It’s the beginning of a new semester, and by now you have taught all of your courses at least once (if not more times). This could be a good time to explore some shortcuts for looking at and exporting your class roster, so you can use it to familiarize yourself with your students and so you can take attendance.
Where is my class roster?
There are two places where you will find your class roster.
1. CUNYfirst, http://home.cunyfirst.cuny.edu
Go to the Faculty Center, browse to the “class roster” for one of your classes, and a list of your enrolled students will appear. The table includes information about your students’ undergraduate or graduate status and declared majors and minors (“Program and Plan” column), and their class standing (“Level” column). You can scan this information to learn about your students’ academic track. The table also lists special statuses (e.g., for students who withdraw from your class). The ID column lists your students’ EMPLIDs, which is CUNYfirst’s unique identifier number.
Student names in this column are hyperlinked with their email addresses, so this is a handy way for getting in touch with individual students (or with your entire class).
Within Blackboard, you can get a list of your students at the Grade Center or in the Users page of the Users and Groups area.
How do I download the roster?
Maybe you want to make a sign-in sheet, or want to create an offline gradebook, but you don’t feel like retyping everybody’s name.
Downloading the roster so you can manipulate it offline will save you lots of time.
1. In CUNYfirst, browse to the “class roster” page and look for the tiny “download” icon along the top of the table listing all of your students; the icon looks like this:
Click that icon (make sure pop-ups are enabled!) and you will be prompted to save an Excel file that will contain the same information as the table on the “class roster” page, so your students’ names will appear in a single column: Lastname,Firstname. A tutorial on how to download a class roster in CUNYfirst is available here.
2. In Blackboard, in the Grade Center area, click “Full Grade Center” and look for the “Work Offline” menu on the top right of the page. You get two options: “Upload” and “Download”. Select “Download”, and you will be given the option to download the entire grade center or just a selected grade column. Either choice will work, if all you want is your students’ first and last names, in separate columns. You have additional options about the way the data will display in the downloaded file. Make your selections, click “Submit”, and you will be taken to a new page where you will be able to download your file.