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Reserving Tech Resources in the Academic Computer Center
  1. Login into Tech Resource Reservation System
  2. Enter your Hostos credentials (username and password same as you log in into your work computer)
  3. Click Log In
  4. The default page you will see is the Multimedia Carts (ACC MMC). To reserve other resources such as clickers and projectors, please make a selection from the View schedule menu at the top of the page.
  5. After selecting the resource you want, locate the date, time and resource name that is available for reservation. Click on the empty cell (background will become green) and the New Reservation window will pop up.
  6. Fill in the required information such as Start and End times, Class name, Section, and Eq. Delivery Room. Please provide additional information in the Summary section.
  7. Click Submit
  8. Click Log Out to exit the system

NOTE: For technical questions, please email acclabs@hostos.cuny.edu or call ACC at 718-518-6523. All reservations need approval from the administrator of each resource you submit a reservation for.


Making your course(s) available to your students
  1. Login into Blackboard Video button
  2. Select the course you want to make available from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. In the Control Panel area, click on Customization link
  4. In the submenu click on Properties link
  5. From the Properties page, scroll down until you find Set Availability section and set the Yes radio button
  6. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Uploading your syllabus
  1. Login into Blackboard Video button
  2. Select the course you want to upload your syllabus from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. Click on the name of the Content Area into which you wish to add the file (e.g. Course Information or Syllabus)
  5. Hover your mouse over the Build Content Action Link button
  6. Under the Create section, click on the Item link
  7. Complete the Content Information field (provide a name)
  8. (Optional) copy the content from a Word document and paste it in the Content Editor section under text.
  9. In the Attachment section, click Browse My Computer to locate the file you want to upload. Files can be in the following formats: Word and PDF (we recommend PDF files)
  10. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)


Making a Course Copy
  1. Login to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. On the Control Panel, expand the Packages and Utilities section and select Course Copy
  5. Select the appropriate option: Copy Course Materials into an Existing Course
  6. In the Destination Course ID field, click Browse to select the destination course.
  7. Select all the content you want to copy to from the course you are to the course you selected
    • Copy Links to Course Files: No copies of linked files are included in the copy. The copied course will have the same set of links and those links will point back to the original location of the link defined in the origin course.
    • Copy links and copies of the content: This will make copies of linked files, but ONLY those files that are linked. Files within the course’s home folder that are not linked to any content within the course are not included in the copy (Recommended option).
    • Copy links and copies of the content (include entire course home folder): This will make copies of ALL files in the course’s home folder whether those files are linked to course content or not.In the File Attachments section, select the option to copy links to:
  8. In the Enrollments section, DO NOT select this option because it will copy all enrolled students from the source course to the destination one.
  9. Click Submit.
Merging Course Sections
  1. Login to Blackboard
  2. In the Blackboard Home page, you will find the Section Merge Tool module (middle-left), click the Click Here To Create and Manage Merged Courses link
  3. To create a new set of merged courses, click on the Setup New Merged Course link (top-left)
  4. In the Select Courses To Merge page, select all source courses.  Source courses will be merged into another course.
  5. Click Submit
  6. From the Select an Existing Course page, select the destination course (Only one).  This course will have the enrollment of the previous selected courses added to it.
  7. Click Submit
  8. Click OK to go back to the blackboard Home page

