FDD 2020 FAQs-Participants

Questions about our first ever virtual Faculty Development Day?

Read on for some of our most frequently asked questions and our responses.


Where is Faculty Development Day being held for Fall 2020?

Faculty Development Day will take place virtually this year through synchronous Zoom meetings.  We are online because the COVID-19 pandemic prohibits gatherings of more than 25 people without extensive social distancing. On the morning of FDD (8/25/20), the  Zoom links will be available on the dropdown menu FDD 2020 Zoom Webinar Links. Feel free to contact us if you need further information at our contact below.

What’s so exciting about FDD? Why should I participate?

Faculty Development Day happens only twice each year. FDD provides the primary time and space of the academic year for faculty to connect with each other, to explore teaching and learning across disciplines, and to discuss issues of college-wide concern together. Faculty who participate contribute to increased community and professionalism in addition to improving the overall excellence of our work with students and peers. Each person who attends brings something unique and important to our discussions and takes away unique and important resources shared throughout the day.

Do I have to register in order to attend? Where can I RSVP?

Yes, everyone who attends, including presenters, must register. Please RSVP on the link provided on the homepage dropdown menu “Fall 2020 Registration and Feedback”. Please help us plan effectively for the day by clicking this link to RSVP. If you are not able to register and want to attend, please email the TLC for assistance: tlc@jjay.cuny.edu.

What are the technical requirements to participate?

To access the webinar, participants will need the following:

  • A computer/smartphone/laptop/tablet with a screen
  • Internet access 
  • Headphones or speakers (built-in or external) 
  • An up-to-date operating system on your device
  • John Jay Login credentials 

*If you have not used Zoom before, please test your computer to make sure you meet the minimum technical requirements.

Do I have to attend the sessions for which I registered?

No. You are not required to attend the sessions for which you registered. If you change your mind about your preferences, please feel free to join a different session. We will take attendance at each session for the presenters’ convenience and our own records.

The session information can be found on our FDD website on the FDD Fall 2020 Program page under the FDD FALL 2020 tab. Click here for easy access. The program contains the session times, titles, presenter names, and abstracts.

Will the presenters make their session resources available after FDD?

Yes, after FDD most presenters will share electronic versions of their session resources with the TLC. These will be located on the FDD website under Past FDD Session Resources. Take a look at past sessions for helpful materials you may want to use.

What do I need to do to see the livestream sessions?

The livestream sessions can be seen by accessing the Zoom session links. You can watch these with your computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. We will send access instructions to registrants before FDD. No extra technology beyond the standard desktop, laptop, or smartphone should be needed.

Are John Jay staff welcome to attend?

First, of course, we are happy to include John Jay staff in FDD. However, the day has traditionally been focused on faculty as a community, and given the strong focus on teaching and learning as well as faculty-specific concerns, those staff who work directly with faculty development and/or teach part-time are most likely to benefit from the day.

Are outside of John Jay guests welcome to attend?

Outside of John Jay guests are welcome to attend if they are presenting information or special guests whose presence has been requested by the College. We respectfully ask that other guests wait for other opportunities to interact with our faculty and staff.

I want to make suggestions for improvement or give credit for excellent presentations: how can I make my voice heard?

Fantastic! Thank you. We will be sharing a feedback survey via email to attendees after FDD. If you’d like to be heard beforehand, please contact the TLC at the email and phone number provided below.


Have a question not covered above? Please contact the TLC: tlc@jjay.cuny.edu