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Center for Teaching Excellence

Events Calendar

Throughout the year, the CTE hosts events catered to USC Faculty and Staff. Our events allow participants to explore a broad range of topics important to both novice and veteran college teachers. Most workshops are facilitated by veteran faculty from USC and are designed to be highly interactive.

Click on the "+" sign next to each event to see description.


April 2019

This session will discuss our roles as institutional actors/representatives in disrupting oppressive forces that are pervasive in society and within institutions. During this session, we bring participants to a heightened level of awareness around historical and contemporary institutional oppression, and we discuss the socialization process and how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to the perpetuation of all forms of oppression, specifically racism. In addition, we discuss how a lack of critical consciousness can lead to disparate academic and social outcomes and can also lead to an unhealthy identity development for all.

The ultimate objective of this session is to engage participants in a conversation that could lead to a heightened critical consciousness around systemic oppression and privilege. We will also discuss concepts like implicit bias and give participants resources and tools to aid them in beginning their own journey toward becoming equity-focused agents of change within our various institutions.  Register

This workshop is an elective workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.  

Presentations involve more than adding text and images to a PowerPoint slide. In this workshop, participants will learn different methods and skills to help them design, create, and present presentations. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

In this workshop, Ravindra Pogaku will share 35 years of thoughts on teaching and research and the exciting experiences he has had with student guinea pigs. The emphasis will be on how the bubbling enthusiasm of the students motivated him towards productive teaching and research in higher learning institutions. Pogaku teaching strategy is to extract the hidden talents of the budding students.

This will be an interactive session with the participants leaving the workshop with an outline of effective teaching and research techniques for a sustainable society.  Register

When students are given the opportunity to express themselves, they need creative options and a variety of formats available to meet their needs. See how AI supports the student's content through design using a tool like Sway to allow students to share professionally designed work without wasting time and energy on executive tasks. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Have you noticed that the number of Chinese students has increased during the past three years at USC? With the growth of this new demographic at USC, have you wanted to learn more about how to effectively meet the needs of these students in the classroom?

Attendees will learn about how the experience of Chinese students in high school typically differs from that of American students and how that can affect students' expectations and success. They will also learn about the key linguistic challenges and cultural differences that can make instructor communication harder to understand and key ways to help Chinese students succeed. The session will conclude with a cross-departmental panel of experts on Chinese culture, along with ample time to share experiences and discuss how to meet the specific needs and challenges that have been encountered.  
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This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments

Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. This seminar is designed to provide guidance on what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely and how to recognize a potential problem, specifically in campus and classroom contexts.  Register

Join us in this hands-on session to explore teaching tools embedded within Blackboard and Office365, and how you can use these collaboratively in your online or face-to-face class and in your research. 6 Tools we will Explore: Blackboard Collaborate, VoiceThread, Office 365 Online Word, Sway, OneNote and Office 365 Forms.

This workshop is designed as an interactive workshop. Please bring your laptop. Register

The purpose of this workshop is to help faculty and instructors recognize emergencies and make appropriate decisions for first aid care. This workshop provides basic first aid knowledge when dealing with breathing issues, people with diabetes, fainting and injuries that participants need to know in order to provide immediate care for a suddenly ill or injured person until more advanced medical care arrives to take over. This workshop is not designed to certify participants in first aid. This workshop is basic and general first aid knowledge.  Register

As you prepare for a new semester, don’t let Blackboard get the best of you! Let us show you some tips and tricks to help you get off on the right foot. We will also cover best practices for using Blackboard as a teaching tool, who to contact for help, and how to access our Knowledge Base. Workshop participants are welcome to bring a computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during this workshop.  Register

Are you and a colleague planning on co-teaching a class in the future? This session might be for you! In Co-Teaching 201, we will review a few co-teaching strategies and practical planning methods that you can use in your classroom. Also, we will discuss co-teaching in face-to-face and online environments to maximize student learning.

