Faculty Professional Development

Instructional Support and Training offers professional development to faculty at all skill levels. Faculty will learn how to deploy specific technologies to improve targeted areas of course delivery. Workshops pair modern instructional design strategies with advanced tools training and equip faculty with the knowledge and power to incorporate engaging and effective technologies. 

Below is a summary of iTeam faculty offerings with links to learn more. Each semester, faculty can return to the IT Training calendar and course catalog to find a fresh line-up of structured faculty workshops and hosted faculty events. Spaces are limited. 

Note: Separate in focus, ATS also provides campus-wide product trainings, and academically-oriented technology trainings to support student skill acquisition. 

Faculty Workshops

Blackboard Orientation 
- Basic Training
- Required for first USD Bb Course
- Offered on campus or fully online 

Blackboard Orientation provides foundational information on how to get started using a Blackboard course at USD. Learn Blackboard's basic functions, USD’s custom integration and support services, and the tools to get you started using a Blackboard course shell. 

Blackboard Course Innovations
- Structured workshops 
- Targeted tools
- Strategic improvements
- Effective pedagogy

Faculty at all levels will gain confidence and proficiency in applying specific Blackboard tools to improve areas of course design and delivery. Each workshop is offer two times a semester:  ​ 

  • Bb Course Design (1.5 hr)​
  • Bb Tests and Exams (1.5 hr)​
  • Bb Collaboration (1.5 hr)​
  • Bb Grade Center (1.5 hr)
  • Bb Turnitin (1.5 hr)​ 

Blackboard Migration Debrief
-Faculty focused
-Exciting milestones
-Transparent discussions
-Lunch is provided!

2018/19 will usher in monthly Blackboard Migration Debrief sessions for faculty. Celebrate our progress towards migrating to a cloud hosted environment and discover the new enablements of coming your way. Salient topics on the migration timeline will be presented, providing faculty with a future-forward gaze and lots of opportunty for questions and dicussion. Lunch will be provided! Please RSVP. 

Faculty Technology Bootcamp
 - Pre-semester work session
 - Bi-annually, Fall/Spring 
 - Two consecutive Drop-In days
 - No need to register

Just before the start of each semester, the iTeam carves out two consecutive days for faculty to drop-in in to receive on-the-spot support and wrap-around training from the iTeam staff. Bring course materials come with questions, and drop-in anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. Remember to RSVP to the Faculty Wine and Cheese social held at the end of Bootcamp!
Learn@Lunch Series
-Catered, informal
-Expert demonstration
-Peer discussions

Each semester, Instructional Support and Training hosts a few, informal sessions for faculty to enjoy a catered lunch with their peers while learning a technology tool and strategy to enhance their course delivery. Learn@Lunch sessions incorporate an expert demonstration, facilitated peer discussion, and hands-on tech time supported by the iTeam staff.

Product-Expert Webinars 

 - Higher-ed topics
 - USD licensed (seasonally)
 - USD faculty credentials

Leverage USD supported products and licensed vendor trainings on the On Demand training page: 
  • VoiceThread Beginning to Advanced Topics 
  • Turnitin Live Expert Webinars
  • Respondus 4.0 Lockdown Browser
  • Qualtrics