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FCPD offers a wide variety of programs, interactive organizations, self-help materials, group and 1-on-1 mentoring and collaboration opportunities through its staff, and facilities, all designed as part of our ongoing dedication to being an integral resource to faculty in support of their varied career needs related to teaching, research, scholarship, and self-development. In addition, we also offer a dedicated sequence of learning opportunities designed to help CSI faculty navigate the multitude of course modalities now present, including all forms of web/technology enhanced hybrid and the new HyFlex model currently being piloted by CUNY Central.  They are designed to provide the instructional design knowledge and support needed to further prepare you teach at CSI, and help you move forward with creating your courses across all modes of instruction.  

All of the learning modules listed below are designed to be a self-paced, and when completed will provide you with a completion certificate that can be used to access the higher level modules, as well as, future training workshops and/or modules.

The Blackboard LMS Basics series is an asynchronous set of three learning modules introducing CSI instructors to the various features and tools within the current installation of the Blackboard. It is designed to better equip instructors with all the tools and tasks necessary to more successfully teach in a Bb enhanced, hybrid/hyflex, or fully online classroom environment. It also provides the necessary completion certificate required for access to the higher-level training courses being offered by the Faculty Center, as well as, CUNY/SPS's Online Initiative Training Programs. The modules currently being offered are: 

  • Module 1 - Basics: Getting Started, a general overview of the CUNY Blackboard (Bb) course shells intended to orient instructors to all of the course tools and communication methods available for use within CSI's default Bb classroom.
  • Module 2 - Basics: Creating Course Content, A general overview of the different types of instructional content needed for tech enhanced, hybrid, online, and/or hyflex course(s).  An orientation designed to introduce instructors to all the individual, group, static, and interactive course content possibilities available for use within CUNY's installation of Bb.
  • Module 3 - Basics: Student Assessment, A general overview of how instructors can assess students progress within tech enhanced, hybrid, online, or hyflex courses using Bb. An orientation designed to introduce instructors to the testing, assignment, rubric, grade management, and other assessment tools available to you within CUNY's installation of Bb.

Each module above takes approximately 6-7 hours to complete in full. Less for those already somewhat familiar with the Blackboard LMS platform.

The Teaching and Learning series is an intermediate and advanced sequence of asynchronous courses focused on the various teaching models and pedagogical best practices required for creating successful student-centered courses at CSI regardless of the teaching modality being utilized. They are more intensive but self-paced courses intended for CSI faculty who have already completed the prerequisite Blackboard LMS Basics Training modules (or equivalent basics training). 

The courses currently within the Teaching & Learning Series are:

  • Module 4 - Hybrid Models for Teaching: A CUNY Modalities Road Map, an overview of the five main teaching models (in-person, web enhanced, hybrid, online, hyflex) and three sub-variants (in-person/tech enhanced classroom, synchronous, asynchronous) used to disseminate courses at CUNY. A complete orientation intended to introduce instructors to these modalities, how they affect course structure and teaching overall, and guide toward further training and assistance needed to successfully plan, create, and build a fully accessible, student-centered courses.
  • Module 5 - Creating Hybridized Courses: Pedagogical Skills & Best Practices, focuses on the pedagogical techniques and best practices designed to create LMS connected, student centered learning experiences suitable for both in-person/tech enhanced classroom, hybrid, hyflex, and fully online courses.  It showcases preferred techniques of effective, more holistic course development, using proven practices, with specific focus on enhancing student learning outcomes through systematic construction of CSI courses using flexible teaching methods and low stakes assessments. It is intended for CSI faculty who have already completed the Faculty Center's LMS Basics Series modules (or equivalent basics training).

FCPD Virtual Drop-in Center:

The Drop-in Center is an online chat space designed specifically for faculty to come and ask questions pertaining to online course pedagogy, Blackboard, and any other academic technology items you need assistance with. Need help setting help creating a communications strategy for your online or hybrid course? Need help creating and/or deploying tests in Bb? Unsure how to create assignment submission links or collect and review papers, assignments, or other assessment items? Have another question? If so, stop by one (or more) of our Virtual Drop-in Center hours listed on our weekly schedule. We offer at least three to four hours worth of sessions each day throughout the course of semester, all of which are manned by one of the Faculty Center's Instructional Design and Learning Management System Specialists.

There is no sign-up needed to attend any of the drop-in session we hold!  To attend, simply check the calendar of sessions located HERE and click on the links provided.  Access links open approximately 10 minutes before the start of the session dates and times listed on the weekly calendar. Once clicked, Blackboard Collaborate will appear at the top of the screen. It will show the specific training session you are joining and offer a place for you to type your name (please enter both your first and last name). Select Join Session after typing your full name.

In addition to our online offerings, the Faculty Center for Professional Development currently consists of two rooms, the main Faculty Center Lounge (1L-203), and the Blackboard Services Lab (1L-208). The Faculty Center Lounge is a 'Faculty only' space where individuals can enjoy a tranquil atmosphere where they can meet with colleagues, utilize the work and conference space, or simply relax. The Blackboard Services Lab is a space providing access to computers, scanners, and other amenities to Faculty and Staff to outline, design, create, and implement course materials for use upon Blackboard. The Services Lab also serves as a help desk where Faculty and Staff can go for Blackboard help and assistance.

  • Faculty members can reserve the Faculty Center Lounge (1L-203) for special events by submitting a request here