BASIC SERVICES AND SUPPORT

EdTech introduces faculty to the latest educational technologies. In an evolving and changing technoscape, innovative trends in online learning, rich media, social networking, and mobile learning each offers opportunities to engage students. EdTech provides continuous faculty development opportunities throughout the academic year to reach these goals.

EdTech’s instructional design specialists are always happy to share their knowledge and expertise in the field of educational technology. The Faculty Learning Commons, C-559, is equipped with a Smart Board, wireless laptops and multimedia tools. Trained staff are ready to answer all questions from faculty.


Blackboard

 

Blackboard

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.  The version of Blackboard that we are currently using is Blackboard Learn 9.1.

To learn more about using Blackboard:

Blackboard Learn Help for Instructors: Blackboard’s own support site.
Click here to go to the site (leaving the EdTech website): Blackboard learn Help for Instructors

Blackboard Learn: For Instructors: Blackboard’s YouTube channel for instructors is full of  informative video tutorials covering Blackboard Learn essential tools and features.
To visit this YouTube channel click on the following link: Blackboard Learn: For Instructors

CUNY Blackboard site:  This site has links to print and video tutorials for faculty and students, as we as updates and announcements about Blackboard updates, upgrades and building block deployments.
To go to the site click on the following link: CUNY Blackboard site

Roadmap to Teaching Innovation: The Roadmap is a self-paced course, in Blackboard, that covers the use of Blackboard as well as integrated and supported tools for course development.  Each of three modules completed earns you a separate badges.  Completion of the entire course earns you a certificate.
For more information about the Roadmap click on the following link: Roadmap to Teaching Innovation Information
If you are a current instructor you can go directly to the course by clicking here: Roadmap to Teaching Innovation course

Blackboard Contacts

The EdTech Office serves as the Faculty Help Desk for Blackboard
Room C559
718-319-7915
Email: blackboard@hostos.cuny.edu


Faculty Workshops

Faculty Workshops

EdTech faculty technology workshops includes  encourage conversations focused on faculty issues within the classroom. Included in the discussions will be how different technologies are able to solve these issues and bring about meaningful solutions.  Currently all workshops are online.  Check the Faculty Workshop Calendar for schedules and to register:  Faculty Workshop Calendar

Typical workshop topics include:

  • Hostos’s Blackboard Course Template
  • Use Active Learning Approach to Transform Classroom Activities
  • Flipping the Classroom
  • Designing an Accessible Course
  • Collaborate and Zoom

Faculty Workshop Contacts

For general questions about the workshops contact:

Wilfredo Rodriguez
Room C559
Email: EDTECH@hostos.cuny.edu

The Workshop calendar also includes information about the EdTech team member conducting the workshop.  You can also contact them in advance if you have any questions about the particular workshop.


Faculty Learning Commons

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 space.hostos.cuny.edu.  In the page:

  1. Login using your Hostos network Username and Password (the credentials you use to access your Hostos email).
  2. At the top of the page, click on Reservations.
  3. click on EdTech (C-559) in the dropdown menu.  This will bring you to the Reservation Calendar.

Faculty Learning Commons Contact

Iber Poma
Room C559
Email: EdTECH@hostos.cuny.edu


Smart Classroom

Smart Classroom 

Smart classrooms are those equipped with projectors, DVD, high-resolution sound and audio/video recording capabilities with Panopto.  Some Smart classrooms are equipped with touchscreens, while others with a monitor and stylus.

To use a Smart classroom and be able to log into the network using through the Smart computer, you must first be certified by passing the Smart Classoom course, a short online course on Blackboard, managed by EdTech.

For more information about the course, click on the following link: Smart Classroom Certification.

Smart Classroom Contacts

For questions concerning the Smart Classroom Certification Course:

The EdTech Office
Room C559
718-319-7915
Email: EDTECHSUPPORT@hostos.cuny.edu

For assistance with technical issues concerning a Smart classroom or its equipment:

Classroom Technology Support Center
Room C513
718-518-6523


ePortfolios

ePortfolios

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

ePortfolio Contacts

For questions concerning ePortfolios and how you can start an ePortfolio program for your classes:

Iber Poma
Room C559
Email: EDTECHSUPPORT@hostos.cuny.edu


Hostos Social Network

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.

For more info about the Commons and to participate in it click on the following link: Hostos Commons

Hostos Social Network Contact

For questions about the Hostos Social Network contact:

Wilfredo Rodriguez
Room C-559
Email: EDTECH@hostos.cuny.edu


CUNYfirst

CUNYFirst stands for CUNY Fully Integrated Resources and Services Tool. After the upgrade, CUNYfirst navigation menus, including those on the CUNYfirst home page, will be displayed as tiles. CUNYfirst tips are step by step instructions to navigate the Faculty Center.

