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Hurricane Sandy Services & Resources

The Commons team wants to acknowledge efforts made throughout the CUNY community to come together in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, from helping to prepare shelters for the imminent storm, to spreading information and resources through various social media channels. We would like to further extend these efforts and help connect members of the CUNY […]

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The Commons Wins a Sloan-C Award for Effective Practice

The Commons Wins a Sloan-C Award for Effective Practice July 9, 2012 The Sloan Consortium has announced that the CUNY Academic Commons will receive an award in effective practices in online and blended education at their 5th Annual International Symposium for Emerging Technologies for Online Learning, July 25-27, in Las Vegas.“The CUNY Academic Commons: Social […]

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Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System

“Using WordPress as a Library Content Management System” June 2011 – Kyle Jones and Polly-Alida Farrington In the American Library Association’s Library Technology Reports, Jones & Farrington “deliver a richly illustrated, practical guide for using WordPress as a tool for managing digital content, from basic set-up to customization with plugins.” Their section “Roll your Own Social […]

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New Outreach Coordinator: Michael Smith

It gives me great pleasure and excitement to announce that Michael Smith, Assistant Professor of Communications Technology at York College, has agreed to join the CUNY Academic Commons Community Team as our new Outreach Coordinator. If you’ve been around the Commons for a while, you’re probably already familiar with Michael’s work, which includes the York […]

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Boone Joins the BuddyPress Core Team

We’re very proud to announce that CUNY Academic Commons Lead Developer Boone Gorges has been named a core committer on the BuddyPress project, along with Paul Gibbs. Congratulations to both Boone and Paul! As Boone explains in his post about the promotion, this means that he has been “handed the keys” to the software; he […]

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CUNY Academic Commons, Version 1.0

Although you may not know it, you’re now looking at a new version of the CUNY Academic Commons. Despite the fact that the site debuted almost a year ago, at the December 2009 CUNY IT Conference, we’ve tagged this version 1.0. It feels so fresh and sparkly! But we know that that fresh and sparkly […]

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One Week | One Tool: The Reveal

I’m very proud to announce that Boone Gorges, Lead Developer of the CUNY Academic Commons, recently took part in a remarkable summer institute funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities. Titled “One Week | One Tool: A Digital Barn Raising,” the program gathered twelve participants from across the country in […]

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CUNY Academic Commons: Off and Running

The Academic Commons is still in its gestation phase — we haven’t announced it publicly, and we’ve only invited the 40-odd members of the CUNY Committee on Academic Technology to join (in fact, we’ve asked several interested parties to wait before participating) — but we’re already seeing the power of the website to make connections […]

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New Blogs, New Wiki Resources

We’re still in an Alpha version of the Academic Commons, but we’ve already received some wonderful contributions to the site. Here are some of the activities we’ve noted: On the Blogs The Bleeding Edge by Bruce Naples — check out “Online Safety Tips for Facebook Fogeys,” which provides some important guidance to newbie Facebook users. […]

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