Faculty Workshops: To register for a workshop, please visit


Blackboard is the learning management system used by CUNY campuses. It is a tool that allows faculty to add resources for students to access online content.

Smart Classrooms

Smart classrooms are those equipped with projectors, touch-screens, DVD and VCR players, high-resolution sound and audio/video recording capabilities.


ePortfolios are a way for students to curate and showcase their best work. Create your own ePortfolio by visiting and using your Hostos credentials (email username and password) to log in.

Hostos Social Network

A social network is a way for people to be connected within a community. The Hostos Social Network serves the Hostos community, allowing faculty, students and staff to create blogs, join and participate in groups and connect with classmates and colleagues. More info:


CUNYFirst stands for CUNY Fully Integrated Resources and Services Tool. Topics in the workshop include using the Faculty Center; the Student Groups tool; Student Indicators; and using the query viewer to generate reports. For more information about CUNYFirst, visit

Student Workshops

EdTech offers customized course-related workshops for faculty who are introducing new technology to their students. To arrange for customized workshops for your course related needs, contact Iber Poma at 718-319-7971 or Students can also self-register for technology workshops by going to


Increasing faculty blackboard use

CUNY, Hostos, and EdTech strive to increase the number of faculty using Blackboard at Hostos. Using Blackboard could mean simply making your syllabus available and using the announcements page to communicate updates and/or emergencies. It could mean making course materials and online resources available on Blackboard, or it could even mean teaching a hybrid or asynchronous course. Reach out to your department liaison to discuss how you can integrate Blackboard into your teaching.

Hybrid Initiative

The hybrid initiative is a series of classes designed to introduce Hostos faculty to the tools, resources and strategies of teaching a hybrid course (33% – 67% online). Reach out to the Director of EdTech (Ext. 7974) if you are interested in developing a new hybrid course or hybridizing an existing one.

iPad Pilot Initiative

This initiative looks for ways to incorporate iPads into teaching and learning. Hostos launched its iPad Pilot Initiative in Fall 2012. Faculty members who were chosen to participate experimented with different apps that would enhance their classroom teaching.


 Faculty Learning Commons

The Faculty Learning Commons is room C-559. The room has been equipped with new computers and media hardware. It is a lounge and workspace where faculty can meet, converse and access the latest technology to create and capture interactive lectures. Reserve it by visiting  In the View Schedule window, choose Office of Educational Technology. Click on an empty cell in the interactive calendar that represents a desired date and time.

Tech Fee Budget

Each year, funds are collected from students for the express purpose of improving available technology at Hostos. A portion of these funds are allocated to EdTech for supporting educational technology in academic departments and in the EdTech office. To have a voice in the distribution of these funds,  reach out to your department liaison to ETLC. Requested technology must be for student use or to benefit student learning. Deadlines to submit a request varies every Academic Year.  Click Here to submit the request from your Academic Department.

Additional Resources

Through EdTech, faculty can reserve the following devices:

  • Laptops
  • iPads
  • iPods
  • PDAs
  • Smart rooms


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