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Lloyd Sealy Library
John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Remote Resources for a Distance Learning Environment

Get the help you need to navigate and succeed in our new online learning environment.

Getting Readings to Your Students

Making course readings available electronically is crucial for both students and faculty now that we've moved to a distance learning model.  Many students may not have been able to purchase their required textbooks and now that the library is closed the print copies, if placed on reserve in the library, are no longer available.  You may scan pages from your personal copy of the textbook (see information on scanner apps below) and either put them on eReserve through our library webpage, share them through Dropbox or upload them onto Blackboard. 

Another option is to see if our library has an electronic version of the assigned textbook by searching in OneSearch.  In addition, to OneSearch, John Jay students and faculty now have free access to many electronic textbooks.  Please see the Free Digital Textbooks and COVID-19 resources tabs in this library guide.  

In addition to digital textbooks, you and your students have access to a multitude of electronic resources such as ebooks, journals, magazines, videos and more.  Please use this library guide to remote resources as a guide to finding alternative electronic materials so that your students will have remote access to course materials you are requesting they read. 

For more guidance, see Providing Online Resources to Students During Remote Learning. Feel free to contact a librarian for assistance.

Library's Online Teaching Toolbox

The Library supports online teaching and learning! Incorporate Library resources into your online course and provide your students with engaging, high-quality information.

§  About online library instruction

§  Request online library instruction

§  Tutorials and quizzes (Credo)

§  What do online students have access to?

§  Add a librarian chat widget

§  Embedding videos

§  Linking to Library resources

§  Digital resources: images & documents

§  Copy/paste links from the Library

Virtual Private Network (VPN)

VPN access allows you to access your campus computer and the John Jay network through your home computer as if you were in your office. VPN is not necessary to access email, Blackboard, CUNYfirst, or access/share course materials and other non-private information. Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive are better  options for faculty to store and share non-confidential documents.

Request a VPN connection through the DoIT helpdesk

Phone Forwarding

Faculty can request on campus phone calls be forwarded to an external telephone number. This request can be made by contacting   helpdesk@jjay.cuny.edu.  If you are using a personal device to make work-related phone calls, the College recommends dialing *67 followed by the number to keep your personal number private.

Blackboard

John Jay College Department of Online Education and Support (DOES): a webinar demonstrating capabilities of Blackboard.

Using the Blackboard Collaborate tool. 

Blackboard app, enhancing the learning experience on mobile devices.  

College's Blackboard support team FOR FACULTY: blackboard@jjay.cuny.edu 

Microsoft Office Suite

All John Jay faculty are licensed to use Microsoft Office 365 from home with the full suite of applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Assess Office 365 and log in using your CUNYfirst username and password (i.e. jane.doe64@login.cuny.edu).

ZOOM

All John Jay students, faculty, and staff now have access to the voice and video conferencing system Zoom. Zoom provides a unique space via a web link to create ad-hoc and scheduled meetings; to interact with content such as power point presentations; and to have discussions that might normally take place in person.  Students can also study together using Zoom.  More information for faculty about how Zoom can be used to support your instruction is available in this message from Associate to the Provost for Institutional Effectiveness Allison Pease.

To claim your account, register using your John Jay email and password at  https://jjay-cuny.zoom.us

Adobe Suite

John Jay faculty and staff can download the complete Adobe suite at home. Contact the DoIT helpdesk to request that an account be created. 

CUNY FAQ for Distance Learning Technology

FAQ offers answers to may questions for faculty and staff on accessing and using CUNY wide technology to support remote teaching.

John Jay E-Resource Center

Faculty E-Resources also offers expertise and advice to John Jay faculty who are teaching non-native English speaking students.

Scanner Apps and Creating PDFs

Scanner apps can scan many documents directly to multi-page pdf, which can be simpler to manage than the single images that cameras produce. Dropbox has a built-in scanner in its phone app, and CUNY provides free Dropbox accounts to all active students, faculty, and administrative staff

What to look for in a scanner app:

  • Multi-page scanning
  • Cloud sync to your preferred service (make sure the account is password protected)
  • Cropping
  • Fast optimization or option to delay
  • Optical Character Recognition (OCR) is important for providing accessible texts

(from CUNY's OLS page on Copyright & Fair Use)

 

Copyright & Fair Use

If you are considering making course readings available online for your students, please see the tab above for EReserves for Students and Faculty. In addition, please refer to the Office of Library, City University of New York's page on Fair Use in the Context of Covid-19 where they summarize a Statement on Fair Use & Emergency Remote Teaching & Research recently released by library copyright specialists.

Drop Box and Microsoft OneDrive

Dropbox and Microsoft OneDrive are cloud based storage options where you can share non-confidential documents and materials. To claim your free Dropbox account visit http://dropbox.cuny.edu. To access OneDrive login to Office 365 at http://office.com with your CUNYfirst username and password.

Additional Software

Certain specialized student applications are also available from off campus. ArcGISSPSS, SAS, MathematicMaplesoft and Matlab can all be accessed from home. These applications are available in the CUNY Virtual Desktop. More information about the CUNY Virtual Desktop can be found at https://www.cuny.edu/about/administration/offices/cis/virtual-desktop/ 

Critical Thinking on Remote Learning & Teaching—a Bibliography of Ideas

Critical Thinking on Remote Learning & Teaching—a Bibliography of Ideas from Anne Hays, Assistant Professor and Librarian at the College of Staten Island, has compiled a bibliography of resources both within and outside of CUNY to help faculty with their remote learning endeavors during the COVID-19 global pandemic.