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Information for New Faculty

Welcome to USD! The following will help you get started with Blackboard Olé, the learning management system used at the University of San Diego.

Blackboard provides faculty, students, and staff with a robust, full-featured set of tools for managing online classes to enhance student learning. The tools include the ability to provide digital content for courses, including syllabi, lectures, quizzes, and assignment submission, while also providing an opportunity to collaborate online through chat, message boards, and web conferencing.

If you have any questions about Blackboard, please contact the iTeam at x7900 or

Attend a Blackboard 9.1 New Users Workshop

Sign up for a Blackboard Essentials training to learn about Blackboard policies and procedures at USD, as well as basic Blackboard functions such as uploading documents, posting grades, communicating with students, and more.

Request a Sandbox course

A Sandbox is a practice course that is useful for testing out the new and improved features of Blackboard 9.1, or for building your coursework ahead of schedule. (Students are not enrolled in Sandbox courses.) To request one or multiple Sandbox courses, please email

Get started with online resources

Expand upon the skills you learned in the New Users workshop. Peruse Blackboard's Instructor playlist on YouTube to help you gain practice with specific features or learn how to use a more advanced tool, and visit the Faculty Help tab within Blackboard to find out about Blackboard opportunities at USD and download software to make your Blackboard experience more efficient

Request your courses for the upcoming semester

Activate your courses using the form here. Alternatively, you can find it under the "Welcome to Olé" module on the login screen of Olé.