The title of the project I chose was Visible Pedagogy- a Teach at CUNY project. This project was developed by members of the CUNY community, and edited by the staff of the Graduate Centers Teaching and Learning Centers. The project aims to have open discussions about teaching and learning. It is hosted on the CUNY commons website. The title Visible Pedagogy is quite interesting. Visible means to be shown, to be able to be seen, and pedagogy is the art, occupation, or practice of teaching. Therefore, Visible Pedagogy, from what I gathered means showing how to teach and learn. The project aims to incorporate voices of all CUNY staff, and faculty in order to share their experiences with teaching. The project’s mission states “ Our goal is not only to aggregate and disseminate best practices—actionable ideas and effective assignments that have worked in the context of CUNY courses—but also to broaden the conversation around teaching and learning at CUNY, by bringing in the voices of both full- and part-time faculty, addressing challenges to and within the profession, sharing resources, and offering thoughts and provocations about the work we do as CUNY educators.” By doing this, the project creates a conversation and brings the intellectual labor of teaching to the forefront. Therefore, the project is able to show how the labor of teaching and learning isn’t “invisible” anymore. CUNY members are able to share practices, and teaching methods in an open and accessible format. Since, the project is public, it can help enhance and help teachers learn and teach. The posts are made through blogging, but contain in-depth details of a teacher’s or faculty members experience with a certain class and how they taught it. People are able to post comments on each blog post as long as they have an account for CUNY commons.
I believe the project is successful because teachers can view other members experiences, share, and engage with one another. The project is beneficial because it helps teachers lessen their work of trying to reinvent the wheel. Members are able to view other ideas, and incorporate it into their instruction of teaching and learning. In addition, the project promotes equity, which is very crucial. Being able to access information that isn’t outdated, and is digitized saves teachers from doing tremendous amounts of intellectual labor but makes it easier. Having access is important because instructors don’t have to pay for material. Teachers are able to enhance teaching methods and practices through the help of others. Furthermore, the project helps to bring together a community that has experienced the invisible labor of teaching and learning. Teachers are able to collaborate and expand research in humanities and other fields. For example, a blog post on the site titled “Research and Teaching: Why integrate them? the teacher writes about ways to improve student learning by incorporating research-based approaches to instruct. By doing this, she writes “ students take a critical approach to material, rather than passively accept fact”(Badue). If another teacher needed help with getting students to think critically about research, this post would have been helpful. Through the project teachers are able access open resources.
The project may be biased depending on one’s perspective of teaching and learning. However, because the project incorporates hundreds of blog posts, there’s different information that may cater to certain teachers, and what they are looking for. Each experience with teaching and learning varies depending on the teacher, so it is up to the teacher to make the decision to use that information or not. This project does not limit the kinds of research we can do, or ideas we can come up with because it has different blog posts, and allows comments, which makes it an interactive project that can be critiqued. In addition, it doesn’t simply just have one blog post about a certain teaching and learning method but several. I would recommend this project to teachers, and students who are interested in becoming educators. This project would benefit them in feeling a sense of community, collaboration, equity, and accessibility.