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This page will continue to be updated as new services become available.

If you need help selecting, setting up, or using any of these resources, please contact Leila Walker, Emerging Technologies and Digital Scholarship Librarian, at lwalker@qc.cuny.edu, or use the chat function in the profile box on this page.

Dropbox

Dropbox offers cloud-based file storage for GC faculty, staff, and students. You can store your syllabus, readings, and other course materials in dropbox to share with your class by emailing a link to the dropbox folder. Students can upload documents and assignments on Dropbox.

Use your CUNYFirst ID to login to the CUNY Dropbox.

More information about using CUNY’s Dropbox here.

Google Drive, including Google Meet

GoogleDrive is cloud-based file storage and also offers a suite of tools to create new files. GoogleDrive offers Docs (word documents) Slides (powerpoint-like presentations), Sheets (excel-like spreadsheets), and more. GoogleDrive allows collaborative editing of all files so that multiple people can work on a doc or slide presentation at one time. GoogleDrive stores and saves everything automatically in the cloud and can be accessed by anyone with an internet connection. GoogleDrive also offers a free app that makes it very easy to navigate from a smartphone.

All QC students, faculty, and staff have a dedicated GoogleDrive account with unlimited storage. You can use this tool to set up shared drives for your team or class, to share documents and work collaboratively, or to keep your documents accessible from any location.

Log into your GoogleDrive using your QC credentials (your CAMS account):
http://gdrive.qc.cuny.edu

Set up a video meeting with Google Meet:
https://meet.google.com

Learn more in Google's detailed tutorial. 

Microsoft Office Suite, including Skype for Business

(From the CUNY Graduate Center's Considerations for Instructional Continuity) Skype for Business is part of the Microsoft Office 365 suite of tools. Skype allows instructors to video conferences with students. Instructors can video conferences with one or multiple students. Skype can be used to meet with students for virtual office hours or to host small group discussions as needed. CUNY does not recommend using video conferencing to host full class sessions. Students may have limited connectivity when off campus and may not be able to join synchronous class meetings.

Faculty and Staff: https://login.microsoftonline.com/?whr=login.cuny.edu

Students: https://login.microsoftonline.com/

ConnectCUNY WebEx Accounts

CUNY has arranged for Cisco Webex to provide short-term Webex Meeting and Webex Teams licenses to all CUNY students, faculty and staff to help with online learning and meetings during the spring 2020 coronavirus outbreak. These licenses are separate from any existing University and college WebEx licenses and will expire on June 7, 2020—after the end of the Spring 2020 semester. These temporary licenses are called “ConnectCUNY Webex” licenses herein to differentiate them from any existing University Cisco Webex licenses when the distinction is important.

See the complete ConnectCUNY WebEx Quick Start Guide.

Tools for Digital Writing and Reading

Troubleshooting and Distance Learning Tips from Queens College IT

QC's Information Technology Services has a useful guide to common technology issues, including:

  1. Connecting your home computer to the secure campus network.
  2. Blackboard tips for students and faculty.
  3. Connecting to Webex for online learning and virtual meetings.