Hostos EdTech was recognized by CUNY for the development of the “Are You Ready” online learning readiness course. CUNY’s Excellence in Technology Award, described as an award “to recognize the outstanding IT project that provides benefits to students, faculty and/or staff at a college or at CUNY” was presented to Carlos Guevara, the Director of EdTech, and George Rosa, Senior Instructional Designer and Hostos Blackboard Administrator by Brian Cohen, Chief Information Officer of CUNY, at the 2016 CUNY IT Conference in December 2016. “Are You Ready” tests students on their readiness to do online coursework and provides training on various aspects of doing coursework in an online environment including basics on Blackboard and its features, apps, plugins, network access, what to expect in an online course, and netiquette and Hostos/CUNY policies. On completion students are issued a downloadable personlaized that can be presented to instructors.
Other campuses have realized that the Are You Ready course fulfills a need as online programs and course offerings expand across CUNY. Some campuses are already starting up their own Are You Ready course, relying on the content and structure developed by EdTech.