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Getting Started Teaching Online at UofSC

Fall 2019

 Application Deadline: Monday, August 26, 2019 by 5 pm


Are you a faculty member (tenure-track, non-tenure-track or part-time adjunct) who is new to distributed learning but interested in teaching an online course? Would you like to become familiar with best practices for teaching in an asynchronous online environment? This online course will introduce you to online teaching and prepare you to develop and offer online courses at the University of South Carolina. Course outcomes/objectives will include the following:

  • Recognizing online learning best practices
  • Identifying on-campus student and faculty support resources
  • Creating a syllabus for an online course
  • Creating measurable learning outcomes/objectives
  • Describing the role of alignment in online course design
  • Explaining the Quality Matters rubric
  • Applying the USC Distributed Learning Quality Assurance Standards
  • Using Blackboard and other instructional technology tools
  • Identifying student interactions and engagement
  • Producing accessible course materials
  • Designing and developing a course module
  • Collaborating and networking with colleagues

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 part-time adjunct faculty) who teaches as instructor of record at the University of South Carolina Columbia or the Palmetto Campuses (Extended University, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, and Union) may apply. This course is offered fully online and does not have any required scheduled meeting times. Enrollees who successfully complete the course will receive a $500 spending grant. Grant funds may be used for any costs incurred relating to your USC duties (except salary), including equipment, travel, books, transcriptions, etc.

Admission to this course is competitive and spaces are limited. Applicants will be expected to complete 100 percent of the course activities and assignments on the appointed schedule in order to receive the associated grant funding and certificate of completion.


Getting Started Teaching Online at USC will run for eight weeks, starting on Tuesday, September 3 – Monday, October 28, 2019. Course activities and assignments must be completed satisfactorily on course due dates.


To apply:

You must submit both the Online Application and the signed Document Support Form to be considered.

Application Deadline: Monday, August 26, 2019 by 5 pm

Selected applications will be notified by Friday, August 30, 2019

For questions, contact Gloria Washington at 777-7078 or

Department Support Form/Signature Page

Online Application

About the Facilitator

Gloria Washington is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence (CTE) with 21 years of experience in higher education at the University of South Carolina. She is a Blackboard Certified Trainer and a Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Reviewer. Gloria completed the Quality Matters’ Applying the QM Rubric and Higher Education Peer Reviewer courses.  Prior to coming to CTE, she worked in Teaching and Technology Services and as a Technology Director for the Ted Mimms Foreign Language Learning Center. She serves on the Editorial Review Board for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. Gloria holds a Doctor of Education, Master of Arts in Education, and Master of Business Administration. Her expertise is in the pedagogical use of technology to support teaching and learning. Gloria’s instructional design philosophy is “pedagogy first, technology second.”

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