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Welcome to the USD Information Technologies Tutorials site.

All workshops continue to be offered at no charge to students, faculty, and staff at USD. So take advantage and register for the training you want today!

NEW! Faculty Learn at Lunch
Register today for a FREE Faculty Learn at Lunch to take an 90 minute in-depth focus on our newer academic technologies: Collaborate, Turnitin, Mediasite and Mobile Device Apps.

NEW! Student Quickstart 30 minute trainings in Serra 205
Check out the latest whiteboard schedule in Serra 205 for quick tips & tricks sessions including a tour of Blackboard, Excel basics, and a comparison of Presentation tools you can use to make your semester start off successfully.

Training Calendar for Workshops
View the calendar or sign-up for one of the topics below to get started. These instructor-led workshops taught in a classroom lab of less than 15 participants gives you the chance to learn software and applications hands-on.

Customized Departmental Training
Tell us about your specific departmental needs. You handle booking the campus location and we identify and provide a qualified trainer for your chosen training topic. Perfect for groups of 8 or more that need a tailored solution.

On-Demand Training
Choose from our limited list of courses offered and we will pair you with a training solution that fits your needs.

Lynda.com (Request a 2 Week Trial Account)
USD has partnered with Lynda.com to provide on-demand software training to all campus users. Lynda training offers nearly 110,000 video tutorials on leading software topics like Microsoft Office, Adobe Creative Suite, audio and video editing applications, and many more. These high-quality tutorials are taught by industry experts and available 24/7 for convenient, self-paced learning.

Featured online training:Microsoft Office EndNote | Qualtrics | Turnitin | MATLAB and Simulink

Cancellation Policy

If you cannot attend a workshop for which you have registered, we do appreciate you taking the time to cancel. Frequently, instructors will prepare hand-outs and cancelling will help save valuable energy and resources.

NEW! Faculty Learn at Lunch
Register today for a FREE Faculty Learn at Lunch (1pm - 2:30pm) to take an 90 minute in-depth focus on our newer academic technologies:

April 25 - Mediasite and May 9 - Mobile Device Apps

Faculty: Visit the Instructional Technology site for information about other technology events.

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  • Adobe Contribute for Departments - Day 1

    Introductory Web Development

    May 6 at 9 a.m.

    Attend Contribute for Departments to learn how to use the Contribute software to maintain departmental websites at USD. Topics will include creating web pages and editing existing pages by inserting text and links, making lists, adding images and creating tables to better display your information. This class is geared toward beginners and covers the specifics of maintaining a website at USD.

  • Adobe Contribute for Departments - Day 2

    Introductory Web Development

    May 8 at 9 a.m.

    Attend Contribute for Departments to learn how to use the Contribute software to maintain departmental websites at USD. Topics will include creating web pages and editing existing pages by inserting text and links, making lists, adding images and creating tables to better display your information. This class is geared toward beginners and covers the specifics of maintaining a website at USD.

  • Blackboard Collaborate

    Introductory Learn at Lunch Series

    Three classes: May 6 at 12:15 p.m.; June 18 at 1 p.m.; or July 10 at 1 p.m.

    Blackboard Collaborate is an online meeting platform integrated with Blackboard where you schedule sessions to hold virtual office hours, conduct virtual class while on travel, or pre-record lectures or exam reviews that your students can watch on-demand.

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard: Communication (Forums, Blogs, ect)

    Introductory Blackboard Training

    June 17 at 1 p.m.

    This workshop will focus on communication tools within your Blackboard course. You will learn strategies for using email, discussion boards and blogs/journals. You'll also learn how to create student groups and enable group features such as a file exchange, group discussion board, and more. The Email and Announcements tools will also be covered.

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard: Grade Center & Assignments

    Introductory Blackboard Training

    Two classes: June 18 at 10 a.m.; or Sept. 2 at 10 a.m.

    This workshop will cover setting up your Grade Center from scratch, including organizing the Grade Center, adding graded items, creating grade categories, designing and applying grading schemas, weighting your grades, downloading/uploading your grades to an excel spreadsheet, and setting up Smart Views for easier viewing of grade data by section or other criteria.

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard: New Users

    Introductory Blackboard Training

    Seven classes: May 14 at 10 a.m.; May 29 at 12:15 p.m.; June 17 at 10 a.m.; July 8 at 10 a.m.; July 30 at 10 a.m.; Aug. 19 at 10 a.m.; or Aug. 29 at 1 p.m.

    Whether you are the instructor for a course or the leader for an organization, this workshop will give you an overview of Blackboard navigation basics and will teach how to upload documents, leverage system tools and communicate with your students (course) or participants (organization).

  • EndNote

    Introductory Business Development Sessions

    July 22 at 10 a.m.

    This is an beginning workshop intended for those who have very little experience with EndNote and need to know both desktop and web version for their research project.

