Faculty Professional Development

iTeam Faculty Workshops

Each semester, Academic Technology Services (ATS) and Instructional Support and Training offer a series of Professional Development courses for faculty who are interested in expanding the use of Blackboard with sound best practices and pedagogy. Faculty at all skill levels are encouraged to register for one or more of these tailored workshops, and learn how to deploy specific technologies to improve targeted areas of course delivery. The goal of each workshop is to pair modern instructional design strategies with advanced tools training such that faculty become equipped with the knowledge and power to transform their course to more engaging learning.

Explore the offerings below. Register by browsing the sequence of semesterly offerings on the Faculty Training Schedule or on the IT Training Calendar. Spaces are limited.


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
- Course improvements
- Applied 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)​ 

Blackboard Migration Debrief
-Faculty focused
-Exciting progress
-Transparent discussions
-Lunch, lunch, lunch

Fall '18 is dedicated to our monthly Blackboard Migration Debrief 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. 

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.

Faculty Technology Bootcamp
 - Pre-semester work session
 - Two consecutive Drop-In days
 - No need to register

Just before the start of each semester, the iTeam carves out two consecutive days in which faculty are encouraged to drop-in in to receive on-the-spot support and training from the iTeam staff. Bring course materials come with questions, and drop-in anytime between 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM.