Support and Training

The Learning Design Center is available for on-demand support and training on the portfolio of educational technologies available to faculty at USD. Faculty can also seek support from the LDC on course administration processes like Gradebook help, system integrations and TA access requests.

Need help getting started with Blackboard? Check out the Teaching with Technology at USD resource center. 

Supported Technologies

  • Blackboard Learn
  • Blackboard Mobile Applications
  • Blackboard Collaborate
  • Turnitin
  • Respondus & Lockdown Browser
  • Voice Thread
  • Publisher Integrations
    • Pearson
    • Wiley
    • McGraw-Hill
    • Cengage

Instructional Design and Development

Learning Design Center utilizes proven instructional design models paired with modern graphic and web design to ensure courses are reflective of the University of San Diego quality educational standards. Our Instructional Designers and Technologist support program development through a comprehensive set of processes and services. Click on the presentation below to learn more about our Instructional Design methodology.

LDC Course Design Serivices



  • Audience Analysis (program data, student assessment data, demographics, enrollments, course pre-requisites)
  • Course Needs Analysis (based on Evaluation and Audience Analysis)
  • Instructor Readiness Assessment (course design and technology professional development)
  • Course Redesign Goals (course, instructor, and institutional alignment)



  • Course Materials Checklist
  • Course Modules or Template
  • Course Design and Content: Mapping (learning objectives, content outline, learning strategies and technologies, outline of aligned activities and assessments)
  • Content Design Strategy or Style Guide

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  • Course Development/Build in Blackboard (for full course and development)
  • Project Management (Time, Resource Allocation)
  • Quality Assurance Check


Delivery / Implementation

  • Professional Training for Teaching Online
  • Student Orientation and Faculty Support
  • Job Aids and Support Materials 

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  • QM Course Review 
  • Course Improvement Overview 
  • Student Evaluations
  • Assessment Data
  • Program Design and Implementation Data for Accreditation
  • Course Improvement Overview