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 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
The EdTech Office serves as the Faculty Help Desk for Blackboard
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:
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
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:
- Login using your Hostos network Username and Password (the credentials you use to access your Hostos email).
- At the top of the page, click on Reservations.
- click on EdTech (C-559) in the dropdown menu. This will bring you to the Reservation Calendar.
Faculty Learning Commons Contact
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
For assistance with technical issues concerning a Smart classroom or its equipment:
Classroom Technology Support Center
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.
For questions concerning ePortfolios and how you can start an ePortfolio program for your classes:
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:
CUNYFirst stands for CUNY Fully Integrated Resources and Services Tool. EdTech’s responsibility to faculty is to provide support in using the Faculty Center and functions such as submitting grades. 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
For help with the Faculty Center contact:
The EdTech Office
For other CUNYfirst assistance:
CUNYfirst Help Desk
B-420 (for faculty and staff)
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
. 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
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
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
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
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.