The Walking in My Shoes (WIMS) Project is an open digital pedagogy project that began as a way to: 1) more deeply involve the students in my class with the issues we were discussing, 2) publicize the the conversations that took/take place in my public university setting, 3) to stretch and experiment with my pedagogy. In sum, I created specific assignments over the course of 3 semesters that aimed to achieve these goals.
Over its two year life-span, the project has grown and shifted form based on the community groups and students we worked with, and the way the relations took place.
This site aims to 1) document this history of this project, 2) act as an open educational resource (OER) to which others may turn in learning more about topics of urban inequality, particularly as it manifests in NYC City and 3) be in conversation with other teachers aiming to achieve similar means in their classrooms. For a look at the history of the project, continue scrolling down – the various posts tell the tale of the twists and turns and roadblocks the project has endured over time in reverse chronological order. For the OER, and more information on urban inequality, click on the red menu icon in the upper right-hand corner (hexagon with 3 bars).
This project is forever incomplete and able to grow, and I hope to continue growing this project in the future.
Table of Contents (in chronological order):
- Prelude, May 2016
- CHLDC Hosts a ‘Researcher Meeting’, August 2016
- Environmental Psychology and ENY at The New School, September 2016
- A Saturday, October 15th Community Event, October 2016
- A Proposal to the GC Teaching and Learning Center, October 2016
- The Demand for Land in ENY/CH – A Blog Post, October 2016
- The Challenges of CBR WITH Students, December 2016
- Outside Help from Past Students Pushes Project Along, January 2016
- Open Digital Pedagogy & Urban Studies 101 at QC, February 2017 [Updated October 2017]
- The Unexpected Twists of CBR, February 2017
- Sharing the Voices of ENY & CH, March 2017
- Student-Created Digital Project – Part 1, April 2017
- An Interdisciplinary Dialogue about Pedagogy, May 2017
- Student-Created Digital Projects – Part 2, June 2017
- The Anguish of Language, July 2017
- ODP: Towards a Pedagogy of Prefiguration, October 2017 [To be Updated by November 2017]
… to be continued.
Acknowledgements: This project could not have been made possible without the efforts, thoughtfulness, and enthusiasm of the students in my courses. In addition, I would like to thank the residents of East New York and Cypress Hills, Brooklyn, NY, who shared their stories with my students and I, and the Teaching and Learning Center at the CUNY Graduate Center for their support.