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COLT Program Prepares Faculty to Teach Exemplary Online, Blended or Hybrid Courses

The Carolina Online Learning & Teaching (COLT) Certificate of Completion program is designed to provide faculty with the foundations for teaching either in online, blended or hybrid formats. The goals of the program are to prepare faculty to teach exemplary courses and to build their capacity in the areas of pedagogy, course design, course development, distributed delivery, and online course administration.

An initiative of the Center for Teaching Excellence, developed in partnership with the Office of Distributed Learning and DoIT e-Learning Services, COLT was developed with input and feedback from faculty with distributed learning expertise. 

16 faculty members participated in the COLT spring 2021 cohort, learning to apply learning theories and frameworks to plan online, blended or hybrid courses, develop instructional materials and content, incorporate active learning strategies and apply best practices.

Through the COLT program, I was able to identify and effectively integrate cognitive constructivism in my blended teaching courses. Once given the framework of the assignments, students were able to set their own goals which motivated them to learn the course material.

The COLT program assisted me in fine tuning my instructional material. I was able to identify instructional gaps and fill those gaps with meaningful content.

I was able to fine tune my teaching style which will assist me in adapting additional active learning strategies into my content.

Spring 2021 Cohort Participant

Designed to maximize flexibility for participants, COLT consists of an introduction/orientation micro-course, a series of self-paced online micro-courses, and a final capstone project. COLT is presented in a blended format to model a fully distributed learning experience, including asynchronous online learning experiences and synchronous learning community sessions. Cohort members were provided with a Cohort Leader, an experienced Center for Teaching Excellence instructional designer who coached them through the micro-courses and capstone project.

In consultation with a designer, we totally revamped the look of my course online as well as the course syllabus and assignments. I feel so much more prepared going into the next semester, having the course laid out in Blackboard with a clean, fresh look! (reference to Blackboard Ultra Course View)

One of the most important learning moments from the COLT Learning Community was honestly that there was an entire team of people who are willing to help improve your course and content delivery.

I found the support and guidance from the COLT staff to be the most helpful experience throughout the certificate program.

Spring 2021 Cohort Participants

The COLT program is open to those who teach at UofSC-Columbia or Palmetto College regional campuses. Priority will be given to those who will be teaching in a distributed learning (online or blended) or hybrid format within the upcoming academic year. Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs) and graduate students are NOT eligible. Applications are currently being accepted for the COLT Fall 2021 cohort. 

Learn more about applying for the Fall 2021 Carolina Online Learning & Teaching (COLT) Certificate of Completion program.


Spring 2021 Cohort Participants

Farida Badr 
Instructor of Arabic
Languages, Literatures & Cultures
College of Arts and Sciences
Farida Badr    
Brandy Barnette
Instructor
Mathematics
College of Arts and Sciences
Brandy Barnett    
J. Elvin Boone
Consultant
eLearning Services
Division of Information Technology
J. Elvin Boone    
Susan Brinson
Lecturer
School of Accounting
Darla Moore School of Business
Susan Brinson    
Wanda Fenimore
Assistant Professor
USC Sumter
Wanda Fenimore    
Catherine Greene
Associate Director
University 101 Programs
Catherine Greene    
Jacqueline Keisler
Instructor
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications
Jacqueline Keisler    
Heather Kelly
Instructor
Office of Career Management
Darla Moore School of Business
Heather Kelly    
Laura Lanni
Instructor
Chemistry and Biochemistry
College of Arts and Sciences
Laura Lanni
Ed Madden
Professor
English Language and Literature
College of Arts and Sciences
Ed Madden
Sara Peters
Adjunct Associate Professor
Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Sara Peters
Kolby Redd
Health Services Policy and ManagementClinical Assistant Professor
Arnold School of Public Health
Kolby Redd
Sandy Strick
Associate Professor
Director of the Wine and Beverage Institute
School of Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management
College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
Sandy Strick
Paige Wallace
Instructor of English
Division of Arts and Letter
USC Sumter
Paige Wallace
Catherine Wiggins 
Senior Director of Development
Principal Gifts
Giving at South Carolina
Catherine Wiggins 
Jennifer Wochner
Archivist & Digital Services Librarian
Music Library
University Libraries
Jennifer Wochner

 


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