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Getting Started Teaching Online at UofSC

Spring 2022 Short Course

Wednesday, February 9 – Tuesday, March 22, 2022


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 online environment? As a student in this Blackboard asynchronous course, you will learn about online teaching and prepare to design, develop, and deliver online courses at the University of South Carolina. 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 course design.
  • Apply the UofSC Distributed Learning Quality Assurance Standards.
  • Select Blackboard features and other instructional technology tools.
  • Create a syllabus for an online course.
  • Design 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 part-time adjunct faculty) who teaches as 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 successfully 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 on the appointed schedule to receive a certificate of completion.


Getting Started Teaching Online at USC will run for six weeks, starting on Wednesday, February 9 and ending on Tuesday, March 22, 2022. Course activities and assignments must be completed satisfactorily on course due dates.


To apply, please complete the Online Application Form.

Application Deadline: Sunday, January 30, 2022, by 11:59 p.m.

Selected applicants will be notified by Wednesday, February 3, 2022.

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 23 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. Washington 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 as Associate Editor for the International Journal of Innovative Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She is the President-Elect for 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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