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Courses and Communities of Practice

The CTE's Short Courses and Communities of Practice provide opportunities for sustained and deeper engagement with teaching related interests and topics in a collegial setting. Our Short Courses are opportunities to learn about a particular area of teaching with the guidance of an expert colleague in that area. Our Communities of Practice allow for informal conversation and idea sharing among colleagues involved in a particular area of teaching.

Faculty Cohort

Short Courses

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Teaching Online for Graduate Students

Are you a graduate student who is new to online learning or interested in teaching an online course? Would you like to boost your teaching credentials and learn new instructional skills? This four-week online course will introduce you to online teaching and develop your knowledge and ability to implement and teach online courses at the University of South Carolina and throughout your career as an educator.

Technology Teaching Online

Technology for Online Teaching and Learning

For instructors teaching in the online environment, using technology is a given. Even so, utilizing the full potential of technology is an important component of well-designed courses.  The focus of this 6-week online course is on integrating technology for online course delivery to transform learning environments. Instructors are introduced to the how’s, when’s and why’s of technology use in the online learning environment.  This course is a collaborative learning experience designed to give instructors an in depth look at how to effectively teach online with technology.

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Getting Started Teaching Online at UofSC

 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 design, develop and deliver online courses at the University of South Carolina. 

Communities of Practice (CoP)

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Coordinators and Instructors of Large Undergraduate Courses  Community of Practice (CILUC CoP)

In this informal, cross-disciplinary discussion group, participants discuss and share best practices and resources for 1) effective coordination of large undergraduate courses, including logistics, class management, GTA and adjunct supervision, and other issues unique to large course management, and 2) teaching and administration of large introductory courses  The group meets two to three times a semester, discussing concerns, ideas, and other issues, regularly inviting campus offices to contribute to the discussion. Please contact Michelle Hardee at if you are interested in participating in the CILUC CoP. 

Virtual Reality

Virtual Environments Community of Practice (VE CoP)

The Virtual Environments Interest Group is planning ways to bring 360° video, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality into teaching and learning environments at USC. Meetings are open to faculty, staff and students.   To join this group, please email Aisha Haynes at If you are interested in implementing Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and/or 360o videos into your curriculum, the Center for Teaching Excellence has the technology available that you can checkout to get started. Visit the Teaching Resources/Virtual Reality section of our website to learn more.

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