Round Up!

by Brian Michael Foote


Hello Commons,

I got to meet some of you Friday at CUNY’s annual IT Conference.  The Commons crew was there talk about what we’ve been up to for the past year.  We also spent some time talking about our workflow process for the site.  It was a treat to see some familiar faces and introduce the site to others who haven’t come aboard yet.  The IT conference is always a fun opportunity to meet friends around CUNY and learn about some of the amazing online work being done for the university.  If you couldn’t make it this year, do make plans to come in 2013.

In the spirit of the IT conference and CUNY’s efforts to position itself as a leading site of digital learning, I highly recommend Bruce Rosenbloom’s fantastic post last week on opportunities to publish on online learning.  Online learning is a topic close to many people’s hearts here on the site and this post is sage advice for those looking for a direction to point their scholarly focus on for study.  Speaking of online learning – George Otte had another post up at Tributaries, this week looking at money and MOOCs.  It’s an interesting peek at where the money comes from for MOOC platforms and how investors hope to gain from the MOOC momentum.  For bonus points you’ll also get schooled on Bloom’s Taxonomy.

There was a little CUNY on televsion this week as David Nasaw sat down with The Daily Show to discuss his new book ‘The Patriarch.’  The Boston Globe calls Nasaw’s latest ‘magisterial‘ and it was good see Nasaw and Jon Stewart as I’m sure many CUNY students are big fans of both.  While we’re talking about TV the Copyright & Fair Use blog updated us this week on UCLA’s legal footwork to protect educational streaming video.  If you like seeing CUNY represent on television you’ll love what the CUNY Academic Commons team debuted at the IT Conference.  

Artem Altman reminded the Commons why you should join  The blog has three good reasons to sit down and build your profile, but the Commons’ Help Wanted blog has plenty more.  Tireless Community Facilitator Scott Voth has been on a tear posting great opportunities around CUNY and New York City for those of you looking to put your talents to work.


Till next week!