CBOX OpenLab is a newly-released version of Commons In A Box (CBOX) that takes key features and functionality from The OpenLab at City Tech, an open digital platform for teaching, learning, and collaboration built for New York City College of Technology, CUNY.
CBOX OpenLab provides a powerful and flexible open alternative to costly proprietary educational platforms, allowing individual faculty members, departments, and entire institutions to easily set up an online community space designed for open learning.
Its name brings together two important ideas: openness and collaboration. Unlike closed online teaching systems, CBOX OpenLab allows members to share their work openly with one another and the world. Like a lab, it provides a space where students, faculty, and staff can work together, experiment, and innovate.
The creation of CBOX OpenLab was made possible by grant funding from the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities. The project seeks to enhance humanities education – and public understanding of humanities education – by enabling the work of students, faculty and staff to be more visible and connected to the outside world. It also seeks to deepen engagement between the digital humanities and pedagogy by incorporating software (plugins) developed by digital humanities practitioners.
To find out more about CBOX OpenLab, take our tour, read our FAQ and other documentation, check out the showcase to see how you might use it, and try a demo. When you’re ready, get started.
Questions? Contact us via the CBOX OpenLab Support Forum. We are happy to provide advice and guidance.
If you would like to contribute a plugin to the project, please follow our plugin submission process.