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Getting Started Teaching Online at USC

Spring 2018

Application Deadline: Monday, February 12, 2018


Are you a faculty member 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 eight-week online course will introduce you to online teaching and prepare you to develop and offer online courses at the University of South Carolina. Course topics will include the following:

  • Recognizing online learning best practices
  • Identifying on-campus learner 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
  • Using Blackboard and other instructional technology tools
  • Identifying learner interactions and engagement
  • Producing accessible course materials
  • Developing an example module
  • Collaborating and networking 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 who teaches as instructor of record at the University of South Carolina may apply, including non-tenure-track and part-time adjunct faculty. This course is offered fully online and does not have any scheduled meeting times. Enrollees who successfully complete the course will receive a $500 grant.

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 on the appointed schedule in order to receive the associated grant funding.


Getting Started Teaching Online at USC will run for eight weeks, starting on February 21, 2018. Course activities must be completed satisfactorily on due dates during the eight weeks of the course.


To apply, please complete the application form below, including uploading the scanned, completed Document Support Signature page. 

Application Deadline: Monday, February 12th
Selected applications will be notified by Thursday, February 15th

For questions, contact Gloria Washington at 777-7078 or

Getting Started Teaching Online at USC Department Support Signature Page


Getting Started Teaching Online at USC Application

About the Facilitator

Gloria Washington is an Instructional Designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence with 19 years of experience in higher education at USC. 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. Gloria holds a Doctor of Education in Educational Technology, 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.”