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BMCC Teaching Collaboratory

The Teaching Academy is now the Teaching Collaboratory!

A collaboratory can be thought of as an open space where teachers gather with peers to explore pedagogy and scholarly approaches to teaching. This change in name better reflects the underlying philosophy of the program, which values open discussion about and experimentation with teaching.

  • Would you like to be part of a community of BMCC instructors who are interested in exploring teaching and learning?
  • Would you like to enhance your awareness of what you and your students do in the classroom?
  • Are you interested in experimenting with different teaching practices in a supportive environment?
  • Do you wish you had more opportunities for non-judgmental reflection and feedback on your teaching?
  • Are you curious to see what other instructors do in their classrooms?
  • Would you like to engage in classroom research to better understand your teaching and students’ learning?

The Teaching Collaboratory (or CoLab for short) provides BMCC faculty from across disciplines with opportunities to explore teaching and learning in collaborative and supportive ways. The CoLab consists of three interrelated programs: Peer Teaching Consultations, the Teaching Fellows program, and the SoTL Fellows program.

In the Peer Teaching Consultations program, full-time and adjunct faculty can invite a classroom visit from a consulting teacher trained in nonjudgmental reflection and feedback. The pair will then meet to talk about the visit and about teaching and learning more broadly.

In the Teaching Fellows program, participants work in small cross-disciplinary groups, including one senior faculty member who facilitates group activities. Group members observe one another’s classes and exchange descriptive, non-judgmental feedback in order to enhance awareness of their teaching and their students’ learning. Building on these insights, participants experiment with small changes in their teaching to better meet the diverse needs of their students. At the end of the program, teaching fellows have the option of continuing in the SoTL Fellows program.

In the SoTL Fellows program, participants engage in the scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) through classroom research based on their own teaching. SoTL fellows meet regularly in small groups, becoming members of a community of faculty engaged in classroom research.



Teaching and Learning

Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Forum

  • Have you ever thought about how your discipline-specific research skills could be applied to doing research on your own teaching?
  • Are you interested in using a deliberate, systematic approach to improve your students’ learning?
  • Do you want to share insights about teaching and learning with colleagues across disciplines, and build on each other’s ideas?

BMCC’s annual Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Forum is an opportunity for BMCC faculty to share their SoTL work with the BMCC community. The forum is organized by CETLS and the BMCC Teaching Academy, with support from the Office of Academic Affairs.

The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) involves “the deliberate, systematic, and reflective use of research methods to develop and implement teaching practices that advance the learning experiences and outcomes of students and teachers (Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning).” A key part of SoTL is the process of sharing findings and engaging in discussion with one’s peers.



BMCC Open Teaching Week

March 23 – 29, 2020

Celebrating a culture of openness in teaching and learning


Join CETLS, the BMCC Library, and E-Learning for a week of:

Open Classrooms

Opening our classrooms for visits from other BMCC faculty provides space for pedagogical community and conversation. All BMCC faculty are invited to open their online or face-to-face classes during the week of March 23. Sign up by Monday, March 2 to be included in this year’s schedule.

Curious about what happens in other classes? Visiting a colleague’s class is an opportunity to learn about teaching in different classroom settings across disciplines. Sign-ups will begin on Friday, March 6.

Open Educational Resources

Interested in freshening up your course materials and saving students money? More than 250 BMCC faculty have redesigned their courses using open educational resources (OER) and other no-cost materials. At Ditch the Textbook, you’ll hear about colleagues’ inspiring work in engaging students and revitalizing their classes by leaving the textbook  behind.

Open Pedagogy

Looking for new ways to engage students? Open pedagogy gives learners agency over their learning, and engages learners in constructing knowledge and sharing their creations beyond the classroom. Find out how your colleagues are incorporating open pedagogy in their classes.

Open Platforms

Open platforms provide a foundation for open practices by creating spaces for collaboration, hosting OERs, and showcasing student work. Find out about open platforms available to the BMCC community, including OpenLab and

View the 2020 schedule of events.

Culture, Women’s Stories, and Creativity in STEM

This Faculty Interest Group (FIG) stems from the Carnegie sabbatical and National Mathematics Centre/Federal University of Akure, Nigeria Project of Professor Nkechi Agwu. Moreover, it is geared towards supporting faculty interested in indigenous African knowledge systems to engage in research, curriculum development, teaching – research, and assessment related to science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) of indigenous Africans.

To that end, interested faculty will collaborate on writing research-based articles for publication in peer-reviewed journals, soliciting for grant funding to support their research within this FIG, and to facilitate workshops that will provide professional development to faculty interested in using curriculum developed to teach various courses at the Borough of Manhattan Community College or elsewhere using pedagogy based on culture, women’s stories and Creativity in STEM.

The FIG is open to all faculty and meets every third Wednesday of the month from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm.

Coordinators: Nkechi Agwu, Thierry Agbotouedo, and Emmanuel Paki (Mathematics)

Nonviolence in Theory and Practice

The Nonviolence in Theory and Practice FIG is an interdisciplinary group of full-time and part-time faculty that encourages conversation around peaceful conflict resolution. We share scholarship, creativity, contemplative practice, and activism regarding current political issues as they relate to curriculum. We are interested in bringing discussion into action.

Coordinators: Florence Homolka (English) and Jill Strauss (Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts)

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Revitalizing Teaching with Open Pedagogy

Open pedagogy asks us to think radically about access to and creation of knowledge in our classrooms and beyond in a wider social justice context. When I use resources centered on student experiences, it also heightens student access to academic concepts, engages students in notions about what constitutes knowledge, and transforms our academic institutions to places for building communities for social justice.
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