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Intentionally Designing, Developing, and Delivering Online Courses

All told, the rapid change of courses to different teaching and learning formats during COVID-19 created challenges across the education landscape. This article explores three pedagogical principles and frameworks for the design, development, and delivery of online courses.

The Unmatched Resilience of First-Generation Students

The University of South Carolina rallies behind its First-Generation students and supports various initiatives to ensure they excel not only in their academics, but in their personal and professional lives as well. Despite the many obstacles that present themselves, First Generation Students remain resilient in the face of the storm.

Prioritizing Student Success in a New Territory

Lisa Rosof has made tremendous progress in designing engaging online courses. Today, Rosof has the knowledge and skills to start from scratch and design her own online courses. Her tenacity and determination, combined with her dedication to her students, have made all the difference in the world.

Faculty Honored with 2021 Garnet Apple Innovative Teaching Award

The Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation honors the University of South Carolina's most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses. Six recipients received this year's award and are to be commended for their accomplishments.

Forming a Clear Path to Success

For Summer 2020, Anne Gulick, Associate Professor, English Language and Literature, planned a fully asynchronous online version of her cross-listed course Women Writers (ENGL 437/WGST 437/ ENGL 743). This summer course is a great example of innovation and creativity in translating the learning experience that her students usually had in person to an online, asynchronous, accelerated learning environment.

Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Grant: Fostering a Better Carolina

In support of the development of innovative courses that explore issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, are community-engaged, and that are rooted in culturally responsive pedagogy and equity-mindedness, the Center for Teaching Excellence is offering Diversity and Inclusive Excellence Grants for the development of new courses that focus on historically marginalized populations, are intersectional, and/or expand curricular capacity for inclusive excellence.

Fostering Connections in Online Teaching

Jacob Rivers taught in a 100% asynchronous instructional method for the first time. Using the resources at the Center for Teaching Excellence and support from CTE Instructional Designer, Gloria Washington, he designed, developed, and taught ENGL 101. When Washington first met with Rivers in a consultation for transitioning his ENGL 101 face-to-face course to a fully online format, he was hesitant about teaching online. Rivers enjoyed teaching face-to-face and felt he might lose his special connection with his students. Rivers and Washington met at least once a week through the entire design, development, and delivery process. With the design and development of ENGL 101, Rivers made sure that his course was as engaging and rigorous as his face-to-face version of the same course.

UofSC Professors Take Home Awards at Annual ADEIL Conference

Two College of Arts and Sciences courses won awards at the annual Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL) Conference. ADEIL is a professional association for all those engaged in or interested in distance learning. With the guidance of instructional designers from CTE, award winners Hayden Smith and Charles Schumpert brought home victories.

Carolina Online Learning and Teaching: Promoting Professional Development and Better Teaching

Looking for a program that expands your knowledge in the realm of online learning and teaching, while also having the opportunity to network with other scholars? The Center for Teaching Excellence's (CTE) Carolina Online Learning and Teaching (COLT) Certificate of Completion program is designed to provide faculty with the foundations for teaching either in online, blended or hybrid formats. COLT help builds faculty members' capacity in areas of pedagogy, course design, course development, teaching, and online course administration.

The Master Class Series

The Master Class Series is one of the seven certificates of completions that The Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) offers. With enrollment limited to 16 full-time faculty in UofSC Columbia and Palmetto College campuses, the series is designed to provide specialized instruction to faculty members on a specific pedagogy discipline.

The Hyflex Model- An Effective Approach to Teaching with Numerous Modalities

In the Hybrid-Flexible (HyFlex) model for course delivery, faculty teach a class in multiple modalities simultaneously: face-to-face, online synchronous, and online asynchronous. While this model provides students with the flexibility in how they attend class and interact with the faculty member and their classmates, faculty must be able to seamlessly manage all three formats. The HyFlex Course Delivery: A Practical Guide resource is designed to provide faculty with recommendations on how to navigate this model in a simple and efficient manner while creating an equitable learning environment for everyone.

