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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 2018

FLIP is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

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

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

This free teaching with technology symposium is an exciting new forum spotlighting the latest in learning technology. Learn about emerging trends in higher education technologies, how UofSC faculty are using technology in their classes—and see demos of the latest technologies. The showcase is designed to promote best practices in selecting and using educational technology in higher education, cultivate partnerships, provide hands-on opportunities for faculty to experiment with educational technology and demonstrate how educational technology can enhance the student’s learning experience. Continental breakfast, lunch and light refreshments will be provided.   Register

The ability to ask 'good' questions - thought-provoking, critical thinking, at a deeper level of thinking - and the application of this technique in class discussions, is often an overlooked and underdeveloped skill of instructors. With experience, what instructors find is that even discussion sessions take significant planning, preparation, and practice.

In this workshop, effective methodologies and best practices for asking good questions, techniques and styles for leading and facilitating classroom discussions as well as directing student responses will be addressed and modeled. Instructors at all levels of teaching and experience are welcome.  Register

Use streaming film, articles, book chapters and more from the library in your classes. Not only do we have resources, we also have services! Don't want to find the suitable links yourself? The library can put the links and scanned items directly into Blackboard.

Copyright questions? No problem. We're happy to help with copyright information. Curious about open educational resources or making your class textbook cost-free for your students? Our librarians can review your syllabus and suggest open educational and library resources for your class, or even help you find materials for teaching during your course development phase.  Register

This workshop is designed for faculty interested in raising their scholarly profile and increasing the impact of their work. Participants will learn specific strategies to improve the discoverability of their research and publicize their scholarship to targeted audiences. Participants will also discuss the separation between personal and professional social media use in the world of academia including how to take part in scholarly conversations using social media.  Register

FLIP is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information

News of threatening and tragic events involving college students and campuses may lead us to wonder how we would respond in a similar situation. Hear from the USC Division of Law Enforcement and Safety what to do to keep your students and yourself safe. Response to an active shooter should be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter.

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

We know that active learning can give students a richer learning experience compared to traditional lecture-based college courses. But who are today's undergraduate students, and how can we engage them meaningfully in our face-to-face courses? Join us for this zesty workshop in which we delve into the mindset of Generation Z, and learn how to apply active learning techniques to facilitate better learning.  Register

Though many institutions have a wide variety of programs to meet the needs of first-generation college students, very few operate these programs as a cohesive unit. This online training is designed to give you a framework for supporting first-generation students that will help you organize your efforts across numerous departments. Included will be methods for helping first-generation students:
  • Find their “college identity” and mitigate separation challenges
  • View their first-generation status as a badge of honor
  • Succeed academically and graduate on time
  • Build a professional resume that will serve them post-graduation

During this online webinar you'll gain strategies for supporting first-generation students across multiple aspects of their collegiate experience.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence and TRIO, this online webinar is presented by Academic Impressions, an organization which serves higher education professionals by providing educational products and services that help institutions tackle key, strategic challenges. Register

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

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

Selection. Flexibility. Incentive. Support. Retailers have long provided these services in residential stores and now provide online options that offer alternatives to the shopping experience. Whether entirely online or a blended atmosphere of online and store shopping, retailers utilize technology to identify and track interests, needs/wants and identify how to provide the best opportunities to the consumer through personalized selection. Sound familiar?

It should as the efforts described could define the world of online learning. For the past three decades, higher education institutions have strived to create educational opportunities that provide similar options such as alternative approaches to learning and continuous enrollment options to meet student demand. So, what else can higher education learn from the retail industry?

Join Sher Downing as she discusses methods to integrate learning patterns and inquiry options in online courses with lessons learned from the retail industry. Topics will include the consumer/student perception, identifying their interest point in education and how to help them create a ‘wish list’ for learning through exploration using adaptive learning. Register

May 2018

FLIP is a faculty discussion group, ideas lab and learning community focused on topics related to the theory and practice of teaching and learning. FLIP is open to faculty members, instructors, postdocs and graduate students who want to study, discuss and try out various evidence-based approaches to instruction, including student-centered learning, discipline-based education research, flipped classrooms, problem-based learning (PBL), case studies and other forms of active learning.  More Information