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Blackboard (2)

Where can I access Blackboard 9.1 “how-to” guides?

Blackboard 9.1 “How-to” Guides

Blackboard “how-to guides” on many topics can be found at our Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology pages on the SPS website at http://sps.cuny.edu/ofdit/blackboardtutorials.html

We suggest you bookmark this page and visit often since we are continually updating those pages.

Where can I access Blackboard 9.1 video tutorials?

Blackboard 9.1 Video Tutorials

You may access a variety of different video tutorials on many of the same subjects covered by the “how to” guides as well as tutorials on additional topics at the Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology pages on the SPS website at http://sps.cuny.edu/ofdit/blackboardtutorials.html . We are continually adding to this page, so suggest you bookmark and revisit from time to time.

Academics (7)

Where can I find the current course schedule?

To access the schedule of course offerings, follow the instructions below:

  1. Click on the following link: http://student.cuny.edu/cgi-bin/SectionMeeting/SectMeetColleges.pl. This will take you to the eSCHEDULE.
  2. Select the CUNY School of Professional Studies from the first drop down menu.
  3. Select the semester you would like to find courses for then click Submit. This will take you to a page where you may search for specific courses.

Where can I find the academic calendar?

To access the academic calendar, click here.

Where can I find the academic policies for SPS?

As a school within The City University of New York, all general CUNY policies apply to The CUNY School of Professional Studies, including such issues as nondiscrimination, sexual harassment, and freedom of information. To visit the academic policies section of the SPS website, click here.

How do I obtain a new semester sticker for my faculty ID?

To receive a new sticker for your GC faculty ID, please contact the Office of Faculty and Staff Resources.

What are the WAC Fellows and what do they do?

The Writing Fellows are CUNY Graduate Center doctoral students trained in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) pedagogy. WAC is a CUNY-mandated program (1999) requiring that informal (ungraded) and formal writing become a robust and integrated aspect of course-work at all levels of instruction. Our program is based on the idea that writing to learn is just as important as learning to write. In other words, that through the process of writing one learns how to conceptualize and articulate knowledge in ways that are crucial to all disciplines.

Writing fellows can:

consult with students, offering online writing workshops, handout materials, and individual tutoring;
• consult with faculty, providing resources on writing issues, strategies to avoid plagiarism, help with assignment design and scaffolding, diagnostic and assessment rubrics, and writing-to-learn activities;
• consult with the office of faculty development, providing information on writing pedagogy.

The Writing Fellows are available to communicate and work flexibly, through computer-enabled workshops, virtual “meetings,” e-mail, and/or telephone. You can contact the Fellows or refer students to the Fellows by writing to writingfellows@sps.cuny.edu

**To visit the SPS WAC Writing Fellows website, click here.**

How can I learn more about ePortfolios at SPS?

If you are interested in using ePortfolio in one or more of your courses, please take a look at the faculty section of the ePortfolio Resource Website.

ePortfolio Faculty Development Workshops are offered on a semesterly basis (an asynchronous option is available for out-of-state faculty). If you have any questions about ePortfolio, please feel free to contact the ePortfolio team at eportfolios@sps.cuny.edu.

Faculty Development and Training (6)

What training and faculty development are recommended for new online teaching faculty?

New online faculty are advised to familiarize themselves with the basics of Blackboard through our tutorials posted on the Quick Guides site. They can also sign up for a one-hour real time training session in Blackboard Essentials using this form.

They should then contact their academic directors to ask about registering for an upcoming session of the Preparation for Teaching Online workshop. See https://cunyonline.commons.gc.cuny.edu/ for a description of this two week, fully online workshop and for the schedule of sessions in the upcoming year. This training should ideally be completed within a few months of your first teaching semester.

Finally, faculty should also inquire from their academic directors about being matched with a peer mentor for the duration of their first teaching semester under the auspices of our SPS Faculty Peer Mentoring Program. This program provides one-on-one support to new faculty for an entire semester from a faculty member with experience teaching online for SPS.

Is real-time training available for faculty?

Ongoing training sessions and consultations are offered by Sylvie Richards and our Instructional Technology Fellows, both online and face-to-face for SPS faculty. Our current calendar of online, real-time training is available here.

SPS faculty are free to attend any session and do not need to register in advance unless otherwise stated. SPS faculty will be provided with a link to access the sessions via email reminder in the days leading up to each week of sessions on the training calendar schedule. Sessions open to the CUNY-wide faculty include a link for registration.

If you have any questions please contact Sylvie.Richards@mail.cuny.edu.

Is self-paced training available for faculty?

Faculty desiring to learn new Blackboard skills or to review selected features and functions can access our Blackboard tutorials at http://sps.cuny.edu/ofdit/blackboardtutorials.html

We also maintain a Self-paced Technology Training course site on Blackboard. The link will appear as “Self-paced Faculty Training“ when you log into Blackboard, under the My Organizations section. (If you do not see the link to this site listed, please contact Sylvie Richards (sylvie.richards@mail.cuny.edu) and ask to be enrolled.)

This Blackboard site contains materials and resources that you can use on your own to refresh or learn new Blackboard or other technology skills. There are resources in different formats—step by step guides, short video tutorials, and podcasts. There is an area to pose questions you might have and you can subscribe to the Q& A area so you will know when a question or response has been posted. Sylvie Richards and our talented Instructional Technology Fellows will be monitoring the area to answer your questions.

How can I contact the Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology?

To access contact information for the Office of Faculty Development and Instructional Technology staff, click here.

 

What are the WAC Fellows and what do they do?

The Writing Fellows are CUNY Graduate Center doctoral students trained in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) pedagogy. WAC is a CUNY-mandated program (1999) requiring that informal (ungraded) and formal writing become a robust and integrated aspect of course-work at all levels of instruction. Our program is based on the idea that writing to learn is just as important as learning to write. In other words, that through the process of writing one learns how to conceptualize and articulate knowledge in ways that are crucial to all disciplines.

Writing fellows can:

consult with students, offering online writing workshops, handout materials, and individual tutoring;
• consult with faculty, providing resources on writing issues, strategies to avoid plagiarism, help with assignment design and scaffolding, diagnostic and assessment rubrics, and writing-to-learn activities;
• consult with the office of faculty development, providing information on writing pedagogy.

The Writing Fellows are available to communicate and work flexibly, through computer-enabled workshops, virtual “meetings,” e-mail, and/or telephone. You can contact the Fellows or refer students to the Fellows by writing to writingfellows@sps.cuny.edu

**To visit the SPS WAC Writing Fellows website, click here.**

How can I learn more about ePortfolios at SPS?

If you are interested in using ePortfolio in one or more of your courses, please take a look at the faculty section of the ePortfolio Resource Website.

ePortfolio Faculty Development Workshops are offered on a semesterly basis (an asynchronous option is available for out-of-state faculty). If you have any questions about ePortfolio, please feel free to contact the ePortfolio team at eportfolios@sps.cuny.edu.

Human Resources (9)

Where can I find the current pay schedule?

The adjunct payroll calendar for the Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 semesters can be accessed here.

I want to enroll in direct deposit, how can I sign up?

Please complete this form then forward it to the payroll office.

I recently moved, how can I change my address on file?

Please complete the following change of address form and return it to the payroll office.

Does CUNY have any resources for guidance about general issues, that aren’t directly work-related?

We would like you to know about CUNY’s Work/Life Assistance Program, a wonderful resource to explore. This service, which was made available to help CUNY employees achieve success in both their personal and professional lives, is free for all employees, their immediate family, and household members. You can contact the Work/Life Assistance program, 24 hours a day, seven-days-a-week, by calling 1-800-833-8707.

The service is contracted by CUNY to the private company Corporate Counseling Associates (CCA) and the counselors there, who at minimum hold master’s degrees, can recommend solutions to any number of situations you might encounter – large or small. And, everything is confidential. For more information on the program, and the type of topics they focus on, we recommend you take a moment to visit http://www.cuny.edu/worklife.

I taught at more than one CUNY college this year – will I be receiving a separate W2 form from each school? When should I expect my W2?

Anybody who worked at more than one CUNY senior college will receive a single CUNY W2 form with combined wages. A separate W2 will be sent out reflecting any work done at CUNY Community Colleges.

W2’s are mailed out at the end of January. If you don’t receive yours by the beginning of February, please contact the SPS Business Office at spspayroll@gc.cuny.edu .

Also, if you have moved, don’t forget to update your address with us!

I’m a full-time CUNY faculty member and I just got a request to complete the Multiple Position Reporting Form. Why do I have to fill this out?

Long standing University policy mandates disclosure by faculty of certain information related to the performance of their duties and responsibilities as full-time members of the faculty.  (Also, keep in mind that the University also requires faculty who are on a leave of absence to report all activities each semester on the Multiple Position Report form.)

The University is cognizant of the freedom of association and related protections afforded by the First Amendment; consequently, while this form requires full disclosure of all compensated activities beyond your regular full-time assignment,  you need not report incidental uncompensated activities as well as any uncompensated activities related to your membership in academic, political, religious, social, cultural or charitable organizations, provided such activities do not constitute a significant commitment of your time.

What is the WageWorks program? I’m an adjunct instructor, do I qualify?

The City of New York is pleased to offer adjunct instructors an expanded Commuter Benefits Program. The City of New York has selected WageWorks as a provider to significantly expand the City’s current program to offer access to many more transit providers and new Transit Plan options.

For more information, click here.

How do I obtain a new semester sticker for my faculty ID?

To receive a new sticker for your GC faculty ID, please contact the Office of Faculty and Staff Resources.

Student Services (4)

What scholarships are availabled for SPS students?

For a list of scholarships available within and outside of SPS, click here.

One of my students requested special accomodations. What do I need to know?

There is no need to lower standards for students with disabilities. However, special accommodations, as well as modifications, may be needed in the way information is presented and in methods of testing and evaluation. More information for faculty can be accessed here: http://sps.cuny.edu/student_services/Accessibility/for_faculty.html.

One of my students need additional help. What tutoring services are available for SPS students?

Online tutoring support is provided, free of charge, for SPS Students by a consortium of diverse institutions offering a wide array of subject areas.

Students can choose to speak with a tutor on the phone, communicate using text messaging or via e-mail. Students may ask questions about specific subject areas or if they need assistance writing a paper, they may submit a written draft for a tutor to review up to three times. Tutors will not edit, correct, proofread or rewrite papers. They will, however, coach students to consider the clarity of their work, point out inconsistencies in arguments, and identify problems with grammar. As busy people who may not have written papers for a long time, having support with writing assignments across the curriculum can be a great benefit. Likewise, if students need additional support in math or statistics, we encourage them to work with a tutor and if they need help with a research project, they can choose the Research and Information Literacy tutors, all of whom are doctoral students at CUNY.

For more information on these tutoring services, click here.

Writing support for students is also available through the Writing Fellows–visit their site at https://bacwritingfellows.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

We also have the assistance of a Quantitative Reasoning Fellow to provide tutoring for students in math or to help faculty whose courses include quantitative content. Visit their site at https://qrfellowssps.commons.gc.cuny.edu/

What are the WAC Fellows and what do they do?

The Writing Fellows are CUNY Graduate Center doctoral students trained in Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) pedagogy. WAC is a CUNY-mandated program (1999) requiring that informal (ungraded) and formal writing become a robust and integrated aspect of course-work at all levels of instruction. Our program is based on the idea that writing to learn is just as important as learning to write. In other words, that through the process of writing one learns how to conceptualize and articulate knowledge in ways that are crucial to all disciplines.

Writing fellows can:

consult with students, offering online writing workshops, handout materials, and individual tutoring;
• consult with faculty, providing resources on writing issues, strategies to avoid plagiarism, help with assignment design and scaffolding, diagnostic and assessment rubrics, and writing-to-learn activities;
• consult with the office of faculty development, providing information on writing pedagogy.

The Writing Fellows are available to communicate and work flexibly, through computer-enabled workshops, virtual “meetings,” e-mail, and/or telephone. You can contact the Fellows or refer students to the Fellows by writing to writingfellows@sps.cuny.edu

**To visit the SPS WAC Writing Fellows website, click here.**

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