Who do I contact for Blackboard support, or support in anything related to Educational Technology at Hostos?
Your first line of EdTech support is your department liaison in the EdTech Office.
Contact us to see EdTech contact information:
Extension: 718 319-7915
Hours: Monday – Friday, 9:00AM – 5:00PM
Faculty Workshops – workshops planned include Blackboard Essentials, Grade Center, Assessment tools, Collaborate, Social Network, Smart Board an iPads.
To learn about and register for a workshop, go to this link: Faculty Workshops
Online Tutorials – Print tutorials covering Blackboard and other topics.
CUNY Blackboard Website – A site that gives the latest information on Blackboard 9.1 for faculty and students, including online User Guides.
For conferences, the Smart Board-equipped Faculty Learning Commons (C559) can be reserved through Hostos Community College’s Room/Space Request System. To access it, click on the following link:
Room Request System Once you’re in, float your cursor over the Reservations icon on the top left . In the pop-up menu, click on Ed Tech (C559). On the page that appears you can set the date and time you wish to reserve the room.
Maintenance of the Hostos computer hardware and network infrastructure, including servicing computers and installing software, are under the responsibility of the Information Technology Office. To make a job request order with them, go to this link:
IT Job Request.
Laptop computers and projectors for faculty are the responsibility of the Office of Academic Computing. To reserve a laptop, projector or multimedia cart that has both, go to the Tech Resources Reservation System site: can be reserved through the Tech Resource Reservation System. To access it, click on the following link:
Tech Resource Reservation System Once you’re in, in the View schedule window, choose Computer on Wheels (COWS) for laptops for a class, LCD Projectors for a projector, or Multimedia Cart for laptop/projector setup. For each of these schedules, you click on the desired time block to reserve in their respective calendars.
Blackboard 9.1 is the course management system (CMS) used by CUNY and Hostos for management of the online component of courses. Sections that are taught online are taught through Blackboard 9.1.
When you are registered with CUNYFirst and have a CUNYfirst employee ID, you also are registered for Blackboard. Click any link to Blackboard, in the Hostos main page or in the CUNY site for instance and it will bring you to the CUNY Login page.
Use your CUNYfirst username with @login.cuny.edu following and your CUNYfirst password as your password to login. This will bring you into Blackboard.
There is currently no connection between CUNYfirst and Blackboard student email accounts. In CUNYfirst, registered Hostos students all have their Hostos emails associated with their CUNYfirst accounts. Therefore any emails sent by faculty to students through CUNYfirst Faculty Center will go to the students Hostos email.
In Blackboard, which receives student data from the CUNY Portal, the Hostos email address is often linked with a student account, but it can sometimes be the email of another CUNY campus, a personal email or even none at all. It’s highly recommended that all Hostos faculty make it a policy that email communication between instructor and students be done through their Hostos email accounts, and students be required to have access to their Hostos email. By doing this, students would be assured of receiving communication, as long as students make sure their mailboxes aren’t full. To link a student email to Blackboard, the student should click on the Update Email link under Tools in his/her Blackboard Home page. Here students can enter their Hostos email addresses to sync it with their Blackboard courses.
To register in the CUNY Portal:
(1) go to www.cuny.edu
(2) click on the Portal Log-In button
(3)Click on Register for a New Account
(4)Click on Faculty
(5) Fill in the Verify Information form
Information Technology is responsible for faculty and student email. To make a job request for your email account, go to this link:
IT Job Request.
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. To enter the Social Network, go to the link:
EdTech provides support for the following:
Imaging, Video and Lecture Capture
Panopto Lecture Capture, Blackboard Building Block;
Adobe Suite – Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Premiere, AfterEffects, Acrobat, Flash, Dreamweaver;
Mobile Learning devices and apps
iPads, including a teaching with iPad initiative;
Support for mobile apps used in initiatives
Information about the media and mobile devices EdTech supports can be found by going to the Mobile Learning page under the Faculty tab, or by clicking this link.
An online course is one in which part or all of the course is conducted online. In an asynchronous course, 100% of the coursework is carried out online. In a hybrid course, 30% to 60% of the coursework is carried out online.
Technically, you do not need any special certification to teach an online course. Arrangement to teach an online course is done similar to teaching a face-to-face course – through your academic department.
It’s highly recommended that if you plan to teach an online course for the first time that you consider participating in the Online Initiative. Visit the Online Initiative page in the Faculty Section of the Online Learning site or click this link.
The Online Learning Initiative, through a series of workshops and mentoring, assists faculty in developing an online course (either hybrid or asynchronous), which can then be presented to their departments for approval and scheduled to run in the following semester. For more information, visit the Online Learning Initiative link under Online Learning in the main menu, or click on this link IF you are interested in participating in the Online Initiative and developing and teaching an online course, contact:
Carlos Guevara, Director of EdTech (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Kate Lyons, Chairperson of the ETLC (email@example.com).
The Educational Technology Leadership Council (ETLC) is made up of faculty members from the academic departments, Library and Counseling with EdTech staff as advisers and chaired by the Faculty Liaison to EdTech. Your department ETLC representative is your faculty contact for educational technology issues and initiatives at Hostos and CUNY.
To see the list of faculty who are member of the ETLC, go to the ETLC page or click on this link.