This will be a hands-on planning session that will based on a course or lesson that you bring! By the end of our time together, you should have a general co-teaching strategy and a lesson plan outline that can work for you.  
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A cybersecurity expert shares his Top 7 Security tips. In this hands-on session, you will learn exactly what you can do to better protect yourself online. Bring your laptop or phone! We will walk through easy, yet powerful steps to stop hackers in their tracks.  Register

Come and learn how to find answers to your technology questions, how to request something, or how to report something that is not working by using the DoIT Service Portal at sc.edu/ithelp. Workshop participants are welcome to bring a computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during this workshop.  Register

Are you an instructor who never actually “learned” how to write or develop a quality course syllabus?  Or do you feel your course is just not leading to the learning you expected in your students?  How can these issues be resolved?  For a quality course that engenders deep and meaningful learning, instructors need to write the syllabus from the perspective of what the student will achieve, and design realistic, meaningful outcomes and associated curriculum to do so. 

In this workshop, we will outline the framework for developing a syllabus for a course of your choosing, using the conceptual framework of “Backward Design” (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005).  We’ll discuss the importance of (and practice crafting) thoughtfully designed learning outcomes, and then work backward to develop appropriate assessments, meaningful class learning activities, and finally, determine the most effective method for teaching that activity. Other tips and advice for syllabus development, along with examples of good and bad syllabus construction, will be discussed with other participants in a small group setting.  Register

This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  

May 2019

New USC adjunct faculty are invited to participate in a 90 minute orientation session sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and the Office of On Your Time Initiatives. The session will provide helpful information to any adjunct faculty member including:

  • Logistics, including the Blackboard learning management system, the Banner registration and grading system, and syllabus templates.
  • Tips for effective teaching, including active learning, experiential learning, effective assessment, and presentation styles.
  • Practical issues including academic integrity, managing attendance, dealing with disruptive students, technical support, parking, and navigating the university bureaucracy.

Light refreshments will be provided.  Register

Once upon a time, there were limited ways to communicate. Professionals used telephone, memos, and fax messages. Things have certainly changed. Now, there are so many communication channels it’s difficult to know which is more effective for various audiences. Come hear about a few communication methods that have gained popularity, when to use them, and how to analyze your audience to determine the best channel to use.  Register

June 2019

This workshop is a thorough overview of Blackboard's capabilities. Learn how to log-in, add course content, create announcements and send email. Explore online course design, the discussion board, see how to set up groups and use the Grade Center. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Come develop a deeper understanding of inclusive excellence and why it is central not only to how we prepare students to lead, but also to how we engage all members of our USC community. Learn about the ways in which the Office of Diversity and Inclusion seeks to operationalize inclusive excellence, as well as how we intend to use our equity and inclusion strategy to track the University's effectiveness in four primary areas: compositional diversity, achievement, engagement and inclusion.  Register

In our online and face-to-face learning environments, we post documents and presentations for our students to view. When we post these documents, we should ask ourselves the following questions: Are our course materials accessible to ALL possible students who may access my course? Is the structure of our documents inclusive to a wide range of students with varying abilities? In this hands-on session, you will create an accessible and inclusive Word document and PowerPoint presentation. Strategies for designing accessible and inclusive documents and presentations will also be discussed.  Register

Clearly articulating classroom expectations helps to set the foundation for a mutually beneficial course. Research shows that persistence and retention is connected to student's sense of belonging. Furthermore, students who engage in quality interactions with faculty are retained at a higher rate (Astin 1977, 1993). As a faculty member, it is important to assist in developing this sense of belonging and aid in students persistence and retention. This session will cover pedagogical strategies and ways to negotiate positive norms within your classroom to assist you in developing a meaningful academic environment.This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

Creating an environment of integrity within the classroom truly takes a village. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This workshop will explore preventative tools to address classroom roadblocks. This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

In this session we will discuss the academic misconduct trends we are seeing online and in person with our students. Additionally, we will discuss how to identify and address these common violations while maintaining a productive instructor/student relationship. This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

