Here are a few recommendations for new and returning faculty to help you get organized for teaching in the new semester.Access your Blackboard course
- Go to https://cuny.edu.
- Click on “Login” at the upper right.
- Click on “Blackboard.”
- Log in with your CUNY Login credentials.
Your courses will be listed under “Courses where you are: Instructor” in the “My Courses” module at the left. If you need assistance accessing your account, contact the IT help desk at Support@qc.cuny.edu.
There are a few reasons why you might not be able to access your Blackboard or other QC accounts:
- Your QC accounts haven’t been activated yet because you are a new faculty (full-time or adjunct).
- Your QC accounts have been deactivated because you are an adjunct who is NOT teaching in the current semester, although you have taught at Queens College during past semesters.
If either the above applies to you, ask your department chair ASAP to initiate a Person of Interest (POI) ePAF to help expedite account activation.
- It’s possible that you weren’t correctly added as an instructor to the course in CUNYFirst. Please contact your department to verify your status in CUNYfirst.
If none of the above applies to you, contact the IT Help Desk to ask what your next steps should be: Support@qc.cuny.edu
- On the home page of your course, look for the padlock icon on the upper right. Click on it to toggle between Make Available and Make Unavailable. If you don’t have a home page, click on any content area (such as Assignments or Course Information) in the course menu, rather than tools or web links.
- Instruct your students, via an email from CUNYfirst, to contact you if they cannot see their course in Blackboard.
- Don’t forget – you must use your CUNYfirst credentials to log into Blackboard.
- Log into CUNYfirst to make sure your classes are listed correctly in CUNYfirst, including the correct mode of instruction.
- Check your class rosters to see who’s enrolled in your class.
- Reach out to your students in the beginning of the semester. Learn how to email your students from CUNYfirst.
- Review this tip on using CUNYfirst to report attendance. You will be asked to submit verification of attendance rosters beginning the third week of classes, so create a reminder on your calendar.
- View Teaching Schedule
- Enter My Textbooks
- Additional CUNY Technology Training Resources. (Login required)
- Go to https://cuny.zoom.us
- Click on the blue “Sign in” button.
- Log in with your CUNY Login credentials.
Content for your syllabus
Required by CUNY and Queens College, the following components should be included in your syllabus. You may copy and paste the following in your syllabus.
Remember to give a copy of your syllabus to your department for its assessment files. Keep a copy for your own files, and maybe post it on your professional website or course website.CUNY Policy on Academic Integrity
If you are teaching a hybrid or face-to-face course, the following should be included in your syllabus:
CUNY Guidelines for Safe Campus Reopening
- Students must thoroughly wash their hands before using any computer terminal and wipe the keyboard and mouse prior to using the equipment.
- The use of cloth face coverings is required among all students and faculty when 6 feet distances cannot be maintained. Face coverings must be worn as feasible and are most essential in times when physical distancing is difficult. For more information, visit Use Masks to Slow the Spread of COVID-19.
- Students and instructors must wear masks at all times when not presenting.
- Wash hands at key times. For more information, visit: When and How to Wash Your Hands.
- Do not touch the face covering. Visit the CDC site for information on proper use, removal, and washing of cloth face coverings.
Prepare for the unexpected
There are a few circumstances that may require you to suddenly pivot from in-person to remote teaching: inclement weather prevents access to the campus; or a medical condition requires you or some of your students to quarantine. At minimum, you and your students will need:
- Laptop or desktop computer with built-in microphone or a usb port for a headset
- Headset (such as the Logitech H390) if your device does not have a built-in microphone
- Access to High-speed internet
- Ethernet or strong wi-fi connection
- Access to your CUNY accounts:
Be sure to tell your students where to look for information about emergencies. Encourage them to sign up for CUNY A!ert, and remind them that the QC website will post updates on the front page and on its Emergency Preparedness page, as well as via QC Facebook and QC Twitter.
CETLL’s Faculty Virtual Drop-in Hours schedule and joining information are at https://cetllqc.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ctl-its-support-session/.
Email the Center for Excellence in Teaching, Learning & Leadership at CTLOnline@qc.cuny.edu.
Email IT Support at Support@qc.cuny.edu
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