Learning Technologies



VoiceThread can be thought of as a multimedia discussion board.  A discussion prompt need no longer be simply text based, but instead can be images, slides, video, or audio.  Students can respond to the prompt via video, audio, or text, allowing for a rich conversation that can add an additional element of social presence to an online class. Its also a quick and simple way to narrate presentations online with the ability to easily modify and add content. (more…)

  • Where is it used (fully-online, blended & intensives, on-campus)

VoiceThread Tutorials

– Getting Started

How update your profile photo

How To Share Your VoiceThread

VoiceThread for Intensives



Pathbrite is a tool that allows both students and faculty to collect work in the form of a visually appealing digital portfolio.  Pathbrite also has some functionality of a learning management system (such as Blackboard), where faculty can create assignments, and provide grades and feedback. (more)

  • Where is it used (fully-online, blended, on-campus)

Pathbrite Tutorials

Pathbrite User Guide

How to Create a Pathbrite Course

How to Create Assignments


Adobe Connect

Adobe Connect is a web conferencing platform for web meetings, eLearning, and webinars. (more…)

  • Where is it used (fully-online, blended & intensives, on-campus)

Adobe Connect Tutorials

How to Share Your Screen

How to Share a PowerPoint or PDF

How to Assign Presenter Rights to Students

– Adobe Connect Tutorials on Lynda.com

How To Create a Meeting Room

Adobe Connect for Intensives

How to Mute a Participant

How to Mute a Telephone Number

Test Your Computer’s Compatibility



Moodle (acronym for Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment) is an open source Learning Management System, with similar functionality to Blackboard.  (more…)

  • Where is it used (fully-online, blended & intensives, on-campus)

Moodle Tutorials

How to Embed Youtube videos into Moodle


How to adjust your email notification settings in Yammer


TechSmith Relay

– TechSmith Relay Tutorials


Learning Technology FAQ

How do I get a VoiceThread account?

If you are faculty or a student of the Price School, you are provided a VoiceThread account free of charge.

How do I get an Adobe Connect account?

Please contact the Price Online Learning Office, with details regarding your planned usage of Adobe Connect.

What tools should I used when teaching an intensive course?

There are various technology options when teaching an intensive course.  Please view the brief presentations via the links below to help you decided what might be best for your particular situation and teaching style:


Best Practices:

Blended Online & Intensive Courses

There are several great tools for keeping your students engaged in between intensive sessions.  The simplest is arguably the Blackboard discussion board (tutorial)(video tutorial)

Faculty typically post weekly discussion prompts which the students are requested to respond to by a specific due date.  Replies can either be graded or ungraded assignments.

Some faculty choose to hold live meetings via video conferencing using a tool called Adobe Connect , while others create prerecorded lectures using VoiceThread.  Some faculty choose a combination of the above technologies.


Fully Online Courses

In most cases at the Price School, fully online courses are part of the Online MPA, Online Executive Master of Urban Planning, and EMHA programs.  These programs primarily use Moodle as the learning management system for storing course content, and Zoom for live sessions.  If you are a new faculty member teaching in one of these programs, please first activate your USC email address , then contact the Price Online Learning office for access to Moodle and Adobe Connect.


Curriculum & Content Resources


Course Reserves (ARES)

Electronic Hallway

Teaching Resources Guide for Public Affairs and Administration (Rutgers SPAA and NASPAA)

Harvard Kennedy School Case Program

CQ Researcher – Cases and reports are written by experienced journalists, footnoted and professionally fact-checked.

The Case Centre – Aggregates case studies.  Some cases are free (including some Harvard cases)

Hubertproject.org – Allows public affairs educators to create, and share cases and other multimedia

CATME – Tool for organizing student teams and encouraging best practices