Engaging in conflict is challenging whether you are an experienced instructor or new to your role. A likely strategy is to ignore the behavior due to our own discomfort, concern over retaliation or fear that our intervention may cause more harm or disruption. Through case study examples this workshop will explore Gerald Amada’s research from Coping with Misconduct in the College Classroom and provide participants with tangible strategies to disruptive behavior in a confident and fair manner. This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. This seminar is designed to provide guidance on what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely and how to recognize a potential problem, specifically in campus and classroom contexts.  Register

The Grade Center is more than just a way to record students' grades. It is a dynamic and interactive tool, allowing instructors to record data, calculate grades and monitor student progress.  In the Grade Center, instructors can provide and manage students' grades for a variety of assessments, including assignments, tests, discussion board posts, journals, blogs, and wikis. Faculty can also create grade columns for any activities or requirements that require grading but do not require submission through Blackboard, such as special projects, presentation, participation or attendance. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

This session will provide an overview of best practices for creating an online lecture with closed captioning to meet course accessibility needs. The presenters will first discuss online lecture recording options on campus, including the Office of Distributed Learning’s course production studios that are available to faculty and instructors. Next, they will present best practices to create an effective and engaging lecture video. Then, the presenters will direct participants to and demonstrate the resources available for creating closed captioning for lecture and other videos to ensure the content is accessible to all students.  Register

The presentation will address the educational applications of 360 videos and how they can be an effective tool to increase engagement, which several studies have shown is considered an important predictor of student achievement. The presenters will begin by describing how they are working to assist interested faculty to select, create, and edit 360 video for appropriate courses. They will also provide examples of ways in which to implement 360 videos into courses to increase learner engagement with course content as well as share existing 360 video resources.

One of the presenters will also explain how she is using 360 videos in her course, Principles of Retailing, including how she selected and created the 360 video content focusing on visual merchandising and store design and layout. The presentation will end with a demonstration of a 360 video. Participants will leave the presentation with a better understanding of how to use 360 videos in their courses, a list of resources for existing 360 videos appropriate for use in higher education courses, and the presenters’ contact information should they need assistance with creating and editing 360 videos for their courses.  Register

July 2019

Learn how to post assignments, load files, receive student input and files, organize information, and grade assignments using the Assignment Manager. Discover how to check for plagiarism using SafeAssign. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Learn to create tests and surveys, to use pools of questions while creating these items, and to modify the deployment rules for individuals or groups of students. Workshop participants can bring their computer or tablet to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.  Register

Virtual reality (VR) provides an immersive experience (e.g., videogames and movies) or simulates presence in a real-world environment (e.g., watching a sporting event or visiting a foreign location). This presentation will discuss and provide a demonstration of one piece of VR equipment, the Oculus Go, a portable, all-in-one VR, and review the educational applications of apps available on the device. Apps that will be discussed include:

  • AltSpaceVR which is a social platform for virtual reality that allows users to meet with people from anywhere around the world and could be used to create a virtual classroom or learning space
  • ENGAGE which is a VR social platform that allows educators to host meetings, classes, private lessons and presentations with people from all over the world in a safe, virtual, multi-user environment
  • Wander which uses data from Google Streetview and allows users to teleport almost anywhere in the world and can let students virtually visit locations that they cannot visit physically
  • Art Plunge which is a gallery of famous paintings that allows users to go inside and explore the scene
  • Apps providing immersive experiences in the medical field such as The Body VR, Human Anatomy, and VLIPPmed.
  • Apps providing immersive video experiences such as BBC VR, YouTube VR, and National Geographic VR.

Participants will leave the presentation with a better understanding of how to use the Oculus Go and a list of apps that can be used for educational purposes if they are interested in implementing VR into their courses. Register

Hear from USCPD what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. This seminar is designed to provide guidance on what to do in a shooting incident, how to be prepared, how to think safely and how to recognize a potential problem, specifically in campus and classroom contexts.  Register