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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 Workshops

Clearly articulating classroom expectations helps to set the foundation for a mutually beneficial course. Research shows that persistence and retention is connected to student's sense of belonging. Furthermore, students who engage in quality interactions with faculty are retained at a higher rate (Astin 1977, 1993).

As a faculty member, it is important to assist in developing this sense of belonging and aid in students persistence and retention. This session will cover pedagogical strategies and ways to negotiate positive norms within your classroom to assist you in developing a meaningful academic environment.  Register

As the university shifts to remote teaching, it is important to create and maintain an online environment of integrity. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This webinar will explore trends in the online classroom, and tools and best practices to promote academic integrity in the creation and implementation of final assessments.  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 fall, international students in the US face unusual challenges. This webinar will address the range of challenges: travel-related, immigration-related, admission-related, linguistic, cultural, political. How might this reality affect international students in your classroom? Participants will discuss these constraints and ways to support international students in managing them in the USC classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Register

How can I tell if a source is primary or secondary, and how do I find these kinds of sources? I am trying to access this article, but I am being asked to pay, do you have any suggestions? Is there a good source for my topic? How can I tell if this source is credible? I need to find a scholarly article with statistics on my topic, can you help?

Working with students on questions such as these at their point of need when trying to identify, locate, evaluate, and cite sources uniquely situates Research & Instruction Librarians as we encounter students from across all departments and programs on the University of South Carolina campus . This session will focus on how Research & Instruction Librarians strive to promote critical thinking and information literacy skills when working with students in ways that often move beyond library skills, as well as common bottlenecks and “stuck” places observed in our interactions that often shift depending on disciplinary context, and questions to consider when developing assignments and projects that ask students to incorporate outside sources.  Register

Open access to research and data allows research results to be freely shared among scholars and students with few restrictions. In this session, we’ll discuss the basics of open access and open data. You’ll learn how to teach your students to confidently locate, evaluate, and use open access research and data.  Register 

Research literature on the effectiveness of discussion boards on engagement specify that responsibility lies with instructors to create atmospheres that support, encourage, and foster high quality discussions in online courses. Students report high levels of satisfaction with their online courses when they are socially active and participate in online discussion boards. This workshop will focus on methods, strategies, and tools that can be used in online courses to enhance engagement and participation.  Register

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