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Commons In A Box OpenLab is free, open-source software that enables anyone to create a commons space specifically designed for open learning, where students, faculty, and staff can collaborate across disciplinary boundaries and share their work openly with one another and the world.

The project brings together Commons In A Box, the software that powers NYCDH (CBOX, https://commonsinabox.org/), and City Tech’s OpenLab platform for teaching, learning, and collaboration (https://openlab.citytech.cuny.edu/). The result is a teaching-focused version of CBOX that provides a powerful and flexible alternative to costly proprietary systems and is already being adopted at CUNY and beyond.

We will introduce CBOX OpenLab and demonstrate its features and functionality, using examples from City Tech’s OpenLab and BMCC’s installation of the software (https://openlab.bmcc.cuny.edu/). Then we will discuss how you might use (or are already using) CBOX OpenLab, and the benefits and challenges of open learning.