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Getting Started Teaching Online at UofSC

Monday, May 11 - Sunday, June 7, 2020

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 26, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.


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

  • Recognize online learning best practices
  • Create measurable learning outcomes/objectives
  • Describe the role of alignment in online course design
  • Explain the Quality Matters rubric
  • Apply the UofSC Distributed Learning Quality Assurance Standards
  • Identify student interactions and engagement
  • Produce accessible course materials
  • Create a syllabus for an online course
  • Design and develop a course module
  • Select Blackboard features and other instructional technology tools
  • Identify on-campus 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 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 UofSC will run for four weeks, starting on Moday, May 11 and ending on Sunday, June 7. Course activities and assignments must be completed satisfactorily on course due dates.


To apply:

  • Complete the Document Support Form [pdf], including all required signatures.
  • Upload completed Document Support Form [pdf] to the Online Application.
  • Complete the Online Application, including uploading the completed Document Support Form. 

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

Application Deadline: Sunday, April 26, 2020 by 11:59 p.m.

Selected applications will be notified by Monday, May 4, 2020

For questions, contact Gloria Washington at

Getting Started Teaching Online at UofSC Department Support Signature Page


Getting Started Teaching Online at UofSC Application

About the Facilitator

Gloria Washington is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence 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. She completed the Quality Matters’ Applying the QM Rubric and Higher Education Peer Reviewer courses. Prior to coming to CTE, Washington 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 an At-Large Board Member for the Association for Distance Education and Independent Learning (ADEIL). She 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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