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ISMMS Shift to Remote Instruction: Teaching Tools and Workshops

In response to the 2020 COVID-19 outbreak, ISMMS has made a temporary shift to online instruction. This is your guide to current info and updates.

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Academic IT team is hosting a number of workshops to support ISMMS faculty in this transition to online instruction.
This page will be updated twice a week (Monday and Thursday) with the most current information on the available workshops. 

Blackboard allows course directors to share course materials, communicate with students, create social interactions, provide feedback and more. Blackboard environment can shape and facilitate asynchronous student learning experience.

Build Your Own Course: This workshop will cover such topics as:

  • How to utilize Blackboard announcements to communicate important information to your students?
  • How to create intuitive and clear course flow using banners, text formatting and embedded videos?
  • How to retain social interaction in remote instruction? Utilize the power of the discussion board functionality.

Blackboard Workshops

Build Your Own Course (PhD Programs)
Join us on Zoom:


Build Your Own Course (Medical Education)
Request a session with:

Zoom is a powerful and versatile web conferencing tool that allows faculty to easily convert their in-person lectures to remote instruction. In this workshop series, we will cover the various tools and options this platform offers to make the online environment as inviting as an in-person experience. It is recommended to password protect Zoom meetings.

If you have any technical questions regarding Zoom, contact ISMMS helpdesk (ASCIT):

By Phone: 1-212-241-7091 or
Via Email:


Zoom Workshops

Every Monday, 12PM - 1PM
Zoom Basic Tools to Get Started

Quickly master the Zoom teleconference platform with these tips for holding effective teaching sessions

Join us on Zoom:


Advanced Zoom features for faculty and TAs
Leverage some more advanced features to keep your course time fully engaging

Please click here for the previous workshop recording.


Build Your Course in Blackboard; Incorporating Audience Response Software for Faculty
Learn about the advanced tools in Blackboard to make your course engaging and intuitive for students to navigate. Learn about Poll Everywhere and how to incorporate it effectively in your instruction. Zoom questions will be addressed as well.
Please click here for previous workshop recording.

Google Apps for Education is a cloud-based collection of applications that enhance teaching and learning. ISMMS Academic IT has partnered with Google to make Google Apps available to our faculty and students. ISMMS Google Apps accounts include (but are not limited to)  the following core applications:

Google Drive allows to store, organize, and access from anywhere your course content such as: syllabus, documents, etc.  from any device


Google Forms allows to collect information, quiz, and survey students and general ISMMS community.


Google Sites is an app that allows anyone, who has an account, to build webpages to host curriculum, or any other information relevant to teaching and learning.


To check if your Google Apps account is enabled, contact ISMMS helpdesk (ASCIT):

By Phone: 1-212-241-7091 or
Via Email:

Levy Library Resources


The Levy Library is offering a series of online classes for faculty, students, and staff. Sessions will cover topics such as database searching, reference management, and more.
Follow this link for more information and to register:



E-Books for Online Instruction