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FCPD Initiatives

We are pleased to announce that CUNY has secured the use of Respondus LockDown Browser™. This online proctoring tool is a customized browser that increases the security of test delivery in Blackboard (Bb).

Unlike previous remote proctoring solutions evaluated by CUNY, Respondus LockDown Browser simply restricts what students can access on their computers during online Blackboard quizzes, tests and examinations. The Lockdown Browser does not modify the browser on the student’s computer, but rather installs a separate program that displays a custom browser and creates an environment in which students are unable to print, copy, go to another URL, or access other applications on their devices. Respondus LockDown Browser DOES NOT: include real-time or recorded remote proctoring via video, access user content on the computer or record user activity for later inspection or use by CUNY.

Starting Tuesday, March 23, the Faculty Center will begin holding information and Drop-in Sessions daily for those interested in learning about and possibly using Respondus Lockdown Browser (please refer to the Faculty Events email for the schedule for exact dates and times these sessions will be held or contact Center Training Coordinator Kristen Lindtvedt). After attending an Information session, if you determine that Respondus LockDown Browser is suitable for your examination(s) you will be provided the resources needed to successfully activate and utilize the Respondus LockDown Browser within your CSI course(s) on Blackboard and obtain usage training for your students.
PLEASE NOTE, that while the Respondus Lockdown Browser tool is available for use at CSI as of March 22, it cannot be required this semester. Additionally, it cannot be required in future semesters unless the course description and course syllabus notes that one might be used, thereby allowing students the ability to make an informed decision about enrolling in courses using the tool. As a result of these notification requirements students cannot be compelled to agree to use of the Lockdown Browser at this time and if used alternative access to assessments must be provided as per the guidance provided by CUNYs Office of General Counsel regarding this matter:

"The Office of Legal Affairs (OGC) has reviewed the Terms and Conditions of several online testing application services and it is OGC’s guidance that faculty cannot compel students to accept the corresponding tools’ “Terms and Conditions” and that in the event students do not accept the terms, faculty must provide students reasonable assessment accommodations to demonstrate they meet the course learning requirements."

When in doubt please refer to the University's Guidance on Academic Continuity available here: Remote Proctoring Solutions

Additional Information for CUNY Faculty on Academic Continuity available here: Faculty Related Academic Continuity Guidance

Additional information and technical specification items for Respondus LockDown Browser: 

CUNY Information Systems (CIS) has worked with the CUNY Learning Management System council to integrate the Respondus LockDown Browser within Blackboard. Respondus LockDown Browser will be available in Blackboard at CSI starting March 22.

Respondus LockDown Browser only operates on devices meeting the following specifications (iPhones and Android devices are not supported):

  • Computer running Windows 8 or later operating system  (Windows 10 S is not supported)
  • Mac running macOS 10.12 – 11.1
  • iPad running iOS 11.0 or later (iPhone not supported)
  • Chromebooks 

Review available instructor documentation here: Instructor Guide to Respondus LockDown Browser - Note that CUNY has not licensed or implemented the Respondus Monitor solution that is often combined with Respondus LockDown Browser in marketing materials, product descriptions, product support pages and training—please ignore all references to Respondus Monitor and webcams/video.  

See the Respondus LockDown Browser FAQ Resources web page for additional Respondus information and training resources. 

Sign up for training now to utilize this new and exciting academic resource!

Faculty Center Info Hub:

In March of 2020, in response to the unprecedented events brought about because of the COVID-19 virus, the Faculty Center for Professional Development put together a team of emergency personnel, consisting of Academic Technology Manager and CSI Blackboard Administrator Michael Castelli, Academic Technology Specialist Fausto Canella, and former CSI Blackboard Administrator Kristen Lindtvedt to faculty at CSI with the tasks needed to complete the curriculum transfer process by the March 19th deadline set by CUNY. As part of this process FCPD put in place a new interactive online training center called the Faculty Center Information Hub.


The Information Hub was created for teaching faculty - both full and part time - and was designed to be a fully enclosed, secure, "one stop shop" place for faculty to go 24/7 and access the items needs for all of their online course and pedagogical training needs, as well as, Blackboard training materials and workshops, emergency request and general help discussion boards, real-time help chat options, and access to all members of the FCPD team.


All teaching faculty are automatically enrolled as members of the Info Hub at the beginning of each semester and instantly have access to all of our calendars, downloads, self-help and other training materials, as well as our weekly training schedules and notices via the Info Hub link located within the Organizations box of their Blackboard Homepage.


As part of our continued mission to assist CSI faculty in any way possible, the Information Hub is a direct connection to our dedicated team all of whom are able to assist you with your instructional needs.

The Student Success Institute is sponsored by Academic Affairs/Undergraduate Studies & Student Success and the Faculty Center for Professional Development. The institute supports adjunct faculty members in developing and implementing instructional strategies that support students’ academic success. Student Success Fellows who are accepted to participate in the institute meet with faculty facilitators, as well as with guest faculty presenters, to read and discuss research on enhancing students’ sense of belonging and supporting students’ learning-to-learn skills (e.g., note-taking, group participation). They develop student success strategies to implement with their own students, and share their strategies and results with other faculty members.
Past Student Success Institutes Fellows


Spring 2019 Fellows

  • Stephanie Corrente - English
  • Camille Gallo - Management
  • Yuxin Hou – Sociology & Anthropology
  • Jennifer Macchiarola - Nursing
  • Russ Morisi – History
  • Margot Nasti – English
  • Mark Stumacher – Marketing


Spring 2018 Fellows

  • Kuan-Yi Chen – Sociology & Anthropology
  • Janice Fioravante - English
  • Sharifa Hampton - English
  • Per Janson - Performing and Creative Arts
  • Emma Johnson – Media Culture
  • Rachel Kovacs – Media Culture
  • Martina Mims – Performing and Creative Arts
  • Leonardo Pignataro – Biology
  • Linda Revenson - Mathematics


Spring 2017 Fellows

  • Cliff Abdool - Business
  • Anjail Ameen-Rice – Social Work
  • Aysenur Ataman – Psychology
  • Stephen Fried - English
  • Juliette Goulet - Biology
  • David Loncle – Performing and Creative Arts & Core 100
  • Hemalatha Navaratne – Political Science & Global Affairs
  • Rachel Sanchez - English
  • Lidiya Tornyova - Psychology


Institute Co-Facilitators:

  •  David Allen, Curriculum & Instruction, School of Education & Hildegard Hoeller, English


Full-time faculty members who have presented at Student Success Institute workshops:

  • Rosanne Carlo – English
  • Mario D’Alessandro – Student and Enrollment Services
  • Michael Paris – Political Science & Global Affairs
  • Donna Scimeca – CORE Program

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