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Fostering Proactive Learning Environments

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:

  • Understanding today’s student and how to structure your class to foster a sense of belonging
  • Developing proactive and reactive strategies for handling academic misconduct
  • Practicing how to avoid and address classroom conflicts

Program Requirements

  • Attend four primary sessions
  • Complete two elective sessions

Participants will have 3 academic semesters (not including summer semesters) to complete the certificate.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.


Required Primary Workshops

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments (FPLE).  Register

Creating an environment of integrity within the classroom truly takes a village. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This workshop will explore preventative classroom tools to promote academic integrity. 

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

Engaging in conflict is challenging whether you are an experienced instructor or new to your role. A likely strategy is to ignore the behavior due to our own discomfort, concern over retaliation or fear that our intervention may cause more harm or disruption.

Through case study examples this workshop will explore Gerald Amada’s research from Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom and provide participants with tangible strategies to disruptive behavior in a confident and fair manner.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

Elective Workshops

Do you often feel like you are the most passionate about the content you are teaching in your classroom? Does it feel like a lack of student engagement inhibits a true connection with the subject matter in your courses and student success? In this interactive workshop, the facilitator will share a variety of ways to engage students that simultaneously honor course objectives and students' individual interests. Both long and short-term instructional/management strategies will be explored, and participants will be asked to consider how they could adopt such methods into their courses. Participants should bring a syllabus from one of their courses to ponder how specific strategies could be adopted into their teaching.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.   Register

Who are the new students on campus this fall? This workshop will provide demographic and profile information on the new incoming students to the Columbia campus.

This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.    Register

Stuttering is recognized as a disability within the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Stuttering affects 1% of the adult population, which means that over 3 million Americans stutter. This also means that about 350 USC students (and another 60+ faculty and staff) stutter. People who stutter are commonly misunderstood, often overlooked or marginalized, and are sometimes the victims of discrimination. Because the classroom is a place to exchange ideas, stuttering can present real challenges to both students and teachers. This workshop will shed light on this curious condition, and will offer helpful suggestions to manage stuttering from both sides of the learning process.

This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

Globalization, technology, and common language have certainly made it much easier to share information and research in the 21st century, however, not all of our definitions of sharing are the same! When we talk about Academic Integrity in the classroom and what kinds of 'helps' are appropriate - proper citation of sources in writing and research, doing homework and projects together, using the internet to help with presentations and projects - there are different definitions and expectations from Beijing to Bogota to Birmingham.

Countries differ regarding what information is considered to 'public' and 'proprietorial'. Ideas about what it means to help friends and family members be successful also vary greatly. High Context and Low Context cultures differ in what it means to honor those in positions of authority by using their materials. Participants will discuss these cultural differences and values and seek to explore ways to raise awareness for both students and faculty on this important topic.  Register

Do you wish you knew how to meet the needs of the international students in your classes while also improving the experience of your domestic students? The international student population is rapidly increasing at USC, and with this increase comes some notable benefits to our university, our domestic students, and the overall classroom climate. These students typically have very strong motivation to succeed but very specific challenges that make classroom content more difficult to access and professor expectations more difficult to understand and meet. In this workshop, you will learn about the difficulties that international students typically experience and tips on how to facilitate their learning. Participants will develop a plan for making their course content more accessible to international students while also enhancing learning for their domestic students.

This workshop is an elective workshop for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

 

 

 


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