Faculty Teaching

Faculty Teaching in Summer Session

Information for faculty teaching in Summer Session will be posted here. Please note that some details are shared via e-mail. See content at bottom of page for the dates and subjects of e-mails distributed.


Following approval of proposals by the school dean, faculty contracts will be e-mailed to all faculty in early February 2023. Contracts must be returned for the course to remain on the course schedule. Electronic acceptance of the contracts is acceptable. The deadline to return contracts is Friday, February 17.


SUNY Cortland will transition to Brightspace beginning with the Summer 2023 term. Detailed information related to the new learning management system is being sent weekly by Design Help.

Questions about how Brightspace works? Take a look at the Brightspace Knowledge Base articles. If there is something missing please let Design Help know! 

What should I be doing? 

  • Continue to prepare your Courses:  
  • Complete the SUNY DLE Brightspace Fundamentals Asynchronous Modules and earn your Brightspace Certification.
    • Log into myRedDragon 
    • Choose the Brightspace Tab  
    • Access Brightspace
    • Choose the DLE Brightspace Fundamentals course under My Courses.   

        If you are confident in the material being presented to you, skip to the Quiz. 

        Need Help? Email designhelp@cortland.edu   

        Design Help Walk-ins are Virtual!  

        Offered 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday until the end of May 2023 

        No appointment necessary! You can "drop-in" anytime via Webex during the scheduled Open Lab times above.
        Link to Design Help Webex Room  

        If these times do not match your schedule, if you would like to meet in person or if you need more than 15 minutes with your instructional designer, please schedule a meeting.  

        Student Access to Courses: As indicated in your contract, the Extended Learning Office has established contract dates for all courses/sessions. Students should have access to the syllabus or a course outline for assignments, quizzes, exams, etc. available in Brightspace for students to review 2 days prior to the start of each session. No additional course content would be expected until the start of the actual course/session. The additional time to review the syllabus ahead of the course beginning allows students to assess the workload of the course, in addition to other obligations they have in summer or winter (employment). Students have a very brief window of time to drop a course without incurring a liability in the condensed terms.

        It is important that students have access to all course materials on the first day of the session in order for the students to make an informed decision on continuing with the course. Please refer to the important dates and deadlines document for dates specific to each term.

        Registration activity will continue to fluctuate right through the first day of classes for each term. 

        Online Teaching Resources

        The SUNY Online Teaching Webinar Series is a great resource for new and returning faculty to online teaching. Recordings and resources are provided for past webinars offered since Fall 2020.

        Technology Help

        If you encounter any issues with accessing Blackboard, myRedDragon or other campus supported technology related to your course, you should contact The Help Center at 607-753-2500 or thc@cortland.edu.

        Supporting Students

        SUNY Online provides as extensive list of resources for supporting online student success

        The Registered Students page of the Summer Session website provides key information for students regarding payment, drop, and withdraw deadlines, as well as a digest of all communications that are sent to registered students via targeted messaging.

        The Starfish system is available to raise alerts or offer kudos to help our students stay engaged and empowered during their summer session.  Starfish learning opportunities will be provided ahead of and throughout Summer Session via WebEx.

        Tuesday, May 2 at 9 a.m.
        Monday, May 8 at 11:30 a.m.
        Thursday, June 1 at 9 a.m.
        Monday, June 15 at 2 p.m.

        If you need assistance in the meantime, visit the Starfish website for details or call 607-753-4726.


        Grades are due within 72 hours after the final examination, day of classes or culminating experience. Specific dates related to all terms will be available in the Important Dates and Deadlines link below. Reminders will be sent for each term from the Extended Learning Office.

        Grading information is provided on the Registrar's Office website.

        Students receiving incomplete grades in Summer Session should resolve them no later than the last week of classes in the Fall semester following. 

        E-mail Communications

        A listing of e-mails with details pertaining to Summer Session 2023 sent to all teaching faculty will be provided below. These e-mails are sent between January and August. Be sure to check your e-mail for the information noted. Design Help and Hailey Ruoff are also sending weekly e-mails regarding Brightspace.

        January 19, 2023 - Preliminary Course Listing Preview

        February 1, 2023 - Faculty Teaching Contracts

        February 24, 2023 - Brightspace - Additional Information on Migration (sent by Hailey Ruoff)

        March 9, 2023 - Break and Brightspace (sent by Hailey Ruoff)

        March 10, 2023 - Summer Session 2023 - Updates for Faculty

        March 20, 2023 - Course Section Merge Information (sent from Provost Office)

        April 3, 2023 - Summer Session 2023 - Marketing, Brightspace and Course Merging

        April 17, 2023 - Helpful Resources, Enrollment, Brightspace and Starfish

        May 1, 2023 - Pre-Term Information for Faculty

        May 15, 2023 - Summer Session 2023 - Faculty Contract Start Reminder

        Important Dates and Deadlines for Faculty

        Important Dates and Deadlines 

        The deadline to withdraw from a Session I course is Tuesday, June 6.
        The deadline to drop a Term B course is Wednesday, June 7.
        The deadline to withdraw from a 10-week or Term B course is Tuesday, June 13.

        Grades are due within 72 hours of the final exam or last day of classes. 

        Summer Holidays
        No classes shall be held or assignments shall be due in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 29, Juneteenth on Monday, June 19 and Independence Day on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4. Most offices are closed on these days.