Centro’s OpenCourseWare Brings the Classroom to You

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies is sharing educational resources via its OpenCourseWare, a web-based electronic publishing initiative that makes available online core teaching materials, such as lecture notes, syllabi, bibliographies, literature reviews, curriculum guides, study notes, video, and sound materials related to the Puerto Rican diaspora.

The Center for Puerto Rican Studies’ OpenCourseWare is expected to attract an increasing number of visitors and users to the Centro website and its online information resources. This includes faculty, researchers, educators, students, and the general public.

“Our goal is to open up the resources that we have and make it more available online for people to watch and participate,” said Dr. Luis O. Reyes, director of education programs at Centro. “This offers an opportunity for educators, researchers, and students to listen to experts talk about the diaspora.”

For educators, he said, the OpenCourseWare could be used as a tool to get ideas on teaching about topics such as the Puerto Rican experience in New York in their own schools.

With OpenCourseWare, Centro is targeting several educational objectives, including increasing awareness in the field of Puerto Rican studies.

So far Centro developed two courses: History and Culture of Puerto Ricans in New York City and Teaching U.S. Puerto Rican History.

The History and Culture of Puerto Ricans in New York City is an in-service professional-credit course that met fifteen times. The course is now available to be seen online as a resource for educators and students. Dr. Vanessa Pérez-Rosario led this course, and participants learned about the factors that led to migration of Puerto Ricans to New York City, the development of the Puerto Rican community here, and the evolution of Puerto Rican culture in New York City.  Participants also learned strategies that they can use in their classrooms. Each class was aligned with the New York City Department of Education High School Standards. Participants kept a journal where they reflected on the readings assigned in class and developed a mini unit on Puerto Ricans in New York City.

You can watch video clips of the course that covered a variety of topics including history, politics, culture, and art online. The link for this course is http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/education/puerto-rican-studies/history-and-culture-puerto-ricans-new-york-city.

The history and culture course is designed for high school teachers of history, social studies, English, and Spanish. The course includes information on textbooks and other resources for further reading.

The Teaching U.S. Puerto Rican History course includes a comprehensive overview of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States. The principles and issues surrounding Puerto Rican studies as an academic discourse and pedagogical strategies for teaching about U.S. Puerto Rican set the parameters for this historical narrative. Topics include Puerto Rico’s relationship with the United States, migration and U.S. policies, politics, and community organizing. This course is designed for high school teachers of history, social studies, English, and Spanish and as a resource for college-level professors and students.
 

This essay by Dr. Virginia Sánchez Korrol, presented in seven parts, includes a comprehensive overview of the Puerto Rican experience in the United States.

Course includes teacher resources for suggested readings as well as online sources such as Centro’s Library and Archives.

The link for this course is http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/education/puerto-rican-studies/teaching-us-puerto-rican-history.

For more general information about open courseware, visit http://centropr.hunter.cuny.edu/education/puerto-rican-studies/open-courseware or contact Dr. Luis O. Reyes at luisoreyes@aol.com.