Dive in to Student Life

Student Life invites all students to dive in and attend our information sessions about ways you can get involved at CSI. Meet the staff members who will help you get engaged, and some student representatives who are looking to collaborate with you.

You will receive CLUE credit for attending any or all of the sessions.

By Carol Brower

Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI): Faculty Center Training and Drop-in Session Schedule for the Week of Jan. 25

The start of the Spring 2021 semester is mere days away. In order to assist you with all of the tasks you need to complete to have your course materials ready to go and finalize your online classroom, the Faculty Center is offering several workshops on setting up materials, grading, and assignment submissions on Blackboard, as well as integrating camtasia and Snag-it into your remote classroom. There are additional workshops beyond our normal, twice daily, Drop-in Session offerings.

As always, all of our Drop-in and training sessions can be accessed via the Virtual Drop-in Center buttons located on the main page of the Faculty Center Info Hub (CSI) Bb Organization available to all teaching faculty at CSI.

For more information or questions about any of the workshops, courses, or assistance sessions offered by the Faculty Center for Professional Development at CSI, please contact the Faculty Center Training Program Coordinator, Kristen Lindtvedt directly at kristen.kindtvedt@csi.cuny.edu.

Have a great week.

By Kristen Lindtvedt

Technology Training Sessions for the Week of Jan. 25

The Technology Training Center will continue to offer weekly training sessions on the applications to assist you with your telecommuting efforts. 

**NEW – Zoom Training Series – A series of classes designed to help you master the Zoom application. Due to requests, we have added another Zoom Series to the calendar.

The training team is also offering Technology Overview Sessions for Students to help them prepare for the Spring semester. We ask that you help us spread the word and encourage students to register. Students can visit their student email accounts for additional information.

If there is a topic that you would like to have covered in the future, please contact us, and we will do our best to assist you. We can also customize and provide group training to meet your departmental needs. 

Please use our Registration page to register for this week’s sessions. Please note that this schedule is fluid, and we may add or cancel training sessions as needed to serve the College community better.

We look forward to working with you.

Be well.

By Doriann Pieve-Hyland

Webinar Series: Open Pedagogy with the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold

Join us for Open Pedagogy with the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold.

This three-part workshop series introduces and supports faculty teaching with the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold. Workshops are open to anyone teaching at CUNY in Spring 2021. Interested faculty can attend all sessions or a single session, as desired. 

The first workshop will introduce the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold, two open teaching platforms available to everyone in the CUNY community. Possibilities for teaching with the platforms and course models will be presented. Faculty will then break into groups to get started working on a specific platform.

The second workshop in the series dives more deeply into each of the platforms. Faculty working on the CUNY Commons will begin developing their course site or group. Faculty working on Manifold will learn how to create a project, add a text, add supplementary resources (audio, video, and image files), and create a reading group for use in the classroom. Both workshops will take place in a single Zoom session, splitting time between platforms. More information can be found in the schedule below.

The third and final workshop in the series provides participants with hands-on support and offers an opportunity to share plans and ideas for teaching with these open tools.

This workshop series is part of the GC Teaching and Learning Center’s 2021 Mid-Winter Institute and CUNY Central’s Office of Academic Affairs Innovative Pedagogy workshop series. The Innovative Pedagogy workshop series aims to recognize and support excellence and innovation in teaching by CUNY faculty, and to improve pedagogy at scale across the University.

Workshop Series Schedule

Monday, Jan. 25, noon to 2:00pm

  • Workshop 1: Introduction to the CUNY Academic Commons and Manifold

Wednesday, Jan. 27, noon to 3:00pm

  • Workshop 2a: Building and Customizing Your Course on the Commons (noon to 1:30pm)
  • Workshop 2b : Creating Texts for Teaching with Manifold (1:30pm to 3:00pm)

Friday, Jan. 29, noon to 2:00pm

  • Workshop 3: Discussion and Support Session for Innovative Pedagogy with the Commons and Manifold

REGISTER: Please go online to register for one or all of these workshops.

If you have any questions, please contact the series organizers via email at innovative.pedagogy@cuny.edu.

By the Division of Academic Affairs

Inauguration Day

As Inauguration Day is upon us, we welcome into Office the 46th President of the United States of America, Joseph R. Biden Jr., along with Vice President Kamala D. Harris. On this day, we take one step closer to “America United” and look forward to a new journey that brings peace, healing, and harmony for all.

Today, we also celebrate our first woman, first African American, and first Asian American to serve as Vice President. It is a historic day that brings hope and promise at a time when it is most needed. 

In the words of President Abraham Lincoln, may the President and Vice President lead us on a path forward “…to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace among ourselves and all nations.”​

By William J. Fritz

Alda Salvesen

It is with sorrow that we announce to the College community the passing of Alda Salvesen, retired CUNY Administrative Assistant in the Center for Career and Professional Development, and mother of Karen Martucci, College Assistant in the World Languages and Literatures Department.  

The College community sends its sympathy to Karen and her family.  

By the Office of Human Resources​