Author Archives: Luke Waltzer

About Luke Waltzer

Luke Waltzer is Director of the Teaching and Learning Center at The Graduate Center, CUNY

Final Presentation and Paper Guidelines


10 minute presentation
5 minutes for q & a after presentation

These are informal, but they should be substantive. Your presentation should provide:

  • a concise update of what your project is,
  • where in the process of doing it you are,
  • a discussion of your method,
  • the disclosure of what you don’t yet know and
  • a plan for how you’re going to learn (or get around) it.
  • If you have documents such as a site map, or wire frames, or schematics, please make them part of the presentation.

See this as your last opportunity to get feedback from the class before you prepare your final project for Core II.

Final Project
The final project should be a more formal and argued version of what’s above, 15-20 pages in length, and will be due May 24.

If you will be producing significant media for the final paper — a working web site, for instance — your paper can be shorter in length. Discuss this with us before hand.

Upload your final paper to our Commons Group with your name in the filename (lukewaltzer_finalpaper.pdf or doc or whatever).

Getting a Local WordPress Install Up and Running

As we discussed in class the other day, we’d like for you to try to get a local WordPress install up and running prior to the workshop we have scheduled for next Thursday.

Here’s one set of instructions to help you get going if you’re using a MAC environment, courtesy of our friend Boone Gorges.

If you’re using a Windows install, try these instructions.

If you’re using Linux, we assume you’re geeky enough already to figure this out.

Once you get your install up and running, try turning it into a WordPress Network (aka, a WordPress Multisite install). Here’s instructions for that process.

Please try to spend some time on this before class on Tuesday so that we can devote some time to troubleshooting if necessary. We want you all to be equipped with an install for the workshop.

If you do NOT have a laptop that you can do this on, please let us know with a comment here so we can prepare an install for you.



Digital Elevator Pitch

Hi All:

One of your classmates wrote the following to us last night:

I’m not sure if it was said and I just missed it last class but how do you want us to submit the digital elevator pitch?
I guess depending on what tool people use they might need to submit differently.
Just a thought; perhaps we could post a link on the blog to wherever our pitch lives?

The answer to this question is dependent upon the tool you choose and how you want to present what you’ve done with it. I prefer when content is embedded within a post, with some type of annotation or introduction, so that all of the content can be in close proximity to the discussion. But that may not be possible with the tool you use or your preferred way of presenting material. So, for the purposes of this assignment, just make sure that the content you produce is accessible and our process for accessing it is made clear. Make some choices, and then we’ll all reflect on the choices together.

Please respond to this post, or post to the group forum with any additional questions about the assignment. Looking forward to seeing what you all come up with.

Workshops and Motivator Sign-Ups

Hi All:

Most of you have accepted the invitation to join the Commons group affiliated with this course (you should have all gotten an invite; if you haven’t, let us know). If you haven’t, please do so.

Remember, the group is private but the blog is public (though you can always pw protect a post). We intend to use the group functionality primarily for communications (so the email that you will have gotten directing you to this post will in the future instead be posted to the group forum– make sure your email options within the group are set appropriately so that you are not missing anything!) and the occasional posting of documents. It’s totally okay for there to be some overlap between what happens there and here. Just be aware of both spaces.

As soon as you can, please do the following to help get things going for the semester.

  • Go here to choose a class meeting for which you will be the “motivator.” Remember, to motivate means to write a provocative post at least two nights before we meet (remember to categorize appropriately!) and then to lead the discussion of the readings (or, in some cases, the activity we did during the previous week). First come, first served on that.
  • Visit here to choose which workshops you feel you would like to attend this semester. There’s a  lot of moving parts with these workshops, including coordinating with other classes, so bear with us as we nail things down. If you would like to see a workshop that is NOT on the list at that link, then just leave a comment on this post, and we’ll look into whether it’s feasible or not.
  • Visit here to give us a general sense of when you’re available for the workshops this semester.
  • Visit here and leave a brief bio and some links, which we will integrate into the page on a rolling basis.

I think that’s all; as always, holler (Luke and Chris) with any questions or concerns!

Welcome to Core II


Welcome to the second core course of the Interactive Technology and Pedagogy Program at the CUNY Grad Center. We’re looking forward to all the work that’s going to go into developing this space and your contributions to true progress in academic technology.


Photo Credits
Carol Highsmith,
Kristina Hoeppner,