Hunter ACERT hosts Futures Initiative Discussion

By Katina|November 2, 2015|Events of Interest|0 comments

Many thanks to ACERT, Hunter College’s faculty development center, for hosting a discussion of the Futures Initiative with Mapping the Futures students and FI Teaching Fellows Ryan Donovan and Irene Morrison-Moncure and me. The October 15 lunchtime session focused on the mission and goals of the Futures Initiative, the role and impact of student-centered pedagogy in the Mapping the Futures collaboration, and ways that Hunter faculty can get involved. Watch

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Evaluation of Mapping the Futures of Higher Education

By Katina|October 5, 2015|Announcements, Class Recap, student-centered pedagogy|0 comments

The Futures Initiative is happy to share an evaluation report (PDF) of our inaugural course, Mapping the Futures of Higher Education. The analysis was conducted by two Urban Education doctoral students, Deborah Greenblatt and Janey Flanagan. We were delighted to learn that both undergraduate and graduate students considered the course and teaching methods to be highly effective. The report also contains many lessons for us as we plan for the

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Mapping Our Network: DH2015 Poster Presentation

By Lisa Tagliaferri|September 18, 2015|Mapping, Reflection|0 comments

[embedit snippet=”fibasicnetwork”] A small interactive visualization of our site network as of Spring 2015   One of the major research and pedagogy focuses of the inaugural 2014-2015 year of the Futures Initiative was mapping and geographic information systems (GIS). For a deeper look at some of this work, you can see the collaborative project of our Mapping the Futures cohort here, and Futures Initiative Fellow Michael Dorsch‘s Sociodemographic Maps of

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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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Celebration and Reception, May 22 – Join Us!

By Katina|March 11, 2015|Class Recap, FI Events, Mapping, Of interest, Reflection|1 comments

Please join us on the evening of Friday, May 22, 2015 for a celebration and reception honoring the inaugural cohort of Futures Initiative Scholars. We will also be unveiling the CUNY Maps of NYC, a series of student-designed maps visualizing the impact of CUNY on communities—and vice versa. Futures Initiative Scholars include more than 365 students. Together, they represent nine different disciplines at ten different CUNY campuses, from pre-college students to faculty

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NYPL Mapping Division and NYPL Labs Visit: Photo Essay

By Lisa Tagliaferri|March 8, 2015|Class Recap, FI Events, Mapping, Reflection|2 comments

On Friday, March 6, members from the Futures Initiative team and the graduate Mapping the Futures course met with the NYPL Mapping Division and NYPL Labs for a behind-the-scenes look at some of the significant and innovative work they are doing with maps. Matt Knutzen showed us a number of maps from the NYPL collection, beginning with an antiquarian world map, and proceeding through maps from the NYC collection, including A plan of

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The Single Best Method For Class (Or Any Kind of) Participation (Thx SciFi Genius Samuel Delany)

By Cathy Davidson|February 2, 2015|Mapping, Reflection|0 comments

Whenever the great science fiction writer Samuel R. Delany teaches or gives a talk, he asks questions and has one requirement:  everyone has to raise a hand.  Everyone.  Whether one knows the answer, doesn’t know, or doesn’t understand the question, he insists that every hand go up and he calls someone at random.  They can then either offer an answer, articulate something about the question they don’t understand, or say

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