Mapping the Futures of Higher Education Year-End Celebration

By Danica Savonick|June 25, 2015|Class Recap, FI Events, Mapping, Reflection|0 comments

The Futures Initiative team would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who helped make our first year such a success. You can learn more about what we’ve been up to this past year in our latest newsletter and  in our annual report (pdf). Thank you also to everyone who attended our May 22 reception celebrating the achievements of the graduate and undergraduate students in our inaugural course, “Mapping

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Why Start With Pedagogy? 4 Good Reasons, 4 Good Solutions

By Cathy Davidson|June 23, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

[Cross-posted from HASTAC] I’m often asked why I start with pedagogy, given the larger institutional reforms and social ambitions that HASTAC and the new Futures Initiative program advocate.  If your goal is equality in a world where inequality is structural and violent and pervasive, you can at least start with your classroom as a place in which to model a better way.  Rather than feeling overwhelmed and oppressed by the

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Embodiment in Online Learning

By Janey Oliphint Flanagan|June 15, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

This semester I spent a lot of time thinking about the notion of embodiment and how that fits within the context of learning online. After I left our class on contemplative pedagogy I wondered, what is missing in the online environment and how can contemplative practices work within this pedagogical framework? After reading a few articles about contemplative practices in online education, it seems they can be effectively implemented. They

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On Radical Interdisciplinarity

By Danica Savonick|June 15, 2015|Reflection|0 comments

I spent this past year as a Research Fellow with the Futures Initiative, a Graduate Teaching Fellow at Queens College, a HASTAC Scholar, and a student in Cathy Davidson and Bill Kelly’s “Mapping the Futures of Higher Education” course. I also was, and continue to be, a doctoral student in the English department at The Graduate Center, at the City University of New York.   Much of my year was

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Announcing 2015-2016 Fellows and Courses

By Katina|June 15, 2015|Announcements, FI Events|2 comments

We are delighted to welcome two new graduate fellows, eight faculty fellows, and five team-taught graduate courses to our program for the year ahead. Graduate Fellows Allison Guess is a doctoral student concentrating on critical (Black) geography in the program of Earth and Environmental Sciences at The Graduate Center. She comes to CUNY from the University of Pittsburgh, where she earned a double major in Political Science and Hispanic Languages

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Mentoring Workshop

By Kalle Westerling|June 10, 2015|FI Events, Mapping|0 comments

Thanks to generous support from CUNY Central, The Futures Initiative will host a two-day mentoring workshop this summer. Graduate and undergraduate students from the Mapping the Futures courses will work together to develop peer leadership skills and further explore student-centered learning, creating a network of student support across the CUNY campuses. Graduate Leaders Hilarie Ashton, GC, English Rachel Oppenheimer, GC, MALS and LaGuardia CC Natalie Oshukany, GC, Music Undergraduate Mentors

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Counter-Mapping the Art History Survey

By Hallie Scott|June 4, 2015|Mapping|1 comments

An art history survey, traditionally taught, follows a canon of “masterpieces” created mostly by white males of Western European descent. If mapped, the dots representing works in this canon would be clustered heavily around France, Greece, and Italy. The students in my Art History and It’s Meaning class at Brooklyn College, a required course with completely trans-disciplinary enrollment, collaborated to research and create their own map. Students researched and wrote

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Syllabus: E-Learning Pedagogy and Course Design for Faculty

By Janey Oliphint Flanagan|June 2, 2015|Syllabus|0 comments

The Mapping Futures course experience has been an excellent opportunity for me to learn new strategies, and reimagine old ones, for student centered pedagogy, communication, and ways of using formative assessment to improve online and hybrid teaching and student learning outcomes. The attached syllabus and course guides provide a structure for faculty professional development related to the concepts we learned this semester. Syllabus: E-LEARNING COURSE DESIGN COHORT SYLLABUS–UPDATED JUNE 17TH,

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My Mapping Journey: Lessons in Focusing In, Challenging the Assumed, and More

By Rachel Oppenheimer|June 1, 2015|Reflection|1 comments

I joined the Mapping course with excitement, passion, and, admittedly, a discomfort with the unknown. As I surfed the web of Google docs and freeform, free wheeling open source materials we were asked to preview and add to and engage with in preparation for the course, I felt ill-equipped to have mastery over this world. What exactly are we being asked to do? I am used to structure, and I

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