in the Classroom — C-202

11:15 am: Introduction to Networked Pedagogy
Facilitator: Matthew K. Gold

This workshop will explore examples of networked pedagogy, considering how instructors can use social networks such as Twitter, Github, and WordPress to explore the boundaries of the classroom through engaging, hands-on assignments.

12:15 pm: Teaching with Wikipedia
Facilitator: Michael Mandiberg

This introductory workshop will explore the basics of why and how to incorporate Wikipedia projects as class assignments, and the range of possibilities for doing so, from adding citations to new article creation.

2:00 pm: Open Digital Pedagogy: A Game-Based Workshop with City Tech’s OpenLab Team
Facilitators: Charlie Edwards, Jody R. Rosen, Destry Sibley, Jenna Spevack, Bree Zuckerman

Join us to play an assignment-generating game designed to equip participants with tools for thinking about and enacting open digital pedagogies, inspired by the OpenLab (

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Working with the Library — C-203

11:15 am: From Facebook to Foucault: Research Assignments & How Students find Resources
Facilitators: Miriam Laskin, Neera Mohess

This workshop provides an overview of library resources available to students and faculty on the CUNY campuses and will offer a hands-on activity on creating a workable research assignment especially for Freshmen and Sophomores.

12:15 pm: Threshold Concepts: Opening the Door to Student Research in the Disciplines
Facilitators: Robert Farrell, Julia Furay

In this workshop, we’ll explore how threshold concepts – fundamental, transformative ideas within disciplines that open up new avenues of learning – help us introduce students to disciplinary research processes.

2:00 pm: Textbook Alternatives and OERs
Facilitators: Alexandra Hamlett, Nora Almeida, and Mariana Regalado

Learn how to create course readings using subscription library materials and open educational resources as an alternative to assigning expensive textbooks.

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Writing Across the Curriculum — C-204

11:15 am: Using Writing to Learn
Facilitator: Lisa Blankenship

This workshop will model, through a series of low-stakes writing prompts, ways to incorporate writing into various aspects of course design. We’ll discuss discipline-specific writing criteria and ways to translate course goals into writing assignments.

this workshop is so nice we had to run it twice…

12:15 pm: Using Writing to Learn
Facilitator: Lisa Blankenship

This workshop will model, through a series of low-stakes writing prompts, ways to incorporate writing into various aspects of course design. We’ll discuss discipline-specific writing criteria and ways to translate course goals into writing assignments.

2:00 pm: Strategies for Responding to Student Writing
Facilitators: Avra Spector and Anke Geertsma

Struggling to get through that pile of papers? This workshop will explore strategies for responding effectively and efficiently to what often feels like an overwhelming amount of student writing; we’ll discuss levels of response, methods to help students incorporate feedback in future assignments, and how to establish clear expectations in your assignment design.

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Experiential Learning — C-205

11:15 am: Thinking with Pictures: Visual Literacy for Non-Visual Disciplines
Facilitators: Gwen Shaw and Hallie Scott

This workshop will introduce participants to formal analysis and close reading of images, and examine how these methods can help foster critical analysis of visual materials across the disciplines.

12:15 pm: Critical Approaches to Digital Storytelling
Facilitator: Michael Branson Smith

In this workshop we will examine emergent narrative techniques often made possible via remix and participatory culture; instructors will propose course projects inspired by the crowd-sourced assignment bank of the open online course

2:00 pm: The Scientific Kitchen: Whipping It Up
Facilitators: Jordana Lovett, Jyoti Panta, Gayathri Devi Raghupathy

The scientific kitchen calls for a new recipe to change the ‘formal’ methods of teaching science to college students. Participants will learn how to use interesting analogies and everyday examples to connect with their students in lab courses.

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Diversity in CUNY’s Classrooms — C-198

11:15 am: Difference as our Operating System: Succeeding in the Multilingual, Multidisciplinary Classroom
Facilitator: Carmina Makar

In this workshop Futures Initiative faculty and graduate students will share strengths-based strategies for creating a student-centered learning environment that builds on CUNY students’ diverse languages and backgrounds.

12:15 pm: Advancing STEM teaching and learning in New York City’s Metropolis
Facilitator: Gillian Bayne

This workshop will explore how faculty in STEM disciplines can utilize student’s cultural capital to increase their enthusiasm for and interest in course content.

2:00 pm: Race, Gender, and Power in the Classroom: Teaching to Transgress
Facilitator: Shelly Eversley

The very presence and power of a diverse professoriate is a signal opportunity for students to see and imagine education as a transgressive act. The goal for this workshop is to facilitate learning environments in which our students claim for themselves the entitlements associated with the production of knowledge.

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Disciplinary Cluster Conversations, 3:00-3:45pm

Anthropology, Sociology, Criminal Justice, EES C-197
Art History, Theater, Music C-198
Bench Sciences and Computer Science C-201
Classics, Comp Lit, English, Philosophy Proshansky Auditorium
Psychology C-202
French, HLBLL C-203
History, Political Science, Urban Ed C-204
Linguistics, Speech Language Hearing, Public Health, Social Welfare C-205
Math, Business, Economics Concourse

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