Faculty Professional Development

instructional support and training logoInstructional Support and Training offers professional development to faculty at all skill levels. 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 faculty offerings with links to learn more. Each semester, find a fresh line-up of structured faculty workshops and hosted faculty events. Spaces are limited. 

Note: Separate in focus, ATS also facilitates campus-wide IT product trainings to support student and staff skill acquisition. 



Blackboard Orientation

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Blackboard Orientation will get faculty started building their course in Blackboard. 

Offered several times at each semester, Blackboard Orientation is suggested for all USD Blackboard faculty before Requesting a Blackboard Course Shell. Learn Blackboard's basic functions, USD’s custom integration and support services, and the tools. Faculty who cannot make an on campus Blackboard Orientation workshop, can take Blackboard Orientation Online

Blackboard Professional 'LIFT' Workshops

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LIFT Workshops target specific areas of teaching and learning that can be improved by leveraging specific Blackboard tools and features.

Using deep tool knowledge, expert facilitators will guide you through best practices and pedagogical strategies for effective tool application. 

chalkboard with drawings of gears and leversBb Course Design |1.5 hr - Optimize usability to improve learner engagement.

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Bb Grade Center and Feedback |1.5 hr - Simplify your grading and administration. 

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Bb Exams and Assessments |1.5 hr - Learn best practices for exam creation and deployment.

purple slide words say driving learning outcomesBb Collaboration Tools |1.5 hr - Build connections that foster student achievement. 

Learn@Lunch Series

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Catered, informal luncheons for special topics, product demos, practice, and discussions. Topics rotate, but lunch is always on us!

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. Learn more...

Faculty BootCamp




Pre-semester, drop-in work sessions with onsite one-on-one team support. 

Just before the start of each semester, the CDIL carves out two or three consecutive days for faculty to drop-in in to receive on-the-spot support and wrap-around training from the CDIL staff. Bring course materials and 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!

Vendor-Expert Webinars

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Leverage USD-licensed vendor trainings and expert webinars on the On Demand training page: 

voicethread logo     VoiceThread beginning to advanced, many interest-specific offerings

turnitinlogo Live Experts address assignment set-up workflows and best practices. 

respondus logo   Test integrity, administration. Proctoring with Lockdown Browser.