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Sending Announcements
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select the course you want to send announcement from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. In the course menu (left panel) or from the Control Panel under Course Tools click the Announcements link
  5. Click Create Announcement button from the Announcement page (top-left)
  6. Complete the Announcement Information field (provide subject and details)
  7. Set up additional information
  8. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Assignments / Safe-Assignments
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select the course you want to create assignment for from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure the Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. Select the Content Area where you want to create the assignment. (e.g. Assignments, Course Document)
  5. On the Action Bar (top-left), point to Assessments to access the drop-down list and select Assignment.
  6. In the Assignment Information page, type a name and instructions for the assignment. Format the text and include images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments using the functions in the Text Editor, if needed. Attachments added using the Text Editor can be launched in a new window and have alternate text added to describe the attachment.
  7. (Optional) In the Assignment Files section, attach a file using one of the following options: To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer. To upload a file from the course’s storage repository: If the course files are in the course’s storage repository, click Browse Course.
  8. (Optional) Set a Due Date. Due dates are used to organize and assign gradable items to grading periods in the Grade Center.
  9. Type Points Possible (e.g. 10, 15, 20).
  10. (Optional) Associate a rubric by pointing to Add Rubric to access the drop-down list. Rubrics are a way to create criteria for evaluating student performance on assignments.
  11. Click on the Submission Details link and set the Assignment Type (Individual, Group or Blackboard Portfolio), Number of Attempts and optionally if you want the check the assignment for plagiarism.
  12. (Optional) Set Grading Options by clicking in the link.
  13. (Optional) Set Display of Grades by clicking in the link.
  14. Select the check box to Make the Assignment Available.
  15. For Limit Availability, you can set the assignment to display on a specific date and time and stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Type dates and times in the boxes or use the pop-up Date Selection Calendar and Time Selection Menu to select dates and times. Display restrictions do not affect availability, only when the assignment appears.
  16. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Turnitin Assignments
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your  course from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. Make sure the Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. Select the Content Area where you want to create the assignment. (e.g. Course Document)
  5. On the Action Bar (top-left), point to Assessments to access the drop-down list and select Turnitin Assignment.
  6. In the Add Turnitin Assignment page, type a title, point value, start date, due date and other options as appropriate.
  7. Click Submit
Editing Assignments
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. Make sure the Edit Mode is On
  4. Navigate to the course area containing the assignment (e.g. Assignments)
  5. Click the Action Link to the right of an assignment’s name to access the contextual menu and select Edit
  6. On the Edit Assignment page, make the desired changes
  7. When you are satisfied with the changes to the assignment, click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Sending emails
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. In the Control Panel under Course Tools click the Send Email link (towards the bottom of the list)
  4. Select the group you want to send the email to by clicking on the respective link (e.g. All Student Users)
  5. Enter the subject and message of your email
  6. Attach files by clicking on the Attach a file link (optional)
  7. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Forums in a Discussion Board
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. In the Course menu click Discussions (left-side)
  4. On the Discussion Board Page, Click the Create Forum button (top-left)
  5. On the Create Forum Page, under Forum Information, enter the Forum name and instructions (optional)
  6. Under Forum Availability, set the Availability to Yes and Display Dates (optional)
  7. Under Forum Settings, select the appropriate options
  8. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Tests and adding questions
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. From the Control Panel, click on Course Tools link, then click on Tests, Surveys and Pools (bottom of Course Tools).
  4. From the Tests, Surveys and Pools page, Click on the Tests link.
  5. From the Tests page, click on Build Test (top-right).
  6. On the Test Information page, provide a name.
  7. Optionally, type Instructions and a Description. You can use the Text Editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and Mashups. Any files uploaded from your computer are saved in Course Files or the Content Collection in the top level folder. Attachments uploaded using the Text Editor can be launched in a new window and can include alternate text to describe the attachment.
  8. Click Submit
Creating questions. You should change the Question Settings if you want to include images, external links and feedback.
  1. After the test is created, you can add question by using one of the following methods: Create Question or Reuse Question or Upload Questions you may have in comma delimited text file.
  2. If adding questions by using the Create Question, select question type from the drop-down list and follow the instructions.
  3. To add more questions, please repeat step 11.

Making tests available to students: Go to the Content Area in which you would like the test to appear. Select Test from the Create Assessment drop-down list. Select the test you wish to display from the list that appears and click the Submit button.

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Creating Test Pools of questions
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. In the Control Panel area click Course Tools, and then select Tests, Surveys and Pools
  5. From the Tests, Surveys and Pools page, click on Pools
  6. From the Pools page, click Build Pool. Provide a Name for the pool, a brief description and instructions
  7. Click Submit

Adding questions to the pool

There are three different ways to add questions to a pool.

  1. By clicking the Create Question button (top-right)
  2. By clicking the Find Questions button
  3. By clicking the Upload Questions button
Customizing the Grade Center view
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. In the Control Panel area click Grade Center, and then select Full Grade Center
  5. To hide a column, click on the column dropdown list and select hide column (left of column name)
  6. To restore the view of a hidden column, click on Manage at the top of the page and select Column Organization.
  7. Select the column to show by checking the checkbox (left side) in the Shown in All Grade Center View.
  8. Use the Show/Hide dropdown menu and click Show Selected Columns to show the selected column.
  9. Click Submit. A success message will appear in the top-left corner of the page.

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

Adding students to courses
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right)
  3. In the Control Panel under Users and Groups click the Users link (towards the bottom of the list)
  4. Click on the Find Users to Enroll button (top-left)
  5. On the Add Enrollment page, click Browse.
  6. Search users by Username (twenty digit Blackboard ID number) or Email or Last Name
    or First Name
  7. Click box on the left of the name of the person you want to enroll
  8. Click Submit

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more

Adding YouTube Videos
  1. Log in to Blackboard
  2. Select your course from the My Courses module (top-right) Video button
  3. Make sure the Edit Mode is On (top-right)
  4. Select the Content Area where you want to add the video. (e.g. Course Document, Chapter 1)
  5. On the Action Bar (top-left), point to Build Content to access the drop-down list and under Mashups select YouTube Video.
  6. In the Search for a YouTube Video page, type a search criteria.
  7. (Optional) Select matching pattern and language in which you want to do the search.
  8. Click Go
  9. (Optional) Click Preview to watch the content before adding it to your course.
  10. Click Select to add the content to your course.
  11. Provide a Name for the content. You can also provide a Description of the video and additional options for the Mashup.
  12. Click Submit. A success message appears at the top of the page. The Mashup appears a the bottom of the Content area.

NOTE: Every course in Blackboard has been populated with useful information for your students (e.g. CUNY & HOSTOS attendance, grading, academic integrity policies; information about all support services offered by the college; and much more)

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