Support for other tools and functions of CUNYfirst is provided by the IT Office.

For more information about CUNYFirst, click on this link: CUNYfirst Info

CUNYFirst Tips

View Grades using the Grade Roster

Instructors use the grade roster to view grades. 1.  Enter https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu in your browser’s address bar: Enter your Username and Password and click the Log In button. From the Enterprise Menu, click the Faculty Center link. 2.  Navigate to: Faculty Center > My Schedule. 3.  The My Teaching Schedule displays for the current term in a table format. 4.  As needed, click the change term button to select the desired term. 5.  […]

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Enter Grades Using an Excel Spreadsheet

Instructors enter, review, approve and submit grades on the Grade Roster component. Grade Rosters are generated by the designated campus unit (typically The Office of the Registrar) and made available to faculty members in their Faculty Center. In addition to entering grades directly into CUNYfirst, faculty may download an excel file on which to enter grades. 1. Enter https://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu in your browser’s […]

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View/Download/Print Class Roster

Instructors view students enrolled in a class, or dropped from a class, or are on the wait list for a class using the Class Roster component of the Faculty Center. In addition to presenting a complete list of students by enrollment status, class rosters also display detailed class information such as course title and number, class section and class number, […]

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Verification of Attendance Rosters

For classes with both a graded component and enrolled students, instructors confirm that an enrolled student has not attended at a timeframe based on the institution. Log into CUNYfirst and click the Faculty Center tile. Click the Verification Attendance Roster tile. Select the Verification of Attendance Rosters tab to display the Select Term page. On the Select Term page, select a Term radio button. Click either of the Continue buttons. The Verification of Attendance Rosters page for that term […]

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CIS Training is excited to announce the availability of a newly developed CUNYfirst Faculty Training course in Blackboard. The goal of this activity is to provide resources that assist with the familiarization of CUNYfirst’s 9.2 program navigational features as it relates to the Faculty Center​.

To access the CUNYfirst Faculty Training Course

  1. Click here to navigate to the course in Blackboard and then click “+Enroll” link.
  2. Click the Submit button to complete the enrollment.
  3. Click the OK button to proceed to the CUNYfirst Faculty Training.

CUNYfirst Contacts

For help with the Faculty Center contact:

EdTech Office
Room C-559
718-319-7915
Email: EDTECHSUPPORT@hostos.cuny.edu

For other CUNYfirst assistance:

IT Help Desk
Room: B-420
718-518-6646
Email: itjobrequest@hostos.cuny.edu

INITIATIVES


Blackboard for Faculty Initiative

Blackboard for Faculty Initiative

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.

Blackboard For Faculty Initiative Contacts

ETLC
. Reach out to your department liaison, who are members of the ETLC, to discuss how you can integrate Blackboard into your teaching.

The EdTech Office serves as the Faculty Help Desk for Blackboard
Room C559
718-319-7915
Email: BLACKBOARD@hostos.cuny.edu


Online Initiative

Online Initiative

The Online Initiative is a series of workshops designed to support faculty in the development of asynchronous and hybrid online courses. Participants will be introduced to the tools, resources, and strategies necessary for ETLC Certification of their proposed course with follow up through the following semester where they first deliver the course. Reach out to your Unit Coordinator and/or Director of your department regarding candidacy for this Initiative which runs from September to December and February to May each year.

Click on this link to learn more about the Online Initiative (leaving the EdTech website: Online Initiative

Online Initiative Contact

Eric Rotholz
Room C559
Email: EDTECHSUPPORT@hostos.cuny.edu


Panopto Lecture Capture and Blackboard Initiative

Panopto Lecture Capture and Blackboard Initiative

The Panopto Building Block allows us to add powerful media tools to Blackboard, combining the best features of video sharing, webcam recording, screen recording, and more all within the Blackboard Learn environment. Creating and sharing multimedia learning content is easier than ever using this intuitive tool.

For more information about the Panopto Initiative and how you can use Panopto for your classes click on the following link (leaving the EdTech website): Panopto

Panopto Initiative Contact

Iber Poma
Room C559
Email: EDTECHSUPPORT@hostos.cuny.edu


iPad in Classroom Initiative

iPad in Classroom 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 participate experimented with different apps that would enhance their classroom teaching.

iPad Initiative Contact

Iber Poma
Room C559
Email: EDTECHSUPPORT@hostos.cuny.edu


Innovations Initiative

Innovations Initiative

The Office of Educational Technology is committed to aiding faculty in the implementation of new tools and services. Towards that end, our recommendation list is continuously updated. These suggestions have undergone scrutiny to determine stability, security, and usefulness. Bear in mind that with all new technologies, capabilities and effectiveness is largely untested. Our ability to support such tools is limited to setup and brainstorming suggested use.

 

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