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Foundations of Online Teaching

Application deadline has passed. Please check back to apply for the Summer 2023 cohort.


Regardless of your online teaching experience, this facilitator-led course provides foundations and guidance for purposeful online course design, development, and delivery. The course is delivered through the Blackboard Learning Management System in a fully asynchronous format. Faculty work in the course as students and complete weekly activities and assignments. We do not recommend enrolling in this course if you have completed Getting Started Teaching Online at UofSC.

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize online learning best practices.
  • Create measurable learning outcomes and objectives.
  • Describe the role of alignment in online courses.
  • Apply quality standards for online courses.
  • Select Blackboard tools and other technologies
  • Create a syllabus for an online course.
  • Plan a Blackboard course module.
  • Identify student and faculty support resources.
  • Collaborate and network with colleagues.

Offered with support from the Office of the Provost, the goal of this course is to support and develop a community of faculty prepared to develop and teach high-quality distributed learning courses. Any faculty member (tenure-track, non-tenure-track, and adjunct faculty) who teaches as an instructor of record at the University of South Carolina Columbia or Palmetto College may apply. This course is offered fully online and does not have any required scheduled meeting times. Participants who complete the course will receive a certificate of completion.

Admission to this course is competitive and spaces are limited, so apply early. Applicants will be expected to complete 100 percent of the course activities and assignments to receive a certificate of completion.

For questions, please contact Gloria Washington at 803-777-7078 or

About the Facilitator

Gloria Washington is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence with 24 years of experience in higher education at the University of South Carolina. She serves as a co-chair for the Provost Advisory Committee for Women Initiatives (PACWI). She is a Blackboard Certified Trainer and a Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Reviewer. Washington completed the Quality Matters’ Applying the QM Rubric and Higher Education Peer Reviewer courses. Before coming to CTE, she worked in Teaching and Technology Services and as a Technology Director for the Ted Mimms Foreign Language Learning Center. Washington serves as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is the President-Elect of the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL). Washington also authors the blog, Pedagogy Before Technology. She holds a Doctor of Education, a Master of Arts in Education, and a Master of Business Administration. Her expertise is in the pedagogical use of technology to support teaching and learning. Her instructional design philosophy is “pedagogy first, technology second.”

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