TLC Workshops, 10/26: Creating Open Courses and Creating Low Stakes Assignments

Creating Open Courses and Open Educational Resources
Oct 26th, 11am-12:30pm on Zoom
Laurie Hurson (TLC), Robin Miller (GCDI), & Open Education and Publishing Institute Faculty Fellows
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As part of CUNY’s OER Initiatives, instructors across the university are creating open educational resources that can be reused and remixed from semester to semester. Join us on Wednesday, October 26th to learn more about how you might use and create open educational resources for use in your courses.

During this workshop attendees will learn more about the open access content and publishing, affordances of open-source platforms and digital tools, and best practices for developing public-facing materials and assignments. Attendees will hear from the Faculty Fellows who developed openly licensed projects and courses as part of the 2022 Open Education and Publishing Institute.

Learning Can Be Fun! Creating Low-Stakes Assignments
Oct 26th, 4:30-6pm on Zoom
Ana Badue (TLC), Molly Bauer (TLC), Kristi Riley (TLC)
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Assignments can be used to inspire curiosity, help students build community with each other, and provide tools to think critically beyond the classroom. They don’t need to be obligatory benchmarks; in fact, assignments can even be fun!

In this workshop, we understand “fun” as a form of joy, mobilization, and engagement in the learning process, even when it is challenging or laborious. The pressure of heavily-weighted assignments–such as final papers or in-class exams–can be frustrating, cause insecurity or anxiety, and actually work against the learning process. We propose fun assignments as process-oriented, experiential, and encouraging students to explore difficult questions.

We invite you to explore how fun can alleviate student anxieties and encourage independent thinking, while helping instructors effectively direct their energy toward student engagement. This workshop will look at examples of low-stakes assignments, and help participants adapt and incorporate them into their classrooms, regardless of course level and subject area.