benjamin haas’s Profile

Faculty
Active 4 months, 1 week ago
benjamin haas
Office Location
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About Me
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Department
Speech, Communications, and Theatre Arts
Academic Programs
Communication Studies, A.A., Theatre, A.S.

Courses

SPE 100 | Fundamentals of Public Speaking | Course Hub

SPE 100 | Fundamentals of Public Speaking | Course Hub

Speech 100 is a required course for most BMCC students, the aim of the course is to develop effective skills in speech communication. This course hub was developed as an OER (Open Educational Resource) for faculty to utilize in the hopes that by offering a central resource and an open place where colleagues could collaborate, we could increase access to higher education and cultivate a community of democracy and diversity. We all know the tremendous benefits that using OER (Open Educational Resources) provide to our students. At BMCC alone it is estimated that students have saved $6 million! Besides the obvious financial benefit to our students, using OER materials has contributed to a culture of equity on campus by providing access to information. It is our hope that beyond the financial incentives, faculty can work together and use OER to pursue Open Pedagogy. According to DeRosa and Jhangiani, open pedagogy is “a site of praxis, a place where theories about learning, teaching, technology, and social justice enter into a conversation with each other and inform the development of educational practices and structures.” Using Open Pedagogy will allow us “to build a more empowering, collaborative, and just architecture for learning.” By embracing OER we are reimagining our vision of higher education and recognizing that we can transform our pedagogy to be learner-centered and thus much more beneficial and accessible to our students.

Communities

BMCC Reads

BMCC Reads

BMCC Reads – The space for sharing books, reviews, clubs, films and ideas

Teaching on the OpenLab

Teaching on the OpenLab

A place for BMCC faculty who are teaching (or considering teaching) on the OpenLab to connect and share ideas. Image by Wokandapix from Pixabay

Speech Department OER Archive

Speech Department OER Archive

Coming soon!

Building Community on the OpenLab

Building Community on the OpenLab

A space for anyone at BMCC who would like to use the OpenLab to create and participate in communities, such as student clubs, faculty interest groups, communities of practice, etc. Here you’ll find ideas, resources, and advice to help you make the most of OpenLab. Group image: “Icon-Community@2x” by Vkw.studiogood is licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0

Culturally Sustaining Practices

Culturally Sustaining Practices

A space for BMCC faculty and staff to share and discuss culturally sustaining pedagogies and practices.

Projects

Open Educational Resources at BMCC

Open Educational Resources at BMCC

This project and site are a resource for faculty interested in redesigning their courses with open educational resources (OER) and other no-cost materials, including library resources. (image credit: Viktor Forgacs on Unsplash)

Teach On!

Teach On!

A space for faculty to share ideas about how to support student learning during the transition to distance learning for the remainder of Spring 2020. Please request to join if you are faculty at BMCC. Click on “Visit Project Site” in the upper right to access BMCC’s Course Continuity Resources website.