New! We’ve added new guides for Ensemble Video, please see the Ensemble Video for SPS Faculty page for details.
New! Do you need a video captioned for an SPS course? Please complete this form to request captions.
New! Our new “Introduction to Blackboard Mobile Apps” guide provides helpful information for the Blackboard Instructor and Blackboard for students applications, as well as guidelines for ensuring your course is designed to be mobile-friendly.
New! Faculty who are piloting EAB Navigate Progress Reports may find information and support resources on the EAB faculty support page.
New! CUNY SPS now offers tutor.com services to all its students (and faculty). The service is linked directly within all semester sites and offers tutoring in a variety of subjects. The Tutor.com instructor dashboard lets you see which of your students have used Tutor.com services and which students are flagged as being at risk. You can easily access the dashboard by clicking the tutor.com link posted under Tutoring in your Blackboard course site. To help your students take advantage of Tutor.com and to learn more about the instructor dashboard, please watch this 3-minute video for faculty. If you have questions regarding the platform, contact email@example.com.
New! Check out our video with instructions on How to Enter Final Grades into CUNYFirst.
New! Check out our Accessibility Resources Site for faculty with information on how to implement Universal Design in Learning (UDL) in your teaching, and how to create accessible documents and videos.
Browse our Course Design and Development Tutorial — one or more of its ten modules should prove helpful to those designing or revising a course.
Blackboard 750 MB Course Size Limits – Quick Guide with more details about the new CUNY-wide course content limit, instructions on how to determine the size of a course, measures to reduce course size as well as best practices for managing your course content.
The Discussion Board
Creating and Using the Discussion Board
Viewing and Navigating Discussion Forums
Grading Discussion Forums
Using the Subscribe Feature on the Discussion Board for automatic email alerts when new posts are being added.
Assignments, SafeAssign & Turnitin
Grading Assignments Using Box View
Creating and Grading Assignments in Blackboard / Checking for Plagiarism using SafeAssign
Creating and Using Rubrics in Blackboard
Using DirectSubmit (SafeAssign) to Check for Plagiarism
Create a Turnitin Assignment in Blackboard — See also Lehman College’s Turnitin resource page, which includes several helpful tips and links to more support resources.
Learn how to use the Audio-Video Feedback feature when grading assessments in Blackboard
Grade Center / Rubrics
Basics of the Grade Center in Blackboard
Calculating Final Grades using Total Points
Calculating Final Grades using Weighted Total
Grade Center – Beyond the Basics
Grading Assignments in Blackboard using Box View
Using Color Codes in the Grade Center
Creating and Using Rubrics in Blackboard
Adding Secondary Grade Display to Final Grade Column (for entry into CUNYfirst)
Test Tools in Blackboard
Creating Tests, Surveys, and Pools in Blackboard
Setting Test Options in Blackboard
Importing and Exporting Blackboard Tests, Surveys and Pools
Ensuring the Security of Tests in BB
Accessibility: How to Add Exceptions to Tests in Blackboard
VIDEO TUTORIAL How to Add Exceptions to Blackboard Tests
Other Blackboard Tools
Date Management tool in Blackboard to easily display and change due and availability dates in your course all at once.
Using the Content Collection in Blackboard
Using the Blackboard Calendar Tool
Using the Blackboard Retention Center
Lesson Plans in Blackboard
Learning Modules in Blackboard
Group Work in Blackboard with lots of tips on how to facilitate online group work and step-by-step instructions on using the group tools in Blackboard.
Multimedia in Blackboard
Using the Mashup Feature in Blackboard – Quick Guide on how to embed public YouTube Videos and Flickr images to your course site by using Blackboard’s Mashup feature.
Creating a Banner for Your Course Using Pixlr
Creating a Banner for Your Course Using PowerPoint
Resizing Profile Pictures and Adding Your Avatar in Blackboard – Quick Guide describing how to re-size profile pictures for your contact page as well as avatar on Blackboard.
Video Recordings / Captions
Do you need a video captioned for an SPS course? Please complete this form to request captions.
Embedding Your YouTube Videos into Blackboard
Captioning Videos on YouTube – Instructions on how to add or edit captions to videos you uploaded to your YouTube account
Creating an Introductory Course Video – Quick guide explaining the different types of introductory videos, including a list of links to intro videos recorded by SPS instructors, outlining best practices when creating video content for online / hybrid courses, and listing resources available to SPS faculty.
VoiceThread for SPS Instructors (v.4a) – Quick Guide for VoiceThread, a new web-based multimedia tool available now for SPS instructors.
VIDEO TUTORIAL Introduction to VoiceThread
VoiceThread – Participating in a VT for Students– Quick Guide you can share with students when assigning them to leave a comment on a VoiceThread you created
VoiceThread – Creating a VT for SPS Students – Quick Guide you can share with students when assigning them to create their own VoiceThread
ADDITIONAL MULTIMEDIA TOOLS FOR TEACHING
The following fact sheets were developed for our online Multimedia Workshops as recommendations for additional teaching tools. Please note that SPS doesn’t provide accounts for faculty and cannot offer technical support for any of these tools.
Tool Fact Sheet – Jing – Easy-to-use tool for creating screenshots and recording short screencasts, including basic editing features.
Tool Fact Sheet – Zotero – Online reference and citation manager for easy collection of references and creation of bibliographies.
Tool Fact Sheet – Remind – Online communication tool for sending texts and/or email reminders, files and voice clips to students.
Tool Fact Sheet – Diigo – Social bookmarking tool that allows users to collect, curate, bookmark and tag webpages.
Tool Fact Sheet – Mindomo – Online mind mapping tool for organizing ideas, brainstorming, and developing projects.
Tool Fact Sheet – Clyp – Online sound recorder for recording audio, downloading recordings or sharing them via a weblink.
Tool Fact Sheet – Piktochart – Easily customizable web-based infographic creator.
For any questions, or to schedule a one-on-one training, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.