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Learning Management System: Mission Critical Tool for Faculty, Students & Staff at SDSU

The impending close of the CSU contract with Blackboard in June of 2017, along with quietly growing interest from multiple campuses in products new to the marketplace, has set in motion the structured steps that will lead to CSU Master Enabling Agreements (MEA) for Learning Management Systems. The intent of this process is to reduce costs and simplify purchase for CSU campuses. Similar to the existing MEA with Blackboard, campus participation is entirely voluntary, respecting varying campus needs and consultation requirements.

To ensure that the CSU enters into the process well-informed, a CSU Learning Platforms & Services (CSULPS) Task Force was charged by Executive Vice Chancellor Loren Blanchard with exploring the current and future role of learning platforms in higher education. ITS Director, and SDSU Senior Academic Technology Officer, James Frazee, is a member of the Task Force which has begun the process of surveying the educational technology landscape through a series of expert webinars to be presented this fall.

Anyone who wishes to have the opportunity to ask questions, make comments and suggestions, and help shape the development of the RFP is invited to join SDSU faculty, staff and students in the Faculty Instructional Technology (FIT) Center in AH 1109 for an upcoming webinar. For details on the webinars, visit the CSULPS Live Events listing at

2015 Monties

Each year, San Diego State University recognizes outstanding faculty and honors them for their contributions to teaching, research and community service. Check out the videos ITS made to celebrate the faculties important achievements.

Learning Spaces Spotlight

Marco Saldaña has worked for Instructional Technology Services for 25 years. A highly skilled technician, gifted problem solver and the best solderer in the business! Meet the man behind the sunglasses in this short video.

Trend Setting

San Diego State University is experimenting with student engagement in a science class using a special writing surface, a studio audience and a streaming media site. Now we are considering adding a second set-up just like it and others in the California State University system may follow.

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ITS Honored for Creative Use of Video

Instructional Technology Services (ITS) is among the winners of the 2015 Enterprise Video Awards presented by Sonic Foundry. ITS received the Learning Environment Award for creative and practical use of video at San Diego State University.

Specifically, ITS was recognized for its role in creating the Learning Glass (2 min video), a see-through whiteboard that allows an instructor to face the students as they observe him solving problems. The software in the Learning Glass “flips” the instructor’s words or figures so students see them face forward. The Learning Glass was developed in conjunction with SDSU physics professor, Matt Anderson (10 min video) and has been embraced by several other faculty members.

“Kudo for this award to Rich Bakken, Polly Card and the fine student assistants who are part of the ITS video production team,” said James Frazee, ITS director. See the descriptive video (3 min) and article hosted at Sonic Foundry.

2015 Training: Blackboard, Respondus, Collaborate, and more!

Instructional Technology Services would like to invite you to attend our latest workshops. We are offering several NEW workshops (see descriptions and details below), and several of these workshops will be taught online using our virtual conferencing system, Blackboard Collaborate.

To view the dates/times of these workshops and register online, please go to the ITS online registration web site at

In addition, we are available for one-on-one consultations, departmental presentatons, and more. Please contact us at the Blackboard Help Desk, 619.594.3485 or

2014 Videos

November, 2014 Learning Spaces for Collaboration

August, 2014: ITS tour by 60 new faculty.

Looking for Blackboard Help? Upcoming Webinars and Training

Registration and a list of upcoming workshops are available at

    The ITS Blackboard support team are always available for one-on-one drop-in training and consultations. Come in and get help with Blackboard and other tools at the FIT Center, in Adams Humanities 1109, Monday - Thursday from 8:00 am to 5:30 pm and Friday, from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

And of course, we're here to help answer your questions, so please contact us by email at bbhelp at or by phone at 619-594-3485.

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 (PDF)