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Center for Teaching Excellence

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With the support of the Office of the Provost, each year the Center for Teaching Excellence identifies key initiatives that draw on the most recent research in higher education learning and teaching and then develops programming based on these initiatives that will provide faculty with opportunities to enhance and innovate their courses.

Distributed Learning

Online Teaching

As you prepare your online course, you have a wide variety of resources available to help you plan, build, and deliver your course. The Online Teaching Faculty Toolbox is broken into eight sections with links to tips, quality standards, best practices, strategies, support, and resources that will help you deliver an effective online experience to your students. And if you cannot find the answers and information you need, please use the links in the Faculty Support section for additional, individualized assistance.

Service Learning at USC

Integrative Learning

USC is a leader nationwide in helping students think about how their learning extends beyond the classroom. The CTE's Integrative Learning initiative, in conjunction with the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, focuses especially on introducing faculty to opportunities to help students make thoughtful connections between the courses they teach and outside the classroom experiences such as service learning, internships, field work and student involvement. We give faculty opportunities to learn about and interact with some of the offices and programs on campus that provide high quality co-curricular programming for students. We then support them in developing teaching strategies, courses and curriculum by offering teaching innovation grant programs, a variety of workshops and also a cohort program for instructors who are working with students to graduate with leadership distinction. 

Professor in Class


In recent years we've seen a robust movement in the development of research and literature that looks at what is successful in teaching in higher education. Through our Pedagogy initiative, the CTE distills the best of that research and of best teaching practices that have been identified and then develop programs, events and workshops that give faculty the building blocks they need in order to engage their students and design good courses that foster student learning in the best possible way. This initiative seeks to raise the bar in higher education pedagogy through engagement with the discourse nationwide on what is best teaching practice. It is our effort to help keep faculty at the forefront of the ever evolving understanding of how students learn and what types of best practices good teachers should engage in.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.