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Center for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technologies (CTLET)

The Center for Teaching, Learning and Educational Technologies is committed to inspiring, promoting, and supporting teaching and learning that is effective, engaging and rewarding.

In support of this mission CTLET provides:

  • Online tutorials, email, phone and live-support-room services to all faculty, students and staff for all educational technologies including Blackboard/LMS

  • Venues and opportunities for faculty and students to learn about a variety of effective, engaging and rewarding teaching and learning strategies

  • Guidance and thought leadership on classroom design and provisioning of technologies for enabling, facilitating and supporting effective and engaging teaching and learning strategies

  • Guidance and thought leadership for the assessment of teaching and learning Media Equipment and Classroom Technologies Services

Students, faculty and staff in need of media equipment, including photo or video cameras, mobile projectors, projection screens, speakers, lecterns, audio or video recorders, laptops and microphones can contact the team by phone, email or walk-in to reserve equipment, schedule delivery and pickup or make an appointment for in-class support.

Media Production Services for Students, Faculty and Staff

Students, faculty and staff can request videotaping or life streaming of events or for instructional or college-related promotional purposes.

Academic Computing Facilities

Contact Center and Technical Support: The York College Contact Center (Service Desk) provides both technical and non-technical support for faculty, staff and students throughout the entire campus. We are located in Room 2E03 and the Library. During peak periods we may have satellite locations located in the Atrium and other locations around campus. We support many student related services during normal and extended hours. Using a 311-type system unique to York called, YConnect, we are able to deliver a consistent service experience for all your technical and non-technical needs. The York Contact Center may be reached at ext. 5300 or you can visit us on the Service Desk webpage.

College-Wide Computer Network: The Department of Information Technology provides College-wide computer network connections to support all academic and administrative areas of the College. Office and lab computers on campus are connected to the network, thus providing a seamless sharing of the computer resources. The high-speed WAN links connect the York College Network to the University Computer Center (UCC), thereby providing high-speed redundant Internet access throughout the College.

The on-campus network resources such as personal network storage can be accessed from off-campus locations through a secure Virtual Private Network (VPN). Many research databases which are available to York students, faculty, and staff can also be accessed from outside of York's Campus using the VPN.

Wireless Access: The York Wireless Network may be accessed from almost anywhere on campus, such as lecture halls, the Library, Atrium, conference rooms, faculty dining room and student cafeteria. This enables students, faculty, and staff to have wireless access to the College and Internet resources from their laptops and hand-held devices.

E-mail Services: Through a CUNY-wide partnership with Microsoft, we are offering students a state-of-the-art email and communication suite. Using this account students can access online-email, shared calendars and chatting with 24/7 availability. Additionally students will have free access to the standard Microsoft suite of applications: MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Web Services: The York Web Team provides accounts for all students, faculty, and staff to develop and publish web pages in support of their academic pursuits. Additionally we provide support for York TV and York Radio.

Computer Labs: A large number of Internet-capable computers are assigned to college-wide computer labs, specialized departmental labs, learning centers, the Library, and faculty offices to support instruction and research. The Classroom Building (second floor) houses a college wide drop-in lab. Additionally, six of the college's 15 classroom computer labs are located at this site. These labs are fully equipped with networked computers, networked laser printers, and each contains a high resolution LCD data/video projector that allows computer images to be projected onto a large screen to enhance class instruction.

Computer Software: An expanding software library housed in the Computer Lab (C201-Classroom Building) currently contains more than 600 standard and specialized titles recommended by faculty in support of academic offerings at the College. The software collection is continually updated in response to program requirements. Special software is also available for students with special needs. The York College Computer Software Catalog can be obtained in Room 4G02 in the Academic Core.

Periodicals, reports, documentation for software and hardware, software evaluation journals, and indexes are also available in the software library. Through the CUNY site-licensing program, the Center makes available additional licensed software titles to support instruction and research. For more information visit the CUNY Computer Software Site Licenses website or contact the site-licensing liaison (CL201).

Specialized Computer Facilities

The Department of Information Technology provides support for a series of specialized computer facilities. Music students use computers and sound interfaces in the lower level computer lab (AC-LL02) to create and study music. The Fine Arts computer laboratory (1A01) is equipped with Macintosh computers, organizers and printers. The SEEK computer lab provides networked computers to meet the needs of SEEK students (1C08). The Testing Center has networked computers and dedicated laboratories for evaluating prospective students and for the support of students with special needs (1G05). The Student Government provides funding to support a networked computer lab for drop-in use by students (3rd Floor-Academic Core). The Collaborative Learning Center (1C18) contains computers and printers for student use during tutoring sessions. Networked computers are also housed in several natural sciences and social sciences departmental labs interfacing with specialized lab equipment. Networked computers are placed in all faculty offices and labs for curriculum development and research.

