Updated 3/18/2020

As we move to distance learning, please review the CUNY Blackboard User Guide for Faculty to help you get started. Blackboard Collaborate for Students and Faculty gives detailed instruction on how to get the most out of the online environment for learning.

Visit the the faculty online resource center at www.mec.cuny.edu/faculty. There you can log into Blackboard and read information about the Center for Teaching and Excellence (CTLE), review the current administrative calendar, access CUNYfirst, log into your MEC email, receive Help Desk support, and much more.

For CTLE Help Desk and support, email Elaine Farrady-Plourd at efarrally-plourde@mec.cuny.edu.

Updated 3/19/2020 at 11:30am

CUNY Cloud Systems Feature Guide for Faculty

CUNY Cloud Systems such as Blackboard, Microsoft Teams, Dropbox, and WebEx are all tools and platforms available to the CUNY community to conduct meetings, lectures, group messaging, and file sharing, etc., online. With this guide, users can then select the tool/platform which suit their need.

Updated 3/17/2020 at 10:25am
Reminder: Final faculty Blackboard training session will only take place today, Tuesday, March 17:

Tuesday, March 17, 1:00–3:30pm: Library Lab A

As Medgar Evers College examines its academic continuity policies for unscheduled campus closures, like severe weather events, unsafe conditions on campus, and public health emergencies, the College must consider the continuation of instruction for its students. In the event of a closure for an extended period, faculty, and staff have available to them various tools and resources for remote instruction to preserve academic continuity. In preparation for such an event, here are the instructional tools, resources, and guidance for your use, below.

In the event of closure:

  1. Establish a plan to communicate with students. Share those plans in class, via email and Blackboard.
  2. Communicate your plans to hold sessions online, if this is your instructional mode of choice.

Important note: During a campus closure, students should not be asked or required to participate in other campus activities (rehearsals, practice, etc.).

Tools to Support Instructional Continuity

Blackboard is a Medgar Evers College Learning Management System (LMS) tool that allows faculty to add resources for students to access online and facilitate synchronous (through Blackboard Collaborate) and asynchronous communications. This portion of the Blackboard training shows how to add learning materials and associated content in your Blackboard course.

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Add Files, Images, Video, and Audio

Echo360 Universal Capture
Echo360 Universal Capture is a lecture capture and active learning platform solution that helps instructors capture classroom lectures, screencasts from any device on campus at home, or anywhere, anytime. The video of the captured content can be shared via internet login in your Echo360 classroom, weblink, or via email.

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Complete the form at the link below to register your course in Echo360.

STEP 1. Register your course!

Once completed, you will receive a registration email.  (See “Register Your Account and Log In”)

STEP 2. Register Your Account and Log In

STEP 3. Accessing Classes and Entering a Classroom

STEP 4. How to create a capture using Echo360

Additional Resources
Echo360 Contingency Plan Affirmation
Welcome to Echo360

CUNY DropBox
CUNY DropBox is available to all active CUNY students, faculty, and administrative staff. DropBox can be used to store and access files from different devices, share files, and collaborate on content. CUNY Dropbox Home Page

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Get Started with DropBox

Camscanner is a mobile scanning tool that allows users to scan, save, archive, and upload of instructional materials, anytime, anywhere. It is a free download for iPhone and Android. It provides the instructors with a means of reproducing leaning materials, e.g., textbook content, to a digital format at their leisure.  Materials that are scanned with Camscanner can be imported to Echo360 to be used as instructional content. It can also be saved in your Dropbox account for future use and accessed anytime, anywhere. Download Camscanner!

For more information, email TeachOnline@mec.cuny.edu or call 718-270-6401.

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Please be extra vigilant while accessing your email and browsing the internet.