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Frequently Asked Questions

Online Teaching Certification

There are multiple paths to online teaching depending on your level of experience. If you have prior online teaching experience or if you have already been certified to teach online at BMCC you may not need to complete the entire workshop series. Faculty entirely new to online and hybrid teaching are required to complete BMCC’s e-learning professional development cohort. Please review the Information about developing online and hybrid courses at BMCC.

After you have completed the professional development option that is applicable to your experience, you will need to fully develop a course map, and a revised syllabus, and at least 6-8 weeks of content using BMCC’s course quality check-sheet located at http://socrates.bmcc.cuny.edu/elearningcenter/BMCC%20E-Learning%20Course%20Checklist.pdf. When you have completed these components, the next step is to meet with one of BMCC’s instructional designers for feedback. If you course is ready to go, you should make an appointment with your chair to have them review and sign off on your course.

Your professional development certification for online teaching is good for five years.  During this time, you may develop courses independently through “accelerated development.”  An instructional designer, department chair, and dean must still review these courses before they are approved for scheduling.

An accelerated recertification workshop will be offered periodically to assist faculty with the redesign of their courses and to discuss online pedagogical strategies.

Faculty receive up to $550 based on their non-teaching pay rate for completing the two-week (approx. 10 hr.) online & asynchronous Preparation for Online Teaching workshop, whether it is completed through BMCC’s e-learning center or through CUNY. Faculty receive this payment after they have taught the new online/hybrid course one time.


Fully Online: A course delivered 100% online. Scheduled class meetings are replaced with online activities and virtual meetings, including online exams. No face-to-face meetings.

Online: A course delivered via the Internet, which is 80%-100% online. Some online courses may require campus meetings for orientations or exams.

Hybrid: A course is where learning occurs online and through face-to-face instruction. Regular attendance in both formats is required. At least 33%-80% of the content is discussed online with the remainder of the content delivered through face-to-face format sessions.

Online students often appreciate live virtual office hours with faculty; however, faculty may not replace regular office hours with off-campus virtual office hours.

Yes! Online and hybrid courses provide a good structure for experiential learning.  Contact Experiential Learning Director, Laura Burrell, at lburrell@bmcc.cuny.edu, for more information. Look for an upcoming workshop hosted by the CETLS and E-Learning on experiential learning pedagogy for online classes.

Make sure your semester dates are finalized and synced throughout your course. Make sure your syllabus is updated for new semester and semester dates.  Post a welcome message before the course is opened the day before classes start. We strongly recommend e-mailing students a week before classes begin introducing yourself, setting expectations for the course, and asking them to complete the student e-learning orientation.  Be sure to actively engage with your students on a regular basis—based on research, this activity on your part strongly correlates to student retention and success in your course.

Scheduling & Registration

Courses are scheduled immediately upon approval to ensure that they will enroll enough students by the time the semester begins.  Faculty designing online courses are asked to teach the in the semester immediately following the design.  Rare exceptions might include medical leave or late notice sabbaticals.

If you are teaching a hybrid course, your regularly scheduled meeting should be scheduled through your department scheduler or chair.  If you are teaching an “online” a course which is 80-99% online, you should notify Joseph Lathan so that he can work with the Registrars Office to find a room.

Faculty may teach 2 online course, or 1 online course and 2 hybrids, or 4 hybrid courses per semester.

E-learning courses are capped at 25 students. Typically if a course does not have at least 10 students it will not run.

Support Services

The E-Learning Center (ELC) is open seven days a week when the college is open: M-Th. (9am-7pm), Fri. (9am-5pm), and weekends (10am-5pm).  The best way to contact us is through e-mail at elearning@bmcc.cuny.edu, phone at 212-220-8126, or our new toll-free line at 844-808-1424.

The day after students register for an e-learning class students receive an e-mail with “next steps.”  We tell them the orientation is mandatory, however, we have no way to enforce this.  You, as the professor, can make this activity a requirement for your class. We recommend that you send an e-mail to your class a week before classes begin to inform them that they should complete the orientation and to send you a screenshot of the confirmation.

Regular, rhythmically timed assignments, reading, and discussion board postings will help students pace their activities and keep students engaged from week to week.  The most important thing to do is to regularly engage with your students and respond to them within the timeframe you specified in your syllabus or sooner.  Professor engagement strongly correlates to student engagement.

To learn about open textbooks and course content available online go to BMCC’s resource site at http://bmcc.libguides.com/open/oer or contact Jean Amaral, Outreach Librarian at jamaral@bmcc.cuny.edu.  For more in depth study, you might consider the Library/CETLS Open Alternative Textbook program at http://bmcc.libguides.com/c.php?g=157843&p=1033652

BMCC employs two full-time student support coordinators who work in the E-Learning Center 7 days a week.  Their job is to assist students with logging in to Blackboard and in learning to use Blackboard tools, as well as Digication and other software programs in college at the college to support learning. For online and fully online courses, our student support staff will follow up with students who have not logged in at the beginning of the semester and again at the midpoint of the semester for those who have stopped logging in.  Our staff will also reach out to students anytime at the request of faculty.

Faculty can come to the e-learning center or e-mail us at elearning@bmcc.cuny.edu seven days a week when the college is open.  We provide one-on-one instructional design consultation and academic technology support, as well as an array of technology workshops.  You can see our workshop offerings and register at: http://socrates.bmcc.cuny.edu/workshop/index.html

We encourage you to make students aware of the many services available to them through the Learning Resource Center and other support areas on campus.  They include online tutoring, the writing center, the office of accessibility, academic advisement, the library, as well as many labs designed to assist students in curriculum areas where they need help.  Student services resources are listed at: //student_services/

Copyright, Accessibility & Intellectual Property

CUNY entire intellectual policy exceptions may be found at http://policy.cuny.edu/manual_of_general_policy/article_vi/policy_6.05/iii./b./text/#Navigation_Location:

“Electronically Published Course Materials: Courses designed to be delivered over the internet, by computer or through similar technologies may involve both Copyrightable Works and other Intellectual Property. Consistent with its intent to recognize the Creator as the owner of Scholarly or Pedagogical works, the University claims no ownership rights in either the intellectual content of such courses, or the tools and technologies used to present them, unless the work was the result of Sponsored Research or is Commissioned Work, in which case B.1 or B.2 of this Part shall apply.”

You can use BMCC’s online 24/7 chat reference service and Ask a Librarian at: /randolph-library/help/ask-a-librarian. Or, for assistance selecting databases for your students, please contact Lane Glisson at lglisson@bmcc.cuny.edu.
To have your videos and other materials made available on E-reserves contact Derek Stadler in the Library at dstadler@bmcc.cuny.edu.

Contact BMCC’s Director of the Office of Accessibility, Marcos Gonzales, at magonzalez@bmcc.cuny.edu and the E-Learning Center Director, Janey Flanagan, immediately so that we can ensure that your course is compliant with Americans with Disabilities, section 508.  We will work with you to bring your course into compliance if it is not already.

E-Learning Center

199 Chambers St, Room S510a
New York, NY 10007
Phone: 212-220-1243
Email: elearning@bmcc.cuny.edu

Summer Hours:
Monday – Thursday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

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