Blackboard, our supported learning management system, can be used to structure course content and communicate with students. Course shells are created for every course listed on CUNYFirst, but instructors need to make a course available to students if they intend to use it. The resources and tools to help you build courses and use Blackboard are listed below, along with the Ed Tech Office Hours.
For recommendations regarding what tools to use to meet instructional purposes, please see Instructional Needs and Tools to Consider. A list of CUNY tools and their capabilities can be found at CUNY Cloud Systems’ Feature Guide for Faculty.
Maintaining Student Privacy in Distance Education
Keep in mind FERPA regulations in an online teaching environment, where personally identifiable information must be protected. With email and all online communications, it is important to evaluate the risk associated with sending student information and recognizing if it is personally identifiable information. Evaluating online educational services also requires sensitivity to privacy issues. See a recent guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the many other resources that it points to at U.S. Department of Education Guide to Student Privacy in Distance Education.