Event Capsules, Teaching Tips, Tool Talk | August 13, 2021

The ACERT and Center for Online Learning Resources and Tool Kit

On this page we share many of the resources created by ACERT and the Center for Online Learning during the past semesters, organized in a way to help you address specific interests and needs for your online, hybrid, or in-person courses.

We’ve collected recordings and slides of presentations held by faculty for faculty at the ACERT lunchtime seminars, blog posts from the ACERT website, and resources created by the Center for Online Learning. The full list of contributors is included at the end.

You can find out about upcoming technology workshops offered by the Center for Online Learning on this page. For individual help with a tool or an activity, you can attend the Center’s virtual ed tech office hours, listed on this page. Check the ACERT website and calendar for our upcoming events. We also announce all these events via the ACERT mailing list (subscribe here!).

Please note: all Hunter/CUNY tools are marked with an asterisk, and you can find more information and instructions (including on how to access the tools) on this resource page from the Center for Online Learning.



Getting ready

I would like to…

Course materials

I would like to…
  • store and share large files (such as video lectures)
  • create asynchronous modules
    • “Asynch Done Asynch” – an asynch module about asynch modules (featured tools: Blackboard Discussion Board*, Padlet*, hypothes.is*, VoiceThread*, Zoom*, SnagIt*, Mentimeter, Playposit)
    • How to create modules: a step-by-step guide – link to guide
    • Some sample modules (Nutrition, Classics, Mathematics, Psychology, Economics, English) – link to modules

Assignments and activities

I would like to…
  • add interactive moments to my synchronous sessions
    • Starting class with an icebreaker – video and presentation slides (featured tools: Zoom*, Padlet*, Mentimeter)
    • Creating polls – video and presentation slides (featured tools: Zoom*, Mentimeter, Poll Everywhere, Peardeck)
    • Adding “stop-and-react” moments in your classes – video and presentation slides (featured tools: Peardeck, Mentimeter, Kahoot!, Jamboard, Playposit, Edpuzzle)
    • Written discussions in live class sessions – video (featured tools: Google Docs, Slack, Discord)
  • add interactive moments to my asynchronous sessions
    • Asynchronous discussions with VoiceThread* and Blackboard Discussion Boards* – video and presentation slides (also mentioned: Blackboard Quizzes*) 
    • “Playposit: A remedy for the passive viewing of videos” – blog post
    • Adding “stop-and-react” moments in your classes – video and presentation slides (featured tools: Peardeck, Mentimeter, Kahoot!, Jamboard, Playposit, Edpuzzle)
  • have my students write and/or work together 
    • Managing group work and presentations online (asynchronous)blog post with additional resources (featured tools: Google Docs, Blackboard Groups*, Blackboard Adaptive Release*, Padlet*)
    • Managing group work and collaborate writing online (synchronous)video and presentation slides (featured tools: Google Docs, Google Slides, Blackboard Wiki*)
    • Collaborative reading and annotating with hypothes.is* (asynchronous)video; instructions and examples
    • Sharing and collaborating with Padlet* (asynchronous)video and presentation slides; instructions and examples

Feedback and grading

I would like to…
  • streamline my grading
  • adopt different approaches to grading
    • “Ungrading”: decentering grades and encouraging self-reflection and self-assessment – video; blog post; Susan Blum, ed., Ungrading

In the classroom

I would like to…

Get inspired!

Get ideas and inspiration from your colleagues across Hunter who shared their teaching innovations during our first Teaching with Tech Faculty Showcase last Spring! You can find their presentations here.

More about the Hunter/CUNY tools

You can find more information and instructions about the tools listed below on this page from the Center of Online Learning.

Blackboard | Blackboard Collaborate | Camtasia | Dropbox | Gradescope | hypothes.is | Labster | Office 365 | Padlet | SnagIt | VoiceThread | Zoom


In alphabetical order; authors/presenters are also listed on the individual contributions

Jeff Allred (English)
Laura Baecher (Curriculum and Teaching)
Austin Bailey (English)
Sarah Byosiere (Psychology)
Kathie Cheng (English)
Barry Cherkas (Mathematics and Statistics)
Kelle Cruz (Physics and Astronomy)
Kevin Currie Knight (Special Education, Foundations, and Research, ECU)
Partha Deb (Economics and Accounting)
Michael Fisher (Women and Gender Studies)
Devra Golbe (Economics and Accounting)
Mowmita Jabir (Technology Resource Center)
Philip Johnson (Political Science, Graduate Center)
Jack Kenigsberg (English; Rockowitz Writing Center)
April Kisamore (Special Education)
Shiao-Chuan Kung (Center for Online Learning)
Paul McPherron (English)
Kahdeidra Monét Martin (Urban Education, Graduate Center)
Gina Riley (Special Education)
Andrea Saenz (Nutrition)
Renee Schaller (English)
Melissa Schieble (Curriculum and Teaching)
Lauren Schnell (Special Education)
Andie Silva (English, York College; Digital Humanities, Graduate Center)
Jared Simard (Liberal Studies, NYU)
Katherine St. John (Computer Science)
Allen Strouse (English)
Abigail Torres (Center for Online Learning)
Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages)
Chris Wells (Environmental Studies/History, Macalester College)

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