  • InDesign Basics

    Introductory Multimedia and Desktop Publishing

    May 9 at 10 a.m.

    It's your first time using InDesign and you want to see what it can do for your print projects.

  • Managing USD Website Content with Cascade Server

    Introductory Web Development

    May 8 at 2 p.m.

    Cascade Server is the new web content management solution (CMS) for the USD website. Learn the specifics of using Cascade Server to edit and manage content on your academic or departmental website here at the university.

  • Mobile Device Apps

    Introductory Learn at Lunch Series

    May 9 at 1 p.m.

    Join us to learn about strategies for finding mobile apps to use in creating a more connected and productive personal and professional work-life. Bring your device to class and we'll make sure you walk away with a few new free apps and some ideas of those you may want to purchase.

  • MS Access 2010

    Introductory Business Development Sessions

    April 28 at 10 a.m.

    Gain hands-on experience using the new MS Access 2010. Beginning with an introduction to the new "ribbon" navigation interface you will learn the basic elements of an Access database (tables and forms). You will also learn how to use the Wizard to create tables, forms, and reports, by building a task tracking database during the workshop.

  • MS Excel 2010 Intermediate

    Intermediate Business Development Sessions

    May 21 at 10 a.m.

    This course begins with a review of essential Excel skills and then moves into hands-on learning of intermediate level skills covering:

  • MS Excel 2010 Introduction

    Introductory Business Development Sessions

    May 15 at 10 a.m.

    Gain hands-on experience using Microsoft Excel. Step-by-step lessons introduce you to the "Ribbon" interface, working with multiple worksheets, and creating and modifying charts. We will also cover these topics: importing data, methods to sort your data, and how to build custom functions and formulas.

  • MS Powerpoint 2010 (PC)

    Introductory Business Development Sessions

    May 7 at 10 a.m.

    In this class, you will learn the basics of creating professional looking presentations. Step by step you will create a slide show that consists of background design, text, graphics, and charts. We'll work on formatting text, graphics, and importing graphics. You will learn how to use different views of PowerPoint such as slide view, outline view, sorter, and notes pages view.

  • MS Powerpoint 2011 (Mac)

    Introductory Business Development Sessions

    May 20 at 1 p.m.

    In this class, you will learn the basics of creating professional looking presentations. Step by step you will create a slide show that consists of background design, text, graphics, and charts. We'll work on formatting text, graphics, and importing graphics. You will learn how to use different views of PowerPoint such as slide view, outline view, sorter, and notes pages view.

  • MyMediaSite and MediaSite Desktop Recorder

    Introductory Learn at Lunch Series

    May 13 at 12:15 p.m.

    Instructors and staff can use MediaSite to create, upload, edit and share rich video from desktops, laptops and mobile devices.

  • Qualtrics Survey Tool

    Introductory Survey Tool

    Two classes: May 22 at 10 a.m.; or July 24 at 10 a.m.

    Qualtrics is designed as a 'do-it-yourself' tool for developing online surveys. In addition to collecting data for research, this tool can also be used to create online forms, such as workshop evaluation forms, feedback forms, evaluation of candidates for job searches, and voting ballots.

  • Social Media At-A-Glance

    Introductory Social Media

    April 22 at 2 p.m.

    Social media platforms Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn will be introduced. Participants will learn the basics of these three platforms including the terminology associated with each and primary features.

  • Student Blackboard Training

    Introductory Student Training

    April 29 at 12:15 p.m.

    Check out the latest whiteboard schedule in Serra 205 for quick tips & tricks sessions including a tour of the Blackboard Student Help tab, Excel basics (resizing, autofill), and a comparison of Presentation tools (Prezi, PowerPoint, HaikuDeck) you can use to make your semester start off successfully with technology.

  • Student Excel Training

    Introductory Student Training

    Two classes: April 24 at 12:15 p.m.; or May 15 at 12:15 p.m.

    Check out the latest whiteboard schedule in Serra 205 for quick tips & tricks sessions including a tour of the Blackboard Student Help tab, Excel basics (resizing, autofill), and a comparison of Presentation tools (Prezi, PowerPoint, HaikuDeck) you can use to make your semester start off successfully with technology.

  • Student Presentations Training

    Introductory Student Training

    Two classes: April 15 at 12:15 p.m.; or May 6 at 12:15 p.m.

    Check out the latest whiteboard schedule in Serra 205 for quick tips & tricks sessions including a tour of the Blackboard Student Help tab, Excel basics (resizing, autofill), and a comparison of Presentation tools (Prezi, PowerPoint, HaikuDeck) you can use to make your semester start off successfully with technology.

  • Turnitin

    Introductory Plagarism Detection

    April 24 at 1 p.m.

    Blackboard has two plagiarism detection options for assignments: SafeAssign and Turnitin. These solutions allow for student papers to be uploaded and then compared to previously submitted student papers.