Continuing Your Studies Online
Transition to Distance Learning
CUNY has announced that beginning Thursday, March 19, 2020, all classes will be taught remotely the remainder of the spring 2020 semester. Currently, the majority of our professors are already using the CUNY Learning Management System, Blackboard, to manage some aspects of their courses and to communicate with their students.Therefore, with the transition to distance learning, we are asking all students to make sure they can log into Blackboard to be ready for Thursday:
- Logon to Blackboard* and check if your courses are listed on the left module of your Home page. If any of your courses are not available, please contact your instructor immediately.
- Go to each of your courses on BlackBoard and look over the layout to familiarize yourself with viewing announcements, content, assignments, and grades; there may be other links or modules your professor posts on BlackBoard; if you have any questions, reach out to your professor(s).
- Make sure you check your student Office 365 email at least twice a day for updates from your professor and the College.
*Log in with your CUNY Login credentials. If you do not have a CUNYfirst account, see the FAQs.
Long-Term Laptop & Tablet Loaner Program
We are committed to ensuring all students have access to remote instruction. A survey has been distributed via email to all students in order to identify students in need of technology for distance learning. Students should check their email account to complete this survey if they have not already done so. Laptops and tablets will be loaned to students based on survey responses, as well as on the basis of faculty requests, in the next few days. Where possible, the devices will be delivered securely via UPS. On campus pick-up will also be available on an appointment basis. Each student will be communicated with individually to make the necessary distribution arrangements. For general questions or to inquire about the status of a long-term laptop or tablet loan, please contact email@example.com.
Please continue to monitor your student email account for delivery and other important details.
Recommendations to Succeed in an Online Course
Communicate with your Instructors
- If you do not have all of the required technology to access and complete online coursework, be proactive in communicating this to your instructor and in finding solutions.
- If you can't find your online course materials, contact your instructor
- If you are confused or need more guidance to complete an online activity, contact your instructor
- Contact your instructor via email. You can find your instructor's email in the course syllabus.
- Some instructor may use Blackboard as the primary tool for communication. Your Instructor may be using one or more of the following Blackboard tools to communicate with you:
- Send Emails through Blackboard - The course email tool is a send-only tool in Blackboard. You receive emails from Blackboard in your QCC Student email, not in Blackboard itself.
- Discussion Boards – The Discussion board is an area where participants discuss a topic or a group of related topics. Within each forum, users can create multiple threads. When your instructor creates a forum, they may or may not let you start threads.
Learn how to navigate your Blackboard courses
Instructors use the Blackboard Learning Management System in a myriad number of ways to interact with their students. Blackboard is used by faculty to host their course content such as word and pdf documents, provide students with course announcements and broadcast email announcements and alerts to students enrolled in their courses. Blackboard also allows faculty to host a rich variety of multimedia content such as audios and videos. Instructors may also use blackboard to create, host and administer their exams as well as post and grade assignments.
Thus students should be familiar with the basics of logging into, navigating, viewing content, taking tests, uploading assignments, viewing graded assignments and grades in Blackboard.
- Accessing Blackboard
- Introduction to Blackboard – Brochure
- Blackboard Frequently Asked Questions
- How to Submit an Assignment
- Taking Test in Blackboard – An Overview
Meet online in real-time with your instructor – Blackboard Collaborate
Many instructors may use Blackboard Collaborate or a similar technology to conduct their online classes in real-time. Blackboard Collaborate is a powerful communication and collaboration tool that allows real-time online instruction and discussion with your instructor and classmates.
The following are recommendations for a successful online experience in Blackboard Collaborate:
- Use a laptop or a desktop
- Ensure your computer meets the minimum system requirements for running a Collaborate session on your computer. Review the Certified Browsers and Operating Systems. We recommend the most recent version of Firefox and Chrome.
- A headset with a built in microphone or standard headphones if your computer has a built in microphone
- Review the following tutorials
Ways to Communicate in Blackboard
Students have access to CUNY and QCC Library databases from home with an activated ID card. If possible, activate your card at the Check Out desk at the library: it’s not possible to activate your card off-campus.
Students can check to see if they are activated by logging in to their library account here.
For tutorials on using the library databases please visit this page.
For research help or questions, 24/7 Chat is available on the QCC Library homepage from both on and off campus.
Library Quick links: