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January 2021

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.  Register

Learn how to set up Blackboard assignments and SafeAssign plagiarism detection.  Register

Blackboard’s inline grading feature just got a lot easier to use. New Box View has been replaced with Blackboard Annotate. When you go to grade an assignment or a discussion forum, you will see the new Blackboard Annotate feature. You will be able to draw comments, make edit marks, type comments and more with this new feature. Participants will learn about the many new options to provide meaningful feedback to your students.  Register

Learn the basics of setting up and using the Blackboard Grade Center.  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.   Register

Learn how to hold meetings or teach a class with this convenient and reliable web conferencing tool. With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, instructors can record sessions, share materials, allow participants to chat with each other, use a digital whiteboard, allow participants to share presentations, and more.  Register

Learn the basics of setting up and using the Blackboard Grade Center.  Register

In this session, participants will learn how to use the Blackboard Grade Center to their advantage and manage grades more efficiently. Creating and managing categories, weighting grades, dropping grades, downloading grades to work offline and using Smart Views are some of the topics to be covered. We welcome users with any level of experience, but this course is designed for instructors or graders who are already comfortable with Grade Center basics.   Register

In this session you will learn simple instructional techniques that benefit all users, technology tools that can be used to provide specific accommodations, and resources that are available to meet accommodation needs.  Register

Learn how to hold meetings or teach a class with this convenient and reliable web conferencing tool. With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, instructors can record sessions, share materials, allow participants to chat with each other, use a digital whiteboard, allow participants to share presentations, and more.  Register

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.  Register

This fall, international students in the US face unusual challenges. This webinar will address the range of challenges: travel-related, immigration-related, admission-related, linguistic, cultural, political. How might this reality affect international students in your classroom? Participants will discuss these constraints and ways to support international students in managing them in the USC classroom during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

This workshop, the first in the series, will provide participants the opportunity to establish the group dynamics essential to successfully developing mentorship ability. Participants will have the opportunity to develop their own philosophy of mentoring as a part of the program and prepare for upcoming workshops within the Entering Mentoring sequence. The Entering Mentoring sequence has been rigorously field tested and participants report to improve the research mentoring skills following training. Mentoring of research assistants is one way satisfy the “broader impact” mandate in research projects funded by NSF.

This workshop is an elective for the Entering Mentoring certificate of completion.  Register

Faculty, staff and graduate students are facing unique stressors in coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, while simultaneously navigating all the 'normal' stressors that come from balancing multiple personal and professional roles. Stress management is an important skill that can help us navigate successfully through the Spring 2021 semester. This presentation will focus on strategies for reducing common causes of stress, constructively dealing with inevitable stressors, handling feelings of overwhelm, and tips for maintaining good mental health throughout the spring semester and beyond.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

This is a hands-on workshop demonstrating the use of a Garmin 360 VIRB camera and associated software to record, edit and share 360° videos. The class will receive tips for recording quality videos and walk through the features of the camera with the instructors. Participants will record short videos and upload them to VIRB EDIT. Instruction on editing with VIRB EDIT will enable participants to modify their recordings and then upload the videos to YouTube. Participants are expected to have a Garmin 360 VIRB camera for the class, and, prior to class, download Garmin VIRB Edit software on their computer and create a YouTube account.

The Center for Teaching Excellence has a limited number of Garmin 360 VIRB cameras available for check out. Visit Virtual Environments for more information.  Register

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.  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.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence certificate of completion.  Register

The Virtual Reality Interest Group is planning ways to bring virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality into teaching and learning environments at UofSC. Meetings are open to faculty, staff and students.

If you are interested in participating in the Virtual Environments Interest Group, or would like to be on the email list for further information, please send a message to Aisha Haynes at haynesa@mailbox.sc.edu.  Register

Safe Zone is program that builds safe space across campus by visibly identifying students, staff and faculty who support the LGBTQ+ population. The two-hour interactive presentation will allow participants to learn about issues concerning LGBTQ+ students, practice relevant terminology, and learn resources for supporting LGBTQ+ student on UofSC's campus and in the community.  Register

Good communication is a key element of any relationship, and the mentoring relationship is no exception. As mentors, it is not enough to say we know good communication when we see it; rather, we must know what makes communication effective. At the end of workshop, participants will be better prepared to provide constructive feedback to research mentees, engage in active listening, communicate across diverse dimensions (disciplines, ethnicities, positions of powers) and formulate strategies for improving their own communication style.

This workshop is an elective for the Entering Mentoring certificate of Completion.  Register

Utilizing integrative learning principles, the presenters will share examples of how HIP characteristics are incorporated across different disciplines and identify classroom assessment techniques (CATs) that can be applied across a variety of academic settings. Participants will have opportunities to share examples of reflection and integrative learning principles in the design of assignments and appropriate assessment methods for their classroom. Kuh, G.D. (2008). High-impact educational practices: What they are, who has access to them, and why they matter. Washington, DC: Association of American Colleges and Universities.

This workshop is a required session for the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.  Register

Learn the basics of setting up and using the Blackboard Grade Center.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

This webinar is designed to support educators who are striving to engage the cultures and diversities in the classroom centered around today’s politics.

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

As an instructor, you know how to teach your discipline using best practices for creating a learning environment, and you have moved your understanding of a good online or hybrid course either partly or fully online. But what are your students’ perspectives on the shift to online courses this past year? What do they say they want, and need, from their courses and instructors, beyond the course content? What do they wish you knew about their “side” of the screen? Join us for a discussion of recent studies surveying student satisfaction and feedback about their satisfaction with online teaching, as well as student feedback and recommendations for better learning and engagement in both synchronous and asynchronous environments.  Register

Blackboard’s inline grading feature just got a lot easier to use. New Box View has been replaced with Blackboard Annotate. When you go to grade an assignment or a discussion forum, you will see the new Blackboard Annotate feature. You will be able to draw comments, make edit marks, type comments and more with this new feature. Participants will learn about the many new options to provide meaningful feedback to your students.  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).

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

Online courses present unique challenges and opportunities for both instructors and students. In this presentation, Ozgur Ince will discuss his experience converting a large introductory finance course from in-person to both synchronous and asynchronous online delivery. He will discuss best online teaching practices based on his experience and recent pedagogy. He will introduce strategies educators can utilize to tackle common challenges facing online learners, such as time management, lack of motivation, lack of interaction, and lack of community. He will also discuss alternative methods of delivery, student engagement using various online tools (such as polls, breakout groups, chat, discussion boards) and online assignments. The session will conclude with a question-and-answer session.  Register

For undergraduate students, reconciling their curricular requirements, cocurricular events, work and career preparedness, community engagement, and personal challenges can feel somewhat disjointed, and students therefore have a difficult time finding connections between all of these experiences (AAC&U/Carnegie Foundation, 2004). Integrative learning provides students with strategies to make connections between these within and beyond the classroom activities to help them apply their skills to new and complex problems and challenges.

This workshop explores teaching strategies and philosophies that help to engage students in activities beyond the classroom and then have students relate those experiences to their courses and curriculum. After reviewing current research and practices on integrative and experiential learning, including how the Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning supports IL and EL, participants will discuss strategies for encouraging students to reflect and make interdisciplinary connections between their experiences within and beyond the classroom to promote creativity, collaboration, and problem-solving.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

Are you looking for a way to spice up your online courses? Ever thought of using virtual reality to supplement your curriculum? Student engagement is difficult, especially when discussing concepts that are hard to visualize or explain which can be further amplified in an online course. One method of increasing student engagement is by using virtual reality to demonstrate concepts in an engaging manner.

Beyond engagement, virtual reality can help provide empathetic experiences, and promote active learning. In an introductory biological sciences laboratory (BIOL 102L), we used a form of virtual reality called 360° video to enhance student engagement and allow students to experience different environments and events than are typically not feasible within the confines of the normal laboratory or within the timespan of a typical semester.

In this session, we examine the easy implementation of the technology, analyze the results from student surveys collected, and explore the benefits of using virtual reality in the classroom. This session will contain lots of interaction amongst the audience. By the end of the session, audience members will be able to identify specific topics in their online courses that may be enhanced through virtual reality.  Register

February 2021

Have you ever considered facilitating a Global Classroom with your students and exploring your discipline in another part of the world but want to use a virtual platform? Are you already experienced at leading Global Classrooms and want to hear about the latest developments in this area? Join us in this session to learn about the innovations from the field of study abroad in higher education and the measures UofSC’s Education Abroad Office has taken since COVID-19 began impacting international travel. This session will familiarize you with best practices for setting up and facilitating an effective virtual Global Learning Experience (GLE).

This is a required workshop for the Online International Programming certificate.  Register

Join us for this interactive session as we discuss strategies to manage the workload for both students and instructors in online and hybrid learning environments. Suggestions for managing course logistics while engaging students in active learning and will be included.