The York College Library has the largest installed base of Internet accessible computers for electronic searches of databases and Internet resources for students, faculty and staff. They also house a portion of the York College Information Technology Service Desk for supporting many student related services.

Smart Classrooms and Lecture Halls: All classrooms and lecture halls provide connectivity to the campus network infrastructure. Many classrooms are Smart Classrooms that are equipped with state-of-art computers, interactive panels, large screens or interactive whiteboards, and audiovisual equipment. It provides the tools for faculty to incorporate a wide range of media in the instruction and to enrich student learning experience.

Classroom Support Services: All classroom service makes possible the presentation of a wide variety of media in the classroom. Circulating equipment includes: LCD projectors with laptops, VHS videocassette decks, CD and DVD players, LCD monitor carts with DVD and VHS players, and a wide variety of PA systems with microphones.

Media Collection: York College's Media Collection, housed in AC- 4G02, consists of various educational media titles on VHS and DVD which are available for instructional use. The media catalog can be accessed online.

CUNY Instructional Materials Consortium: Through its participation in the CUNY Instructional Materials Consortium, the Media Center provides faulty access to a collection of more than 20,000 titles of film and video from other CUNY colleges that can be borrowed for classroom use. Requests must be received at least two weeks prior to date of anticipated use. For titles and descriptions, access the database through CUNY and online.

Language Labs: The Language Learning labs make available current technology for both group instruction and individual learning in language acquisition and other disciplines. The Language labs are equipped with computer learning stations with audio and video cassette players, offering a variety of foreign language programs: French, German, Italian, Spanish, and ESL.

The Bridge at York College: A "makerspace" hands-on laboratory serving the entire York College community where faculty, staff, and students can come together to design and build projects. It also provides access to materials, tools, and technologies that allow for hands-on exploration and participatory learning. The Academic Computing and Educational Technology department regularly conducts workshops in areas like basic circuit soldering, 3D scanning and printing, micro-controller programming and more, open to all faculty, staff, and students. As well any interested faculty, staff, or student can propose and conduct classes, labs and/ or workshops in the space from any discipline.

Library Services

The Library provides a broad, balanced collection for academic research and a space for collaboration and individual study. The Library has 14 group study rooms, large tables for group work, and dozens of individual study carrels that are equipped with electrical outlets. The Library has 220 computers, 20 laptops, 20 iPads, 5 scanners, 7 printers, 7 photocopy machines, and 2 pay stations (at which users can set up accounts to print and copy). There are also six desktop magnifiers that comply with ADA standards for patrons with low vision. Most of the Library's print collection is available in open stacks and is arranged according to the Library of Congress classification scheme. The present collection includes over 161,000 print books, over one million e-books, 38 current periodical titles in print, plus over 220,000 online full-text open access and subscription journals, newspapers, and popular magazines.

Special collections include the Bassin Collection, the James Como Collection, the Kenneth Adams Collection, the Paule Marshall Collection, Library of American Civilization, representative American and foreign newspapers, American Federation of Labor Records, John L. Lewis Papers, Morris Hillquit Papers, Papers of the NAACP, and the United Negro College Fund Archives. The Library's subject liaisons serve 26 academic disciplines and programs. York's faculty members are strongly encouraged to participate in the Library's collection development to ensure the Library provides an up-to-date and comprehensive collection that meets the research needs of students and faculty in every discipline. Faculty members are also encouraged to place copies of their course textbooks in the Library's Reserve Collection, and to place electronic copies of materials on e-reserve [insert new footnote 17:].

The Library cooperates closely with all academic departments in making available special reserves and loans. Patrons must have an active CUNY First account whenever materials are borrowed. With the exception of reference and reserve materials, students may check out books for a period of eight weeks.

The Library's holdings are augmented locally through interlibrary loan arrangements. Two services, CLICS and ILLiad, make local, national, and international resources available to faculty, staff, and students. CUNY Libraries Inter-Campus Services (CLICS) allows individuals to request materials from other CUNY libraries. For those materials unavailable through CLICS, students, faculty, and staff may file an interlibrary loan (ILL) request via the ILLiad service.

