Join us for Open Pedagogy with the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold.

This three-part workshop series introduces and supports faculty teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold. Workshops are open to anyone teaching at CUNY in Spring 2021. Interested faculty can attend all sessions or a single session, as desired. 

The first workshop will introduce the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold, two open teaching platforms available to everyone in the CUNY community. Possibilities for teaching with the platforms and course models will be presented. Faculty will then break into groups to get started working on a specific platform.

The second workshop in the series dives more deeply into each of the platforms. Faculty working on the CUNY Commons will begin developing their course site or group. Faculty working on Manifold will learn how to create a project, add a text, add supplementary resources (audio, video, and image files), and create a reading group for use in the classroom. Both workshops will take place in a single Zoom session, splitting time between platforms. More information can be found in the schedule below.

The third and final workshop in the series provides participants with hands-on support and offers an opportunity to share plans and ideas for teaching with these open tools.

This workshop series is part of the GC Teaching and Learning Center’s 2021 Mid-Winter Institute and CUNY Central’s Office of Academic Affairs Innovative Pedagogy workshop series. The Innovative Pedagogy workshop series aims to recognize and support excellence and innovation in teaching by CUNY faculty, and to improve pedagogy at scale across the University.

Workshop Series Schedule

Monday, Jan. 25, noon to 2:00pm

  • Workshop 1: Introduction to the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold

Wednesday, Jan. 27, noon to 3:00pm

  • Workshop 2a: Building and Customizing Your Course on the Commons (noon to 1:30pm)
  • Workshop 2b : Creating Texts for Teaching with Manifold (1:30pm to 3:00pm)

Friday, Jan. 29, noon to 2:00pm

  • Workshop 3: Discussion and Support Session for Innovative Pedagogy with the Commons and Manifold

REGISTER: Please go online to register for one or all of these workshops.

If you have any questions, please contact the series organizers via email at

By the Division of Academic Affairs