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Teaching Online for Graduate Students

Application Deadline for Spring 2024: Wednesday, January 17, 2024


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, fully online asynchronous 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. Course topics will include the following:

  • Recognizing online learning best practices
  • Identifying on-campus learner and faculty support resources
  • Revising a syllabus for an online course
  • Comparing online learning models and theories
  • Creating measurable learning outcomes/objectives
  • Discussing the course design and development process
  • Collaborating and networking with peers

The goal of this course is to support and develop a community of graduate students prepared to develop and teach high-quality, asynchronous online courses. You may apply for this course if you:

  • Are an experienced graduate student at the University of South Carolina, and
  • Have at least one semester of face-to-face or online teaching experience as the instructor of record or primary teacher.

Priority will be given to graduate students who teach as instructor of record or primary teacher who are scheduled to teach online for USC in an upcoming semester. This course is offered fully online and asynchronous (does not have any scheduled meeting times).

Participants who successfully complete the course will receive a certificate of completion. There are no fees associated with this course.

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 certificate of completion.

You must submit both the Online Application and the Signature Page to be considered.


Teaching Online for Graduate Students will run for four weeks from Wednesday, January 31, 2024  – Tuesday, February 27, 2024. Course activities must be completed satisfactorily on due dates during the four weeks of the course. This course is offered fully online and asynchronous  (does not have any scheduled meeting times).


To apply:

Application Deadline for Spring 2024: Wednesday, January 17, 2024

Applicants will be notified by January 27, 2023.

For questions, please contact Kimberly Pavlik at

About the Facilitator

Kimberly Pavlik is an instructional designer at the Center for Teaching Excellence with more than 16 years of experience in higher education. She has held various positions ranging from Adjunct Professor/Professor (on-line and on-ground) to Director/Program Manager. She holds a Doctor of Criminal Justice, post-graduate certificate in Public Policy-Strategic Planning, and has a Master in Higher Education. She is an Academic Program reviewer, grant/proposal reviewer for various agencies, as well as a manuscript reviewer for various Higher Ed mainstream publishers. Pavlik has presented at conferences to include Beijing, China. She is an Ambassador for Shared Hope International, as well as an active member of the KY Statewide Human Trafficking Task Force. Kimberly holds membership in organizations that include the Academy of Forensic Science (AAFS) and the International Association for Identification (IAI). She is also a Blackboard Exemplary Course Program Reviewer, certified Total Quality Management Professional, certified Corporate Trainer, and is an active member of Quality Matters and other related organizations.

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