The Library's electronic resources are accessible from off-campus by logging in with the CUNY Login (the same credentials used for Blackboard and/or CUNYfirst), or after logging in with a York Virtual Private Network account (VPN).

Library faculty members teach information literacy classes. Requests for information literacy classes are arranged via an online form on the Library's homepage. Professors should contact the Library to arrange a class whenever students must write a paper, complete a project, or give an oral presentation. One-on-one research assistance is provided at the Library's Reference Desk.

The Reference Desk is staffed by a librarian whenever the Library is open and classes are in session, and reference is also provided online via a chat box on the Library website. York's library faculty members also provide individual research consultations, arranged by appointment at

Food and drinks (except bottled water) are not allowed in the Library and cell phones and electronic devices should be set on silent or vibrate mode.

The Library is open twelve months per year. The hours during the Fall and Spring semesters will be:

  • Monday to Thursday, 9:00 A.M. - 9:00 P.M. on campus

  • Friday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. on campus.

  • Saturday, 9:00 A.M. - 5:00 P.M. on campus.

  • Sunday, CLOSED

Remote Chat services are also still available, with help from both York and other CUNY librarians. Please check the Library Hours webpage for Winter and Summer session hours and for schedule changes.

CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP)

(Dept. of Foreign Languages/ESL/Humanities)

Admissions policy changes within CUNY have resulted in diminishing opportunities for students whose native language is not English. In response, the University established the Language Immersion Program to meet the needs of entering freshmen whose limited English proficiency is likely to be a barrier to their academic success and who choose to spend more time learning English in an academic environment before formally enrolling in their college courses.

CLIP-York, established in 1996, is designed to improve the participants' overall preparedness for college study and enhance their understanding of the non-academic aspects of the college experience. CLIP offers 25 hours a week of instruction in day and evening sessions for three cycles. As participation in the program is voluntary, students may wish to exit the program and join their home campus at the end of any given cycle. Enrollment in the program allows students to not only improve their skills, but to save their financial aid for courses that fulfill graduation requirements.

The program's instructional philosophy reflects a holistic approach to language development that integrates listening, speaking, reading, and writing in the context of academic preparation. Students are also introduced to the use of libraries and the internet for research purposes, with an emphasis on developing the skills of enquiry, critique, and analysis. Another programmatic focus of CLIP is to facilitate CLIP students' interaction with the larger college community and to enhance their awareness of the multiple facets of the college culture. To this end, numerous orientation sessions and workshops are organized in any given cycle.

York College is the only college where CLIP is housed in an academic unit, the Department of Foreign Languages/ESL/Humanities. This ensures that the students make the smoothest and most successful transition to the regular campus programs. Since its establishment, CLIP-York has contributed to the academic success of thousands of students who came in with substantial linguistic - and often academic - needs. For information, go to Room SC 114, call 718-262-3766 or visit the CLIP Website.

Study Abroad

York College strongly encourages students to participate in study-abroad programs organized by CUNY colleges and other institutions. Students have the opportunity to take classes during short summer and winter intersession, or spend an entire semester or two. Students do not have to speak a foreign language; most classes are offered in English. For further information, consult the Study Abroad website.

CUNY Aviation Institute at York College

Established in 2003, The City University of New York Aviation Institute at York College is the first CUNY institute to focus specifically on Aviation Management an initiative funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The CUNY Aviation Institute at York College is committed to a transformative and enriching aviation education, one that promotes a holistic development of our students through a delivery of innovative programs and services that are responsive to the needs of students. The Institute addresses emerging issues, and fosters industry and community relationships to ensure a success aviation career, the advancement of the aviation industry and betterment for the communities in which we live.

Prospective students interested in an exciting career in the aviation industry may enroll in the Bachelor or Master of Science in Aviation Management degrees within the Department of Business and Economics.

The Aviation Management programs are designed for students seeking to lead and manage in the world of aviation. Balancing key aviation concepts with advanced business strategy, the curriculum provides students a solid foundation of aviation expertise, industry standards, principles of management, and leadership delivered by aviation industry experts. The program explores all facets of aviation management, including airport and airline economics, aeronautical science, accounting, marketing, environment, aviation safety, assets protection and global business strategies. This approach to aviation education gives the student added value over aviation programs by focusing on the skills and knowledge required by today's industry. Upon graduation, students will be eligible and qualified candidates for desirable staff, operational, and executive positions within the aviation industry.

Please contact the CUNY Aviation Institute, Dr. Fenio Annansingh-Jamieson at 718-262-5289 or via email or on the CUNY Aviation Institute website.