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. 

Online Course Training:

Blackboard Basics Course (Bb Basics)

Bb Basics is a self-paced course introducing CSI instructors to the various features and tools within the current installation of the Blackboard Learning Management System (Bb) currently available to CUNY instructors. It is designed to better equip instructors with all the tools and tasks necessary to more successfully teach in a fully remote environment. It also provides the neccesary 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.  

 

Bb Basics takes aproximately about 6-7 hours to complete in full. Less for those already somewhat familiar with the Bb LMS platform.

 

The Faculty Center is currently offering 1 Ongoing Winter 2021 Intersession Cohort of Bb Basics Course. Please email Faculty Center Training Program Coordinator Kristen Lindtvedt at Kristen.Lindtvedt@csi.cuny.edu to enroll.

Teaching Remotely: Pedagogical Practices & Practical Skills (TRPP)

In May 2020, the Faculty Center unveiled a new course focused on pedagogical best practices required for teaching successfully online, Teaching Remotely: Pedagogical Practices & Practical Skills (TRPP). TRPP is an advanced-level course designed to fully instruct teaching faculty at CSI in the actions and preferred techniques required to effectively stage and develop fully online courses. 

TRPP highlights a more synchronous, low stakes assessment infused teaching model. It specifically focuses on the pedagogical techniques needed to re-frame courses from a face-to-face or hybrid modality, to a fully remote, student centered learning experience.  It showcases preferred techniques of effective, more holistic online course development using proven practices designed to enhance student learning outcomes, and increase student retention within a fully remote teaching environment.

TRPP is intended for CSI faculty who have already completed the prerequisite Bb Basics Training Course (or equivalent basics training). It is an intensive but self-paced course, taking approximately 15 to 20 hours to complete in full.

The Faculty Center is currently offering 1 Ongoing Winter 2021 Intersession Cohort of the TRPP Course. Please email Faculty Center Training Program Coordinator Kristen Lindtvedt at Kristen.Lindtvedt@csi.cuny.edu to enroll.

The Remote Course Resource Center (RCRC)

The Remote Course Resource Center (RCRC) is an online help community created by the Faculty Center and launched in August 2020. It directly builds on the Bb Basics, SPS OTE, and CSI Teaching Remotely courses, shifting focus from the pedagogical tenets of course design to the physical tasks of building a fully online course within Blackboard.  Focusing broadly on the needs of instructors throughout CSI, the RCRC is designed to be a more collaborative yet strategically guided environment. It maintains a step-by-step, modular format that walks participants through the process of building a fully functioning online courses from start to finish.

The RCRC serves as an ongoing direct connection to the guidance, tools, and one-on-one assistance needed to help CSI faculty be successful in building highly effective online courses. While it is designed to be easily navigated and utilized independently by faculty in a similar manner as the self-paced Bb Basics course, it also functions as a hub for interdisciplinary faculty engagement and collaboration. This purposeful structure allows faculty participants to receive both guidance from the Faculty Center and water cooler-style peer feedback from the Instructor Chat Forum throughout the build process, from course outline to deployment. A new, more innovative process by which faculty can create remote courses on Bb.

Access to the Resource Center is available to all teaching faculty and staff who complete the Bb Basics and SPS OTE or Teaching Remotely courses, or other equivilent training. It contains complete access to the entire range of training and support needed to build remote courses to completion including all aspects of Blackboard LMS training and support, pedagogical materials, course construction best practices, and discipline-specific and library resources. It also includes a full schedule of virtual drop-in sessions and faculty led synchronous group support and mentoring sessions as indicated weekly by the Faculty Center team.​

Please email Faculty Center Training Program Coordinator Kristen Lindtvedt at Kristen.Lindtvedt@csi.cuny.edu to enroll.