NDSU Distance & Continuing Education (DCE)

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If you are offering a course through NDSU Distance & Continuing Education, you are eligible for training and support services from DCE staff. Contact us to make an appointment. In most cases, training or support can be offered in the comfort of your own office.

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Schedule of Distance and Continuing Education Training Events
See a schedule of our upcoming training events for faculty and staff.

Frequently Asked Questions

A quick reference for some of the more commonly asked questions.


This is the LMS (learning management system) used by NDSU to host and power all course web sites. Learn more about Blackboard here!

Atomic Learning

The Atomic Learning web site is for all NDSU faculty, staff, and students. Here you will find instructional videos related to many software titles and technology applications you may want to use for professional development purposes or to integrate into your class curricula. Among many others, tutorials are available for: the Microsoft Office Suite, Photoshop, iTunes, Google Docs, and Prezi. For example, if you have an upcoming assignment that students are required to make a presentation for, consider having students complete the PowerPoint instructional video series first. Sign in using your Blackboard credentials. Please bookmark the site after initially logging into the portal.

Wimba Collaboration Suite

Collaborative voice and video tools that include a live web-conferencing virtual classroom, podcasting tools, voice discussion, and instant messaging that integrate seamlessly with Blackboard. Learn more about Wimba here!

Campus Connection

How-to documentation for the most common Campus Connection tasks and questions.

Microsoft Office

This suite of software includes a word processor, PowerPoint, and Excel for spreadsheet activity. Learn more about Microsoft Office here!


Here you will find information about the ethical and legal implications for college instructors, and also practical tips for a proactive approach to preparing and delivering course curriculum, information, and materials in the Youtube era.


The term refers to the creation of media files that can be viewed/heard/accessed with the use of a portable media player or computer. Podcasting has become one popular way of distributing content online. Learn more about Podcasting here!

Adobe Captivate

Create narrated Flash movies from Powerpoint presentations; can also be used to create software demonstrations. Learn more about Captivate here!


This is a free and open, community-driven online encyclopedia. Learn more about Wikipedia here!

The Geek Glossary

Learn to speak like a techno-guru! Several links to various technical glossaries, written in accessible English, here!

LERN Conferences

Faculty can learn more about teaching in the online environment from online conferences and webinars led by professionals from the LERN corporation. Click on the above link to check for any upcoming LERN conferences associated with NDSU DCE. You can also visit the LERN web site for more information or contact Lisa McNamara about NDSU DCE and LERN conferences.

Helping Students

As the course Instructor, you are often your students' first link to help and assistance. DCE provides comprehensive information for students here.