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How FCPD Can Help You

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 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 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 Bb enchanced, hybrid/hyflex, or fully online classroom 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. The modules currently being offered are: 

  • Module 1 - LMS 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 - LMS 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 - LMS 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 moduel above 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 Spring 2022 Cohort of of each of the above. Please email Faculty Center Training Program Coordinator Kristen Lindtvedt at to enroll.

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 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).
  • Module 6 - Building Hybridized Courses: A Step-by-Step Guide, serves as an ongoing direct connection to the guidance, tools, and one-on-one assistance needed to help instructors successfully complete the physical tasks involved in building LMS connected courses. It hosts a step-by-step, modular format that, with direct guidance from the Faculty Center, walks participants through the process of building fully functioning, student center, flexible, low stakes assessment-bases courses from start to finish. It is intended as the final step in the learning process and for CSI faculty who have already completed the Faculty Center's LMS Basics Series and previous T&L Series modules (or equivalent training)

The Faculty Center is currently offering 1 Ongoing Spring 2022 Cohort of of each of the above. Please email Faculty Center Training Program Coordinator Kristen Lindtvedt at to enroll.

You asked, we listened!  Throughout the Summer and Fall 2021 terms teaching faculty continued to requested more access to real-time online assistance as well as, individualized and small group training opportinities. In response to these requests for more flexiable, ongoing assistance the Faculty Center expanded its popular Virtual Drop-in Center to include daily sessions (multiple sessions per day throughout the fall and spring semesters). We also added a chat component with the launch of our FCPD #FacultyHelp Slack Channel. 


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.


FCPD Slack Chat Channel:

Real-time chat assistance. Have a quick question? Need a reminder or a bit of help with Bb?  Reach out to Faculty Center staff Monday - Friday, 9am to 5pm via our Slack #facultyhelp Chat Channel (join us here).