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Study Abroad - Building Programs & Applications for Beginners

The Study Abroad Workshops for Beginners are designed for staff at new client institutions or for new staff who have not previously worked with Terra Dotta software. 

The morning workshop will focus on building programs and applications. The afternoon session (Managing Applications for Beginners) will build off of content covered in the morning workshop, but attendees can choose to attend one session or both.   

This workshop, while for beginners, will assume attendees are already familiar with some of the main Terra Dotta building blocks: locations, terms, program parametersapplicant parametersquestion items and the application statuses/phases. Attendees should understand the basic functionality of these items and how to build/edit them.  Attendees who are not yet familiar with these topics can click the links above to read Knowledgebase articles and view videos.  Terra Dotta will also host a pre-workshop webinar for registered attendees to explain and demonstrate these topics.  Webinar information will be sent to registered workshop attendees closer to the conference event.  No other prior knowledge is required.

This workshop will be a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and hands-on practice.  During the lecture/demo sections, material will be covered in an intensive-format learning environment, so attendees should bring energy and enthusiasm for a fast-paced and fun workshop.  During the hands-on sections, Terra Dotta staff will be actively involved with participants to answer questions and assist in a group setting as participants practice with a particular software feature or skill.  

During the workshop, participants will receive a comprehensive list of relevant Knowledgebase articles to take away for future use and will be given suggestions for conference sessions that will enhance what they are learning about a particular topic.
Participants should bring their laptop and be ready to actively work on their own site – via their sandbox site. This is a hands-on workshop!

In this workshop, you will:
  • Gain a better understanding of how to build, edit and configure various elements of the most critical pieces of TDS
  • Become more accustomed to common Terra Dotta vocabulary
  • Network with other users who are also new to the software
  • Practice what you are learning in active working sessions, coached by Terra Dotta staff
  • Gain knowledge that will provide context for the rest of the conference
This workshop will focus on:
  • Building blocks and site configuration
  • Program catalogs maintenance and management
  • Application building (application cycles, questionnaires, materials, learning content, assessments)
  • Review of applicant experience (statuses, phases)

Date, Time, Cost:

Date:  Monday, April 20th
Time:  8:00am - 12:00pm 

Cost:  $125 


You can register for a Pre-Conference Workshop by itself or in addition to the main TDU Global Conference.  With either choice, you will need to complete a TDU Global registration form and indicate your preferred Pre-Conference Workshop.  If you are already registered for the main TDU Global Conference, complete the following items to add a workshop:
  • If you’d like to pay by credit card, log into and make the payment by selecting the "Pay by Credit Card: Pre-Conference Workshop Only" payment option under "Credit Card Payments".  Then please email to let us know which workshop you wish to attend.   
  • If you need to pay by check, please email us at, let us know which workshop you wish to attend, and an invoice will be sent.

Contact with any questions.

Learn more about the other Pre-Conference Workshops:

Study Abroad Workshop - Managing Applications for Beginners
Study Abroad Workshop - Program Wizard
ISSS New User Workshop
ISSS Advanced Workshop - Student Track
ISSS Advanced Workshop - Scholar Track