Resources for Course Design

What is this page? 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 in-person, hybrid, or online courses.

What are these resources? We’ve collected recordings and presentation materials shared at the ACERT lunchtime seminars, blog posts from the ACERT website, and resources created by the Center for Online Learning. Almost all these resources were created by Hunter faculty and staff! The full list of contributors is included at the end. You can also find quick links to faculty support and services, and to student support services and opportunities.

How can I get more help? You can sign up for the Center for Online Learning’s technology workshops. For individual help with a tool or an activity, you can attend the Center’s virtual office hours. Meet with colleagues and educational technologists to brainstorm and talk through ideas during EdTech Brainstorm Hour. Or attend the ACERT Lunchtime Seminars where faculty and staff share approaches and insights from their own teaching and research with colleagues.

How do I learn about upcoming events? Subscribe to the ACERT mailing list (1-2 emails/week). Follow us on Twitter and Instagram @HunterACERT. We also post information about upcoming events on the ACERT website and calendar.

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. All links on this Resources for Course Design page open in a new tab.


Getting ready
Course materials
In the physical classroom
Assignments and activities
Feedback and grading
Inclusive teaching and learning
The tech and the tools
Get inspired!

Getting ready

I would like to…

Course materials

I would like to…


In the physical classroom

I would like to…
  • get familiar with the equipment in my classroom
  • create moments of student feedback and interaction during classtime
    • “Creating Interactive Moments in the Physical Classroom” – blog post (featured tools: Poll Everywhere, iClicker*, Padlet*, Wordwall)
    • “What Are They Thinking? Mentimeter for Student Engagement and Audience Feedback” – blog post (featured tool: Mentimeter) 
    • “Using Padlet to Bring the Zoom Chat into the Physical Classroom” – blog post (featured tool: Padlet*)
    • “Engaging Larger Classes” – blog post (featured tool: TopHat*)
  • host a virtual guest speaker
    • Reserve a “Zoom kit” (wide-angle camera with tripod) at the Audio Visual Center – link to AV contact info
    • Invite your guest speaker to your Zoom or Blackboard Collaborate room – Zoom* instructions, Bb Collaborate* instructions

Assignments and activities

I would like to…
  • have my students write and/or work together 
  • have my students learn from each other
  • design creative assignments for my course
  • create interactive (homework) assignments 
    • Asynchronous discussions with VoiceThread* and Blackboard Discussion Boards* – video and presentation slides (also mentioned: Blackboard Quizzes*) 
    • Flipgrid* – a short video on using Flipgrid* to facilitate video or audio discussions outside the classroom
    • “Playposit: A remedy for the passive viewing of videos” – blog post
  • add interactive moments to my synchronous online 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)

Feedback and grading

I would like to…
  • streamline my grading
  • adopt different approaches to grading
  • design an alternative to the final paper
    • Replace the final paper with a final reflection – video
    • Leave the final paper unfinished – video
    • Demonstrate learning and research in multimedia formats – presentation slides (main featured tool: Genially)

Inclusive teaching and learning

I would like to…

The tech and the tools

I would like to…
  • learn more about ChatGPT and AI tools in the classroom
    • Introduction to ChatGPT (January 2023) – video and presentation slides
    • Examples of how CUNY instructors have used ChatGPT in assignments and activities in Spring 2023 – blog post
    • Classroom policies for AI generative tools – instructors share their policies in this resource
  • find the right tool for my assignment
    • Matching tech tools with pedagogical purposes – video and presentation slides (1, 2)
    • Technology tools for the online classroom, based on Bloom’s taxonomy – Natasha Nurse-Clarke, Technology Teaching Toolkit
  • learn more about Hunter / CUNY tools
    • Find out what they are: Blackboard | Blackboard Collaborate | Camtasia | Dropbox | Gradescope | hypothesis | Labster | Office 365 | Padlet | SnagIt | Top Hat | VoiceThread | Zoom
    • Get more information and instructions – Technology Tools page by the Center of Online Learning
    • Take a workshop – Technology Workshops page of the Center for Online Learning
    • Get individualized help – attend the Online EdTech Consultations
    • Brainstorm with colleagues and educational technologists – attend Brainstorm Mondays

Get inspired!

