The “Are You Ready” Online Learning Preparedness Course by Carlos Guevara

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In response to an increased usage of both the course management system Blackboard and the subsequent development of courses in online modalities, the Office of Educational Technology (EdTech) has developed the “Are You Ready?” course. The course, which resides in Blackboard, is designed to better prepare students in both...

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Is it time to switch from Blackboard? Join the conversation! by George Rosa

Last semester’s Blackboard outtages has increased talk among Blackboard users, Bb campus administrators and even among senior administrators at CUNY CIS and  CUNY educational technology leaders about the possibility of changing CUNY’s relationship with Blackboard as its main Learning Management System (LMS). CUNY’s Blackboard contract ends next year,  and...

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The “Are You Ready” online readiness assessment course by Aaron Davis

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At Hostos Community College there has been an emergence of courses offered in both the hybrid (partially online) and asynchronous (fully online) modalities. Online learning offers students the flexibility of self-paced learning on their own time, in many instances from the comfort of their own home. Synchronous courses (face-to-face),...

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The 2015 Teaching With Technology Survey by Kate Lyons

The 2015 Teaching With Technology Survey by Kate Lyons

In December 2015 the Office of Educational Technology with the EdTech Leadership Council emailed all faculty a link to a survey about their experiences teaching with technology. 114 faculty members responded to the survey. The respondents’ represented the following departments: Language & Cognition (6 respondents- 5%) Library (6 respondents-...

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Panopto at Hostos: lecture capture/videomaker/webcaster/media file storage for all by George Rosa

Panopto at Hostos: lecture capture/videomaker/webcaster/media file storage  for all by George Rosa

For years EdTech has provided support for faculty who use video recording of their lessons, specifically what is known as “lecture capture”, in their teaching.  Two platforms have been used for this: Tegrity and Camtasia, each with its advantages and disadvantages.  This year a new, powerful, easy-to-use and easily...

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Wearable Devices- distractions or tomorrow’s fundamental learning tools? by Kate Lyons

Last Fall semester the EdTech office hosted a very well-attended Brown Bag discussion about allowing students to use devices, like cell phones and tablets, in the classroom.  Some faculty members debated that they were mere distractions, adding nothing to learning and taking students’ attention away from the class. Others...

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