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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

View our calendar for upcoming training dates.

Training Date Time Format Location Status
Engaging and Assessing Students with Nearpod Wed, Oct 24 11:00am - 12:00pm Workshop 312 Libermann Hall 12 seats available
Increasing Student Engagement Thurs, Oct 25 1:45pm - 2:45pm Webinar Online 12 seats available
Introduction to VoiceThread Wed, Oct 31 2:00pm - 3:00pm Workshop 312 Libermann Hall 12 seats available
Engaging and Assessing Students with Nearpod Thurs, Nov 8 1:45pm - 2:45pm Workshop 312 Libermann Hall 12 seats available
Introduction to VoiceThread Wed, Nov 14 2:00pm - 3:00pm Workshop 312 Libermann Hall 12 seats available
Getting Started with Blackboard Thurs, Nov 29 10:50am - 12:50pm Workshop 312 Libermann Hall 12 seats available
Register for a Workshop or Webinar

* 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

Getting Started

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.

Techniques in Technology Integration

Creating a Welcoming Online Course Environment (Webinar)

Discover new and exciting ways to create a sense of community in your courses. Learn best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard's features, such as Announcements, Interactive Tools, and GoToTraining Virtual Classroom to create a welcoming and inviting course environment for your students.

Increasing Online Student Engagement (Webinar)

Discover new and exciting ways to engage your students within Blackboard. Learn best practices and ideas on how to use the Discussion Board, Wikis, Blogs, Journals, and GoToTraining Virtual Classroom within a Blackboard course site to promote a reflective, collaborative, student-centered learning environment.

Assessing the Online Learner (Webinar)

Discover new and exciting ways to assess learners and provide constructive feedback. Learn best practices, course design techniques, and ideas on how to harness Blackboard features and online tools to promote a collaborative, student-centered learning environment.

Transitioning to the Online Classroom (Webinar)

Learn foundational skills for transitioning a traditional-classroom course to the online setting. Webinar leaders will discuss similarities and differences between in-person and online courses, present strategies for designing an online course, and provide examples of engaging tools and resources that will help instructors organize an online course that engages students while helping them to meet course objectives.

Instructional Technology Tools

GoToTraining Virtual Classroom Basics (Webinar)

Learn foundational skills and gain understanding of GoToTraining Virtual Classroom for conducting synchronous class sessions. Experience GoToTraining from the student perspective while simultaneously learning the instructor perspective. Learn how to schedule sessions and use various GoToTraining tools to engage students, and learn best practices for conducting a successful GoToTraining session.

Getting Started with MyMediasite Video Creation (Workshop)

Learn how to use MyMediasite to record, store, and share videos that can be used to demonstrate a concept, give a mini lecture, and more. During the webinar, one of our instructional designers will demonstrate how to use MyMediasite to capture a computer screen and webcam, store these creations to a MyMediasite account, and share them with students and colleagues via a web link. Instructors will also learn how to store and share pre-recorded videos (i.e. videos created in Camtasia or GoToTraining) using MyMediasite.

Engaging & Assessing Students with Nearpod (Workshop)

Learn how to create and implement interactive and engaging synchronous and asynchronous lessons that allow you to assess student knowledge using Nearpod. During this hands-on workshop, participants will learn how to create interactive lessons that include presentation slides, web content, videos, audio, virtual field trips, polls, quiz questions, and more to engage students while gauging their level of understanding.

Introduction to VoiceThread (Workshop)

Learn how to use VoiceThread to record presentations, hold class introductions, and hold asynchronous voice discussions with your students. During this hands-on workshop, attendees will participate in a VoiceThread as students by posting comments and create their own VoiceThreads by uploading a PowerPoint presentation or other media and recording a brief introduction.

Presenting with Prezi: An Alternative to PowerPoint (Workshop)

Learn how to use Prezi as an alternative presentation tool. In this hands-on workshop, attendees will gain experience with using Prezi templates; exploring Prezi presentations; and building presentations by adding content (text, images, multimedia), customizing a template, adding frames, and editing presentation paths. Participants will also learn how to share their Prezi presentations with students.

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. Participants will receive guidance while manipulating an infographic template by adding new blocks, text, images, icons, graphs, and more in order to create an effective and visually pleasing teaching and learning tool.