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Looking for Blackboard Help? Upcoming Webinars and More

We'll be hosting webinars twice a week for the month of August to get faculty ready for the upgrade and beyond.

Each Wednesday, we will be presenting "What's New In Blackboard?" This is a great opportunity for faculty to see an overview of the new Blackboard interface and features. Each Friday, we will be demonstrating a different set of tools or features in much greater depth, including examples of how you might use them in class.

  • August 27 - 3:00pm-4:00pm: What's New in Blackboard?
  • August 29 - 3:00pm-4:00pm: New Tools for Student Collaboration

You can access each of these webinars at the following link:

To help you get your fall courses in order, the ITS Blackboard support team are always available for one-on-one drop-in trainings and consultations. You can always get help with Blackboard and other tools at the FIT Center, in Adams Humanities 1109, from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm.

And of course, we're here to help answer your questions, so please contact us by email at or by phone at 594-3485.

Blackboard Upgrade this Weekend - System Offline August 16-18

If you haven't heard, Blackboard will be unavailable starting on Saturday, August 16 at 12:00 pm until Monday, August 18 at 6:00 pm while we complete a long overdue upgrade.

Curious to learn more? Let us know at or 594-3485 and we'll conduct a session for you or your department at your convenience.

Now Available: Course Design Institute Report 2008-2014

In Spring 2008, the Course Design Institute (CDI) was launched with the goal of creating fully online versions of high demand General Education (GE) courses in order to boost enrollment options for students during the San Diego State University (SDSU) Summer Session.

Since the program's inception, 78 faculty members have participated in the CDI to develop 85 online courses that have enrolled a total of 14,172 students. This report is intended to provide a brief overview of the program, as well as corresponding enrollment and performance data.

Download the CDI Report

Kelvin Crosby: From Where I Sit

SDSU Undergraduate Kelvin Crosby talks about the academic challenges he faces as a visual and hearing impaired student at SDSU and how CSU faculty and staff can help disabled students succeed in college.