December 11, 2023

Policy: Learning Management System (LMS) Use for Online Classes (DRAFT)

Policy Owner: Executive Vice Chancellor & University Provost

Responsible Office: CUNY Academic & Faculty Affairs

Contact Information: Academic Program Review & Policy

Effective Date: By campus following the transition to D2L Brightspace.

Constituencies: Faculty, instructional staff, and administrators

Policy Statement

All online classes, whether synchronous or asynchronous, must be delivered through the University-supported learning management system (LMS) beginning in the first semester following the implementation of D2L Brightspace on a campus.

The University-supported LMS is CUNY’s only platform for delivery of online instruction that:

  • Addresses user data privacy under various privacy laws, including FERPA, GDPR, CCPA, COPPA, PIPEDA, ISO 27001, 27018, SOC 1 Type 2, SOC 2 Type 2, Cloud Security Alliance (CSA), and Security Trust and Assurance Registry (STAR);
  • Contains tools to assess, support, and improve accessibility of course materials to facilitate compliance with legal requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act;
  • Is integrated with CUNYfirst to facilitate automatic data transfers such as class rosters and grades;
  • Supports best practices framework for instructional design for distance education courses and programs, aligned with national standards (e.g., Universal Design for Learning);
  • Contains interactive features that foster student engagement and active participation;
  • Provides 24 x 7 x 365 support for faculty, students, and staff;
  • Records academic engagement for financial aid disbursement to confirm eligibility for Title IV funds; and
  • Enables reporting compliance for IPEDS, ADA, homeland security/visa status, and NC-SARA.

Getting Started

To get ready for the move to the Brightspace environment, faculty are encouraged to do some clean up on their current Blackboard courses. Once cleaned up, it is advised that courses be backed up by exporting the course. Learn more about this HERE.

Office Information

Brightspace Learning Management System