Join ITS and the USD Community at the 12th Annual Technology Showcase, Feb. 10, 2017

Inspiring Keynote Luncheon for USD Faculty starts at noon. Seating is limited, so RSVP today!

Exhibit hall is open from 1 – 4.

Come network and enjoy complimentary food, drinks, and amazing prizes! Click the link below to RSVP for events and find out more!

Source: Invitation to the 12th Annual Technology Showcase February 10, 2017


How to export tests from BlackBoard to Word

Occasionally you will need to export a test from Blackboard to another format – such as Adobe PDF or Word for keeping a printed copy off line. You cannot easily do this directly out of Blackboard, it is not designed with that in mind. You CAN do so through Respondus.


Firstly – Install and configure Respondus on your machine. You may have it installed already; it is a test generating tool available from the VCCS on the Teach tab in Blackboard.screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-07-53-am

Once Respondus is set up and running on your machine, follow this procedure:

1)  Click the Retrieval & Reports tab in Respondus.

2)  Click the Retrieve Questions button

3)  Verify the sever settings in the Wizard window. They should be set for the VCCS Blackboard server: Click Next

screen-shot-2017-01-18-at-10-15-37-am4)  When prompted, enter your Blackboard username and Password.

5)  In the appropriate drop downs, select :

1- the Course to retrieve questions from

2- Which Exam (test)/Survey/Pool you wish to pull from

3- Name for the file you are creating

Click Next when ready

6)  Respondus will talk to Blackboard, retrieve your questions, then notify you that the File is Saved with a pop-up. Click OK on the popup.

7)  When the message –Completed Successfully— appears in the Respondus window, click the Finish button.Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.22.10 AM.png

8)  Go to the Start tab in Respondus. Click the Open button.

9)  Select your file (named in step 5-3) can click the Open button.

Screen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.26.07 AM.png** Important – you will NOT receive a message or see anything when the file is open, it will just do it and wait for you.

10)  Go to the Preview & Publish tab.

11)  At the bottom of the window you will see two main options.

1 – Save to File – will allow you to save as a text (TScreen Shot 2017-01-18 at 10.32.34 AM.pngXT) Rich Text (RTF) or Word (DOC) file.

2 – Send to Printer will allow you to print a hard copy or “print” to a PDF file if that option is installed on your machine.


Students – How to Create Portfolios on Blackboard

Blackboard has numerous resources available to students, including portfolios.  Students can compile past work into these portfolios to share with prospective hiring managers or graduate schools.  Multiple portfolios can be created for different purposes, such as displaying research or examples of writing.  Read below to learn how to create a portfolio.

Creating Portfolios

The My Portfolios page is the launching point for viewing, creating, and reviewing portfolios. Access the My Portfolios page from the global navigation menu at the top right of the page. Select “Tools” and click “Portfolios”.

To learn how to make a portfolio, watch the step-by-step video below.


Artifacts are evidence of learning, frequently accompanied by reflection by the artifact owner. Artifacts are pieces of content that you can attach to a portfolio and reuse.

Course artifacts are graded content from your course and remain available to you even if you no longer have access to your course. Personal artifacts are any content—text, files, links and multimedia assets—you create/upload.

Using the Content Editor

Learn how to share your portfolio here.

Faculty Technolgy Boot Camp Spring ’17

bootcamp_graphic_1Are you ready to take on a new semester? Not without the proper survival kit, you’re not! Whether you’re a new recruit or a USD veteran you’ll likely benefit by attending ATS Boot Camp! Boot Camp is a drop-in event for getting á la carte assistance on any technology you wish.

Boot Camp takes place:

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Drop-In Hours: 9am – Noon & 1 – 4pm in Serra 155

Blackboard Essentials Workshop (for new users)
Serra 155, 10am – Noon

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Drop-In Hours: 9am – Noon & 1 – 4pm in Serra 155

Blackboard Grade Center & Assignments Workshop
Serra 155, 1:15 – 2:45pm

 At Boot Camp you can:

  • Get help with Blackboard Olé, Mediasite, Microsoft Office, Google Docs, Gmail–any of our supported products! These are two days to explore the range of technologies we support and learn how to incorporate a few new ideas into your courses.
  • Get personalized service with any of your instructional technology needs. Learn about the classroom consoles or bring your course content with you on a flash drive and get assistance building your Blackboard course!