At the end of this session, participant will be able to:

  • Describe how to organize a course for easy navigation and information retrieval
  • Create a consistent course schedule
  • Design engaging activities for automated grading
  • Identify effective communication strategies for large cohorts of students  Register

Effective teaching is a critical element in the university classroom. With an increasing number of students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD) pursuing college degrees, university faculty benefit from understanding the characteristics and impact of learning disabilities on their students. This presentation will provide insight into the variety of characteristics of SLD’s and the challenges that this diverse population of students encounter in college. A further goal is that this understanding will increase your confidence in partnering with students with SLD’s to provide effective accommodations that “level the playing field” for them such that they are able to access and master the material from your class.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.  Register

Learn how to set up Blackboard assignments and SafeAssign plagiarism detection.  Register

The Resilience in the Classroom training is a 50-minute training that focuses on three major components of resilience—self-compassion, dealing with failure, and coping skills, and how to incorporate these components into the classroom. Resilience is associated with academic success and psychological well-being. This session will help instructors identify how they can strengthen students’ resilience and help them adapt to change and hardships by integrating these core competencies into their curriculum.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

Are you ready to explore what PowerPoint can do beyond the basic slides and templates? This workshop will show participants how to include audio and video, customize templates, use animation, and create videos. Workshop participants should have PowerPoint installed on their device before the session to gain first-hand experience during the workshop. Participants will occasionally be asked to share their screen during this workshop.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

Can virtual reality truly be infused with an academic curriculum? What are some of the pros and cons of virtual reality in the classroom and setting up your own virtual-reality lab. Presentation will highlight the infusion of virtual reality into the Counseling and Rehabilitation curriculum. It will also discuss some of the success and trials of hosting a virtual-reality lab.  Register

Many of us teach 'large' synchronous online classes, with 'large' defined as classes with more than 250 students. In such cases, Blackboard Collaborate functionalities are somewhat restrictive. Despite Blackboard Collaborate restrictions, how can we teach such classes in ways that strive towards good student outcomes and high levels of student engagement?

This presentation will have two sub-parts. Initially, the presenter will share experiences from Fall 2020. Thereafter, the plan is to have an interactive session, with participants sharing ideas around how to improve student outcomes and maintain student engagement.  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.  Register

All learners have varying needs and abilities. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) employs a variety of instructional methods to eliminate barriers to learning and offer all students opportunities for learning success. This interactive webinar presents the impact of accessibility and the integration of tools and resources that facilitate multi-modal learning for everyone, along with proven strategies for implementing accessibility and multi-modal learning into physical and digital classroom environments.

Participants will compare foundational concepts of universal design (UD), universal access (UA), and Universal Design for Learning (UDL); apply principles of UD, UA, and UDL to access the abilities of all students; and review instructional and assistive technologies as tools to facilitate Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

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

Are you interested in service-learning? Would you like to learn how to develop a service-learning course? Jabari Bodrick will provide participants with step-by-step instructions on how to create an in-person or virtual service-learning course. Bodrick will also explain how service-learning is defined at UofSC, provide UofSC service-learning assessment data, and highlight the benefits of service-learning to students, faculty members and community agency representatives.

This workshop counts as an elective towards the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.  Register

As the university shifts to remote teaching, it is important to create and maintain an online environment of integrity. Faculty, administrators, and students all play a role in maintaining an ethical campus community. This webinar will explore trends in the online classroom, and tools and best practices to promote academic integrity in the creation and implementation of final assessments.

This workshop is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

This hands-on workshop is a continuation of the 'PowerPoint Tools and Techniques: Helping Faculty Create Effective Presentations' workshop. The focus will be on providing group feedback, evaluation methods, and looking at various exercises that can be used to improve existing presentations. 

Workshop Prerequisites
Attendance at a 'PowerPoint Tools and Techniques: Helping Faculty Create Effective Presentations' Workshop and creation of a PowerPoint presentation

  • Participants need to have an existing PowerPoint presentation loaded onto their computer that can be shared during the workshop.
  • Workshop participants should have PowerPoint installed on their device before the session to gain first-hand experience during the workshop.
  • Participants will occasionally be asked to share their screen during this workshop.  Register

Learn how to hold meetings or teach a class with this convenient and reliable web conferencing tool. With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, instructors can record sessions, share materials, allow participants to chat with each other, use a digital whiteboard, allow participants to share presentations, and more.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

The teaching philosophy statement provides a concise description of a faculty member’s teaching approach, methods, and experience. Departments require a teaching philosophy statement as part of the tenure and promotion process.

What is your teaching philosophy? How do you articulate it, and what should you include? In this workshop designed specifically for faculty, we will discuss the statement’s purpose and strategies for composing the statement, incorporating time for individual brainstorming, group discussion and feedback. Participants will leave with an outline of their statement and guidelines to continue crafting it. Come to this workshop to revise, revamp, and renew your current teaching philosophy statement.  Register

In this session, participants will learn how to use the Blackboard Grade Center to their advantage and manage grades more efficiently. Creating and managing categories, weighting grades, dropping grades, downloading grades to work offline and using Smart Views are some of the topics to be covered. We welcome users with any level of experience, but this course is designed for instructors or graders who are already comfortable with Grade Center basics.   Register

The first half of the Support Zone training focuses on providing context for the necessity of faculty and staff being well-versed in recognizing and responding to students experiencing mental health distress. The facilitator will review definitions, national and local statistics about mental health in college students and discuss how stigma affects help-seeking behaviors. The facilitator will also discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated the aforementioned issues. This session will also cover crisis support protocol, how to recognize signs of distress, warning signs of suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and how to respond and intervene to a student of concern.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

In this workshop you will learn valuable skills around experiential education. We will take a closer look as to what is experiential education and what resources exist on-campus around experiential education. Specifically, what is experiential education, how you can help your students before an experience, during an experience, and after they have an experience.

This workshop counts as an elective towards the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.  Register

Determining whether mentees understand core concepts about the research they are doing is critical to a productive mentoring relationship, but it is surprisingly difficult to do. Developing strategies to assess how well mentees understand the purpose of their research, the principles underpinning their research and experimental techniques, and the context of their work is an important part of becoming an effective mentor. Moreover, it is important for mentors to be able to identify causes for confusion among mentees and strategies to address misunderstandings.

This workshop is an elective for the Entering Mentoring certificate of Completion.  Register

The second half of the Support Zone training focuses on participants learning how to refer students of concern experiencing varying levels of distress (mild, moderate and severe), what to do if a student refuses a referral, how to maintain the students’ privacy, and how to follow-up with the student. This session includes role-plays and other interactive activities to help participants practice their recently acquired skills. The facilitator will also discuss the how responding to students of concern affects faculty/staff mental health and how to respond accordingly.

This session includes a review of resources specific to faculty/staff needs and tips on dealing with COVID-19 related stressors. Lastly, the facilitator will review campus and community resources to ensure participants have a thorough understanding of what is available to students and when to use each resource.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

In this session you will learn simple instructional techniques that benefit all users, technology tools that can be used to provide specific accommodations, and resources that are available to meet accommodation needs.  Register

How do you keep your students focused during a 60+ minute online class? Do you notice long periods of silence during your class when you ask questions or you struggle to keep lively discussions going? This workshop will provide participants with practical tips and tools to keep students engaged in a synchronous online environment. Strategies to maintain interest and excitement throughout the semester will also be shared.  Register

This webinar will provide strategies and pedagogical theories to increase awareness and understanding of how to create learning environments, and instructional methods that validate and reflect the diversity, identities, and experiences of all students.

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

With an increasing number of students entering college with traumatic experiences and considering the traumas some may encounter while in college it is important that instructors understand how to respond. Additionally, this session is particularly timely because of the various traumas students may have encountered as a result of the coronavirus.

With the goal of creating a more trauma informed and responsive campus, experts from Student Health Services will discuss the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma, and will introduce a new way to define the process of becoming flooded with overwhelming stress from a variety of causes. Time will be spent introducing factors that inhibit open discussion about trauma and cultural paradigms that prevent open discussion about difficult topics.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

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.  Register

Our nation is at a crossroads. Although we may work and/or attend school with persons of many various backgrounds and world views, being physically close to each other is not necessarily helping us to get along with each other. So many of us seem to have opposing political and social ideologies and are exposed to rhetoric in social media and traditional media sources which are leading us to become increasingly more polarized and in some cases even leads to violence. Can opening the door to more effective communication help us to become “one nation, under God” again?

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

Does the thought of overhauling your entire course to include High Impact Practices or incorporate Integrative and Experiential Learning seem so exhausting you don't know where to begin? In this session, Kristina Grob will share some ways to adapt High Impact Practices on a smaller scale so you could try one or two out this semester but with minimal stress.

After this session, you should be ready to modify a current assignment or design one that meets your current outcomes so that it includes either experiential or integrative aspects, particularly focusing on critical reflection and connection between ideas learned in different fields.

This workshop counts as an elective towards the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.  Register

With an increasing number of students entering college with traumatic experiences and considering the traumas some may encounter while in college it is important that instructors understand how to respond. Additionally, this session is particularly timely because of the various traumas students may have encountered as a result of the coronavirus.

