Faculty Development Center LogoTechnology Workshops and Technology Support for Individual Faculty

Faculty Development Center provides high quality and reliable support for using technology in the learning process. In response to the changing needs of our University, FDC provides training, information, and workshops on the latest technologies and applications, both software and hardware.  Faculty Development Center provides pedagogical best practices using technology to enhance course goals and objectives.

Technology Training for Faculty 

We are pleased to announce the following workshops for faculty. Questions? Call the Academic Technology Unit at (310) 243-2387. All workshops are in the Faculty Training Laboratory, LIB 2524; second floor of the library. In addition to workshops, Blackboard tutorials are also available.



Upcoming Blackboard (Bb) Faculty Workshops – Fall 2017

Blackboard Basics

This session will provide a basic overview of Blackboard. We will cover basic navigation in the Blackboard interface as well as how to add, organize, and modify course content.

  • Wednesday, August 16, 2017 — 3:00-5:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)
  • Friday, August 18, 2017 — 10:00 am-12:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)

Advanced Blackboard

This advanced Blackboard session will provide information on the features of Blackboard such as creating online Assessment and Discussion Forums that can make course management easier.

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 — 2:00-3:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 — 10:00-11:00 am — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)

Lecture Capture (TechSmith Relay & YouTube)

Lecture capture technology lets instructors digitally record their lectures and make those recordings available to students.

  • Thursday, August 17, 2017 — 10:00-11:00 am — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)
  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017 — 3:00-4:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)

Web Conferencing Tools (Blackboard Collaborate and ZOOM)

This session is useful for recording lectures and having live sessions (class sessions and office hours) for your classes. Come learn how to use this useful tool.

  • Friday, August 18, 2017 — 1:00-2:00 pm — ONLINE via ZOOM
  • Thursday, September 7, 2017 — 2:00-3:00 pm — ONLINE via ZOOM


Turnitin is an online plagiarism checker that you will be submitting your assignments to. When you submit your assignment, it will be compared and cross checked with those contained in Turnitin's database.

  • Thursday, October 5, 2017 — 10:00 am-12:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)
  • Wednesday, October 11, 2017 — 2:00-4:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)

Blackboard Exchange

Our "Exchange" is a "learn by doing" session for faculty to practice with Blackboard, ask questions, and learn anything regarding Blackboard, tailored to your needs. Laptop not required but handy for this session.

  • Wednesday, November 8, 2017 — 2:00-3:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)
  • Thursday, November 16, 2017 — 10:00-11:00 am — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)

End-of-Semester Blackboard: Closing, Saving, and Copying Your Courses

Amp up your Blackboard prowess with this session. The focus will be on learning techniques for test design and administration, grading and additional Blackboard tools to make your life easier.

  • Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — 11:00 am-12:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017 — 2:00-3:00 pm — Faculty Training Lab (LIB 2524)

Login to Blackboard here. For faculty tutorials, click here.

If you need further assistance with Blackboard, please contact Blackboard Faculty Support by filling a helpdesk request and navigate to Faculty Support > Blackboard > Blackboard Question and request training information, or by calling (310) 243-2500, option #3.

Here are some Blackboard tips that are helpful to know as you prepare for the start of the semester:

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1. Beginning a Semester Blackboard Checklist [pdf]

2. Create a Welcome Message as an Announcement [pdf]

3. Adding Items/Links to Your Course Menu [pdf]

4. Complete the Professor Information profile (with your name and contact information) - View Video >>

5. Adding Content to Your Blackboard Course - View Video >>

6. Make Your Course Available Through the Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability Setting [pdf]

7. Instructor on Demand Videos - The complete series of short video tutorials to help instructors learn how to use tools, design their courses, and assess students.


Clickers allow instructors to transform their classes into an active learning environment using the wireless  iClicker response device.

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Blackboard 9.1 (SP 11) Tutorials

You'll find resources to support the use of Blackboard on how to personalize, manage content, using tools, creating exams and more!

Bb Tutorials>>