Skills Labs

These no-credit lab sessions are designed to build particular technological skills applicable to teaching and learning in particular disciplines. The labs are taught by doctoral and other CUNY faculty and, where appropriate, by advanced graduate students and non-university IT and media professionals.

Fall 2021 Online ITP Skills Labs

ITP Skills Labs are open to all members of the CUNY community; ITP students must take six labs per semester with the Core 1 and 2 courses as part of the certificate requirements.


Save your seat through Eventbrite; a Zoom link will be circulated before the lab.


Planning and Completing a Project ~ Kimon Keramidas & Michael Mandiberg

    • Thursday, September 9th, 6:15-8:00 pm

This professional development workshop will focus on learning how to acquire skills and plan that out. Through interactive exercises, participants will gain an understanding of how to determine vectors for acquiring skills sets (what related digital workshops will be needed to achieve a development objective). **This lab is required for all Core 1 students; it will be recorded for those who are unable to attend at this time.

Doing Collaborative Text Annotation Online with ~ Julie Fuller

    • Monday, September 13th, 6:30-8:15 pm

Interested in digital, collaborative annotation of texts? Looking for ways to create classroom community and online discussion around the texts you are teaching? Learn about, a free, open access tool that can be used on any website or web-based text (as in, a PDF posted on a CUNY Commons course site). This lab will cover the basics of setting up and using this digital tool, and delve into its applications in teaching, learning, and research. This is a beginner-level session; no prior experience necessary.

Wikipedia ~ Ximena Gallardo

    • Wednesday, September 22nd, 6:15-8:00 pm

This lab is an introduction to Wikipedia, both as a cultural phenomenon and site of intellectual, political and pedagogical intervention. We will analyze the anatomy of a page, discuss the guiding principles for this knowledge community, and learn some basic editing. No technical knowledge is necessary, though a familiarity with HTML is useful.

Developing a Project with a Faculty Supervisor ~ Shpresa Ahmeti, Ming Chen, and Francisco Manitas in conversation with Carlos Hernandez

    • Thursday, September 30th, 6:15-8:00 pm

Three current ITP students will share their experience developing a digital project with their faculty supervisor for the ITP Independent Study. This round-table discussion will provide an overview of the process of designing and implementing a project, and insights into maintaining a successful working relationship with a faculty mentor. Come and gather practical advice for a key aspect of project management. All are welcome to attend; the workshop will be especially useful for new ITP students as a snapshot of the Independent Study project that is required for the certificate.

The How-To’s of Grant Writing ~ Mieasia Edwards

    • Thursday, October 7th, 6:15-8:00 pm

This workshop is designed for students who have not had previous experience in writing grant proposals. In this workshop, we will discuss the research and project funding opportunities that are available at the CUNY Graduate Center. Attendees will learn how to talk about their research/projects on grant applications, write data based descriptions of the problem their work is trying to solve, define specific/measurable outcomes, build an evaluation plan, create a budget, and leave with a sample grant application that can be used on future applications.

HTML & CSS Basics ~ Zach Muhlbauer

    • Thursday, October 14th, 6:15-8:00 pm

Ever wanted to learn how to code? This introductory lab will cover the basics of writing HTML code and styling it with CSS. Gain hands-on experience to send you on your way to building sites. No prior HTML/CSS experience needed.

Multimodal Pedagogy ~ Natalie Willens

    • Wednesday, October 20th, 6:30-8:15 pm

Whether you’re a new or experienced instructor, join us to explore the in’s and out’s of how multimodal strategies can enhance your teaching. The workshop will connect learning theories to student-centered praxis, explore classroom examples, and give participants resources to develop their own teaching materials. This skills lab offers hands-on practice with multimodal techniques and supportive guidance for instructors teaching online this semester. Bring your ideas, big or small, and we’ll learn by doing!

Just-in-Time Restorative Justice: Addressing Microaggressions through Context and Facilitation ~ Gina Rae Foster

    • Thursday, October 28th, 6:15-8:00 pm

When microaggressions occur in our courses, how do we partner with our students in co-creating learning spaces for justice and holistic communications?

In the spirit of just-in-time teaching, this workshop introduces the concept and practices of just-in-time restorative justice as related to microaggressions in live and asynchronous learning spaces. As we become more aware of microaggressions and the specific systemic oppressions and traumatized large group identities which these injustices express, we can partner with our students to name the microaggressions that occur during the course, connect these with their historical precedents, and apply selected facilitation roles and skills in addressing the present through restoring justice to the past.

Participants in this workshop will be asked to reflect on their awareness of microaggressions in their own courses and their current strategies for responding when these occur. Our reflections will provide opportunities to consider how profoundly systemic oppressions have traumatized large group identities that many of our students (and we) share. From this understanding, we will design and practice responses to microaggressions that occur in our courses, whether between instructors and students or students and their peers. In doing so, we will learn facilitation roles and skills, construct stacked timelines, and identify which readily available resources (think OER) will be most helpful to us and our students in not only stopping microaggressions but also remaking these to repair our senses of whole individual and large group identities. Come prepared to listen, contribute, and connect!

Facilitated by Gina Rae Foster, PhD, author of Lyric Dwelling: The Art & Ethics of Invitation & Occupation (Atropos Press, 2012)

What’s Your Game Plan?: Turn Your Lesson into a Game ~ Joe Bisz

    • Wednesday, November 3rd, 6:15-8:00 pm

What does the lesson “Finding Citations,” the game “Trivial Pursuit,” and the mechanic “Bluffing” all have in common? In today’s boot camp brainstorm, your team is given a mission: to enhance an exercise with the mechanics of popular board games in only 20 minutes. Whether you have to teach the rules of citation or the rules of interviewing, there is usually a game plan that can help. This workshop teaches you how to integrate educational games into your classroom, while providing a fun introduction to the principles of game-based learning. Together with your fellow learners, you will then design a playful but rigorous activity-game that your students will love.

To learn more about the facilitator, Prof. Joe Bisz, visit

Introduction to Textual Analysis ~ Leanne Fan

    • Thursday, November 11th, 6:15-8:00 pm

Textual Analysis techniques enable researchers to analyze large texts, or other collections of words. In this inquiry based introduction to basic word embeddings with Jupyter we will explore the concepts of topic modeling and word vectors, in order to better understand how the code analyzes text, and what kinds of analysis are possible. This workshop assumes no prior experience with Python or Jupyter.

Data Visualization ~ Michael Mandiberg

    • Monday, November 15th, 6:30-8:15 pm

This lab will introduce participants to basic concepts and tools in data visualization for the humanities and social sciences. Beginning with a definition of data visualization and information design, we will explore key examples, then learn how to use various commonplace tools for simple but effective visualizations as well as how to build more complex interactive maps. We will emphasize learning the very basics of using data visualization in teaching and research, so that participants can continue to learn and explore on their own after the lab.

Please be respectful of those on the waiting list and cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the workshop. To cancel, use Eventbrite or email Julie Fuller with the date and title of the workshop you will no longer be attending.

GC-wide Digital and Pedagogy Workshops 

ITP students may take workshops through other programs and centers to fulfill part of their lab attendance requirement. GC Digital Initiatives and the Teaching and Learning Center in particular offer a wide range of workshops that are of interest to ITP students.

For more information and a schedule of digital and pedagogy workshops on offer through individual programs and centers at the GC, view the GC Events and Workshops Calendar.

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