Office of Online Learning

Our mission is to facilitate excellence in teaching by empowering faculty to teach engaging classes. No matter what the learning modality, we’re here to help our faculty utilize cutting-edge technology combined with the latest advances in instructional design and delivery.

Faculty Development Webinars

Please see below for a list of upcoming and recent faculty development opportunities for faculty. Click on the + to find out more information and to register. If you would like to present, or have a topic you would like to recommend for a future webinar, please contact

Need help or have general questions about your Blackboard course? Join these virtual office hours for Blackboard assistance and Q&A on how to prepare your Blackboard course for next semester.

Faculty can use this link to join the Zoom Office Hours:

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 883 6613 0437
Passcode: 688895

    • Monday Jan 22 @ 10am

Note: Advanced registration is NOT required. Feel free to drop in anytime in that hour. All times are NY/Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Presented by Laura Meoli-Ferrigon from the Office of Online Learning.

Teaching your course again next semester and want to reuse some (or all) of your content? Find quick tips and Q&A on how to prepare your Blackboard course for next semester. 

Topics include:

  • Doing a course copy
  • Adjusting due dates automatically after a course copy
  • Checking & setting up grade center 
  • Create a new welcome video
  • Using student feedback to improve 

Dates will be added at the start of each semester. Register in advance for this meeting by clicking on the preferred date/time above. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Want to view this content on-demand? Take a look at this self-explanatory presentation at your convenience or reach out to us with your questions.

Hosted by Sergio Costa from the Office of Online Learning.

Instructor Presence On Demand Presentation








Instructor presence can be achieved in-person, online and in hybrid courses. Watch for quick tips on how to let your students know that you are there for them.

Topics include:

    • Consistency in your course
    • Communicate with respect
    • Responding and grading on time
    • Nurturing respect and awareness of power balance

This presentation has been made available as an on-demand resource. Click here to watch the presentation.

Hosted by Laura Meoli-Ferrigon from the Office of Online Learning.

Easy graphic design for faculty








You don’t have to be a graphic designer or use expensive software to incorporate eye-catching imagery into your courses. Watch this replay of our beginner level tutorial for SPH faculty.

Topics include:

  • Quick and easy graphic design principles that help with student recall & engagement
  • Free resources for easy graphic design that makes a big impact
  • Tips for improving your Powerpoint slides
  • Practical ways to incorporate imagery into your course

This presentation has been made available as an on-demand resource. Click here to watch the presentation.

In 2021, the CUNY Innovative Teaching Academy kicked off a new and virtual teaching workshop series called Teaching Matters. This series is a monthly, free, one-hour summit of CUNY faculty and staff devoted to sharing innovative teaching strategies and student-centered learning methods. Each gathering includes a focused, interactive and engaged peer-to-peer workshop, and a few practical teaching tips that can be used in any classroom.

Take a look at the CUNY Teaching Matters Website for access to past events and to register for future webinars.

Need help?

​We facilitate live training sessions for faculty to assist with course development, design and/or technical issues. Register for our upcoming Blackboard & pedagogical events above, or reach out to set up a 1-on-1 tutorial. You can also browse our blog for tutorials and find answers to FAQs below.

Helpful Resources for Faculty

  • The Teaching and Learning Resources CUNY SPH Faculty Blackboard Organization is a space is for all CUNY SPH faculty to collaborate and share ideas around best practices for pedagogy, teaching and learning. Discuss and share resources, gain access to on-demand learning resources, and find important information anytime. 
  • Download the latest syllabus template for the latest academic policies to include in your courses.
  • Download our Online Course Manual to learn about course creation from end to beginning.
  • If you’re looking to build a course from scratch and want a step by step guide, email us to enroll in a self-paced Blackboard Basics training course. (Include EMPLID/CUNYFirst ID number)​
  • Review the 6 units of the ACUE Online Toolkit (each has sub-units) 
  • Learning Science Weekly curates excellent content for educators. Sign up for their weekly newsletter or browse their website.
  • provides free online webinars & resources for educators.
  • Take a look at the multimedia content our office produces.

New to CUNY SPH?

Whether you’re new to our school, or you’ve been around and are looking for a refresher, watch our orientation video below. To find out more about the Onboarding process, please take a look at this article.

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Meet the team

Sergio Costa
Director, Office of Online Learning & Interim Assistant Dean for Digital Learning, Marketing and Communications

Dr. Sergio Costa teaches courses in social behavioral health and policy at CUNY SPH. His research interests include ​digital innovation in pedagogy, educational technology, future of workforce and education, political and social science approaches to public health inquiry and related areas. Before joining CUNY SPH, Dr. Costa was Director of Distance Learning at the University of Nebraska Medical Center – College of Public Health, and worked several years at Pearson Education on innovative educational services for college students.

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Laura Meoli-Ferrigon
Manager of Learning Design & Multimedia Innovation 

Laura Meoli-Ferrigon holds an M.S. in Instructional Design & Delivery from Manhattan College and a B.A. in Film & TV Production from CUNY Brooklyn College. Laura assists faculty with course development, instructional design support and training. She is an integral part of the school’s innovation in education and creative projects, including the Making Public Health Personal Podcast, which she hosts and produces. Laura is a seasoned educator, filmmaker, podcaster, and author with over 16 years of experience. Her achievements include a NY Emmy Award, seven Telly Awards and multiple film festival wins.