Get ideas and inspiration from your colleagues across Hunter who shared their teaching innovations during our 2021 Teaching with Tech Faculty Showcase and our Transforming our Teaching Showcase in 2023!

Get inspired by this interview with Gina Riley, the winner of the 2022 Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Get inspired by this interview with Antonia Schroeder, the winner of the 2022 Cecile Insdorf Award for Excellence in Teaching for Part-Time Faculty.


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

Abigail Torres (Center for Online Learning)
Adina Mulliken (Social Work and Libraries)
Aiesha Turman (English)
Allen Strouse (English)
Amber Alliger (Pyschology)
Andie Silva (English, York College; Digital Humanities, Graduate Center)
Andrea Saenz (Nutrition)
Anna Shilova (Romance Languages)
Antonia Schroeder (Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology)
April Kisamore (Special Education)
Arabella J Pollack (Economics)
Austin Bailey (English)
Barry Cherkas (Mathematics and Statistics)
Blondie Natacha L.N.E. Pawa (Romance Languages)
Carmen Brown (Curriculum and Teaching)
Catlin Tucker (Pepperdine University)
Charles Tien (Political Science)
Chris Wells (Environmental Studies/History, Macalester College)
Christine Rosalia (Curriculum and Teaching)
Daniel Chan (Office of Accessibility)
Darlene DeFour (Psychology)
Dennis Robbins (Curriculum and Teaching)
Devra Golbe (Economics and Accounting)
Dongshin Chang (Theatre)
Elizabeth Klein (Special Education)
Ellen McCabe (School of Nursing)
Gina Riley (Special Education)
Hossannah Asuncion (English, BMCC)
Ioana Wicker (German)
Iris Finkel (Libraries)
Ivana Stanisavljevic (Mathematics and Statistics)
Jack Kenigsberg (English; Rockowitz Writing Center)
Jared Simard (Liberal Studies, NYU)
Jaya Rachwani (Physical Therapy)
Jeff Allred (English)
Jennifer Newman (Libraries)
Jillian Báez (Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies)
John Bandman (International English Language Institute)
Julie Van Peteghem (Romance Languages)
Kahdeidra Monét Martin (Urban Education, Graduate Center)
Kate B. Pok-Carabalona (Sociology)
Katherine St. John (Computer Science)
Katherine Volkmer (Romance Languages)
Kathie Cheng (English)
Keith Okrosy (Career Development)
Kelle Cruz (Physics and Astronomy)
Kevin Currie Knight (Special Education, Foundations, and Research, ECU)
Kirsten Grant (Chemistry)
Laura Baecher (Curriculum and Teaching)
Lauren Schnell (Special Education)
Leila Gastil (Psychology)
Marcia Liu (HCAP and Asia American Studies Program)
Maria Hernandez-Ojeda (Romance Languages)
Melissa Schieble (Curriculum and Teaching)
Michael Fisher (Women and Gender Studies)
Michael Lewis (Social Work)
Mowmita Jabir (Technology Resource Center)
Natasha Nurse-Clarke (Nursing, Lehman College)
Nga Than (Sociology)
Nina Merolle (German)
Partha Deb (Economics and Accounting)
Paul McPherron (English)
Philip Johnson (Political Science, Graduate Center)
Randye Rutberg (Geography)
Rebecca Huselid (Psychology)
Renee Schaller (English)
Roberta Kilkenny (Africana and Puerto Rican/Latino Studies)
Samantha Sheppard-Lahiji (Biology)
Sandi Clarkson (Mathematics & Statistics)
Sarah Bonner (Curriculum and Teaching)
Sarah Ward (Libraries)
Sarah-Elizabeth Byosiere (Psychology)
Shiao-Chuan Kung (Center for Online Learning)
Sissel McCarthy (Film & Media)
Stefania Porcelli (Romance Languages)
Vicki Lens (Social Work)
Virginia Gryta (Special Education)
Vivian Louie (Urban Policy and Planning / Asian American Studies Center and Program)
Yang Hu (Curriculum and Teaching)

Last updated: May 2023

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