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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. Students must take six labs each semester as part of the ITP certificate requirements.

Spring 2020 ITP Skills Labs

  • When and where: Mondays 6:30-8:30 p.m. | Room 6418
  • Registration: save your seat through Eventbrite

Wiki Markup Language: Art+Feminism Edit-a-thon Training | February 3 | Michael Mandiberg & Meg O’Hearn
This lab builds on introductory-level experience in Wikipedia editing to further hone your skills using wiki markup language. Participants will be introduced to the Art+Feminism project, an edit-a-thon initiative to add Wikipedia content on underrepresented artists, and will receive hands-on training in adding and editing Wikipedia pages. Time will be allotted for students to practice using wiki markup language. A familiarity with HTML and the anatomy of a Wikipedia page is helpful to participate, but all are welcome.

Project Management | February 10 | Sonia González & Kimon Keramidas
This professional development workshop will focus on how to manage the various aspects of a project, including setting realistic benchmarks and meeting them, sticking to budgets, scope creep, and failing forward. Through interactive exercises, participants will gain an understanding of things to consider while completing a project. This lab is required of all students enrolled in ITP Core 2 in Spring 2020

Digital Project Sustainability | February 24 | Stephen Klein
Offered in partnership with the GC Library, this lab is essential for anyone who is planning or working on a digital project. The session is designed to help you think through the long-term sustainability of your digital work. Participants will leave with an understanding of important considerations and procedures for the preservation of various kinds of digital projects.

Teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons | March 2 | Laurie Hurson
This workshop will introduce the CUNY Academic Commons and share methods and models for teaching on the platform. The workshop will present instructors with strategies for building course websites, incorporating OER, and crafting digital assignments that meet learning goals and allow students to engage with audiences beyond the classroom. This workshop will offer options for both instructors that are new to the Commons and those who have already been using the Commons to host their courses. Participants should be members of the Commons (join at https://commons.gc.cuny.edu/), but no prior experience with WordPress or hybrid/online instruction is required.

Introduction to Python | March 9 | Rafael Davis Portela
This lab is an introduction to the fundamentals of programming using Python, with a focus on computational thinking. It will cover basic programming concepts such as loops, variables, and conditionals, installing and importing libraries, and creating simple scripts. No previous programming experience is necessary.

Introduction to Bootstrap | March 16 | TBD
This lab is an introduction to Bootstrap, a framework for designing sites that run smoothly on both mobile and conventional browsers. Students will learn how to install and configure a basic Bootstrap site. Some familiarity with HTML/CSS will be helpful, but is not required.

Working with Data in Excel | March 23 | Deepali Advani
Offered in partnership with the Quantitative Research Consulting Center, this lab will teach you how to clean and analyze data in Excel. Come for a hands-on primer on the kinds of tools that are necessary when working with data, including formulas, pivot tables, and VLOOKUP. A basic familiarity with Excel is useful, but not required to participate.

OER Pedagogy | March 30 | Cailean Cooney
Join us for a hands-on introduction to open educational resources, free and open source research and pedagogy tools. This workshop will cover the fundamentals of OER: from definitions, it’s positioning in higher education, to strategies for finding, evaluating, and incorporating existing OER into your teaching, and creating your own OER.

WordPress-friendly Visualization Tools for Teaching and Research | April 6 | Julie Fuller
Interested in how you can create visualizations and display them on a WordPress site for use in your teaching or research? Join us to learn about free, online tools for mapping, timelines, image display, and possibly more. Participants will have time during the session to experiment with the tools and have collaborative discussion about ideas for incorporating one or more in their own work.

Introduction to GitHub | April 20 | Jojo Karlin
Do you have folders full of documents like “draft_1”, “draft_final”, “draft_finalfinal,” and “draft_reallytrulyfinal”? Are you worried about backing up your work and looking for a secure way to save drafts of your work? Does the idea of accessing the vast quantity of code available on the internet terrify and excite you? If so, come learn the most basic steps of using git version-control software and GitHub, the web-based git repository hosting service. This introductory level lab will guide you through the basic structure of git on your own computer (BRING YOUR LAPTOP!) and GitHub.com. You will learn the basics: what a repository is, why you would use one to back up your code, and the basic commands that allow you to do so.

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, jfuller1@gradcenter.cuny.edu, with the date and title of the workshop you will no longer be attending.

GC-wide Digital and Pedagogy Workshops