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Educational Technology Training

Educational Technology's Instructional Designers offer a variety of professional development opportunities to Duquesne's full and part-time faculty, staff, and graduate students.

Training is offered in four formats:

  • In-person workshops
  • Live webinars
  • Self-guided online tutorials
  • Asynchronous online courses

Workshops & Webinars

Our workshops and webinars are designed to teach both pedagogical best practices and techniques for using technology to enhance student learning. Click the link below to view and register for our upcoming trainings.

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Full training descriptions can be found at the end of this page.

* In order to make our sessions engaging, if registration does not reach a minimum of 4 participants 48 hours prior to the training, the training may be cancelled and rescheduled for the following month.


Self-Guided Tutorials

We offer self-guided, online tutorials for both Getting Started with Blackboard and Getting Started with the Blackboard Grade Center. These tutorials can be completed at your own pace. You will receive a certificate upon tutorial completion.

Register for a Self-Guided Tutorial

Foundations in Online Teaching & Learning

To support instructors in online course development, we now offer Foundations in Online Teaching & Learning, an asynchronous online faculty certification course. Please read through the Executive Statement to learn more about the goals and focus of the course. If you will be teaching an online course in the future, we encourage you to register a future training cohort.

Register for Foundations in Online Teaching & Learning


Need help developing an online course, want to learn about new technologies, or unable to make our scheduled trainings? Our Instructional Designers are happy to meet one-on-one for consultations. Simply fill out the consultation request form below and one of our designers will reach out to you to schedule a meeting date.

Request a Consultation

Training Descriptions

Techniques in Technology Integration

Keys to Success in Online Teaching & Learning (Webinar)

Learn pedagogical best practices and techniques for designing and facilitating an online course that is engaging, learning-objective focused, and promotes student success.

Creating a Welcoming Online Course Environment (Webinar)

Learn best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard's features, such as Announcements,Discussion Board, VoiceThread, Wikis, Blogs, Journals, and Zoom Meetings to build community and create a welcoming course environment for your students.

Increasing Online Student Engagement (Webinar)

Move your students upwards in Bloom's Taconomy by learning best practices and techniques for using the Discussion Board, VoiceThread, Wikis, Blogs, Journals, and Zoom Meetings within a Blackboard course site to promote a reflective, collaborative, student-centered learning environment.

Assessing the Online Learner (Webinar)

Learn best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard features and online tools to assess learners and provide constructive feedback.

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Instructional Technology Tools

Getting Started with Blackboard (Workshop or Self-Guided Tutorial)

Learn course design basics and foundational skills for using the Blackboard Learning Management System to design and teach your courses. Practice using the most common Blackboard tools, reflect on your personal use of Blackboard, and apply best practices for using Blackboard in your courses.

Getting Started with the Blackboard Grade Center (Self-Guided Tutorial)

Learn how to use Blackboard's Grade Center to grade student work in your Blackboard course sites. Topics include the layout of the Grade Center, how to set up the Grade Center, and how to grade student work through the Grade Center.

Introduction to Zoom Meetings (Webinar)

Learn foundational skills for using Zoom Meetings to conduct synchronous, online class sessions. Experience Zoom Meetings from the student perspective while learning how to schedule sessions and use various Zoom tools to engage students.

Getting Started with MyMediasite Video Creation (Workshop)

During this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to use MyMediasite to record your computer screen and webcam, store these recordings to a MyMediasite account, and share them with students through Blackboard. Finally, you will learn how to use MyMediasite to share pre-recorded videos (i.e. videos created in Camtasia).

Engaging & Assessing Students with Nearpod (Workshop)

During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create interactive Nearpod lessons that include presentation slides, web content, videos, audio, virtual field trips, polls, quiz questions, and other assessment tools to engage students while gauging their level of understanding.

Introduction to VoiceThread (Workshop)

Learn how to use VoiceThread to record mini-lectures, conduct class introductions, and hold asynchronous voice discussions with your students. During this hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in VoiceThread as students by posting comments and creating their own VoiceThread presentations.

Presenting with Prezi: An Alternative to PowerPoint (Workshop)

In this hands-on workshop, attendees will learn the benefits of using Prezi as they create their own presentations.

Creating Infographics with Piktochart (Workshop)

Learn about the power of images as a teaching tool while gaining hands-on experience with building an infographic using Piktochart.

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Special Events

Engaging Students through Lecture: Lessons from TED

Some educators have declared the lecture a dead end for engaging students. But, to channel Mark Twain, the reports of the lecture's death are somewhat exaggerated. Indeed, there are times when lecture is an excellent way to advance student learning outcomes. Interestingly, evidence for this claim for the value of the classroom lecture emerges from an analysis of (yes, it's true!) TED talks. Interested in learning more? Please join Dr. Michael Bridges, the Executive Director of Online Learning & Strategy on March 13th from 2:00-3:00 in Fisher 715.

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