With the goal of creating a more trauma informed and responsive campus, experts from Student Health Services will briefly review the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma. Time will be spent further exploring factors that inhibit open discussion about trauma and exploring cultural paradigms that prevent open discussion about difficult topics. Concrete guidance for language to use and ways to engage with students in a supportive manner will be offered. Methods of coping for the individual will be shared.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

Learn the basics of setting up and using the Blackboard Grade Center.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

A viewing of Talking Black in America, a five part documentary series, will be showcased followed by Q&A session facilitated by Tracey Weldon-Stewart.

Talking Black in America follows the unique circumstances of the descendants of American slaves and their incredible impact on American life and language. Speech varieties from the African American community reflect the imprint of African language systems, the influences of regional British and Southern American dialects, and the creativity and resilience of people living through oppression, segregation and the fight for equality. Filmed across the United States, Talking Black in America is a startling revelation of language as legacy, identity and triumph over adversity.

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

March 2021

Now that you have heard the history of GLEs and know how UofSC is supporting them, you are interested in potentially leading one! However, you may be wondering how to approach your department with this proposal or how to fulfill its requirements. This session will walk you through the departmental, Center for Integrative and Experiential Learning, and Education Abroad steps to propose a GLE, including what deadlines to keep in mind.

This is a required workshop for the Online International Programming certificate.  Register

Students often struggle with moving from shallow memorization to deeper understanding of content that can be applied across contexts and time. Many students lack the skills necessary for synthesizing knowledge, recognizing the big picture, and leveraging critical thinking for decision making. Engaging in active learning strategies that emphasize synthesis and application is neither intuitive nor innate. Consequently, student study habits are often entrenched in ineffective methods that reinforce the illusion of fluency. As educator’s strive to meet the Horizon Report’s charge of moving from transmitter of knowledge to facilitator of learning, faculty often find themselves at a loss for how best to support the independent learning that occurs outside of class time. How can faculty provide scaffolded structure for the independent learning process without falling into the trap of fortifying students’ expectations of ‘spoon-feeding’?

This session will introduce evidence-based approaches faculty can use to help students ‘learn how to learn’ for enhanced metacognition and deeper learning. Through the development of brain science-based learning resources, we will discuss how faculty can shift the paradigm from student expectations of ‘spoon-feeding’ to one of eagerness to bring themselves to a learning table where independent thinking complements class teaching. How to develop brain-based resources that set the table for thinking and learning, build thinking habits, and encourage students to engage in study strategies that leverage how the brain works will also be introduced. Attendees will have the opportunity to discuss these principles and brainstorm how they could be applied to learning resources within their own course to develop metacognitive thinkers.
 Register

Learn how to hold meetings or teach a class with this convenient and reliable web conferencing tool. With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, instructors can record sessions, share materials, allow participants to chat with each other, use a digital whiteboard, allow participants to share presentations, and more.  Register

How can I tell if a source is primary or secondary, and how do I find these kinds of sources? I am trying to access this article, but I am being asked to pay, do you have any suggestions? Is there a good source for my topic? How can I tell if this source is credible? I need to find a scholarly article with statistics on my topic, can you help?

Working with students on questions such as these at their point of need when trying to identify, locate, evaluate, and cite sources uniquely situates Research & Instruction Librarians as we encounter students from across all departments and programs on the University of South Carolina campus . This session will focus on how Research & Instruction Librarians strive to promote critical thinking and information literacy skills when working with students in ways that often move beyond library skills, as well as common bottlenecks and “stuck” places observed in our interactions that often shift depending on disciplinary context, and questions to consider when developing assignments and projects that ask students to incorporate outside sources.

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

In this session, participants will learn how to use the Blackboard Grade Center to their advantage and manage grades more efficiently. Creating and managing categories, weighting grades, dropping grades, downloading grades to work offline and using Smart Views are some of the topics to be covered. We welcome users with any level of experience, but this course is designed for instructors or graders who are already comfortable with Grade Center basics.   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. Lastly, we will discuss how to report a concern of academic misconduct and ways to address the concern with your students(s).

This is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

Open access to research and data allows research results to be freely shared among scholars and students with few restrictions. In this session, we’ll discuss the basics of open access and open data. You’ll learn how to teach your students to confidently locate, evaluate, and use open access research and data.

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

Large classes often necessitate the need for using exams with multiple-choice questions (MCQs) to assess student learning and streamline the grading process. However, many problems exist with these types of questions, in particular the difficulty in assessing higher level learning or deeper understanding when giving students an answer choice. Further, it can be daunting for instructors to write “good” questions that actually assess the students on what is intended. How do instructors write good MCQs that ask students to do more than simply regurgitate facts and content?

