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Access essential resources, expert tips, and comprehensive support designed to facilitate your seamless adaptation to the new LMS.

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Visit our Student Hub for key resources, straightforward guidance, and reliable support, ensuring a confident and effective transition to the new LMS.

Latest Updates

Updated January 25, 2024

  • The Office of Educational Technology (EdTech) has been diligently working to expand the resources in the dedicated Brightspace Hub to include training materials and guides to help faculty (and soon students) become familiar with the features and new environment as we begin the Spring semester and get closer to the launch of the new LMS, Brightspace, in Summer 2024.
  • The January Brightspace PD sessions, organized by the Office of Educational Technology (EdTech) were attended by more than forty faculty members, and during the spring semester, further opportunities for professional development will be available.
  • Check out the workshop calendar to find a workshop that fits your schedule.
  • Faculty scheduled to teach during the summer semester of 2024 are highly encouraged to arrange a one-on-one consultation with an instructional designer to assist them in getting their course materials ready. The appointment can be set up via email at EdTechSupport@hostos.cuny.edu (by phone: 718.319.7915) or by visiting C-559.
  • Additional training provided by the CUNY LMS Transition team is available on the LMS Transition Website.
  • From November 22, faculty can access Brightspace to create practice sites, enabling exploration of its tools and features. Instructions for site creation are available on the LMS transition website.
  • Initial course migration for transition groups #1 (BMCC, SLU, SPS, Hostos, John Jay, Medgar Evers, and Queens) and #2 will be done by December 15, allowing instructors to update courses for Summer 2024.
  • Faculty in these groups are enrolled in the “Brightspace Resource Course for Instructors”, offering self-paced training on course-building basics, and will appear in the dashboard when logging in to brightspace.cuny.edu.
  • Starting in January, the Brightspace Basics 4-workshop series will be available for transition groups #1 and #2.
  • The Office of Educational Technology is actively creating resources and tips to aid faculty in transitioning to Brightspace. This dedicated Brighspace Hub is in development, offering training opportunities, tips, 1:1 consultations, and other resources. This hub aims to assist faculty and students in fully utilizing our new LMS.
  • Microlearnings featuring various resources and quick tips for preparing current course materials can also be found in this hub.
  • Faculty members are highly encouraged to keep making their courses more accessible and clutter-free.
  • A calendar of professional development and support opportunities is in development and will be available on this hub.

What is Brightspace?

Brightspace by D2L is the new Learning Management System (LMS) chosen by CUNY, following a comprehensive evaluation process necessitated by the end of their contract with Blackboard. The decision to transition to Brightspace was based on its ability to best fulfill the diverse needs of CUNY’s community. Known for its leadership in accessibility, reliability, and innovative design, Brightspace aligns with CUNY’s mission to be a student-centered university system. It supports CUNY’s goal to provide transformative and equitable access to higher education for its varied student body, enhancing the overall educational experience through advanced and user-friendly digital learning tools.

Hostos Brightspace Transition | Timeline

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2023

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NOV 22

Faculty access to Brightspace

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2023

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DEC 1

Hostos Brightspace Hub available

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2023

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DEC 15

Summer 2024 course shells available

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2024

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JAN 8

Faculty PD & one-on-one support start
CUNY PD demos available

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2024

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JAN 16

Brightspace Guides for faculty available

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2024

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MAR 4

Student PD & Support start
ARE YOU READY? for Brightspace available

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2024

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JUN 1

Summer 2024 courses start using Brightspace

CUNY Transition Process Timeline

The transition to Brightspace in CUNY will be in a phased manner over four semesters, spanning from fall 2023 to spring 2025. This phased approach ensures a smooth and organized transition for all campuses and their respective communities.

Hostos is in the first transition group. During that time, the CUNY LMS admin will migrate courses in preparation for using Brightspace. You will not be required to use D2L Brightspace in spring 2024 – you will teach using Blackboard. Training resources and opportunities are available to you on this page. Hostos is scheduled to start using D2L Brightspace in the summer of 2024.

Brightspace transition timeline

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