FREE VoiceThread training!

FVoicethread logoaculty: want to learn how to have your students create virtual presentations or conduct oral or video discussions? Look no further than VoiceThread!  On Friday, October 28, at 12:30pm VoiceThread will be conducting a customized training for USD faculty. In this online session, participants will learn the basic features of VoiceThread. An expert VoiceThread trainer will share a variety of examples from real courses and show you how VoiceThread works in the Blackboard environment.

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Content to users outside of a Blackboard course (Passes)

What if a student is waitlisted and still needs access to course materials? Or you are collaborating with a user who is not at USD and s/he needs access to course content? Faculty users in Blackboard can issue a Pass!

Passes allow faculty to share a file, folder, or entire course worth of content to any user. Passes generate a shareable URL that can be set to expire on any date.

Click the Content Collection tab to get started, and follow the directions on this page or this  handout!

Free VoiceThread Webinars Workshops!

Are you ready to use VoiceThread this year? We can help you master the basic features with these hands-on workshops.

VoiceThread Basics 1 – Upload, Comment, and Share
September 7 at 7:00pm ET Register here

Participants will learn how to upload media, comment and annotate on that media, and share it with others. This will be a slow paced, step-by-step, hands-on workshop. It is open to both VoiceThread license holders and free members.

VoiceThread Basics 2 – Groups and Secure Sharing
September 14 at 7:00pm ET Register here

We will begin to explore the features available to VoiceThreaders with a full license. Participants will learn how to create groups, set sharing permissions within those groups, and privately share VoiceThreads with individuals.

VoiceThread Basics 3 – Moderating Comments, Private and Threaded Replies, and Copying
September 21 at 7:00pm ET Register here

In our third workshop in the series, participants will learn how to use comment moderation to formatively assess student work, give private feedback, use threaded commenting, and copy VoiceThreads for use with multiple groups.

VoiceThread Basics 4 – VoiceThread and your LMS
September 28 at 7:00pm ET Register here

We will work on integrating VoiceThread into a learning management system. With LMS integration educators can create and share VoiceThreads and grade student work seamlessly. Participants will learn how to use the assignment builder feature to assess student work during a hands-on segment.

About the Workshops

These workshops are completely free.  Each one is led by George Haines, an instructional designer, online educator, and former K-12 teacher.  These sessions will give you a solid foundation for the pedagogy-focused workshops in the months to follow. Join us!

Where to Locate Apple TV’s on Campus!

AppleTV.svgFor faculty and students interested in using Apple TV’s on campus, here’s a list just for you! Apple TV makes screen sharing and mirroring fast and easy, and of course, presentable in the classroom!

Apple TV Name Location
MTLC-2-ATV Mobile technology learning center
MRH-116-ATV Mother Rosalie Hill Hall classroom 116
MRH-DEAN-ATV Mother Rosalie Hill Hall Deans conference
SH204-ATV Serra Hall classroom 204
MRH-214-ATV Mother Rosalie Hill Hall classroom 214
MRH-216-ATV Mother Rosalie Hill Hall classroom 216
MTLC-unknown-ATV Mobile technology learning center
CH154-ATV Comino Hall classroom 154
CH153-ATV Comino Hall classroom 153
CH156-ATV Comino Hall classroom 156
CH130-ATV Comino Hall classroom 130
OH329-ATV Olin Hall classroom 329
KIPJ214-ATV Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice classroom 214
FH123-ATV Founders Hall 123
SON103-ATV School of Nursing classroom 103
CO230-ATV Coronado
MRH131-ATV Mother Rosalie Hill Hall classroom 131
BA221-ATV Barcelona classroom 221
MH-184-ATV Maher classroom 184
SH155-ATV Serra Hall classroom 155
OH330-ATV Olin Hall classroom 330
CH101B-ATV Camino Hall classroom 101b
MTLC-ATV Mobile technology learning center
LH321-ATV Loma Hall classroom 321
SH212-ATV Serra Hall classroom 212
SH210-ATV Serra Hall classroom 210
SH209-ATV Serra Hall classroom 209
LH322-ATV Loma Hall classroom 322
LH302-ATV Loma Hall classroom 302
LH301-ATV Loma Hall classroom 301
SH211-ATV Serra Hall classroom 211
LH318-ATV Loma Hall classroom 318
MTLC3-ATV Mobile technology learning center
MH186-ATV Maher Hall classroom 186
KIPJ242-ATV Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice classroom 242
LH-Donalds-ATV Loma Hall
LH-ideation-ATV Loma Hall
MH-199-ATV Maher Hall classroom 109
MH151-1-ATV Maher Hall classroom 151-1
MH151-2-ATV Maher Hall classroom 151-2
COPLEY-SEM-ATV Copley seminar room


Blackboard Upgrades!

