In many of the libraries I grew up in and was a student at, the community always saw the library as one of the central technology and digital literacy hubs. The idea behind the first Digital Horizons (DH) series was to begin the groundwork of cultivating that same perception among our BMCC community.
Service learning can be an effective way to teach in a way that ensures engagement while building collaboration, communication, and critical thinking skills that employers love. The challenge is finding an opportunity that is accessible, free, flexible, and of authentic service to the community.
We want our students to feel successful, graduate, and become lifelong learners. The idea behind FYE is simple: improve student experience, help students feel that they belong at BMCC, and help students navigate the college experience, thus increasing retention.
Computational thinking is a framework that students can utilize to solve complex problems and apply across disciplines and in many types of settings, even ones far removed from computer science. The BMCC Technology Learning Community is offering a paid summer/fall professional development opportunity to help faculty implement computational thinking in their classrooms.
If I have five minutes to talk about one element of my teaching at BMCC, then digital storytelling works both in terms of format and as the subject matter. My goal is ultimately for students to use first-person narrative to support research, and hopefully to create work that they can use for applications and other academic and professional endeavors beyond our classroom.
In celebration of Open Teaching Week, this week's blog post consists of a series of video tours of BMCC classes taught on Blackboard and the Openlab. Learn how your colleagues are engaging students and creating community online in both in-person and asychronous classes.
Looking back now on five years of using SI leaders, I know I will never go back. Why? Grades are up, and so is retention, but I would really never go back to being that solo teacher in the front of the classroom. I prefer the noisy, happy, imperfect collaboration of working with SI Leaders who are closer in age and experience, and digital footprint to my students.
Discord is a community-based platform that can be used to encourage organic interactions amongst students in a virtual environment. This post discusses how Discord can foster an online community, whether you’re teaching online or in-person.
The overlapping crises of public health and police brutality prompted me to think about trauma-informed pedagogy as a way to both grieve the losses and celebrate resilience. The collaborative project, “From Pandemic to Protest: We Remember,” was designed to provide students with an opportunity to reflect on the events of 2020-2021, using digital tools to commemorate the experiences of their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic and the racial-justice protests.