Virtual Reality in a Changing World

In these unprecedented times, many have been forced to adapt or expand their ways of teaching. This period of change can be used to explore areas of teaching that one has never ventured into. The world of virtual reality has become increasingly popular and could serve as an engaging and informative tool to utilize in online courses and remote settings.

Creating a Home Video Studio

The transition to remote teaching has forced many of us to host classes and meetings, and to record classes at home. Here are some simple tips that can improve the quality of your presentation so that your students and colleagues will be more focused on what you say than on where you are

CTE Has the Resources to Help You Keep Teaching

With remote teaching continuing through the summer term, CTE's instructional designers are prepared to help faculty every step of the way. Faculty can work with a member of CTE's Instructional Design Team to convert existing courses for online delivery. A series of webinars and virtual drop-in sessions that highlight a wide range of instructional tools and techniques are also available.

Congratulations to the 2020 Garnet Apple Award Winners

The Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation honors the University of South Carolina's most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses. Six recipients received this year's award and are to be commended for their accomplishments.

Faculty Enhance Online Courses by Designing Quality Learning Environments

As part of its commitment to ensuring high-quality distributed learning courses at the university, the Office of the Provost instituted a Distributed Learning Quality Review (DLQR) process. Each year a portion of USC's online courses are selected to be reviewed. To date, 133 USC courses have passed the DLQR. Twenty-four courses passed DLQR during the fall 2018 semester.

Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence Certificate of Completion

The Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence Certificate of Completion program is designed to provide an opportunity for faculty, instructors and teaching graduate students to strengthen their strategic diversity leadership capacities both within and outside their classroom and to support USC's commitment to inclusive excellence.

Fostering Proactive Learning Environment Certificate of Completion

Managing a classroom is more than just being an expert in your field of study. Whether you are a tenured faculty or a new instructor, this certificate program will assist you in fostering a proactive learning environment in the classroom.

Innovative Pedagogy Grant Awardees Develop Exemplary Courses

Fourteen Innovative Pedagogy grants were awarded to full-time faculty to support them in the revision or development of exemplary courses. The goal of these grants is to invest in the continuous quality improvement of courses taught by faculty who provide students with innovative, highly engaging courses, offered either in an online, blended or traditional format.

GTA Teaching Resource Grant Awards Enhance Quality and Depth of Undergraduate Learning

Four GTA Teaching Resource Grants have been awarded to 4 projects to support the development of instructional materials, modules, cross-curriculum assessments and other resources that enhance the quality and depth of undergraduate student learning at USC.

Graduate Students Awarded Preparing Future Faculty Credential

51 graduate students from 30 departments received their Preparing Future Faculty credential in Spring 2018. The Preparing Future Faculty (PFF) program is a professional development opportunity that provides assistance to graduate students and post-docs who want to become faculty members at the college level.

2018 Garnet Apple Award Winners

Six Garnet Apple award winners have been announced. The Garnet Apple Award honors the University of South Carolina's most exceptional faculty who demonstrate an ongoing commitment to best teaching practices and an ongoing record of developing innovative strategies to enhance student learning in their courses.

Graduate Students Take Teaching Skills Online

Graduate students who were new to online learning or interested in teaching an online course boosted their teaching credentials and learned new skills with the eight-week "Teaching Online for Graduate Students" online course. 21 graduate students earned a certificate of completion for successfully completing the course that developed their knowledge and ability to implement and teach online courses.

Virtual Environments Bootcamp

Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit an application to attend a weeklong hands-on Virtual Environments Bootcamp June 25-29. You'll learn the basics for using the latest virtual environments technologies as well as how to teach using these tools.

Spring 2018 Grants

Each year in partnership with other campus units the CTE offers teaching innovation grants designed to provide resources and support for faculty who are interested in exploring new and cutting-edge approaches in their teaching in ways that promise to enhance student learning. This spring 3 new grants are being offered, a 3Ds Bootcamp: Design, Develop, and Deliver an Online Course Grant, an Innovative Pedagogy Grant and a GTA Teaching Resource Development Grant.


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