Open Pedagogy Blog Series

Beginning next week, the first in a series of posts by Open Pedagogy Fellows will appear on the Graduate Center Library blog. The Open Pedagogy Fellowship was made possible by generous state funding awarded to both SUNY and CUNY, over the course of two years. The Fellowship was coordinated through the Graduate Center Library, with applications open to doctoral candidates currently teaching in an adjunct position at a CUNY campus.

Authored by the Open Pedagogy Fellows, the blog post series will share their reflections and provide insight to the process of converting a Spring 2019 syllabus into open or zero-cost resources. Additionally, some fellows will offer a summary of workshops at the Open Educational Resources (OER) Bootcamp, held over the course of four days in mid-January.

As the primary component of the Fellowship, the OER Bootcamp was structured as an intensive learning experience, with invited speakers and presentations by library faculty. Jean Amaral (Borough of Manhattan Community College) presented on open pedagogy, issues of diversity and knowledge production; Emily Drabinski (Long Island University) added a critical lens to the conversation; and Andrew McKinney (Office of Library Services) offered an overview of OER across CUNY. Participants entered the program with varying levels of experience in open resources, and were encouraged to think broadly about potential ways to interweave the conceptual framework of “open” into their teaching materials and pedagogy.

This upcoming series of posts will appear here on the Graduate Center Library blog, and on the forthcoming site, Open Pedagogy.

About the Author

Elvis Bakaitis is currently the Head of Reference at the Mina Rees Library. They're also proud to serve on the University LGBTQ Council, and as a board member of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies.