Quick Guides & Tutorials

New! Check out our video with instructions on How to Enter Final Grades into CUNYFirst.

New! Find out how to use the Date Management tool in Blackboard to easily change due and availability dates in your course all at once.

New! Check out our new Accessibility Resources Site for faculty with information on how to implement Universal Design in Learning (UDL) in your teaching. More resources will be added over the coming months.

New! Browse our Course Design and Development Tutorial — one or more of its ten modules should prove helpful to those designing or revising a course.

COURSE COPY

Preparing Your Dev Site for Course Copy

Course Copy in Blackboard – Quick Guide outlining the steps to self-copy your dev site into a new live semester site on Blackboard.
VIDEO TUTORIAL Course Copy in Blackboard

BLACKBOARD

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.

Retrieving Your Blackboard – CUNY Portal Credentials

Introduction to Blackboard
Intro to Blackboard Part I – Navigating Blackboard
Intro to Blackboard Part II – The Control Panel
Intro to Blackboard Part III – Add and Manage 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
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.

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
Using Color Codes in the Grade Center
Creating and Using Rubrics in Blackboard

Test Tool in Blackboard
Creating Tests, Surveys, and Pools in Blackboard
Setting Test Options in Blackboard

Importing and Exporting Blackboard Tests, Surveys and Pools
Accessibility: How to Add Exceptions to Tests in Blackboard
VIDEO TUTORIAL How to Add Exceptions to Blackboard Tests

Other Blackboard Tools
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
NEWCreating 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
Uploading Videos to YouTube and Embedding them into Blackboard
Embedding Your YouTube Video into Blackboard
Adding Captions to Your Youtube Video– Instructions on how to add captions to videos you uploaded to your YouTube account
VIDEO TUTORIAL Adding Captions to Your Video on YouTube

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

VoiceThread for SPS Instructors (v.4) – 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

SCREENCASTOMATIC PRO

Introduction to Screencastomatic Pro – Quick Guide for Screencastomatic Pro, a screencasting tool supported by SPS for faculty use.
VIDEO TUTORIAL Introduction to Screencastomatic Pro
Screencastomatic Account Request Form – Fill out this form and send to your Academic Director to request a Screencastomatic account with SPS.

COLLABORATE ULTRA

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 – Dipity – Digital timeline creator for developing and collaborating on interactive timelines that integrate video, audio, images, text, links, social media, etc.
Tool Fact Sheet – DiigoSocial 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 facultysupport@sps.cuny.edu.