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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.

Educational Technology Showcase

The Educational Technology Showcase is a free teaching with technology symposium spotlighting the latest and emerging trends in higher education technologies. The showcase is designed to promote best practices in selecting and using educational technology in higher education, cultivate partnerships, provide hands-on opportunities for faculty to experiment with educational technology and demonstrate how educational technology can enhance the student's learning experience.

Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) Announces New Leadership Team

Provost Joan Gabel has announced the new leadership team for the Center for Teaching Excellence. Professor Augie Grant of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications begins a four-year term as Director of CTE. Joining Grant on the management team is Associate Director Nate Carnes from the College of Education. Aisha Haynes, who served as the Interim Director of CTE for the past seven months, has been promoted to Assistant Director.

USC Leadership Week Book Drive

The Office of the Provost, Center for Teaching Excellence and the Student United Way of USC are hosting a book drive for the United Way of the Midlands Reading Consortium (MRC) during USC Leadership Week (January 29 - February 3, 2018). The MRC is collecting books for elementary school kids to take home for the summer to prevent reading loss. During the book drive, the Carolina Community will rally in support of education and childhood literacy by donating new English and Spanish children's books.

2018 Garnet Apple Award Nominations Are Now Open

The Office of the Provost is pleased to continue the Garnet Apple Award for Teaching Innovation. This annual 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.

Inspiring a New Generation of Sustainability Leaders

Inspiring a New Generation of Sustainability Leaders Through the Classroom will explore how educators can utilize their unique role to inspire, inform and train today's students to become tomorrow's sustainability champions.

Globalizing Your Course

This fall, the CTE is collaborating with International Student Services (ISS) and Global Carolina to host numerous events and opportunities in conjunction with International Education Week (IEW), November 13 - 17, 2017. An important component of USC's mission is to increase students' knowledge of global connections, issues, and cultural awareness, to be responsible and successful citizens in today's globally integrated world.

3Ds Bootcamp: A Workout in Online Course Development

The Center for Teaching Excellence has awarded eight USC faculty members grants to participate in the inaugural session of the grant cohort "3Ds Bootcamp: Design, Develop, and Deliver an Online Course." Offered with support from the Office of the Provost, the goal of the 3Ds Bootcamp is to equip faculty members with the skills they need to launch a top-notch online course.

GSTO 5th Cohort Graduates

CTE is pleased to announce the fifth cohort of "Getting Started Teaching Online" graduates. Offered with support from the Office of the Provost each semester since Spring 2015, this intensive eight-week online course introduces faculty members to distributed learning pedagogy, best teaching practices, and USC resources related to online teaching.


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