In this workshop we will explore the structure of MCQs along with their strengths and inherent weaknesses. Participants will learn how to create effective questions based on quality learning outcomes, with practice constructing both a good question (the stem) and appropriate (and fair) answer choices. We will also address common issues with multiple-choice exams and how instructors can use these exams as immediate feedback to evaluate their own instructional effectiveness.  Register

Authentic learning activities can generate and sustain excitement in the online classroom because they make students feel like they are already practicing their professions and solving real life problems. In this interactive session we will describe how we created a continuing multimedia case study to demonstrate the complexity of caring for older adult patients and enable students to practice their new nursing skills in a safe environment.

The case study is rolled out to students one episode a week throughout an entire semester. Multimedia elements enable students to observe their patient in different situations and settings and make appropriate clinical decisions.

Join us in this session to see examples of case study elements, review case study data on its effectiveness, and discuss student and faculty perspectives. We are convinced that this instructional approach can be applied in many disciplines in face-to-face, online, or hybrid courses.  Register

It’s time to start thinking about your Summer or Fall course! Where do you start? What details and requirements must be included? How can you revise your course assessments and activities to make it flow better, and align to your priorities? Join other faculty in this two-part webinar series to help you get started and address these kinds of questions.

Part 1, 'Review, Revise, Realign” (the Learning Outcomes, Assessments, and Activities) will take you from an initial reviewing of your current course learning outcomes into a discussion of how to ensure they align appropriately with assessments for in-person or online courses. What assessments will work better in different types of learning modalities and environments, and what should you reconsider? How will this work with certain class sizes or scenarios? This will be followed by reviewing, revising, and/or redeveloping the associated student activities, both for within and outside-of-class settings.

Both parts of this series will be highly interactive, with other faculty colleague participants playing an important part in contributing ideas and recommendations and producing a positive webinar outcome for every participant. Bounce ideas off each other, hear what others are doing, while following along with the webinar facilitator's steps for development and recommendations. Bring a past syllabus to start working on it as we go through the webinar!  Register

Calling all instructors! Would you like a practice run with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra before the Summer and Fall semesters begins? Join a small group of other instructors and Blackboard admins and get hands-on experience with sharing your screen, displaying content, using the whiteboard, managing breakout group sessions, and more. These sessions are designed for instructors who have already attended a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra training webinar and want a little extra practice.  Register

Calling all instructors! Would you like a practice run with Blackboard Collaborate Ultra before the Summer and Fall semesters begins? Join a small group of other instructors and Blackboard admins and get hands-on experience with sharing your screen, displaying content, using the whiteboard, managing breakout group sessions, and more. These sessions are designed for instructors who have already attended a Blackboard Collaborate Ultra training webinar and want a little extra practice.  Register

Mentors play an important role in both teaching and modeling ethical behavior. There are ethical issues centering on the research itself – how to conduct, report, and writeup research – as well as relationships between mentors and mentees. Most relationships in academia establish a power dynamic, and it is a mentor’s responsibility to learn how to manage their power. Reflecting upon and discussing ethical behavior is an important part of becoming an effective mentor.

 

 

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his workshop is an elective for the Entering Mentoring certificate of Completion.

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Teaching large courses can present some real challenges for faculty. This is especially true in the online learning environment, where we don’t have the benefit of meeting with students face to face. Make plans to join your colleagues for this interactive workshop as we explore best practices for teaching large distributed learning courses.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

When considering buzz words such as diversity, culture and multilingualism, have you ever stopped to reflect on how these terms are connected to your own life? Have you ever wondered about the students in your future classrooms and how their unique backgrounds will impact the methods you engage in teaching and learning with not only those them but their first teachers as well, their families? This presentation will delve into these concepts and leave the participants more aware of barriers, assets and ways to engage diverse children and families in education.

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

It’s time to start thinking about your Summer or Fall course! Where do you start? What details and requirements must be included? How can you revise your course assessments and activities to make it flow better, and align to your priorities? Join other faculty in this two-part webinar series to help you get started and address these kinds of questions.

Part 2, 'Planning, Policies, Particulars” (of the Schedule, Policies, and Other Important Aspects) involves the bigger picture planning stage - how can those assessments and activities fit together, or be organized into a cohesive series of modules as part of a larger whole? What works best with respect to in-person, synchronous, or asynchronous learning? What aspects of activities and assessments need to be considered (e.g. grading, time management), and what else should be included or revised?

