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ITS Tutorials

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.

Thirty (30) minute Blackboard Bit training is designed to provide Faculty with quick valuable information to apply the same day! Check the calendar and register for Blackboard Bit courses. You'll be glad you did!

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

Request an Individual On-Demand Training
Best for a specific consult on a task or workflow you, as an individual need to accomplish. Choose from our limited list of topics offered and we will pair you with a training solution that fits your needs. (Request a 2 Week Trial Account)
USD has partnered with to provide on-demand software training to faculty and staff. The training library offers nearly 110,000 tutorials on leading software topics like Microsoft Office, SPSS, Adobe Creative Suite, Blackboard, 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 self-paced training: Adobe |  Microsoft Office EndNote | Qualtrics | Turnitin | MATLAB and Simulink

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

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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.



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  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard Bits: Achievements

    Introductory Blackboard Training

    Dec. 1 at 10 a.m.

    Instructors can motivate their students and indicate accomplishments by using digital badges. Learn how to create these achievements and badges using Blackboard.

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard Bits: Embedding Content

    Intermediate Blackboard Training

    Oct. 13 at 10 a.m.

    Learn how to make your content more visually appealing by embedding it into Blackboard! You'll learn how to use to make content more visually appealing and practice embedding YouTube videos, Twitter feeds, and more!

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard Bits: Rubrics

    Intermediate Blackboard Training

    Oct. 20 at 10 a.m.

    Streamline your grading with Rubrics! Learn how to create and apply a rubric to an assignment in Blackboard and how it can save you time in the grading process.

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard Bits: Tests & Quizzes

    Intermediate Blackboard Training

    Nov. 3 at 10 a.m.

    Learn how to create and deploy tests in Blackboard and how to have your test randomly select questions from a test bank or pool to give each student a different experience.

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard Bits: Visual Design

    Intermediate Blackboard Training

    Nov. 10 at 10 a.m.

    In this session, you'll learn how to make your Blackboard course more visually appealing and easier to navigate. You'll gain practice customizing settings and colors, reordering and modifying the navigation menu, and more.

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard: Essentials

    Introductory Blackboard Training

    Four classes: Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.; Oct. 27 at 10 a.m.; Nov. 17 at 10 a.m.; or Dec. 17 at 1 p.m.

    This course is designed to give faculty, staff, and teaching assistants the foundation to build a Blackboard course or organization. It is a prerequisite before having a course activated in Blackboard.

  • Blackboard Training

    Blackboard: Grade Center

    Introductory Blackboard Training

    Two classes: Nov. 11 at 10 a.m.; or Dec. 10 at 1 p.m.

    Prerequisite: Before you attend this training, please have completed either Blackboard Essentials or have the ability to demonstrate proficiency with basic Blackboard components.

  • Cascade Server: Managing USD Website Content

    Introductory Web Development

    Three classes: Oct. 14 at 1 p.m.; Oct. 27 at 9 a.m.; or Dec. 1 at 9 a.m.

    Cascade Server is the 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.

  • Learn@Lunch: Curatr

    Introductory Miscelleneous

    Oct. 29 at 12:45 p.m.

    Looking for a new way to present materials? Try your hands using Curatr, an online presentation tool using digital curation, gamification, and social learning! Professor Simon Croom will show best practices and how he used this tool to teach a popular MOOC (Massive Open Online Course).

  • Learn@Lunch: Using Video for Student Communication

    Introductory Learn at Lunch Series

    Nov. 19 at 12:45 p.m.

    Scott Lundergan, Digital Media/Video Production Specialist, will provide an overview of how to communicate with your students using video tools:

  • Blackboard Training


    Introductory Blackboard Training

    Dec. 8 at 10 a.m.

    This session will involve a webinar that will provide you an opportunity to learn about Turnitin's new building block, including Peermark, a peer assessment tool, and other new features you'll find very useful!