Love Blackboard? Well it’s just getting better with a bunch of new updates!


  1. Goal Performance Dashboard: Using the Goal Performance Dashboard, students and instructors track progress toward learning objectives as specified within a degree, certificate, or program. The Goal Performance Dashboard provides a personalized learning opportunity for students to progress through content at their own pace and as they master concepts or skills.
  2. Announcement Date Restriction Default: When creating an announcement, “Not Date Restricted” is now selected by default.
  3. Browser Support: Learn 9.1 now supports the Microsoft Edge browser. Some new browser releases no longer support NPAPI plugins. Without these plugins, some Learn features may not render correctly.
  4. User Interface: Users can navigate from thread to thread without having to return to the main Discussions page.
  5. Bug Fixes: A comprehensive list of bug fixes contained in this release can be found on Behind the Blackboard.
    Assessments Test completion status bar floats and covers test questions.
    Grading Unable to print more than one page of a student grade report.
    YouTube Users are unable to embed YouTube videos using YouTube Mashup or Video Everywhere.
    Assessments Calculated formula questions do not go to next screen or answer box is not visible.
  6. BB StudentBB Student Mobile App: With Bb Student, you can view course content and participate on your mobile device:
    • Stay on task with push notifications, a due date list, and activity stream updates.
    • Take assignments, tests, and quizzes and review your submissions.
    • View your course grades as well as individual test and assignment grades.
    • Participate in discussions.
    • Collaborate with your class through video conferencing.
    • Attach assignment files from Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive.


Bb Student Mobile App

BB StudentWondering how you can access Blackboard on the go?  Look no further than the “Bb Student” mobile app (free on iOS, Android, and Windows phones).  This is a new version of the “Mobile Learn” app that you may already be using to access your Blackboard courses.

How to begin:
1.  Download Bb Student on your iOS, Android, or Windows phone.
2. Once the app is downloaded, open it and type in University of San Diego.
3. Enter in your login information (username and password) for Blackboard Olé.

What you can access with Bb Student:
1. Course activities and announcements
2. Courses, grades, and class updates
3. Documents, assignments, tests
4. If your professor uses Blackboard Collaborate (video conferencing), you can join on-the-go.  (How to use Collaborate)
5. Bb Student will send push notifications to your phone when assignments are due, when you receive new announcements, or when grades/tests/content are posted.

A Quick Guide to Bb Student

On the left is the “Activity Stream” which will show any current or upcoming activity for your courses (including assignments due, announcements, grades, content added, etc.). Items are prioritized automatically by the app.

On the right is the navigation menu, accessed by clicking on the three horizontal bars in the upper lefthand side of the screen, or by swiping down from the top of the screen.  As the image shows, you can access individual courses, grades, and due dates, as well as update your profile.  To log out, click on the circle and arrow on the upper righthand side of the screen.

For more information and a recap of this post, watch the video below.

Here’s to a great new semester!

LockDown Browser Guide for Instructors!

LockDown Browser is a great software to prevent cheating for online tests.

To require the use of LockDown Browser with a test, in Blackboard go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Respondus LockDown Browser. Click the arrow to the left of the test title, and choose Modify Settings. From the menu that appears, choose the settings according to your preferences.

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Students will need to download the LockDown Browser to access the test. They can find the download file while logged into Blackboard under Student Help.

The best practice is to get students to take an ungraded practice exam on LockDown Browser before they actually take a real exam for testing purposes.

For more information and help on LockDown Browser make sure you come to the training!Lockdown browser training.PNG

For any other help please do not hesitate to contact the USD iTeam!

LockDown Browser Guide for Students!

icon175x175.png LockDown Browser is a locked browser for taking tests in Blackboard Learn, and some professors require its use in classes as it gives a fair result for online testing.

Below is a quick guide to get you started with LockDown Browser and any concerns you may have with it.

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Some professors require it so it would be helpful to get started with this technology soon!