Both parts of this series will be highly interactive, with other faculty colleague participants playing an important part in contributing ideas and recommendations and producing a positive webinar outcome for every participant. Bounce ideas off each other, hear what others are doing, while following along with the webinar facilitator's steps for development and recommendations. Bring a past syllabus to start working on it as we go through the webinar!  Register

Learn best practices for your online course from a veteran instructor. Ideas for how to design and deliver your course will be shared including tools that will save you time in creating assessments and grading them, tips and new ideas to engage and motivate learners, and methods to help keep you connected to your learners. See why teaching online can be just as fun and rewarding as teaching in the classroom!  Register

Learn how to set up Blackboard assignments and SafeAssign plagiarism detection.  Register

The Resilience in the Classroom training is a 50-minute training that focuses on three major components of resilience—self-compassion, dealing with failure, and coping skills, and how to incorporate these components into the classroom. Resilience is associated with academic success and psychological well-being. This session will help instructors identify how they can strengthen students’ resilience and help them adapt to change and hardships by integrating these core competencies into their curriculum.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

If you know me, you can teach me. This interactive presentation will explore issues of diversity, engagement and how every teacher must first, be willing to be the student. We will further consider how concepts of race, ethnicity, class, gender and culture intersect in school curriculum. Participants will be provided with viable tools and strategies that can be easily implemented to aid teachers in building relationships with students and gaining the positionality needed to learn from students from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. To further understand the magnitude of being granted both the access and the acclaim of the title – Teacher.

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

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  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.  Register

Universal Design of Learning (UDL) is an approach to teaching that ensures that all students can learn and express their knowledge through engagement that highlights their learning styles and interest. In this session, we will explore the basic concepts of UDL, discuss simple ways to offer varieties in how we engage students, how students represent their knowledge, and how we introduce content. Resources for learning more about UDL will be shared.

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

Are you interested in teaching online courses? In this webinar, we will explore the basics of online teaching and the components of an online course. As we walk through the 3Ds Instructional Design Model: Design, Develop and Deliver, you will be introduced to best practices for online teaching in preparation for modifying a current face-to-face course for online delivery or creating a new online course.  Register

Research literature on the effectiveness of discussion boards on engagement specify that responsibility lies with instructors to create atmospheres that support, encourage, and foster high quality discussions in online courses. Students report high levels of satisfaction with their online courses when they are socially active and participate in online discussion boards. This workshop will focus on methods, strategies, and tools that can be used in online courses to enhance engagement and participation.

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

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  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.

This workshop is a required workshop for the Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence (TTIE) certificate of completion.  Register

Learn the basics of setting up and using the Blackboard Grade Center.  Register

In this webinar, we'll cover how to Design your course to maximize student learning, with an emphasis on planning. We’ll discuss using Backward Design; aligning outcomes, assessments, and activities; and organizing your course into modules. We’ll also discuss factors you'll need to consider in planning, such as interactions (between students, faculty, and content) and Chickering and Gamson’s Seven Principles – which outlines the foundation for making your online course active, cooperative and relevant. And as a bonus for attending, we’ll through in some handy templates to help you get started!  Register

April 2021

While students can naturally find meaning in their experiences abroad, reflection activities guide their thinking to help them process their time abroad and apply the experiential learning opportunity to their future as students and global citizens. In this presentation, Education Abroad staff and previous Global Classroom leaders will cover successful methods to encourage student reflection abroad.

This workshop counts as an elective towards the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

With your knowledge from the previous two sessions, you’ll work with facilitators hands-on to create a really rich, engaging virtual Global Learning Experience (GLE). Come prepared with the syllabus of your choosing, and work with EAO staff and UofSC faculty to begin building your GLE proposal. You will leave this session with the basis of a GLE proposal, whether as a contingency plan for a current Global Classroom or a course of its own you’d like to run in the future.

This is a required workshop for the Online International Programming certificate.  Register

With an increasing number of students entering college with traumatic experiences and considering the traumas some may encounter while in college it is important that instructors understand how to respond. Additionally, this session is particularly timely because of the various traumas students may have encountered as a result of the coronavirus.

With the goal of creating a more trauma informed and responsive campus, experts from Student Health Services will discuss the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma, and will introduce a new way to define the process of becoming flooded with overwhelming stress from a variety of causes. Time will be spent introducing factors that inhibit open discussion about trauma and cultural paradigms that prevent open discussion about difficult topics.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

Blackboard’s inline grading feature just got a lot easier to use. New Box View has been replaced with Blackboard Annotate. When you go to grade an assignment or a discussion forum, you will see the new Blackboard Annotate feature. You will be able to draw comments, make edit marks, type comments and more with this new feature. Participants will learn about the many new options to provide meaningful feedback to your students.  Register

This webinar covers how to Develop the materials and structure for your online course. You'll learn what makes a high-quality and accessible online course, how to choose or create instructional materials and rubrics, how to best organize your course information and materials in Blackboard, and how to select video recording and web conferencing tools for asynchronous and synchronous courses.  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 is a required session for a certificate of completion in Fostering Proactive Learning Environments.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

With an increasing number of students entering college with traumatic experiences and considering the traumas some may encounter while in college it is important that instructors understand how to respond. Additionally, this session is particularly timely because of the various traumas students may have encountered as a result of the coronavirus.

