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Center for Teaching Excellence

  • FPLE Fall 2019 Graduates

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.  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.  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. Lastly, we will discuss how to report a concern of academic misconduct and ways to address the concern with your students(s).  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.  Register

Elective Workshops

This workshop will present a variety of active learning strategies for use especially in large, introductory lecture courses, but which are transferable to many other teaching environments. Intro courses are important as they serve as the beginning and end of many students introduction to a discipline, topic or way of thinking.

The student experience in introductory STEM courses has been identified as a critical tipping point for student persistence. Research in various STEM disciplines over the last few decades has revealed a suite of empirically validated (active learning) instructional practices that can contribute to improvements in student learning and a reduction in attrition. 11 of these practices will be introduced, the research that supports each one, and how provide concrete steps for redesigning your own lessons to incorporate more 'active learning' practices - even when there are 300+ people in the room - using backwards design.

This workshop is designed to accommodate instructors with a mix of experiences; from those with no history with active learning to instructors seeking to incorporate new strategies to their courses.  Register

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this workshop, participants will learn about the design, development, and delivery of online courses. As we walk through the 3Ds: Design, Development, and Delivery, participants will be introduced to best practices for online teaching in preparation for modifying a current face-to-face course for online delivery or creating a new online course.

Participants will also learn about technology and instructional design support available to all who teach at UofSC. Please bring a copy of your face-to-face syllabus and schedule along with a laptop for hands-on activities. If you are creating a new online course, please bring whatever you have for the course.  Register

This session will provide an overview of the test proctoring services offered by the Office of Distributed Learning, including the online test proctoring service provided by ProctorU. Participants will learn the advantages of and how to use ProctorU while a ProctorU representative provides a demonstration of the service.  Register

The diversity in USC classrooms is rapidly increasing to include students from a range of countries and linguistic background. With all of the benefits that come from having a global classroom, there are challenges that are presented by this shift. As students try to succeed in a language that they do not natively speak and in a country where the cultural differences can be confusing and overwhelming, these challenges often come to light in the classroom. This session will give you 10 key tips for ensuring that your international students successfully learn the material and meet your expectations in the classroom.  Register 

In a world where updates to apps, software, and hardware are changing constantly, how do we decide when we actually need a new piece of technology? Are we incorporating technology just for the sake of using it, or is it being used to assist and meet our needs? This workshop will discuss some methods and steps that can be used to select what technology best fit your needs.  Register

When you pose a question to a large class and the correct answer is quickly returned from the front row, do you ever wonder if the average student could come up with that same answer? Do you wish that there were 100 clones of yourself available to go around the classroom to individually address the numerous possible sticking points for each student? This workshop will describe several teaching strategies that are recommended by the National Research Council based on the body of research examining undergraduate instruction.

Many of the recommended active learning approaches are challenging to incorporate with large classes. Recent efforts to adapt active learning into a large UofSC service classes will be described. Participants will discuss and collaborate in groups to craft a learning activity and the session will conclude with an informal discussion about implementing active learning in to diverse classroom settings.  Register

Participants will learn how the University defines as hazing (STAF 3.05), how to recognize the signs of hazing, how to report hazing at UofSC, and the critical role faculty/staff/TAs play in keeping our campus a safe environment.  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.  Register

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