With the goal of creating a more trauma informed and responsive campus, experts from Student Health Services will briefly review the neurobiological underpinnings of trauma. Time will be spent further exploring factors that inhibit open discussion about trauma and exploring cultural paradigms that prevent open discussion about difficult topics. Concrete guidance for language to use and ways to engage with students in a supportive manner will be offered. Methods of coping for the individual will be shared.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

Student progress in a course is determined via a series of measures, or assessments, implemented by instructors to fully evaluate what students are actually learning and understanding. Good assessments help students learn in tandem with instruction and engage students directly with the material. By using active learning techniques, a student-centered approach in which pre-planned activities are used to engage the student as an active participant in their learning, instructors can measure “in the moment” a student’s level of comprehension, critical thinking, skill development, and achievement of learning outcomes. Commonly used techniques such as think-pair-share, one-minute paper, concept mapping, and others have been shown to improve student learning of material and enhance the presentation format of a course. However, active learning strategies can pose problems for implementation, in both face-to-face and especially the online environment.

This webinar examines the three key student learning benchmarks that should be integrated into active learning techniques, and explores the planning system necessary to incorporate such activities for both face-to-face and online active learning assessments. To illustrate these, attendees will participate in several active learning techniques and practice examples applicable to a wide range of classroom formats and different kinds of learning outcomes. You will learn helpful tips on what you can do, how to do it, and how easily active learning can be implemented in the any classroom delivery style.  Register

The first half of the Support Zone training focuses on providing context for the necessity of faculty and staff being well-versed in recognizing and responding to students experiencing mental health distress. The facilitator will review definitions, national and local statistics about mental health in college students and discuss how stigma affects help-seeking behaviors. The facilitator will also discuss how COVID-19 has exacerbated the aforementioned issues. This session will also cover crisis support protocol, how to recognize signs of distress, warning signs of suicide, non-suicidal self-injury, and how to respond and intervene to a student of concern.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  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.  Register

This webinar covers how to Deliver your online course for maximum impact. Join us to learn how to build rapport with students, foster a community of learners and provide meaningful feedback. The session will end with tips to consider to facilitate an engaging and successful online course.  Register

The second half of the Support Zone training focuses on participants learning how to refer students of concern experiencing varying levels of distress (mild, moderate and severe), what to do if a student refuses a referral, how to maintain the students’ privacy, and how to follow-up with the student. This session includes role-plays and other interactive activities to help participants practice their recently acquired skills. The facilitator will also discuss the how responding to students of concern affects faculty/staff mental health and how to respond accordingly.

This session includes a review of resources specific to faculty/staff needs and tips on dealing with COVID-19 related stressors. Lastly, the facilitator will review campus and community resources to ensure participants have a thorough understanding of what is available to students and when to use each resource.

This is a required session for the Mental Health and Well-being Competency Program for Faculty certificate.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register

The panel includes practitioners of integrative and experiential learning from various disciplines at UofSC. The panelists will demonstrate how their students put theory into practice by applying what they learned in the classroom to their experiences outside of the classroom and reflecting on the broad range of skills they used, which ultimately prepares them for additional learning experiences within and outside the classroom as well as their future professions.

This workshop counts as an elective towards the Integrative and Experiential Learning certificate.  Register

Reflecting upon your mentoring relationships is a vital part of becoming a more effective mentor. This is especially important immediately following a mentor-mentee training sequence like Entering Mentoring as it allows you to consider how to implement changes in your mentoring practice based on the training you have received. The ability and practice of reflecting on your mentoring at regular intervals is strongly encouraged.

This workshop is a requirement for the Entering Mentoring certificate of Completion.  Register

Learn how to hold meetings or teach a class with this convenient and reliable web conferencing tool. With Blackboard Collaborate Ultra, instructors can record sessions, share materials, allow participants to chat with each other, use a digital whiteboard, allow participants to share presentations, and more.  Register

Don’t stress! We can help. We will cover best practices for producing lecture videos from your office or home that are both engaging and accessible to all students. We will include tips and resources on how to provide transcripts and closed captioning to your video content.  Register


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